The Royals announced today that the club has signed two-time All-Star pitcher Brad Penny to a minor league contract for the 2014 season, which includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training, which opens on Friday, February 14 in Surprise, AZ, when pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report.
Penny, 35, is a two-time All-Star (2006-07) with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning 16 games in each season. He led the National League in winning percentage in 2007 (.800), going 16-4 with a 3.03 ERA (70 ER in 208.0 innings). The right-handed hurler last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2012, with the San Francisco Giants, going 0-1 with a 6.16 ERA in 22 appearances out of the bullpen. Penny has pitched in 13 Major League seasons, spending time with Florida (2000-04), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2004-08), Boston (2009), San Francisco (2009, 2012), St. Louis (2010) and Detroit (2011). He was originally a fifth round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1996 draft. The veteran pitcher has helped three different teams reach the postseason, including in 2003 when he was a member of the World Champion Marlins’ starting rotation. Penny went 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two World Series starts that season against the Yankees.
Baseball America today published a list of the Royals Top 10 prospects. Kyle Zimmer, the club’s first round pick in the 2012 June Free Agent Draft, is ranked as the club’s top prospect. To see the entire list plus other rankings such as the “Best Power Hitter” and the pitcher with the “Best Fastball”, visit http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/2014-kansas-city-royals-top-10-prospects/
The Royals announced today that the club has invited 16 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training in Surprise, Ariz. Among the invitations are seven pitchers, three catchers, two infielders and four outfielders.
Included in the 16 invitees are 10 that played in the Royals’ organization last season. Right-handed pitcher Jason Adam (fifth round, 2010), left-handed pitcher Scott Alexander (sixth round, 2010), right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks (ninth round, 2011) and right-handed pitcher Kyle Zimmer (first round-fifth overall, 2012) were all drafted by the Royals, while right-handed pitcher Sugar Ray Marimon, catcher Juan Graterol and outfielder Jorge Bonifacio all signed as non-drafted free agents. Catcher Adam Moore and outfielders Gorkys Hernandez and Paulo Orlando all played in Kansas City’s system in 2013. Other non-roster invitees include right-handed pitchers Cory Wade and P.J. Walters, catcher Ramon Hernandez, infielders Jason Donald and Brandon Laird and outfielder Melky Mesa.
Royals 40-man roster: http://mlb.mlb.com/team/roster_40man.jsp?c_id=kc
Royals non-roster invites: http://mlb.mlb.com/team/roster_nri.jsp?c_id=kc
Pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise on Friday, February 14. Workouts for pitchers begin the following day, Saturday, February 15. The remainder of the squad will report on Wednesday, February 19 and begin workouts for the 2014 campaign on Thursday, February 20.
The Royals announced today that the club has signed veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez to a minor league contract for 2014. The Royals plan to announce all of the club’s Major League camp non-roster invitees at a later date.
Hernandez, 37, has spent 15 seasons in the Majors Leagues and is a career .263 hitter with a .327 on-base and a .417 slugging percentage for Oakland (1999-2003), San Diego (2004-05), Baltimore (2006-08), Cincinnati (2009-11), Colorado (2012) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2013). His 757 RBI since the start of the 1999 season rank fifth among Major League catchers in that time, while his 169 homers are seventh-most among big league backstops. He played in 17 games for the Dodgers in 2013, batting .208 (10-for-48) with two doubles, three homers and six RBI, before being released on June 22.
An All-Star in 2003, Hernandez hit .273 in 140 games that season for the A’s, belting 21 homers and collecting 78 RBI, helping the team to its fourth-straight postseason appearance. He collected a career-high 23 homers and 91 RBI in 2006, his first year with the Orioles. Hernandez has participated in six postseason series, reaching the playoffs with Oakland (2000-03), San Diego (2005) and Cincinnati (2010).
A group of Royals minor league players recently participated in a team building exercise at the club’s facility in Surprise, Ariz. The players assembled 10 bicycles, then presented the new wheels to children associated with The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix. The children enjoyed a pizza party with the players before the bike presentation.
The Royals worked with the Bike Build for Charity program, which is operated by Impact 4 Good (impact4good.com).