Major League Baseball announced today that Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has been named to the American League All-Star team via the Final Vote presented by Esurance. Fans were able to vote for Moustakas through several forms of online/mobile ballots throughout the week as well as by Tweeting the hashtag: #VoteMoose today.
Moustakas, 26, will be participating in his first All-Star Game, which is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14 at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. He’s batting .301 this season with 16 doubles, a triple, seven homers and 39 runs scored this season. The left-handed hitting infielder ranks fourth in the American League, hitting .339 against right-handed pitching, while he’s 12th in overall batting average. He’s recorded 25 multi-hit games this season, which are more than he had all of 2014. Moustakas has been named the Royals Majestic Player of the Month for April and June this season.
With Moustakas added to the squad, the Royals had a club record seven players named to the All-Star team. The seven All-Stars are the most for any one team since Texas had eight players on the 2012 squad.
The Kansas City Royals have reinstated third baseman Mike Moustakas from the Bereavement/Family Medical Emergency List. He will rejoin the club for tonight’s 7:10 game against the Toronto Blue Jays. In a corresponding roster move, the club optioned infielder Cheslor Cuthbert to Triple-A Omaha.
FOX Sports Kansas City has added three Royals’ makeup games to its telecast schedule: at Chicago (AL) on July 17, at St. Louis on July 23 and at Chicago (NL) on Sept. 28. FOX Sports Kansas City is now scheduled to carry 151 regular-season games.
Alex Gordon had an MRI following last night’s game, and his injury was labeled as a 2+ groin strain (3 means surgery is required), according to Yost. Gordon will most likely be out for around eight weeks depending on his recovery. It could have been worse, Yost said, “if it was up higher in his leg it could have required surgery, but it does not”. According to the doctors, Gordon will be evaluated week by week to determine when he can resume baseball activities. The team will rely on Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando to step up and fill in for Gordon while he is out.
With Alex Gordon out, Yost will have to not only decide his replacement for the Royals, but for the American League All-Star team. According to Yost, he has a few outfielders in mind for the All Star team and will make his decision based on what is best for the team and not necessarily the “best” player. Yost will get together with the rest of his staff and make a decision in the next couple of days.
Manager Yost said that Chris Young will be starting on Saturday against the Blue Jays. Young was not scheduled to pitch against the Jays due to the doubleheader vs. Tampa Bay. When pitching coach Dave Eiland asked Young how he felt, Young was going to ask if he could pitch on short rest, which only reinforced Yost’s decision to start him Saturday.
Jason Vargas threw a simulated game today, throwing about 60 pitches. According to Yost, Vargy looked “great” and “ready” to begin a rehab assignment, most likely in Double-A on Monday for the Naturals. Yost is confident that Vargas is prepared to get back on the mound due to his “life” on his fastball, good command, and spin on his breaking ball, which are all there.
As the year has reached the midpoint of the season, the trade deadline becomes a bigger issue when trying to improve a ball club. However, manager Yost is not very concerned with adding any new talent to the team due to the Royals depth across the roster, and even in the minor leagues. Yost also is comfortable with General Manager Dayton Moore’s decisions if he does decide to add a player or two before the deadline is over.
Lorenzo Cain is back in the lineup tonight and could have played in one of the games yesterday, but it was not worth risking further injury said Yost. Cain looks healthy after being listed as day-to-day and missing a few games with an injured hamstring.
Last night’s rain out will not alter the Royals rotation until Saturday when they will most likely spot start Joe Blanton, said Yost. The rain will have a positive impact on Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon and others who will have to play both games today, as they received an extra day off.
In picking the All-Star lineup, Yost wanted to honor and reward the great players who go unknown for the most part, such as Orioles relief pitcher Darren O’Day and the Red Sox utility player Brock Holt. Yost chose to have at least one backup at every position and with Brock Holt on the roster, he has a third backup as “protection” for every fielding position given his unique versatility.
Yost chose to bring Kelvin Herrera to his first All-Star game because of his importance as a dominant set-up man, which Yost believes in an undervalued position in baseball. Yost also believes that it will be a good experience for Herrera and the other first time All Star Royals players because of the knowledge they will gain from playing with the best players in the Majors.
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Major League Baseball announced this evening that Kansas City Royals relief pitchers Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera have been selected to the American League All-Star team. In addition, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has also been selected as one of five A.L. players up for the Esurance MLB All-Star Final Vote.
Both pitchers will be making their first All-Star appearances at the game scheduled for Tuesday, July 14 at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. Along with the four Royals voted to starting positions last night, KC has six player participants in the Midsummer Classic, setting a franchise record. The previous high for Royals players selected to an All-Star Game was five, with George Brett, Hal McRae, Dan Quisenberry, Frank White and Willie Wilson making the 1982 A.L. All-Star team.
Should Moustakas be voted onto the team, the seven All-Stars would be the most for any one team since Texas had eight players on the 2012 squad.
Davis, 29, has been one of the most dominating relievers the last two seasons, posting a Major League-low 0.25 ERA this year and has a 0.76 mark since the start of 2014. The righty has not allowed a home run over his last 117.0 innings, dating back to September 4, 2013. He’s gone 4-1 with nine saves this season, while his 13 victories out of the bullpen since the start of last year are the most in the Major Leagues.
Herrera, 25, has also been a strong presence out of the Royals bullpen the last two years. He’s 1-2 with a 2.20 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 32.2 innings this season. He’s held left-handed hitters to a .127 batting average this year, which ranks third among MLB hurlers that have faced at least 60 lefties. Herrera has posted a 1.67 ERA over the past two seasons, which ranks fourth among A.L. relievers.
Moustakas, 26, is off to the best start of his career, batting .301 with 16 doubles, a triple, seven homers and 39 runs scored. His batting average ranks 10th among qualifying A.L. hitters, while he’s also fourth in the league with a .339 average against right-handed pitching. His 87 hits this season are tied for 13th in the league, while he’s collected 25 multi-hit games, which are tied for 11th and more than he had in all of 2014.
Fans can vote for Moustakas online at royals.com/vote and MLB.com as well as via a mobile ballot and by SMS text voting. The Final Vote opened at 7 p.m. CT this evening and runs through Friday, July 10 at 3 p.m. CT.
A franchise record four Kansas City Royals will represent the American League as starters in the 2015 All-Star Game. Catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon will all be in the starting lineup in the Midsummer Classic set for Tuesday, July 14 at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark.
The four Royals starters are the most voted on by any one team since the Boston Red Sox had four elected A.L. starters in 2008, though David Ortiz could not participate due to injury. The total of four also passes the previous franchise record of three, set in 1979, when catcher Darrell Porter, second baseman Frank White and third baseman George Brett all started for the A.L.
Perez, 25, will make his second-straight All-Star start behind the plate, receiving 13,747,294 votes. The three-time All-Star has connected for six home runs since June 7 with his 13 roundtrippers overall tied for the most by an American League catcher. He recorded his 500th career hit a week ago, becoming the sixth-young Royal to reach that mark at 25 years, 49 days.
Escobar, 28, is also making his first appearance at the Midsummer Classic, accumulating 11,960,907 votes. In his fifth year with the Royals, Esky has recorded 23 multi-hit games this season, while he ranked fifth among A.L. leadoff hitters with 28 RBI heading into Sunday’s action. He was also tied for sixth in the league with a .357 batting average with runners in scoring position.
Cain, 29, will be making his first All-Star Game appearance, receiving 12,399,127 votes. The sixth-year outfielder entered Sunday fifth in the league with a .309 batting average, with 17 doubles, four triples, six homers, 36 RBI and 16 steals, which ranked third in the A.L. He was also tops in the American League, hitting .389 with two outs this season and fourth in the Majors, batting .384 since June 10.
Gordon, 31, was selected to his third-straight All-Star Game, but will be making his first start after getting 10,609,006 votes to finish third in the outfield balloting. Alex entered Sunday eighth in the American League in on-base percentage (.377), which included reaching via a hit or a walk in 23 of his last 26 games. A four-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner and 2014 Rawlings Platinum Glove winner for the A.L., Gordon has three outfield assists this season and a Major League-high 65 since the start of 2011.
Danny Duffy takes the mound for the Royals in the final match-up of a four-game series against Minnesota. The Twins will be starting Ervin Santana for the first time this year, as his MLB suspension recently ended. Manager Ned Yost said that he knows Santana has good stuff and they are going to have to execute at the plate to score runs.
Lorenzo Cain has been swinging an extremely hot bat as of late, batting over .500 in his last five games. “He’s using the whole field. That’s the key to his success,” said Yost, “His swing is extremely short and quick right now and hopefully he can keep this streak going.”
Alex Rios and Salvador Perez will not be in the lineup today for the Royals. Instead, Drew Butera and Jarrod Dyson will have a chance to get some swings and keep their skills sharp according to the Royals manager.