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Arizona Fall League Update – Brooks Pounders

With the end of the MLB season now in the rear-view mirror, we are focusing on some of the club’s prospects in the Arizona Fall League, who continue to work towards their dream of making it to ‘The Show.’ Today the spotlight is on Brooks Pounders.

Pounders, a right-handed pitcher who played with Idaho Falls, Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas this season, is blowing away hitters in Arizona this fall. He has struck out 14 batters in his 12.0 innings, without allowing a run, in three starts.

Photo Credits – Lee Magenheim 

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Arizona Fall League Update – Ramon Torres

With the end of the MLB season now in the rear-view mirror, we are focusing on some of the club’s prospects in the Arizona Fall League, who continue to work towards their dream of making it to ‘The Show.’ Today the spotlight is on Ramon Torres, who was selected as the starting second baseman for the AFL West Fall Stars team, in Saturday’s All-Star contest.

Torres, a utility infielder who played with Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas this season, is finding his stride in Arizona this fall. He earned his start in the AFL All-Star game by hitting .310 (13-for-42) with four doubles, a triple, a home run and three RBI. He is getting on base at a .341 clip and slugging .524 for a .865 OPS.

Photo Credits – Lee Magenheim 

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Arizona Fall League Update – Bubba Starling

Over 500,000 people packed the streets of downtown Kansas City, Mo., yesterday as the Royals put the crown on the 2015 season, with their World Series Championship Parade. However, as the big club rides off into the sunset for the winter, some of the Royals top prospects are honing their skills in the Arizona Fall League.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be keeping tabs on these guys as they continue to work towards their dream of making it to ‘The Show.’ Today we are focusing on local product and the team’s first round pick from the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft, Bubba Starling.

In his first 14 games down in Arizona, Starling has shown flashes of why he was so highly touted out of high school. He is hitting .308 (16-for-52) with a double, four home runs, eight RBI and three stolen bases. He is getting on base at a .368 clip and slugging .558 for a .926 OPS.

Photo Credits – Lee Magenheim 






Arizona Fall League Update – Bowman Hitting Challenge

With the Royals in the thick of the postseason chase to ‘Take the Crown’ some of the club’s best prospects are honing their skills in the Arizona Fall League and preparing to make a run at ‘The Show’ next season.

Below are some images from Saturday’s Bowman Hitting Challenge, in which players get points for hitting targets on the field, as well as home runs. Utility infielder Ramon Torres, who finished the season with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, battled through a driving rain to drive enough balls for second place among the American League players.

Photo Credits – Lee Magenheim 







Ned Yost Media Session – Sept. 24, 2015

The Royals have a chance to clinch the American League Central tonight if they can beat the Mariners and the Twins lose to the Indians. Johnny Cueto will be on the mound for Kansas City and is looking to keep his momentum going from his last start.

Manager Ned Yost notified the media that Greg Holland has a torn ligament in his elbow and will be out for the rest of the season. He is likely to get Tommy John surgery in the near future. Holland pitched through the injury, which popped up last August as the Royals were making their postseason push, for the entire year and still managed to record at least 30 saves for the third-straight season.

Yost also announced that Chris Young will be starting on Sunday and will replace Jeremy Guthrie in the starting rotation.

By Eric Paulson

Ned Yost Media Session – Sept. 22, 2015

The Royals have returned from a long road trip and are in town for a six-game stand starting tonight against the Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. Jeremy Guthrie has replaced Danny Duffy in the starting rotation and will be taking the bump for Kansas City.

Manager Ned Yost said that Wade Davis will be taking over the closing role from Greg Holland. Holland has been experiencing elbow tightness and will be taking it day-to-day.

Kansas City has the chance to clinch their first division title in 30 years as early as tomorrow against Seattle. Yost said it would be a special experience to do it at home but isn’t putting any pressure on his players. The Royals have never clinched a division title at ‘The K.’

By Eric Paulson

Ned Yost Media Session – Sept. 9, 2015

Kris Medlen makes his fourth start of the season tonight and manager Ned Yost has been satisfied with his performances so far. “It’s been really, really good,” Yost said. He expects Medlen to continue to improve as the regular season comes to a close.

The Royals expect to surpass the franchise record for the highest attendance total in a season.  Manager Yost addressed how important the fans support has been towards the teams overall success since the end of last season.  “Last year I just knew that we needed to get these boys in front of big crowds, so they could become routine for them… and it has,” Yost said.

After the Royals skipper was finished, General Manager Dayton Moore took to the mic and acknowledged the anticipated record breaking attendance total, describing the fans impact towards the team’s success as “crucial and important to connect with the fans.”  During last season’s playoff run, the team was very involved with the fans as players were seen around town interacting with all members of the community.

Royals Magic Number: 13

By Sal DeFeo

Ned Yost Media Session – Sept. 8, 2015

Alex Gordon will start tonight and bat in the two-hole behind Ben Zobrist.  Both players have excellent on-base percentages and could easily be a lead-off hitter, but Manager Yost is keeping Zobrist ahead of Gordon, “because right now Ben is faster than Alex.”  Yost’s current plan for Gordon is to play every-other-day this week, then play two games followed by a day off during the next road trip and finish by playing every three days before a day off in order to prepare for a playoff series.

The Royals have been resting players over the past week or so to get back to full strength for the playoffs.  According to Yost every player who has needed rest received at least a day off and the Royals will be using their best lineups until they clinch the division and potentially home field advantage.  If they Royals are able to clinch their division, Yost will begin to rest players as needed to ensure that they are at their best for the postseason.

By Sal Defeo

Ned Yost Media Session – Sept. 7, 2015

Kelvin Herrera and Alex Rios have almost fully recovered from their chickenpox illness, and would be able to play tonight if needed.  Yost plans on using each player as needed until they are completely healthy.

Alcides Escobar has been moved from the lead-off spot to ninth in the order, according to Yost, “we’ve been thinking about doing this ever since we got Zobrist, a tremendous on-base guy.”  Ben Zobrist has an on-base percentage of .409 since joining the Royals, and will lead-off tonight for the Royals.  Yost plans on moving Alex Gordon to the No. 2 spot in the order sometime in the near future.

Joba Chamberlain and Louis Coleman were brought up today from Triple-A Omaha to add more depth to the Royals bullpen.  Coleman has been brought up many times with the Royals in the past and Yost knows he can help strengthen the Royals pen.  Chamberlain spent two seasons with Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland in the Yankees organization when they won a World Series, which helped them build a good relationship, that Yost hopes will continue here in Kansas City.

By Sal DeFeo

Ned Yost Media Session – Sept. 4, 2015

The Royals host the White Sox for the final time this year in KC. As of last night, Kansas City is 31 games above .500 (82-51) and has a 13.0 game lead in the A.L. Central, the largest in all of baseball.

Manager Ned Yost said that Kelvin Herrera and Alex Rios, who came down with chickenpox last week, have both been cleared to play and both were at ‘The K’ working out this morning. Mike Moustakas is feeling better but will not be ready until he is around 90-95 percent back to normal.

Kris Medlen will be making his third start and 10th appearance for KC this season, after returning from his second Tommy John surgery. “We are looking at about 90-100 pitches for him tonight,” Yost said. “There is no need to put any (additional) stress on his arm.”

By Eric Paulson


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