Baseball America reveals Royals Top 10 list for 2015

Baseball America has published its Royals Top 10 Prospect list for 2015.

Two players on the list, Brandon Finnegan and Christian Colon, debuted for KC in 2014.

You can see the rest of the list here:

Also on the list at number six is Miguel Almonte.  The right-handed pitcher is on the Peoria Javelinas roster in the Arizona Fall League.  That club, guided by manager Vance Wilson, is in Saturday’s AFL Championship Game, with Almonte sporting a 2.84 ERA.

Arizona-based photographer Lee Magenheim recently sent along these photos of Almonte:


Royals sign minor league free agents Ryan Roberts, Joe Paterson

The Royals announced today that they have signed a pair of six-year free agents, infielder Ryan Roberts and left-handed pitcher Joe Paterson, to minor league contracts.

Roberts, 34, spent the 2014 season in the Boston Red Sox organization, playing in eight games at the Major League level, while he hit .277 with 22 doubles, a triple, seven homers and 32 RBI in 72 games at Triple-A Pawtucket. The right-handed hitter was in the Tampa Bay Rays organization the previous two seasons, hitting .247 with six doubles, five homers and 17 RBI in 60 games for the Rays during the 2013 season.
Paterson, 28, has been in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ system for the last four seasons, pitching in three games at the Major League level last year. The reliever worked in 56 games at Triple-A Reno last season, going 0-2 with a 2.95 ERA (14 ER in 42.2 IP), posting 33 strikeouts. He made a career-high 62 appearances for the Diamondbacks in 2011, going 0-3 with a save and a 2.91 ERA (11 ER in 34.0 IP), holding left-handed hitters to a .205 batting average.

Royals add more hardware

The postseason awards and honors continue to roll in…

Left fielder Alex Gordon is the 2014 Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winner for the American League, joining N.L. winner Yadier Molina.

Gordon, celebrating his fourth consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Award, received 21.6 percent of the total vote, besting teammate Salvador Perez (15.9 percent) and Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (13.2 percent) for the American League trophy.

The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners are determined by combining votes based on an adjusted SABR Defensive Index™ for each of the nine Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners in each League and the votes from baseball fans worldwide.

Also this week:

  • Gordon joined Lorenzo Cain as a Defensive Player of the Year, as presented by Wilson Sporting Goods.  Only nine players in MLB win this award (one at each position).  The honor was the second in a row for Cain.
  • Alcides Escobar, Jeremy Guthrie, Erik Kratz and Salvador Perez were named to the MLB All-Star Team that will participate in the Japan All-Star Series 2014.  The 29-player team will match up in a five-game series against “Samurai Japan” (Japan’s National Team).
  • Manager Ned Yost was named a finalist for American League Manager of the Year.
  • YOU were nominated!  Royals fans were nominated for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year by SI writer Steve Rushin.

Gold Rush! Gordon, Hosmer, Perez win again

Salvador Perez makes the tag.

Salvador Perez makes the tag.

Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., and ESPN2 announced tonight that  three Kansas City Royals ¬– left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez – have won American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for the second-straight season.  The three Rawlings Gold Glove winners are tied for the most in team history after all three players were honored with the awards in 2013.  The Royals’ three Rawlings Gold Glove winners were tied for the Major League lead with the Baltimore Orioles’ three selections.

The awards were voted on by American League managers and coaches and honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American and National Leagues.  Shortstop Alcides Escobar was also named a finalist for the award.

Gordon picked up his fourth-straight Rawlings Gold Glove Award, which is the longest active streak in the American League and second-longest in the Majors behind St. Louis’ Yadier Molina, who earned his seventh-straight award tonight.  He is the second Royals player to win a Gold Glove in four consecutive years, joining Frank White, who won six-straight (1977-82) and eight overall.  Gordon tied for 11th in the American League with eight outfield assists this season, while his 62 assists since the start of 2011 are the most in the Major Leagues in that span.  He led all A.L. outfielders in games (156) and innings (1372.2) for the second-straight year and finished sixth in putouts (341) and committed just two errors in 351 chances for a .994 fielding percentage.  Gordon, a former third baseman, earned his first career Rawlings Gold Glove in 2011, his first full season in the outfield.
Hosmer earned his second-straight Rawlings Gold Glove and the first American League first sacker to win in back-to-back years since Mark Teixeira did it with the Yankees in 2009-10.  He is the only Royals first baseman to be honored with a Gold Glove.  The 25-year-old missed a month of the season with a broken hand, but still played the second-most games at first base (130) in the American League and also finished second in total chances (1141), putouts (1043), assists (88) and fourth in zone rating (.854).

Perez also earned back-to-back Rawlings Gold Glove honors, becoming the fourth-straight American League catcher to win the award in at least two consecutive years, joining Ivan Rodriguez (2006-07), Joe Mauer (2008-10) and Matt Wieters (2011-12).  He and Bob Boone (1989) are the only Royals catchers to win the award.  Salvy set a club record, playing 146 games behind the plate during the regular season, while his 161 games including the postseason were the most ever by a Major League catcher.  He led the American League in catcher pickoffs (four) with his 13 career picks tied for fourth among active MLB backstops.  An All-Star for the second-straight year, Perez also ranked second in the A.L. in putouts (1037), third in assists (72) and fifth in runners caught stealing (23) this season.

Mission October inside look at World Series airs Tuesday on FOX Sports 1

Mission October: The Final Mission, an inside look at the 2014 World Series, premieres tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 4) at 8 p.m. Central on FOX Sports 1. Mission October is a collaboration between Major League Baseball Productions and FOX Sports.


Royals exercise 2015 club option on Wade Davis

Royals vs. TwinsThe Royals announced today that the club has exercised its one-year option on right-handed pitcher Wade Davis for the 2015 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Davis, 29, completed one of the best seasons by a relief pitcher in club history, posting a 9-2 record with three saves and a 1.00 ERA in a team-high 71 appearances this season. His 1.00 ERA led all Major League relievers and was the eighth-lowest all-time by an American League relief pitcher. Davis’ 109 strikeouts in 72.0 innings out of the bullpen were a Royals club record, passing Greg Holland (2013) and Jim York’s (1971) mark of 103. Over the past three seasons, the right-hander has posted a 14-3 record with a 1.65 ERA (28 ER in 152.1 IP) as a reliever, which ranks second in the Major Leagues, behind only Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel (1.27).

Royals extend qualifying offer to James Shields

The Royals announced today that the club has extended a one-year Qualifying Offer to right-handed pitcher James Shields for the 2015 season.

Shields has until November 10 at 4 p.m. CT to accept or decline the offer. A declined Qualifying Offer would mean the Royals would receive an additional selection at the end of the first round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft should Shields sign with another Major League team.Shields2_23

Billy Butler conference call notes: November 1, 2014

Kansas City’s season ended on October 29, with non-playoff teams ending their season on September 28.  The playoff run leaves a short turnaround time frame for offseason decisions, both for the A.L. champs and for players impacted by moves.  Billy Butler is a free agent as of today and he reiterated on a conference call that he is not ruling out a return to the only organization that he has played for.  Butler understands the decision and knows that he can’t take it personally.  A Royal at heart, Butler says he will weigh heavily any offers and make the best decision for his family.  He is interested in a multi-year deal and believes that a tough year does not define a player who has had success over many years.  Butler played first base regularly in August and believes that he can play the position every day on a championship-caliber team.

Royals decline to exercise club option on DH/1B Billy Butler

Butler 726The Royals announced today that they have declined to exercise the 2015 club option in designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler’s contract, making him a free agent.

Butler, 28, was an American League All-Star in 2012 and ranks third in club history with a .295 career batting average and is sixth in doubles (276) and RBI (628) and seventh in hits (1,273) and homers (128).

Royals fans celebrate with team at “The K”

Fans hoping to see their beloved American League Champion Kansas City Royals one more time following Wednesday night’s game seven loss got that opportunity on Thursday as Kauffman Stadium hosted a season celebration. Ryan Lefevre hosted the event on the field and guests included Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, General Manager Dayton Moore, and Royals owner David Glass. Ned Yost along with several players and field staff were greeted by loud cheers as Yost, James Shields, Billy Butler, Jeremy Guthrie, Lorenzo Cain and even Nori Aoki spoke over the PA system to the fans, all thanking them for a season they will not forget.10-30Celebration1

For the thousands of fans in attendance it brought a sense of closure to the best season this city has seen in 29 years. The disappointment is fresh and may sting for a while but after the dust settles, people will remember the 2014 Royals season. Many hands sculpted the masterpiece that lead the Royals to game seven of the World Series, on the losing end to one of the greatest World Series and Postseason pitching performances of all time. And Kansas City found itself just 90 feet away from sending the last game of the Major League Baseball season to extra innings. From the front office to the players and coaches and last but certainly not least the fans have much to be proud of no matter how much last night still hurts.

10-30Celebration2After the on-field celebration of the season, Yost met with the media for a final time to wrap up the season. Yost called this year’s Postseason run “magical” but that it wasn’t until after sweeping Baltimore in the American League Championship Series that he realized something special was going on. Ned’s confidence in his team never wavered this season, even through 98 games when the Royals were 8.0 games out of first place in the AL Central and two games under .500. That confidence continued into game seven.

“I felt right up to the minute Sal popped up that we were going to be World Champions,” Yost said. “We’ll sit back and reflect the next couple of weeks and start to understand how special this year really was.”

The Royals received national exposure with their Postseason run and with their style of play.

“I think the country has had the opportunity to get to know these guys and see what they’re about,” Yost said. “I think this organization has made a lot of new fans throughout the country.”

“What was more impressive than that was that the country got an opportunity to see that Kansas City is a phenomenal baseball town. I think they were a little shocked during the All-Star Game two years ago but they really got an opportunity with this playoff format to see our fans in action. It was amazing to watch.”

Through the highs and lows of a long season, Yost said this year was one of the most gratifying in his coaching career, citing a great clubhouse and guys who were committed to the team instead of individual accomplishments. It is one of the many qualities that got the Royals to the World Series.

“I’ve never been more proud of a group that I’ve ever been around in my life,” Yost said.

By Nate Rowan


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