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Aaron Crow to debut today in Arizona Fall League


Crow 4.JPGAaron Crow
, Kansas City’s first-round selection in 2009, makes his pro debut today for the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League.  Aaron was added to the squad after participating in the Arizona Instructional League.

The game begins at 1:35 Central/12:35 Mountain time.  Follow along on MLB.com!

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/winterleagues/league.jsp?league=afl

Aaron Crow Introduced (photos)


Crow 1.JPGAaron Crow
is a lifelong Royals fan whose dream has been to play in the big leagues for the Royals.  Today, he took a step toward that dream as he was introduced at an afternoon press conference. 

Crow 2.JPGCrow is ready to get out onto the field, and he will have that opportunity soon as he will report to the Royals’ instructional league team in Arizona on Sunday.  Workouts begin on Monday.

He has stayed in shape with workouts, bullpen sessions, simulated games and side sessions.  Crow says that he is just older and wiser than last year.  His pitching repertoire is mainly a fastball and a sinker, with a slider and change-up mixed in.  He has worked a lot on improving his change-up over the last year.

Crow 4.JPGWhen asked if the Major League contract put pressure on him, Aaron calmly said he doesn’t see it as pressure but a challenge. 

General Manager Dayton Moore said that the Royals will not put limitations on Aaron.  As a player in Major League camp, he will be given the opportunity to make the team out of Spring Training.  However, the overall goal is for Aaron to have a 15+ year career in the Majors.  Moore sees a tremendous competitor with great drive.

Assistant General Manager-Scouting & Player Development J.J. Picollo mentioned that signing the first-round pick was a priority.  He is anxious to get Crow into the mix.

Jose Guillen was placed on the 60-day D.L. to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Crow.

ROYALS COME TO TERMS WITH CROW

It’s official!  The Royals just announced that they have reached an agreement with first-round draft choice Aaron Crow, the 12th overall selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.  The agreement covers a three-year Major League contract, beginning in 2010.  Consistent with team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Crow, a native of Wakarusa, Kan. and a graduate of Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, was the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and a Golden Spikes Award finalist in 2008 after going 13-0 with a 2.35 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 15 starts for the University of Missouri.  Crow has pitched in each of the last two seasons for the Fort Worth Cats of the independent American Association.  This season, Crow won all three of his starts, posting a 1.06 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 17.0 IP with the Cats. 

Aaron’s formal introduction to the club will take place at a press conference on Friday.  Check back for a recap.

We welcome Aaron to the Royals! 

Royals Draft Notes

The 2009 Draft is in the books, with the Royals selecting 49 players.  That doesn’t mean that the Royals are taking any time off.  Scouts are headed to Minnesota this weekend to look at players and the Royals will continue to look at international talent.  Here are a few notes from both today’s press conference and yesterday’s teleconference.

 

Wil Myers

 

J.J. Picollo noted that Myers, a third-round selection, played seven positions in high school and that he has expressed a desire to catch.  Picollo says that the Royals will start him as a catcher. 

 

College picks

 

Kansas City selected 27 college players this year, plus Aaron Crow, who was listed as unaffiliated.  That’s up from 23 college players last year.  The Royals had just two high school picks among their first 11 selections this year.  Last season, Johnny Giavotella was the only four-year college player in the first 10 rounds.  Moore said that he likes a blend of high school and college pitchers.  Some of the college pitchers from this year’s draft will be relievers.  He hopes that they can reach the Majors at the same time.

 

Strategy and budget

 

Moore noted that Picollo used a strategy in which he chose three to four players with top round talent.  He also said the Royals must strive to use every penny of their scouting budget wisely.  Many of the players chosen in the final ten rounds are summer follow selections who have several college options.  Moore is hopeful that the Royals can budget their dollars in a way that will allow them to sign a few of the summer follow picks.

 

Local connections

 

The Royals made several picks with local ties, starting with Aaron Crow, their first-round selection.  Moore noted that it is important to “scout your own backyard aggressively.”  He also said that the Royals employed “good old-fashioned scouting.”

 

The Royals selected a pair of local prep pitchers today.  Michael Morin of Shawnee Mission South was selected in the 40th round and Jeffrey Soptic from Shawnee Mission East was nabbed in the 43rd round.  ATH just spoke with the local high school baseball fanatic in the Royals front office, Sr. Director of Corporate Sales, Mitch Wheeler.  His son Seth has caught Morin since they were nine years old.  Mitch says that Morin and Soptic faced off twice this season, including once in the Frank White Classic right here at Kauffman Stadium!  What an exciting moment for these two players to be selected by their hometown team!

Royals have something to "Crow" about

The Royals landed a highly touted prospect in the first round today, and the pitcher was in their own backyard.  University of Missouri product Aaron Crow, who went to Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, was the 12th overall pick.  Crow went 13-0 with Mizzou as a junior in 2008 to earn Big 12 Pitcher of the Year honors.  He was selected by Washington last year, but did not sign.  Crow has pitched for the Fort Worth Cats in the independent American Assocation in 2008 and 2009.

 

Royals team photographer Chris Vleisides was in the “war room” during today’s first round.  Here are some exclusive pictures.


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First, we see General Manager Dayton Moore as he talks with Midwest Regional Supervisor John Flannery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strategy.jpgHere’s Dayton discussing draft strategies with Lonnie Goldberg, Mike Arbuckle, J.J. Picollo, Steve Williams, and Dean Taylor.

 

 

 

Congratulations.jpgThe Royals have made their pick!  J.J. Picollo gets congratulations from the baseball operations staff, including National Supervisor Junior Vizcaino.

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