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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
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
While the Royals are getting ready to play Baltimore in the ALCS, several Royals prospects are busy in Arizona with Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League.
2013 first-round pick Hunter Dozier started the Fall League season by winning the Bowman Hitting Challenge, which combines multiple aspects of hitting.
Dozier also helped Peoria win its first game of the fall on Tuesday night (5-4). He had two hits and two RBI, with Bubba Starling adding a hit and two runs.
Thanks to Arizona-based photographer Lee Magenheim, who shared photos of Dozier in the Hitting Challenge.
The Peoria Javelinas have their final game of the 2013 Arizona Fall League this afternoon (November 14).
We take a look at two more Royals prospects, with the photos courtesy of Lee Magenheim of Arizona.
Player: Lane Adams
Age: Turned 24 on Wednesday
Hometown: Red Oak, Oklahoma
Acquired: 13th round pick in the 2009 June Free Agent Draft
2013: Wilmington Player of the Year (.276 AVG, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 23 SB in 87 games); promoted to Northwest Arkansas, where he tied club records with three home runs and seven RBI on August 13. Joined Omaha during the PCL playoffs.
Basketball Star: Adams led Red Oak to state championships in both baseball and basketball. He scored 3,251 points during his basketball career, finishing fifth in Oklahoma prep history. His 93.7 percent free throw percentage as a junior led all of Oklahoma. Adams turned down a basketball scholarship to sign with the Royals.
Player: Malcom Culver
Hometown: El Mirage, Ariz. (attended high school in California)
Acquired: Eighth round pick in the 2008 June Free Agent Draft
Position: Right-handed pitcher
2013: Recorded a 2.79 ERA, 76 strikeouts and five saves in 84.0 innings at High-A Wilmington. Made one appearance with Northwest Arkansas.
Football Star: Culver had an opportunity to play both baseball and football at San Diego State. He chose to sign with KC.
Return to the mound: Culver was drafted as a pitcher. He spent 2008-10 as an infielder before moving back to the mound in 2011.
MLB Network is airing select Arizona Fall League games this week. On Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Central, the network will broadcast the game between the Peoria Javelinas and the Salt River Rafters. Eight Royals prospects are on the Peoria roster. The game will feature testing of Major League Baseball’s new review procedures for expanded instant replay.
While we’re on the subject of the Arizona Fall League, we bring you this prospect profile on Orlando Calixte. Our photos are courtesy of Lee Magenheim.
Player: Orlando Calixte
Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Signed with KC: August 28, 2010
Position: Shortstop (also playing second base in the Arizona Fall League)
2013: Earned Texas League All-Star honors at Northwest Arkansas
Special thanks to Lee Magenheim of Arizona, who sent along these Fall League photos of Royals prospects Noel Arguelles and Cheslor Cuthbert. The pair are among eight Royals prospects playing for the Peoria Javelinas. You can keep up on the AFL at http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/afl/
The 2013 Arizona Fall League is underway! You can follow the Fall League at http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/afl/index.jsp
There’s a twist this year…Royals prospects are playing for the Peoria Javelinas and not for the Surprise Saguaros. The Peoria club is playing home games in Surprise due to renovations at the Peoria Sports Complex, so if you are in Arizona, you can still see Royals prospects at Surprise Sports Complex.
Eight Royals prospects are playing for Peoria. A look at the early highlights: Jorge Bonifacio (brother of Emilio) has three hits, two RBI and two runs through two games. Cheslor Cuthbert hit a home run on Tuesday. Cuthbert split 2013 between Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas.
The Arizona Fall League and the Kansas City Royals today named eight players from the Royals organization who will compete for the Peoria Javelinas in the 2013 Arizona Fall League. Prospects from the Astros, Mariners, Padres, Phillies and Royals organizations make up the Peoria squad. The Javelinas will train and play home games at the Royals complex in Surprise due to renovations at the Peoria Sports Complex.
The Royals prospects are right-handed pitchers Jason Adam, Angel Baez, and Malcom Culver, left-handed pitcher Noel Arguelles, shortstop Orlando Calixte, third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert and outfielders Lane Adams and Jorge Bonifacio. Adams will be available to play on Wednesdays and Saturdays as a member of the taxi squad.
2013 marks the 22nd season of the Arizona Fall League, created by Major League Baseball in 1992 to serve as an off-season league for top prospects. The season will begin on Tuesday, October 8, with the Rising Stars Game set for November 2 and the Championship Game scheduled for November 16.
Three KC prospects to participate in Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game, which will air on MLB Network
The Arizona Fall League has announced that Royals’ minor league left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery (left), first baseman Eric Hosmer (center) and second baseman Johnny Giavotella (right) will participate for the West Division in the league’s Rising Stars game on Saturday, November 6.
The 21-year-old Montgomery joined the Arizona Fall League after pitching for Team USA at the Pan Am Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico. Montgomery is 2-1 with a 6.10 ERA in three starts for the Surprise Rafters, allowing 13 hits and seven runs in 10.1 innings, while walking two and striking out 11.
Giavotella, 23, is batting .385 (15-for-39) with seven doubles, one home run, six RBI and eight runs scored in nine games. The second baseman currently ranks eighth in the league in batting after finishing second in the regular season to teammate Clint Robinson in the Texas League with a .322 mark.
The Rising Stars game, scheduled for 8 p.m. CT at Surprise Stadium, the spring home of the Royals and Texas Rangers, will be nationally televised by the MLB Network and online via MLB.com (MLB.TV).
Rosters for the Arizona Fall League were announced today. Kansas City places players on the Surprise roster, along with prospects from the Brewers, Cardinals, Rangers and Tigers. Seven KC players were named to the roster today, with the final spot to be announced.
Kansas City will send left-handed starters Danny Duffy and Mike Montgomery, reliever Patrick Keating, catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer, second baseman Johnny Giavotella and outfielder Derrick Robinson.