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Photos: Dozier off to quick start in Arizona Fall League

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.

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Arizona Fall League profiles: Lane Adams and Malcom Culver

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

Position:  Outfielder

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.

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Player:  Malcom Culver

Age: 23

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.

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Arizona Fall League game to air on MLB Network on Saturday

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

Age: 21

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

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Arizona Fall League photos

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/

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Arizona Fall League in full swing

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.

Eight Royals to compete for Peoria in the 2013 Arizona Fall League

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


Montgomery_Hosmer_Giavotella.JPGThe 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.

Montgomery’s teammate on Team USA, the 21-year-old Hosmer is batting .184 (9-for-49) with three doubles and 10 RBI in 11 games for the Rafters.

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).

 

Arizona Fall League rosters announced

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.

Arizona Fall League in full swing

Moustakas.jpgThe Arizona Fall League season kicked off on Tuesday.  Four Royals minor league player/pitcher of the year honorees are on the Surprise roster (David Lough, Mike Moustakas (at right), Brandon Sisk and Ben Swaggerty).  The quartet is joined by Royals prospects Jeff Bianchi, Federico Castaneda and Blake Wood on a team that includes players from the Cardinals, Mets, Rangers and Yankees.  You can follow all of the action on mlb.com.  The official Twitter account for the AFL is

@MLBazFallLeague

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

 

Thursday afternoon update – Mike Moustakas hit a 3-run home run in today’s game!

Dickerson to play in Rising Stars Game


 Kansas City prospect Joe Dickerson, an outfielder for the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League, has been selected to play in the league’s Rising Stars Game.


Dickerson_2_Brad Glazier.JPGDickerson, 22, earned Carolina League Postseason All-Star recognition in 2008 after batting .297 with 5 home runs and 45 RBI for the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Dickerson finished second among Carolina League players with 10 triples and in a tie for eighth with 24 stolen bases despite missing the last six weeks of the season with a broken index finger.

The Rising Stars Game is scheduled for Friday, October 24 at 7:15 p.m. at Surprise Stadium, the spring training home of the Royals. It’s an off day from the World Series, so if you’re a Royals fan living in or around Surprise, stop by and cheer for Joe!

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