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The votes are in on Election Day: Reliever Greg Holland named 2012 Bruce Rice Royals Pitcher of the Year

The Royals have announced that right-handed reliever Greg Holland has been named the 2012 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year.  The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

Holland, who will turn 27 on November 20, made 67 appearances for the Royals, finishing 7-4 with a 2.96 ERA, 16 saves and 91 strikeouts in 67.0 innings.  The North Carolina native overcame early season struggles and a stint on the disabled list by posting a 2.08 ERA over his final 60 outings.  He recorded 16 saves in 18 chances after taking over the closer’s role on July 31, including 13 straight conversions from August 1 to September 9.  Holland finished third among American League relievers in strikeouts, trailing teammate Tim Collins (93) and Steve Delabar, who notched 92 with Seattle and Toronto.  The 91 strikeouts rank sixth in single-season franchise history among relievers.  Holland held opponents to two home runs over 67.0 innings for a ratio of 0.27 per nine innings, second-best in the American League among pitchers who threw at least 65.0 innings.  He became the first Kansas City reliever with seven or more wins in a season since 2000.

Yesterday, the Royals announced that shortstop Alcides Escobar won the 2012 Joe Burke Special Achievement award.  Tomorrow, the club will announce the 2012 Les Milgram Player of the Year at noon CT.

Royals announce 2010 organizational award winners

The Royals are pleased to announce the remaining organizational award winners for the 2010 season.  The honorees will be recognized at the 2011 Royals Awards Show, scheduled for Saturday, January 22 in conjunction with Royals FanFest presented by Sprint and Teva Neuroscience at the Overland Park Convention Center.

During the event, the Royals will recognize 12 honorees for their contributions both on and off the field in 2010.  Former Royals greats such as George Brett and Willie Wilson will be among the presenters in attendance.

Previously, the club announced the following award recipients as voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).  Royals’ closer Joakim Soria  was the selection for the 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year while Billy Butler was the 2010 Les Milgram Player of the Year for the second straight season.  Starter Bruce Chen was named the 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner.

The remaining award recipients to be recognized at the event include:

Mike Moustakas, recipient of the George Brett Hitter of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top hitter. The 22-year-old third baseman combined to hit .322 with NW Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA), tying for the minor league lead with 36 home runs.  The Royals’ first-round selection (2nd overall) in 2007 also posted 41 doubles and drove in 124 in being named the Sporting News Minor League Hitter of the Year, the Texas League Player of the Year, and a Baseball America 2010 first-team Minor League All-Star.

John Lamb, recipient of the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top pitcher. The 20-year-old pitched at three levels of the Royals system in 2010, wrapping up at NW Arkansas.  The six-foot-three lefty from Laguna Hills, Calif., was a combined 10-7 with a 2.38 ERA in 28 starts, allowing 122 hits in 147.2 innings, striking out 159 and walking just 45.  Lamb was a fifth-round pick of the Royals in 2008.

Derrick Robinson, recipient of the Willie Wilson Base Runner of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top base runner.  The 23-year-old patrolled center field for the Texas League-champion Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2010, hitting .286 with a league-leading 50 stolen bases in 67 attempts.  The speedster, drafted by the Royals in the fourth round in 2006, has swiped 236 bases in his professional career, including 181 in his last three campaigns, and is a two-time winner of the Willie Wilson Award, also earning the honor in 2008.

Eric Hosmer, recipient of the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top defensive player.  Hosmer, 21, is an athletic first baseman who posted a .988 fielding percentage in 80 games at Wilmington (A Advanced) before upping that mark to .994 in 43 games at first for NW Arkansas.  At the plate, the Royals’ first-round pick (3rd overall) in 2008 batted a combined .338 with 43 doubles, nine triples, 20 home runs, 86 RBI and 87 runs, also stealing 14 bases in 16 attempts.

Buddy Baumann, recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award – recognizing a player who best represents the organization on and off the field.  The 23-year-old left-handed pitcher tirelessly volunteered for numerous community events throughout the 2010 season, visiting Wilmington-area schools and hospitals and conducting several baseball clinics.  Kansas City’s seventh-round selection in 2009 was 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three relief appearances for Burlington (A) to begin 2010 before going 4-2 with four saves and posting a 2.24 ERA in 31 games (14 starts) for Wilmington.

Brian Poldberg, recipient of the Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year – recognizing an outstanding member of player development.  The only manager the NW Arkansas Naturals have ever known, Poldberg led the club to the Texas League Championship in 2010.  The team was also recently recognized as the Baseball America Minor League Club of the Year.  After ending a seven-year playing career, the Carter Lake, Iowa resident has been a coach and instructor in the Royals organization since 1987.

Sean Gibbs, recipient of the Art Stewart Scout of the Year – recognizing an outstanding scout.  Gibbs has served the Royals organization as an area scout since 2007.  He has scouted and signed several players including 2010 Burlington (R) Pitcher of the Year Crawford Simmons.

Andrew Layman, assistant general manager of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, is the recipient of the Matt Minker Award – recognizing an outstanding minor league affiliate employee.  Layman has directed the merchandise, ticket and stadium operations departments during his 19-year Blue Rocks tenure.  In 1998, he received the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for best exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism in recognition of his time invested with a local teen.  The Malvern, Pa. native is a 1992 graduate of Lynchburg College where he played lacrosse.  He currently makes his home in Wilmington with fiance, Jordan, and their son, Mason.

In addition, the Royals will honor Chuck Sailors with the Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award –  recognizing an outstanding member of the community.  In 2004, Sailors founded the KC Urban Youth Center at 28th and Troost in Kansas City, Mo.  Today, the center is part of three low-income housing communities in urban Kansas City serving more than 300 students and their families each year.  Sailors and his staff work daily with a holistic approach in order to offer hope, community and wholeness to children and youth living in traditionally underserved communities.


Joakim Soria reflects on 2010, looks ahead

Soria_2010.jpgGreat closers are often said to have the ability to forget about a bad outing.  Joakim Soria, the 2010 Bruce Rice Royals Pitcher of the Year, didn’t have many nights to forget this past season.   When he does need to put a game behind him, he learns from it rather than forgetting about it entirely.   Soria allowed back-to-back home runs to Vladimir Guerrero and Josh Hamilton in the eighth inning on May 6 at Texas as the Rangers rallied for a 13-12 win.  Afterwards, Soria reviewed what happened in the game to prepare himself for future opportunities.  And prepare he did to the tune of converting on his next 36 save opportunities, setting a franchise mark.  Soria sees the consecutive saves record as the highlight of his 2010 season.

Soria returned to his native Mexico after the season.  He took three weeks off and now he’s back on his training program.  Last offseason, he built his strength and endurance by working closely with Ty Hill (K.C.’s strength and conditioning coordinator) and Jeff Blum (the team’s physical therapist).  The result was that Soria felt great throughout the season.  He is once again looking to the pair for advice as he prepares for 2011.

When asked about his future in Kansas City, Soria told the media that he is happy to be a part of the Royals family and believes that he fits in with what the Royals want to do.  He sees his career path as a closer, stating simply “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. 

The Royals will announce the Les Milgram Player of the Year on Monday.  We’ll post the press release and follow up with a conference call summary. 

Royals closer Joakim Soria named 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year

soria_8314.jpgThe Royals have announced that right-handed pitcher Joakim Soria is the 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year.  The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

The 26-year-old Soria, who also won the award in 2008, went 1-2 with a career-high 43 saves in 46 opportunities in 2010.  In 66 appearances, he compiled a 1.78 ERA, striking out 71 and walking just 16 in 65.2 innings.  The two-time A.L. All-Star (2008 and 2010) finished second in the league in saves (Rafael Soriano-TB, 45) and just two back of the Royals single-season record held by Dan Quisenberry (1983) and Jeff Montgomery (1993).  Soria set a pair of Royals club marks in 2010, converting 36 saves in a row and posting 23.2 consecutive scoreless innings as a reliever.  Soria finished third in baseball in save percentage (93.5), behind the Padres’ Heath Bell (94.0) and the Rays’ Rafael Soriano (93.8).  The Monclova, Mexico, resident becomes the 10th Royals pitcher to be named the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year at least twice since the award’s inception in 1971.  Dan Quisenberry and Bret Saberhagen each earned the honor a team-high four times.

Yesterday, left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen was named the 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner.  The Royals will announce the 2010 Les Milgram Player of the Year on Monday.

Check back later today as we post a summary of Joakim’s conference call.



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