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The Royals have announced today that the club has requested Unconditional Release Waivers on right-handed pitcher Bryan Bullington for the purpose of allowing him to sign a professional baseball contract with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Central League in Japan.
Bullington, 30, was designated for assignment by the Royals on November 19. The 6-foot-6 right hander was 1-4 with a 6.12 ERA in 13 appearances, including five starts, for Kansas City in 2010. He was also named Omaha (AAA) Pitcher of the Year after compiling an 8-2 mark with a 2.82 ERA in 20 games (15 starts).
The Royals today announced their 40-man Major League roster with the addition of four new players.
The Royals have selected the contracts of left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford, first baseman Clint Robinson, and outfielders David Lough and Derrick Robinson.
To create room on the roster, the Royals designated four players for assignment: right-handed pitchers Bryan Bullington, Gaby Hernandez and Victor Marte, and outfielder Jordan Parraz.
Teaford, 26, posted a breakthrough 2010 campaign that culminated in a pair of appearances for Team USA at the Pan Am Qualifying Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October. The Alpharetta, Ga., resident was 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in two starts as Team USA finished tied for third and qualified for the 2011 Pan Am Games. The 6-footer went 14-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 27 games, including 12 starts, and was named the Northwest Arkansas (AA) Pitcher of the Year in 2010, pacing the Texas League in victories. The Royals’ 12th-round selection in 2006 out of Georgia Southern University was a perfect 8-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 12 outings (seven starts) for the Texas League champion Naturals following the All-Star break. The inaugural recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award in 2008, awarded to a Royals’ minor leaguer who best represents the organization on and off the field, Teaford also made one start with Omaha (AAA) in 2010.
25-year-old Clint Robinson won the Triple Crown in the Texas League in 2010, pacing the circuit with a .335 average, 29 home runs and 98 RBI. In addition, the left-handed slugger also led the league in doubles (41), total bases (298), slugging pct. (.625) and OPS (1.035). Drafted by the Royals in the 25th round in 2007 out of Troy University, Robinson was honored as the 2010 Northwest Arkansas Player of the Year. Born in Jefferson City, Mo., Robinson was raised and still resides in Dothan, Ala. He followed Teaford in being named the 2009 Mike Sweeney Award winner.
Lough, 24, batted .280 with 15 doubles, 12 triples, 11 home runs, 58 RBI and 65 runs in 120 games for Omaha in 2010. The left-handed hitter and thrower added 14 stolen bases while playing all three outfield positions. He overcame a slow start to hit .316 with a .403 on-base pct. and .462 slugging mark following the All-Star break. The 2009 George Brett Hitter of the Year was drafted in the 11th round by Kansas City out of Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., in 2007. Lough was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, and now resides in Clinton, Ohio.
23-year-old Derrick Robinson 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 switch-hitter also finished among the league leaders with eight triples (T-2nd) and 146 hits (3rd). 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. The Archer, Fla., native recently completed a stint with the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .260 with seven RBI and 11 runs scored in 14 games.
The entire 40-man roster is located on royals.com: http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/team/roster_40man.jsp?c_id=kc
Under the knife
Jason Kendall had extensive surgery today to repair three of the four muscles that attach to the rotator cuff. When doctors got into the shoulder, it was discovered that two of the muscles were completely torn off the bone. Yost said the doctor feels good about the procedure and Kendall will just have to take things month by month. Yost added that this is not something you should rush, and he knows the ever-eager Kendall will have to be reminded daily that he needs to be patient and smart about his recovery. Kendall should return to Kansas City at some point this weekend.
Yost also commented on Brian Bannister and Luke Hochevar’s return to active duty, saying the two will “piggyback” next Tuesday night at Minnesota. Bannister will make the start and Hochevar will follow. The moves will put Bryan Bullington back in the bullpen.
Looking good in the ‘pen
Yost believes the bullpen has performed well on a fairly consistent basis. On an individual level, he said nearly everyone is matching the high standard of throwing 4.0 successful innings out of 5.0. Additionally, he thinks all those involved in yesterday’s doubleheader did a good job of keeping the team in the ballgame and making it exciting. He said that in regards to today’s game, everyone should be available.
Grab the bull by the horns
Yost is looking forward to giving Jai Miller a starting opportunity today and hopes to see what Miller is capable of doing. Today is Miller’s first career start in the big leagues. Yost added that this is a time of opportunity for several players, including Phil Humber, Bryan Bullington, and Greg Holland, all of whom pitched on Saturday.
Bullington didn’t quite seize his opportunity yesterday, allowing 11 hits in 5.0 innings pitched, a sizeable difference compared to his previous start against the Yankees in which he surrendered only two hits over 8.0 innings. According to Yost, consistency is a must and is not something you can teach. He strongly believes Bullington’s outing against New York was not a fluke, and he expects the pitcher (as well as all his players) to not simply hold his job but rather take full advantage of it.
In today’s pregame interview with manager Ned Yost, questions focused on the pitching staff. The first hurler to be discussed was Bryan Bullington. Having just earned his first Major League win after 8.0 innings of shutout work against the Yankees on Sunday, the media asked if the righty would see another start. Yost replied by saying he doesn’t know what the future holds, it could all depend on how Brian Bannister looks after throwing his next side, which was scheduled for today. Yost added that the eventual return of Luke Hochevar will force the coaches to make even more decisions about the pitching rotation. When asked how close Hochevar is to being ready, Yost said he is pretty close, as is reliever Robinson Tejeda.
Yost also provided his thoughts on pitchers who seem to have success in their first several starts in the Majors, saying most of the success is due to luck and the fact that teams have never seen the pitchers before. However, he was also quick to note that this was not the case for Bullington, who had also thrown very well in his first start this year against the Angels as well.
Bryan for Brian
Yost said Bryan Bullington looked good in his start against the Angels last Tuesday and he’s going to give the pitcher another shot tomorrow against the Yankees. He explained how the next six weeks are about opportunities anyway, so letting Bullington fill in for Brian Bannister is consistent with the plan. Yost added that he liked how Bullington kept the team in the game against Anaheim and gave the Royals a chance to win, as well as how the right-hander kept the ball down and attacked hitters.
A work in progress
Yost also discussed similarities and differences between Gregor Blanco and Scott Podsednik, saying the two are comparable hitters, though Blanco bunts better. When it comes to batting leadoff, however, Yost believes Podsednik is as pure as they come while Blanco still needs to be molded a bit. Yost is looking forward to Blanco’s development in this position because he thinks it is fun to take guys with Blanco’s type of ability and help turn them into good leadoff hitters.
What a relief!
Last night’s one-run game was made even closer due to a pair of Royals errors and some other mistakes that could have resulted in errors. Yost expressed his disapproval, saying teams can’t give four or five outs to anyone and expect to survive, though the Royals somehow managed to do so last night. He added that errors are part of the game–it’s how you cover them that’s important, and he was very satisfied with how Blake Wood and Joakim Soria did just that.
Zack Greinke pitched 3.0 scoreless innings in his Spring Training debut as the Royals won 4-2 over Texas on Friday. Rick Ankiel hit a triple and added an outfield assist. Brad Thompson, Ankiel’s teammate in St. Louis, made his Kansas City debut in relief of Greinke. Adam Bostick and Roman Colon held Texas scoreless and Bryan Bullington worked the ninth for the save.
The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Bryan Bullington to a minor league contract for the 2010 season.
The former top overall pick of the 2002 Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates pitched in the Toronto Blue Jays organization in 2009, mainly at the Triple-A level for Las Vegas. The 29-year old did make four relief appearances for the Jays in April, compiling a 3.00 ERA in 6.0 innings. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder was 3-1 with three saves and a 3.52 ERA in 28 relief stints for Las Vegas, striking out 43 and walking just seven in 38.1 innings. Bullington is 0-5 with a 5.08 ERA in 13 games (5 starts) in his Major League career since breaking in with the Pirates in 2005. He also spent time with the Indians in 2008.
The former Ball State University star was originally drafted in 1999 by the Royals in the 37th round out of Madison (Ind.) High School, but did not sign. He is married with one child and currently resides in Mokena, Ill.