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Royals sign Raul Ibanez, recall Christian Colon; designate Pedro Ciriaco, Justin Maxwell

Ibanez2 jpgThe Royals announced today that they have signed outfielder/designated hitter Raul Ibanez as a Major League free agent.  In addition, Kansas City has also recalled infielder Christian Colon from Triple-A Omaha.  In corresponding moves with the Major League roster, the Royals have designated infielder Pedro Ciriaco and outfielder Justin Maxwell for assignment.

Ibanez, 42, signed with the Los Angeles Angels prior to this season, but was granted his outright release on June 21 and cleared waivers three days later.  He played in 57 games for the Angels, batting .157 with five doubles, two triples, three homers and 21 RBI.  Ibanez is one of two active players with 300 career home runs and 50 career triples (Carlos Beltran).  The left-handed hitting outfielder spent three seasons with the Royals (2001-03), hitting .294 with 37 doubles, 24 homers and 103 RBI during the 2002 season, helping him earn the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award from the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.  Ibanez was also named an All-Star starter in 2009, while with Philadelphia and has participated in 44 postseason games with three different teams: Seattle (2000), Philadelphia (2009-11) and the New York Yankees (2012).

Colon, 25, was the Royals’ first-round draft pick (fourth overall) in 2010 and was hitting .296 in 74 games at Triple-A Omaha this season, with 14 doubles, 4 homers and a .360 on-base percentage.  He ranks 12th in the Pacific Coast League with 48 runs scored, while his 14 steals are tied for 11th in the league.  Colon was named the Omaha Player of the Year in 2013, hitting .273 with 12 doubles, 12 homers and a .335 OBP.

Royals make six roster moves on Friday; 38 players remain in Major League camp

The Royals announced two sets of moves on Friday, reassigning three players in the morning and three more in the evening.  Following the transactions, the Royals have 38 players in Major League camp.
Left-handed pitcher Justin Marks has been optioned to Triple-A Omaha.  In addition, left-handed pitchers Scott Alexander and Everett Teaford have been assigned to minor league camp.

Right-handed pitcher Michael Mariot, catcher Francisco Pena and infielder Christian Colon were all optioned to Triple-A Omaha after KC’s game with Oakland.

Royals set 40-man roster ahead of tonight’s deadline

The Royals today announced several moves to set the club’s 40-man roster at 40 for the offseason reserve list deadline which occurs at midnight ET tonight.
The club has added outfielder Lane Adams, infielders Christian Colon and Cheslor Cuthbert and right-handed pitcher Michael Mariot to the 40-man roster.  In corresponding roster moves, the Royals have designated left-handed pitcher Noel Arguelles and infielder Irving Falu for assignment, while right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino has elected to become a free agent in lieu of accepting an outright assignment to Omaha.

Adams, 24, was named the Wilmington (A-Advanced) Player of the Year in 2013.  He batted .276 with seven home runs, 39 RBI and 23 stolen bases for the Blue Rocks before a July promotion to Northwest Arkansas.  He finished the season with Omaha (AAA), helping the Storm Chasers win the Pacific Coast League championship by going 3-for-5 with four RBI in the series clinching win over Salt Lake.  Adams was a 13th-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Colon, 24, was the Omaha Player of the Year last season.  He hit .273 with 12 home runs, 58 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 131 games.  Colon had an impressive second half, hitting .335 (56-for-167) while posting a .406 on-base percentage.  He was KC’s first-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

Cuthbert, 21, hit .247 with 37 doubles, eight homers and 59 RBI in 134 games between Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas (AA).  He hit .280 with 21 doubles and 31 RBI with the Blue Rocks, before being promoted on June 13.  Cuthbert was signed by the Royals as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2009.

Mariot, 25, posted a 4-5 record with 11 saves and a 3.56 ERA in 47 appearances with Omaha last season.  He totaled 66 strikeouts in 60.2 innings, while posting a 1.39 WHIP.  The right-handed pitcher was an eighth-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Nebraska.

Spring Training photos: Christian Colon and Wil Myers



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will myers_7160a.jpgThe Royals won one and lost one in split-squad play on Monday.  Several top prospects from minor league camp joined the major league squads for the games.  Christian Colon, KC’s first round pick in 2010, played shortstop and 2009 third-rounder Wil Myers entered the afternoon contest as a pinch hitter (notice that Wil doesn’t wear batting gloves!). 
Today’s game, which is underway, is an audio webcast on royals.com.

Christian Colon press conference

Colon_3.jpgThe Kauffman Stadium interview room was at capacity for today’s introduction of first-round pick Christian Colon.
 
The shortstop is very excited to start playing professional baseball right away.  He did not want the negotiations to drag out.  He will leave for Wilmington on Saturday and participate in drills for a few days, then begin playing in games next week. 

J.J. Picollo, Assistant General Manger for Scouting/Player Development, says that Colon can handle the Carolina League (Class A – Advanced).  Picollo cited Colon’s Team USA experience and his strong college background at Cal State Fullerton.  He believes that the next few months will be beneficial to Colon, who will get to adjust to pro ball before spring training.

Colon is advised by former Kansas City shortstop Kurt Stillwell, who is now with the Boras Corporation.  Stillwell had a chance to catch up with Frank White, his former double play partner, as well as Jeff Montgomery, who was Stillwell’s teammate both in the Cincinnati system and with the Royals.

On Saturday, we’ll post more pictures of Christian’s first day in a Kansas City uniform.

Royals sign first-round pick Christian Colon

Colon_2010_115 15-32-15.JPGThe Royals today have signed first-round draft choice Christian Colon, the fourth overall selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.  Consistent with team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.  Royals’ amateur scout Scott Groot signed the Royals selection.

The 6’0″, 180 lb. right-handed hitting shortstop from Cal State Fullerton was named a first-team All-America by Baseball America and a Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Semifinalist.  Colon compiled a .358 average with 17 home runs, 68 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 64 games, leading the Titans to the NCAA Super Regional.  Prior to his three seasons with Fullerton, Colon graduated from Canyon High School in Corona, Calif.

The 21-year old, born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, played for Team USA’s Collegiate National Team in 2009.  He became the first player in the history of the Collegiate National Team to earn the title of captain.  Colon led Team USA in hits (34), home runs (5), RBI (37), runs (31) and stolen bases (24) and was named Summer League Player of the Year by Baseball America.

Colon will be assigned to Wilmington, the Royals’ Class A Advanced affiliate in the Carolina League.

He will meet with the media later today.  We’ll post a summary of the press conference, so check back!

Royals complete second day of draft

The Royals completed the second day of the 2010 First-Year Rule 4 Player Draft today, selecting 29 players after drafting shortstop Christian Colon in the first round on Monday. 

Kansas City’s first selection of the day came in the second round (54th overall) when they chose University of Arkansas centerfielder Brett Eibner.  The Houston native has batted .337 with 21 home runs and 69 RBI for the Razorbacks.  He was named to the watch list for the Olerud Award, which recognizes college baseball’s best two-way player.  Eibner has compiled a 3-4 mark and a 4.39 ERA in 55.1 IP on the mound 

The Royals went with a local prep star in the fifth round, selecting right-handed pitcher Jason Adam from Blue Valley Northwest High School.  Other local selections included University of Nebraska pitcher Michael Mariot (eighth round), Oklahoma State catcher Kevin David (19th round) and University of Missouri shortstop Michael Liberto (21st round). 

The Royals selected Brian Fletcher, son of former Major League infielder Scott Fletcher, in the 18th round.  The Auburn University outfielder is currently second in the SEC with 22 home runs.

The club selected five players out of high school and 24 from the college ranks today, including two junior college picks (Miami Dade teammates Daniel Hernandez and Jose Rodriguez). Among the 30 players selected over the first two days, the position-by-position breakdown includes: 14 pitchers (11 right-handers, three left-handers), three catchers, six infielders and seven outfielders.

Christian Colon conference call notes


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, Kansas City’s first-round pick, talked to the media today via teleconference.  Colon and his Cal State Fullerton teammates are preparing for a weekend Super Regional series against UCLA.  Here are some notes:

Colon is used to playing alongside some big names – his national team experience includes time with Stephen Strasburg and Mike Leake.  He sees himself as a person who leads by example and can also be vocal.  He says he will do anything to win.

Colon was born in Puerto Rico before his family moved to the U.S.  He patterned his game after Roberto Alomar, a favorite in Puerto Rico.

He compared his style to Elvis Andrus of the Rangers and Martin Prado of the Braves.  The media has compared him to Placido Polanco, and Colon is comfortable with the comparison.  He sees Polanco as a player who plays the game the right way and moves runners along.

The Padres selected Colon in the 10th round in 2007.  He says his speed has improved since then and that his body has changed from hitting the weight room.  He also grew up as a hitter and developed more arm strength.

He is familiar with one of K.C.’s minor league affiliate cities - Colon played in Omaha last year in the College World Series.  He has good memories of the city and the people. 

Photos: First-round pick Christian Colon

Special thanks to Cal State Fullerton for sending along these photos of Christian Colon!

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Watch first-round pick Christian Colon tonight on ESPNU!

Colon_2010_067.JPGK.C.’s first-round pick Christian Colon (at left) and his Cal State Fullerton teammates will battle Ryan Lefebvre’s beloved Minnesota Golden Gophers at 10 p.m. Central tonight in NCAA Regional action.  Tune in to ESPNU! 

We attended a press conference with Dayton Moore and J.J. Picollo this evening.  Check back later as we’ll post a summary and additional pictures of Colon that we received from Cal State Fullerton.

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