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The Royals announced made four Spring Training roster moves on Sunday morning. After the transactions, the Royals have 34 players (33 active) in Major League camp.
Left-handed pitchers Danny Duffy and Donnie Joseph have been optioned to Triple-A Omaha, while right-handed pitchers Cory Wade and P.J. Walters have been assigned to minor league camp.
The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on 2014 Major League contracts with left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy, infielder Johnny Giavotella and outfielder Carlos Peguero. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. After today’s signings, the Royals’ entire 40-man roster is under contract for the 2014 season.
Duffy, 25, returned from Tommy John surgery last season, posting a 2-0 record and a 1.85 ERA in five starts with Kansas City. Giavotella, 26, spent a majority of the 2013 season with Triple-A Omaha, batting .286 with 24 doubles, 7 homers and 46 RBI in 100 games for the Storm Chasers. Peguero, was acquired from the Seattle Mariners on January 29; he ranked seventh in the Pacific Coast League with 19 homers and was selected to the Triple-A All-Star Game in 2013.
Tonight James Shields takes the mound against the Twins but at Ned Yost’s press conference, tomorrow night’s starter was a main topic of discussion. The Royals need a spot starter as Wade Davis is on the Family Emergency list following the passing of his step-brother. They have chosen to go with Danny Duffy, who has been rehabbing vigorously after undergoing “Tommy John” surgery in June, 2012. The skipper was asked why they decided to go with Duffy.
“We want to see where he is at. He has been throwing well in Triple A (Omaha). We thought it would be a good opportunity to gauge where he is in his comeback.” Yost went on to say, “He (Duffy) needed to get his arm healthy and strong again. Yeah, he had to learn how to command his pitches again but the most important thing for him was getting back on the mound, healthy. He has worked extremely hard through his rehab.”
Last night the Royals erupted for 13 runs, a feat they had accomplished one other time this season, April 5th at Philadelphia. Ned was asked about the teams’ mental approach at the plate. “Right now, for the most part, everyone feels good about themselves when they step in the box. Over the course of the season you have periods where you feel really good and periods where you don’t. The key for good ball clubs is having four or five guys going good at the same time. That is what we have done well lately.”
The South Caravan wrapped up with three stops on Monday. The first was in Springdale, Ark., home of the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Royals owner David Glass met with pitchers Bruce Chen, Danny Duffy and Will Smith before a luncheon, which was hosted by the Naturals and the Springdale Rotary. The program included Glass greeting the crowd of over 200. A Q&A session for the pitchers followed, with Chen providing several laughs. Fans were happy to see former Naturals Duffy and Smith, who helped the club to the 2010 Texas League title. We also noticed a Bruce Chen Northwest Arkansas jersey – a very rare item as the lefty made just one rehab start with the club!
The Royals today announced several 40-man Major League roster moves. Following the moves, the Royals now have 40 players on the club’s 40-man roster.
The club has reinstated left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy and right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino from the 60-day Disabled List. Both pitchers underwent ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery) during the 2012 season: Duffy on his left elbow on June 13 and Paulino on his right elbow on July 3.
In addition, the club claimed right-handed pitcher Guillermo Moscoso on Outright Waivers from the Colorado Rockies and claimed catcher Brett Hayes on Outright Waivers from the Miami Marlins.
Leaving the Royals organization is right-handed pitcher Blake Wood, who was claimed on Outright Waivers by the Cleveland Indians.
Catcher Manuel Pina was assigned outright to Omaha while left-handed pitcher Tommy Hottovy, right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress and outfielder Jason Bourgeois were designated for assignment.
The 28-year-old Moscoso (name is pronounced “jee-AIR-moh mahs-KOH-soh”), who will turn 29 on November 14, has pitched for parts of the past four seasons in the Majors with the Rangers (2009-10), Athletics (2011) and Rockies (2012). The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder made 23 appearances, including three starts, for Colorado last season and went 3-2 with a 6.12 ERA. His best season came in 2011 with Oakland when he compiled an 8-10 record with a 3.38 ERA in 23 games (21 starts), allowing three hits or fewer in eight starts. Born in Maracay, Venezuela, Moscoso was originally signed by the Detroit Tigers as a non-drafted free agent in 2003.
Hayes, 28, has worked as the Marlins backup catcher for parts of the past four seasons. In 39 games in 2012, he batted .202 with six doubles after hitting .231 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 64 contests in 2011. Known as a strong defensive catcher, Hayes has caught 19 of 74 attempted basestealers in his career (26%). The 6-foot, 201-pound right-handed hitter was the Marlins’ second-round selection in the 2005 draft out of the University of Nevada. His father, Tim Hayes, was drafted by the Royals but never played professionally.
On Saturday, we’ll be 23 days away the official Spring Training report date for Royals pitchers and catchers! Number 23 for the Royals is Danny Duffy, an easy-going lefty from Lompoc, Calif. Danny made a lot of new fans on Royals Caravan and we had a chance to talk with him about his rookie year, the upcoming season, his favorite TV show and more. Be sure to follow Danny on Twitter (https://twitter.com/dduffkc23)!
Around the Horn: What have the past few days been like on Caravan?
Danny Duffy: It’s been a lot of fun. I knew how much support we had – it has been nice to see first hand. There are a lot of neat people who have been supporting us for a long time – it’s really appreciated by all of us.
ATH: You were taking some pictures as we rolled across the Flint Hills toward Wichita.
DD: Yeah, I’ve never seen anything like this from the ground.
ATH: What do you like about Kansas City?
DD: Everything. The barbeque…the people are friendly, the hospitality is second to none.
DD: Almost everything outside of hanging out with my family has been baseball related. I’ve been trying to run as much as I can, do core work and put on some good weight. I’m just doing everything I can to be here Opening Day and help this team.
ATH: Did you travel at all?
DD: I went up to my family’s cabin in the Sierras and hiked around a little bit. I don’t get to go there in the summers anymore so it was nice to take advantage of a dry winter. Most of the time is spent hanging out with my family.
ATH: What are your goals for 2012?
DD: As a team, we want to make the playoffs. That’s first and foremost. Personally, I want to be more pitch efficient. That will keep me at the level that I want to be at. I feel like I’ve done everything that I can this offseason to assure that my hard work is going to pay off. I’m excited to get out there and prove to everyone that I’ve been working really hard, as I’m sure the whole team has.
ATH: Talk about some of the highlights of last year.
DD: Getting to the big leagues is obviously a frontrunner…(along with) getting to know everyone on the team…I’ve always looked up to Gordo since I was drafted. We had never really talked too much before I came up. It’s been cool to get to know him and his family…same with Hoch (Luke Hochevar), I’ve always really looked up to Hoch. I think my favorite part of the year was becoming good friends with people on this team. It’s cool to be able to play on the same squad as them.
ATH: Who are some of your closest friends on the team?
DD: I can’t really single one person out. Blake Wood…we’re good buddies. Eric Hosmer is one of the realest people that I’ve ever met. Moustakas (a fellow Californian) – we go way back.
ATH: We’ve seen the Broncos tweets…what are some of your favorite teams?
DD: I think the Lakers are my favorite team, outside of the Royals. I had the opportunity to sit behind the bench this offseason. As corny as it may sound – I think watching Kobe and how hard he works has driven me. I’ve gone out running after Lakers games because I’m so hyped from watching Kobe. I like Fresno State – I’ve always been a fan in football.
ATH: You mentioned running and we’ve also seen that on Twitter. Is that something that you like to do on road trips?
DD: Yeah, I’ve always enjoyed running. Everybody has their way to wind down and shut the mind down. That’s my way to cool off.
ATH: What’s your favorite road city so far?
DD: I really enjoyed Arlington because it was so secluded. It was an amazing ballpark, we had a good time down there, hanging out and laying low.
ATH: Are you a video game player?
DD: No, I’m not into video games…but it will be cool to be on one this year. I will definitely check out the new MLB games.
ATH: Who was your favorite baseball player while you were growing up?
DD: Mike Piazza. I had a wall of 50 of his cards and was at his last game with the Dodgers. (Remembering the trade like it was yesterday)…They traded him to Florida (with Todd Zeile) for Bobby Bonilla, Gary Sheffield, Jim Eisenreich, Charles Johnson and Manuel Barrios. (ATH mentioned that Danny might meet Eisenreich at some point as the former Royals outfielder resides in the KC area.)
ATH: You mentioned Piazza’s baseball cards. Have you seen any of your cards?
DD: I have seen a few, my Mom usually gets them as soon as they come out.
ATH: What’s your favorite TV show?
DD: SportsCenter…other than that, I’m a big fan of Family Guy. I love Stewie for his sarcasm.
ATH: Yeah Stewie’s the best…well Danny, thanks for the time and good luck in 2012!
It has been a busy week at the office! Last week, ATH joined team representatives on Caravan visits to Cameron, St. Joseph and Maryville, Missouri, then on to Topeka and Wichita, Kansas. Hopefully you saw some of our pictures on Twitter @aroundthehornkc. Here’s a recap of the Missouri tour:
Our journey began in Overland Park on the morning of January 15, where ATH met the bus and checked in with Ben Aken, Sr. Director of Community Relations. Ben thought the players and staff would want a hot breakfast – so off I went to pick something up. Once back, I took a seat on the bus behind Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry and across from broadcaster Steve Stewart, who was joined by his son John (a.k.a. Little John on this trip).
The bus made a quick stop in downtown Kansas City to pick up designated hitter Billy Butler and pitcher Danny Duffy (pitcher Greg Holland was already aboard). We made our way through North Kansas City and on to Cameron (one hour north of KC), where our first stop was just off of I-35 at the Whistle Stop Cafe.
Steve Stewart introduced Butler, Duffy, Holland and Mayberry to the fine fans of Cameron. The line weaved its way through the store to the front table, where fans mingled with our Caravan crew and picked up autographs from our foursome. I visited with several season ticket holders while Aken and Stewart did radio interviews on KKWK, the Royals affiliate in Cameron.
Ben suggested that I take lunch orders for our traveling party of 10. One thing that I learned over two days was the easy-going nature of our three current players on the trip. I’ve known Billy since 2007 but I didn’t spend much time around Danny or Greg last year. I took Danny’s order and proceeded to Greg, who said he’d take the same. And for Billy? Anything…just order what Duffy and Holland were getting. Easy enough! The only problem was that the listed phone number for the sandwich shop was for a fax or modem. Time is critical on Caravan – you want to get to your next stop as a line of fans will be waiting. Luckily I found a ride to the sandwich shop and started our order.
The bus pulled up shortly thereafter and we were on our way to St. Joseph, 45 minutes to the west. I listened to stories from Big John Mayberry and John Stewart pointed out the town of Stewartsville to Steve. We rolled into St. Joe, where a long line was waiting at Hy-Vee. Once again, Steve Stewart did the introductions, this time over Hy-Vee’s intercom! “Attention Hy-Vee shoppers…”
I handed out schedules to the fans in line before proceeding back to the autograph table. Our players and alumnus began walking the line in order for all of the fans to get autographs in our allotted time. I assisted Big John, a natural at these types of events. Once the autographs were complete, our current players met with the local media.
We climbed back onto the bus and kept tabs on the NFL playoffs while traveling north to Maryville. Our stop was at the Nodaway County Senior Center. Several fans approached me and talked of how much it meant for us to visit. This hits home with me as I grew up in a small town and usually made it to one big league game a year as a youth.
The sun was setting as we prepared to leave Maryville. With our stops complete, Billy, Danny, Greg and Big John posed for a picture next to the sign which advertised our stop. We had visited three different venues with a common theme: Fans who were very happy to see us and looking forward to the 2012 season. When I arrived home that night, I could think of only one thing…the thrill of doing it all again the next day!
The 2010 June Draft begins on Monday. General Manager Dayton Moore talked to the media today about the draft and other topics.
Moore is looking for players with great character and players who fit a team atmosphere. He puts an added emphasis on players with past championship experience, either in college or high school. Ideally, Kansas City’s first pick will eventually be able to blend in with the current group of prospects at Double-A.
Moore sees several players in this draft that will make an impact in the majors. However, he doesn’t see as many premium position players as in some drafts.
A media member asked whether the draft will drop off after the first three picks (the Royals pick fourth). Moore says he sees how some see it that way, but every draft will be re-evaluated after three years and the picture can be very different. He sees that as the beauty and the challenge of baseball’s draft – a 10th round pick could wind up with a better career than a first-round choice. He sees all 50 or so players that a team drafts as important, sighting Jarrod Dyson. The speedy former 50th round pick is now on Kansas City’s 40-man roster.
Reporters asked Moore about pitching prospect Danny Duffy, who recently returned to the organization after taking some time away from baseball. Moore hasn’t spoken to Duffy and for now he will leave that to Assistant GM/Scouting and Player Development J.J. Picollo and Director of Minor League Operations Scott Sharp. He didn’t know if Duffy would return originally after he left baseball in March, but he knew that the good relationship between the club and Duffy would help.
Moose and Hosmer
Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer are both leading their respecting leagues in hitting, with Moose entering the day first in the Texas League at .371 and Hosmer’s .350 pacing the Carolina League. Moore says that the Royals are staying humble as an organization as far as their progress. He said that minor league hitting coordinator Jack Maloof is pleased with their development. As to whether they will be promoted, Moore said that the organization will re-assess that in a month, but neither is a currently a candidate to be on the Major League team by the end of 2010.
Moore likes the intense focus and clear beliefs of his new manager. While the two knew one another from Atlanta, they didn’t have the manager-general manager relationship. Moore says that this particular aspect of their relationship is still evolving.