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The Royals announced today that the club has acquired infielder Danny Valencia from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder David Lough.
Valencia, 29, split 117 games between Baltimore and Triple-A Norfolk last season, being recalled to the Major Leagues on May 19. He hit .304 in 52 games for the Orioles with 14 doubles, eight homers and 23 RBI. Valencia’s .553 slugging percentage was the fifth-highest in the American League among players with at least 150 at bats. The right-handed hitting infielder batted .371 (36-for-97) with 14 doubles and four homers against left-handed pitching. He also hit .350 (35-for-100) with a .580 slugging percentage after the All-Star break.
Valencia has spent parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues with Minnesota (2010-12), Boston (2012) and Baltimore (2013). He’s a career .263 hitter with 66 doubles, five triples, 33 homers and 156 RBI in 335 games. The fifth-year infielder has hit .295 (18-for-61) in his career at Kauffman Stadium with five doubles, a homer and 12 RBI.
Lough, 27, hit .286 with 17 doubles, five homers and 33 RBI in 96 games for the Royals last season.
During last night’s victory the Royals had a scare when Mike Moustakas left the game in the fifth inning. His calf tightened up on him while rounding second base on Justin Maxwell’s RBI triple. Today at Ned Yost’s daily press conference he was asked about the status of his young third baseman. “He has a grade one strain. He feels a little better. It is going to be a day-to-day thing. He looked better walking in here today than he looked walking out of here last night. He had a pretty pronounced limp when he left last night, which made me worry a bit but came in today just barely limping. We will evaluate it day-to-day,” said Yost.
Without Salvador Perez in the lineup, who is just getting a day off, and with Moustakas out nursing a sore calf the skipper inserted David Lough in the five hole. The manager was asked about the decision. Ned had this to say, “We are just looking for some balance. We are always looking for balance. If we batted Lough in the leadoff position we didn’t really have anyone who could fill the number five spot.”
With the Royals winning 18 of 23 since the All-Star break, the fans are getting excited about this team and potential playoff possibilities. Ned was asked if he has noticed a change in the energy around the stands and in the city. “The excitement level is great. The fans have great anticipation when they walk through the gates every day. I think we all sense the fans are excited about the way we were playing.” Yost went on to joke, “I don’t have near as many fans scream at me back behind the dugout since we have been playing well, which is a nice thing.”
By Kent Klooster
KC won 4-3 over Atlanta in 10 innings! Let’s take a look at the photos:
The Royals announced today that outfielder Jarrod Dyson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. The move is retroactive to Thursday, making Dyson eligible for reinstatement on May 31. The team has recalled outfielder David Lough from Triple-A Omaha. Lough was batting .340 for the Storm Chasers this season, with six doubles, three triples and three homers. He had a 16-game hitting streak from April 19 to May 8.
Royals agree to terms with Nate Adcock, Jesse Chavez, David Lough, Clint Robinson and Derrick Robinson
The Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on 2011 Major League contracts with right-handed pitchers Nate Adcock and Jesse Chavez, outfielders David Lough and Derrick Robinson and infielder Clint Robinson. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Adcock, who will turn 23 on February 25, was selected from the Indianapolis (AAA) roster of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization with the fifth overall pick in the Major League phase of the 2010 Rule 5 draft. He went 11-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) for Bradenton in the Florida State League in 2010, fanning 113 in 141.1 innings pitched.
The 27-year old Chavez was 2-3 with a 5.88 ERA in 23 relief appearances for the Royals in 2010 after being acquired from Atlanta on July 31. Chavez posted a 1.74 ERA in his final nine outings of the year, holding batters to a .167 average over the span.
Lough, 25, saw his first action at the Triple-A level in 2010, spending the entire season with Omaha. The left-handed batter and thrower hit .280 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI in 120 games. The 2009 George Brett Hitter of the Year was added to the 40-man roster on November 19, 2010.
23-year-old Derrick Robinson patrolled center field for the Texas League champion Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2010, batting .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). Robinson, who has swiped 236 bases in his professional career, was added to the 40-man roster on November 19, 2010.
Clint Robinson, who turned 26 on Wednesday, 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). The 2010 Northwest Arkansas Player of the Year was added to the Royals’ 40-man roster on November 19, 2010.
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
The Royals have announced that left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy, third baseman Mike Moustakas, and outfielders David Lough and Derrick Robinson have been invited to Major League Spring Training in Surprise, Ariz. The four additional players bring the Royals’ non-roster spring total to 24.
The 21-year old Duffy was a Carolina League All-Star in 2009 while pitching the entire season at the age of 20 for Wilmington (A Advanced). The 6-foot-3 left-hander went 9-3 with a 2.98 ERA in 24 starts for the Blue Rocks, striking out 125 and walking 41 in 126.2 innings. The Royals’ third-round selection from 2007, who is 19-10 with a 2.49 ERA in his minor league career, resides in Lompoc, Calif.
Moustakas, 21, was the Wilmington Player of the Year in 2009 after earning the same award at Burlington (A) in 2008. The left-handed hitting third baseman batted .250 with 16 home runs and 86 RBI in 129 games for the Blue Rocks. Kansas City’s first-round pick (second overall) in the 2007 Draft resides in Northridge, Calif.
The 23-year old Lough, honored last Thursday as the George Brett Minor League Hitter of the Year, led all Royals minor leaguers with a .325 combined batting average at Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas (AA) last season. The Clinton, Ohio resident was the Royals’ 11th round pick in 2007 out of Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa.
Robinson, 22, will spend his second straight spring in Major League camp. The speedy centerfielder hit .239 and stole 69 bases in 92 attempts for Wilmington in 2009. Drafted in the fourth round in 2006, Robinson has 186 stolen bases to his credit in four minor league seasons, leading the Carolina League in each of the last two years.
The 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
Thursday afternoon update – Mike Moustakas hit a 3-run home run in today’s game!
The Royals have named their minor league award winners for 2009. The award winners will be in Kansas City for Futures Night on September 25 when the Royals play Minnesota.
Here are the award recipients:
Left-handed pitcher Lenny DiNardo has been named the Omaha Pitcher of the Year. DiNardo, who will turn 30 on September 19, went 10-5 with a 3.32 ERA and two saves in 29 games (23 starts) for the O-Royals. A resident of Gainesville, Fla., DiNardo paced the staff in wins, innings (151.2) and strikeouts (127) while limiting opponents to five home runs. His strikeout total tied for third in the PCL while his ERA ranked fourth. DiNardo, a 2009 All-PCL team selection, had his contract selected by Kansas City on September 8.
30-year old outfielder Cory Aldridge is the Omaha Player of the Year. He batted .316 while leading Omaha with 22 home runs and 71 RBI in 98 games. A resident of Abilene, Texas, Aldridge paced the PCL with 11 home runs in August. He batted .348 with 22 RBI during the month.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (AA)
Left-handed reliever Ben Swaggerty, 27, has been named the Northwest Arkansas Pitcher of the Year. Swaggerty, signed in 2007 as a non-drafted free agent, started the season at Wilmington, going 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA and two saves in 16 appearances. The Bristol, Tenn., resident was promoted to Northwest Arkansas in June and finished with a 4-1 record, a 4.33 ERA and one save in 26 outings.
23-year old David Lough of Clinton, Ohio, is the Northwest Arkansas Player of the Year. Lough began 2009 at Wilmington, where he batted .320 with five home runs and 30 RBI in 65 games. His success led to a promotion to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, where he batted .331 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 61 games. Lough hit safely in his final 11 games as he helped the Naturals reach the playoffs.
Left-handed reliever Brandon Sisk was named Wilmington Pitcher of the Year. Sisk appeared in 45 games, going 2-3 with a 1.92 ERA and 21 saves in 24 opportunities. He was sharp during Wilmington’s playoff push, going 15-for-15 in save opportunities in the second half while posting a 1.10 ERA. The 24-year old from Elkhart, Texas, signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 after spending parts of two seasons with the Bay Area Toros in the independent Continental Baseball League.
Mike Moustakas, who will turn 21 on September 11, is the Wilmington Player of the Year. The left-handed hitting Moustakas, selected second overall in the 2007 draft, batted .250 with 16 home runs, 86 RBI and 10 stolen bases while playing in the spacious confines of Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium. The 86 RBI ranked third in the Carolina League. The Northridge, Calif., resident and 2008 Burlington Player of the Year earned a Carolina League All-Star nod in June.
20-year old Mike Montgomery, the Surprise (Ariz.) Pitcher of the Year in 2008, was named the Burlington Pitcher of the Year in his first full minor league campaign. The 6-foot-5 lefty, a resident of Mesa, Ariz., went 2-3 with a 2.17 ERA and a .206 opponent batting average in 58.0 innings (12 starts) with the Bees. Montgomery, Kansas City’s supplemental pick in the 2008 draft, limited opponents to one run or less in 10 of his 12 starts. He was promoted to Wilmington on July 22, where he went 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in nine starts.
Birmingham, Mo., native Nick Van Stratten was named the Burlington Player of the Year. The 24-year old outfielder batted .318 with one home run, 38 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 69 games with the Bees. He was promoted to Wilmington in July. The Winnetonka High graduate compiled a .337 (29-for-86) average in August as he helped the Blue Rocks make the playoffs.
IDAHO FALLS (ROOKIE-ADVANCED)
Left-handed pitcher John Lamb is the Idaho Falls Pitcher of the Year. The 6’3″, 185 lb. lefty from Laguna Hills, Calif., started the year with Burlington (R), where he went 2-2 with a 3.95 ERA in 6 starts. Lamb was promoted to Idaho Falls on July 22. He is 3-1 in eight starts for the Chukars, posting a 3.70 ERA. Lamb earned Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week honors for August 10-16 after recording two wins, including 7.0 shutout innings on August 16. He fanned 10, a season-high for an Idaho Falls pitcher.
Infielder Deivy Batista, a resident of Santiago in the Dominican Republic, has been named the Idaho Falls Player of the Year. Batista is currently batting .270, leading the Chukars with 13 home runs and 55 RBI. He started the year with an 11-game hitting streak in which he hit five home runs and drove in 20 runs. Batista earned Pioneer League Player of the Week honors for June 22-28.
19-year old right-handed pitcher Greg Billo has been named the Burlington Pitcher of the Year. He finished with a 2-2 mark and a 1.81 ERA in 13 games (eight starts), recording 51 strikeouts in 54.2 IP. A native of Orland Park, Ill., Billo allowed just one earned run over his last 30.0 IP.
Outfielder Luis Del Rosario is the Burlington Player of the Year. The 22-year old from San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic batted .268 with three home runs, 17 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 57 games with Burlington. Del Rosario finished the year with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
Claudio Bavera, a 22-year old left-hander from Maturin Monagas, Venezuela, has been named the Surprise Royals Pitcher of the Year. Bavera, selected in the 33rd round in 2009, was 4-0 with a 0.44 ERA and two saves in 15 appearances with Surprise. He compiled 21 strikeouts in 20.2 IP. Bavera was promoted to Burlington (NC), where he made one appearance.
Outfielder Alex Llanos of Caguas, Puerto Rico, has been named the Surprise Royals Player of the Year. Llanos, who will turn 19 on September 21, batted .311 with three home runs, 16 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 31 games for Surprise. The 2008 sixth-round pick was promoted to Idaho Falls on August 3.
DOMINICAN ROYALS (ROOKIE)
Right-handed pitcher Jonathan Rodriguez is the Dominican Royals Pitcher of the Year. The 20-year old from Santiago in the Dominican went 3-1 with a 0.80 ERA and two saves in 17 outings (4 starts), striking out 36 and walking 15 in 45.0 innings. Rodriguez completed his third season with the Dominican Royals after signing as a non-drafted free agent on November 17, 2006.
Catcher Rainier Bello, signed by KC as a non-drafted free agent on December 10, 2008, is the Dominican Royals Player of the Year. Bello, 17, from Bani, Dominican Republic, hit .293 (53-for-181) with eight doubles, 25 RBI and 24 runs scored.