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Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: September 4

Who is in and who is out?

For the time being, Royals starters Gil Meche and Brian Bannister will be sidelined with sore right shoulders.  Both seem to be suffering from fatigue and tiredness, leaving their return to the starting rotation to be not far off, but undetermined at this point.  Taking Meche’s spot tonight in the rotation against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be reliever Robinson Tejeda (RHP, 1-1, 4.07).  Manager Trey Hillman thinks Tejeda should rise to the occasion tonight.  “We’ll see what he can do, if he maintains his stuff, is effective in his delivery, and efficient with his pitch counts it should be a favorable night for us.  There will be no pitch count for him tonight, we don’t want to put any more added pressure on him then there already is,” Hillman stated.

Hillman high on Moore

Hillman was asked about the vote of confidence he received from General Manager Dayton Moore these past couple of days with regards to him coming back as manager.  “It’s nice to have a boss believe in you as a person, he believes in my track record and my ability to get these guys ready to play baseball.  I came into this job knowing it would be challenging, I can’t control what other people do only what I can do for myself.  I take full responsibility and accountability for everything that goes on in that locker room and will continue to do the very best I can.  With Dayton signing a recent extension to his contract and my coming back next season, I look forward to the future of this organization.  This community and organization deserve stability, and I hope I can contribute to making that a reality.”


Royals extend General Manager Dayton Moore through 2014

2008_st_trey_and_dayton_dsc_9139_3.jpgThe Kansas City Royals today announced they have extended the contract of General Manager Dayton Moore through the 2014 season.  Moore has exercised his option for 2011 with the Royals extending the deal to cover the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the extension were not disclosed.


Around the Horn will be sitting in on a media session with G.M. Dayton Moore today.  We’ll bring you a summary of that event.


Next week, you can ask the questions as Moore will participate in a Royals Relay chat next Tuesday, September 8th at 3:00 p.m. CT on  Be sure to stop by next Tuesday!

Royals Draft Notes

The 2009 Draft is in the books, with the Royals selecting 49 players.  That doesn’t mean that the Royals are taking any time off.  Scouts are headed to Minnesota this weekend to look at players and the Royals will continue to look at international talent.  Here are a few notes from both today’s press conference and yesterday’s teleconference.


Wil Myers


J.J. Picollo noted that Myers, a third-round selection, played seven positions in high school and that he has expressed a desire to catch.  Picollo says that the Royals will start him as a catcher. 


College picks


Kansas City selected 27 college players this year, plus Aaron Crow, who was listed as unaffiliated.  That’s up from 23 college players last year.  The Royals had just two high school picks among their first 11 selections this year.  Last season, Johnny Giavotella was the only four-year college player in the first 10 rounds.  Moore said that he likes a blend of high school and college pitchers.  Some of the college pitchers from this year’s draft will be relievers.  He hopes that they can reach the Majors at the same time.


Strategy and budget


Moore noted that Picollo used a strategy in which he chose three to four players with top round talent.  He also said the Royals must strive to use every penny of their scouting budget wisely.  Many of the players chosen in the final ten rounds are summer follow selections who have several college options.  Moore is hopeful that the Royals can budget their dollars in a way that will allow them to sign a few of the summer follow picks.


Local connections


The Royals made several picks with local ties, starting with Aaron Crow, their first-round selection.  Moore noted that it is important to “scout your own backyard aggressively.”  He also said that the Royals employed “good old-fashioned scouting.”


The Royals selected a pair of local prep pitchers today.  Michael Morin of Shawnee Mission South was selected in the 40th round and Jeffrey Soptic from Shawnee Mission East was nabbed in the 43rd round.  ATH just spoke with the local high school baseball fanatic in the Royals front office, Sr. Director of Corporate Sales, Mitch Wheeler.  His son Seth has caught Morin since they were nine years old.  Mitch says that Morin and Soptic faced off twice this season, including once in the Frank White Classic right here at Kauffman Stadium!  What an exciting moment for these two players to be selected by their hometown team!

Royals have something to "Crow" about

The Royals landed a highly touted prospect in the first round today, and the pitcher was in their own backyard.  University of Missouri product Aaron Crow, who went to Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, was the 12th overall pick.  Crow went 13-0 with Mizzou as a junior in 2008 to earn Big 12 Pitcher of the Year honors.  He was selected by Washington last year, but did not sign.  Crow has pitched for the Fort Worth Cats in the independent American Assocation in 2008 and 2009.


Royals team photographer Chris Vleisides was in the “war room” during today’s first round.  Here are some exclusive pictures.


First, we see General Manager Dayton Moore as he talks with Midwest Regional Supervisor John Flannery.











Strategy.jpgHere’s Dayton discussing draft strategies with Lonnie Goldberg, Mike Arbuckle, J.J. Picollo, Steve Williams, and Dean Taylor.




Congratulations.jpgThe Royals have made their pick!  J.J. Picollo gets congratulations from the baseball operations staff, including National Supervisor Junior Vizcaino.

The Bees get their rings


Bees Ring Ceremony 3-22-09 010.JPGBees Ring Ceremony 3-22-09 001.jpgChampionship rings were presented this morning to the 2008 Midwest League champion Burlington Bees. After a 30-39 start to the season, the Bees made a second half surge, going 43-26. Burlington went a perfect 6-0 in the playoffs to earn the league championship.

Moore_Rupp.JPGThe 2008 Bees were managed by Brian Rupp, the 2008 Dick Howser Award winner. Rupp (right with Dayton Moore) is now the manager at Class A-Advanced Wilmington.

Moore_Brockett.JPGBurlington General Manager Chuck Brockett displays a championship ring while pausing for a picture with Dayton Moore.

Mayberry_Leonard_Wilson.JPGHere’s Royals Hall of Famers John Mayberry, Dennis Leonard, and Willie Wilson. They’ve been at camp this week working with the minor league squads. Special thanks go to Mayberry, Leonard, and Wilson for passing their knowledge on to the next generation of Royals!


Date announced for 2009 Kansas City Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament

Butler_Golf.jpgYou love to watch your favorite Royals hit the ball out of the park…now see if they can keep another white ball in bounds! The second annual Kansas City Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament presented by Sprint is set for Monday, May 18.

The popular tournament will match current players and alumni with participants in an 18-hole golf tournament. All proceeds will again benefit the Special Olympics of Greater Kansas City Metro. To register, please visit:

Pictures: Above – Billy Butler tees off; below left – Gil Meche takes a picture with a new fan; below right – a few golfers talk baseball with General Manager Dayton Moore  



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Greinke inks four-year deal

Zack1.jpgToday the Royals signed ace right-hander Zack Greinke to a four-year contract through the 2012 season. Zack had a breakout season in 2008, finishing 13-10 with a 3.47 ERA and a career-high 183 strikeouts. His ERA was the lowest by a qualifying Royals pitcher since Kevin Appier posted a 3.40 ERA in 1997.

In an afternoon press conference, Zack described the contract as a ‘huge relief’ and said that he is very happy to be in K.C. for the long term. He’s pleased to have the contract talks out of the way for this season and several seasons to come.  He also mentioned that he wouldn’t have agreed to this deal if he hadn’t seen a huge improvement in the direction of the team the past few seasons.  Royals fans, it’s OK to be very excited by the direction this entire organization is headed.

General Manager Dayton Moore talked about what a great day this was for the Royals. He mentioned that his staff worked hard to get a deal in place and how the Royals have signed two of the best young pitchers in the game in Greinke and Joakim Soria to long term deals.

Check back later for a recap of a special event involving Royals outfielder David DeJesus.

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FanFest Photos: Main Stage

9,500 fans flocked to the Overland Park Convention Center for the 2009 Royals FanFest. The main stage was home to a variety of question and answer sessions. Let’s take a look at a few of the highlights:

General Manager Dayton Moore explains his thoughts on the 2009 Royals to Ryan Lefebvre and Tim Scott. At right, Ryan interviews the newest Royals. (Left to right – Kyle Farnsworth, Mike Jacobs, Coco Crisp, Willie Bloomquist)



The broadcasters held court on Saturday for some unscripted banter. Mike Swanson, VP of Communications and Broadcasting for the Royals, chats with Denny Matthews as Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Stewart, and Joel Goldberg look on.

One of Sunday’s most popular events was the Kids Only Press Conference. David DeJesus, Alex Gordon, and Willie Bloomquist took some tough questions from the youngsters in the crowd.






Fans at the main stage took home some new Royals gear as members of the K Crew tossed items to the crowd before and after each event.

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Chat with Dayton

Moore_Gammons.JPGGeneral Manager Dayton Moore will participate in a Royals Relay chat at 3 p.m. CT, today, Dec. 2. Moore has already engineered two major trades this offseason, and with the Winter Meetings starting next Monday in Las Vegas, the hot stove could continue to simmer. Have your questions ready!

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Royals in the community: City Union Mission

Frank_White.jpgOn Friday, front office associates joined Royals Hall of Fame second baseman Frank White, outfielder David DeJesus, GM Dayton Moore and Senior Vice President-Business Operations Kevin Uhlich to serve a Thanksgiving feast at City Union Mission’s two area facilities. This is the third straight year that the Royals have partnered with the mission.

Founded in 1924, City Union Mission has provided warm beds, nutritious food and a safe place for thousands of poverty stricken and homeless men, women and children in the Kansas City area. The facilities rely solely on support from individuals, churches, foundations, organizations and businesses. For more information on how you can become involved with City Union Mission, visit






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