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Royals outright Ryan Verdugo and Adam Moore to Omaha; Derrick Robinson clears waivers

The Royals announced today that left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo and catcher Adam Moore were assigned outright to Triple-A Omaha.  In addition, outfielder Derrick Robinson cleared waivers and will be not tendered a 2013 contract prior to tonight’s 11 p.m. CT tender deadline, making him a free agent.

All three players were designated for assignment by the Royals on November 20.

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.

 

Royals announce 2010 organizational award winners

The Royals are pleased to announce the remaining organizational award winners for the 2010 season.  The honorees will be recognized at the 2011 Royals Awards Show, scheduled for Saturday, January 22 in conjunction with Royals FanFest presented by Sprint and Teva Neuroscience at the Overland Park Convention Center.

During the event, the Royals will recognize 12 honorees for their contributions both on and off the field in 2010.  Former Royals greats such as George Brett and Willie Wilson will be among the presenters in attendance.

Previously, the club announced the following award recipients as voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).  Royals’ closer Joakim Soria  was the selection for the 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year while Billy Butler was the 2010 Les Milgram Player of the Year for the second straight season.  Starter Bruce Chen was named the 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner.

The remaining award recipients to be recognized at the event include:

Mike Moustakas, recipient of the George Brett Hitter of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top hitter. The 22-year-old third baseman combined to hit .322 with NW Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA), tying for the minor league lead with 36 home runs.  The Royals’ first-round selection (2nd overall) in 2007 also posted 41 doubles and drove in 124 in being named the Sporting News Minor League Hitter of the Year, the Texas League Player of the Year, and a Baseball America 2010 first-team Minor League All-Star.

John Lamb, recipient of the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year - recognizing the organization’s top pitcher. The 20-year-old pitched at three levels of the Royals system in 2010, wrapping up at NW Arkansas.  The six-foot-three lefty from Laguna Hills, Calif., was a combined 10-7 with a 2.38 ERA in 28 starts, allowing 122 hits in 147.2 innings, striking out 159 and walking just 45.  Lamb was a fifth-round pick of the Royals in 2008.

Derrick Robinson, recipient of the Willie Wilson Base Runner of the Year - recognizing the organization’s top base runner.  The 23-year-old 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 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, and is a two-time winner of the Willie Wilson Award, also earning the honor in 2008.

Eric Hosmer, recipient of the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top defensive player.  Hosmer, 21, is an athletic first baseman who posted a .988 fielding percentage in 80 games at Wilmington (A Advanced) before upping that mark to .994 in 43 games at first for NW Arkansas.  At the plate, the Royals’ first-round pick (3rd overall) in 2008 batted a combined .338 with 43 doubles, nine triples, 20 home runs, 86 RBI and 87 runs, also stealing 14 bases in 16 attempts.

Buddy Baumann, recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award - recognizing a player who best represents the organization on and off the field.  The 23-year-old left-handed pitcher tirelessly volunteered for numerous community events throughout the 2010 season, visiting Wilmington-area schools and hospitals and conducting several baseball clinics.  Kansas City’s seventh-round selection in 2009 was 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three relief appearances for Burlington (A) to begin 2010 before going 4-2 with four saves and posting a 2.24 ERA in 31 games (14 starts) for Wilmington.

Brian Poldberg, recipient of the Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year – recognizing an outstanding member of player development.  The only manager the NW Arkansas Naturals have ever known, Poldberg led the club to the Texas League Championship in 2010.  The team was also recently recognized as the Baseball America Minor League Club of the Year.  After ending a seven-year playing career, the Carter Lake, Iowa resident has been a coach and instructor in the Royals organization since 1987.

Sean Gibbs, recipient of the Art Stewart Scout of the Year – recognizing an outstanding scout.  Gibbs has served the Royals organization as an area scout since 2007.  He has scouted and signed several players including 2010 Burlington (R) Pitcher of the Year Crawford Simmons.

Andrew Layman, assistant general manager of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, is the recipient of the Matt Minker Award – recognizing an outstanding minor league affiliate employee.  Layman has directed the merchandise, ticket and stadium operations departments during his 19-year Blue Rocks tenure.  In 1998, he received the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for best exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism in recognition of his time invested with a local teen.  The Malvern, Pa. native is a 1992 graduate of Lynchburg College where he played lacrosse.  He currently makes his home in Wilmington with fiance, Jordan, and their son, Mason.

In addition, the Royals will honor Chuck Sailors with the Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award –  recognizing an outstanding member of the community.  In 2004, Sailors founded the KC Urban Youth Center at 28th and Troost in Kansas City, Mo.  Today, the center is part of three low-income housing communities in urban Kansas City serving more than 300 students and their families each year.  Sailors and his staff work daily with a holistic approach in order to offer hope, community and wholeness to children and youth living in traditionally underserved communities.

 

Royals set 40-man roster, select contracts of four players

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

 

Moustakas among latest Spring Training invites

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.

 

FanFest Photos: Autographs

D20_7035.jpgThe autograph stages at FanFest are a hit with fans of all ages…hundreds lined up to get a signature from Royals heroes of the past (left), present (below left), and future (below right).

 

 

 

 

 

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Fans bring a variety of items through the autograph lines. We saw one woman with a bowling ball (try carrying that around FanFest for a few hours!)…Royals players have been signing the ball for the last five years! Some items are easy to sign, while David DeJesus found out that a little more precision was needed to inscribe this stuffed animal. 

 

 

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Here’s Joakim Soria penning his John Hancock on a green and white Royals Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day hat. Maybe this fan is hoping that Joakim’s signature will bring them a little luck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

D20_7932.jpgNew Royal Coco Crisp received loud cheers from the fans, who were more than happy to add Coco’s signature to their collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sometimes fans cherish the chance to welcome the newest players to Kansas City just as much as the signature.

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The Road to the Show

Day one of FanFest is in the books, and it was a success. You could feel a vibe amongst the fans and the players (read more about that in this column by royals.com beat writer Dick Kaegel).

We hope you can head out to the Overland Park Convention Center on Sunday. There are so many features for the kids…batting cages, a fly ball challenge, a home run derby, a speed pitch…the list goes on.

Be sure to check out the “Road to the Show” display, which highlights the minor league affiliates. At scheduled times throughout the day, four of our organizational award winners are on hand to interact with fans and sign autographs. Here are photos of our Road to the Show guys as they picked up honors on Friday at the Royals Awards Night:


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- Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year for the organization’s top pitcher.


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- Frank White Defensive Player of the Year for the organization’s top defensive player.


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– Willie Wilson Base Runner of the Year for the organization’s top base runner.

D20_5734.jpgEverett Teaford - Mike Sweeney Award for a player who best represents the organization on and off the field.

 

Check back on Monday for a complete pictorial wrap up of the weekend!

 

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Awards Night honorees announced

awards_night_250x150.gifThe Royals have announced the remaining organizational award winners, who will be recognized at the 2009 Royals Awards Night on January 16 at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel. This great event will be capped by the announcement of the Ewing Kauffman Mr. Baseball Award. Buy your tickets today! The honorees include:

Dan Ontiveros – Art Stewart Scout of the Year

Dan scouts the Southern California area for the Royals. He previously worked for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox. In his first year with the Royals, Ontiveros signed left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery, the club’s supplemental pick in 2008. Montgomery earned Pitcher of the Year honors for the Surprise Royals last season.

rupp brian_212.jpgBrian Rupp – Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year

 Brian (left) is now the manager of the Wilmington Blue Rocks. In 2008, he guided the Burlington Bees to the Midwest League championship. Rupp played in the St. Louis organization for seven seasons before becoming a minor league coach with the Cardinals in 1999.

teaford everett_981.jpgEverett Teaford – Mike Sweeney Award

Everett, a left-handed pitcher, will receive the Mike Sweeney Award, which recognizes a player who best represents the organization on and off the field. Teaford went 8-6 with a 3.80 ERA for Wilmington in 2008. In addition, he took part in every Blue Rocks community event. The Carolina League named Teaford as the inaugural Matt Minker Community Service Award winner.

 

robinson derrick_537.jpgDerrick Robinson – Willie Wilson Base Runner of the Year

Robinson could be playing in tonight’s national championship football game, but he turned down a scholarship to the University of Florida to sign with Kansas City. Robinson’s future on the baseball diamond is very bright. The speedster set the pace with an individual franchise record 62 stolen bases as the Wilmington Blue Rocks established a team franchise mark with 258 thefts. His total of 62 led the Carolina League and placed him fourth among all minor league players.

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Jeff Bianchi – Frank White Defensive Player of the Year

Bianchi, a former shortstop, made a smooth transition to second base, the position held down by the awards’ namesake and eight-time Gold Glove winner. Jeff made just 2 errors in 75 games at second base and 7 errors overall.


cortes daniel_110.jpgDan Cortes – Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year

The highly-touted righty went 10-4 with a 3.78 ERA as he helped the Northwest Arkansas Naturals reach the playoffs in their inaugural season. Cortes earned team Pitcher of the Year honors and Postseason Texas League All-Star status. He was drafted by the White Sox in 2005 and signed by fellow honoree Dan Ontiveros.


kaaihue kila_004.jpgKila Ka’aihue – George Brett Hitter of the Year

Kila had a breakout season in 2008, as he led Kansas City’s minor league system with 37 home runs and 100 RBI. He earned Texas League Player of the Year honors after slamming 26 home runs for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Ka’aihue finished the year with the big league club and collected his first home run on September 20.

The Royals will also honor Patti Lewis with the Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award, which recognizes an outstanding member of the community. Lewis is founder and director of Alexandra’s House, a non-profit perinatel hospice that reaches out to families who have an anticipated infant loss.

The club previously announced that Chris Kemple will be recognized as The Matt Minker Award winner. The award is presented to an outstanding minor league affiliate employee. Chris is the general manager of the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

The Major League award winners, Pitcher of the Year Joakim Soria, Player of the Year Mike Aviles, and Special Achievement winner Zack Greinke will also be honored.

 

The Future's now

9-19 Minor NLBM.JPGTonight is Futures’ Night, which means Kansas City will get to take a peak at the future of the organization. With the team on a seven game roll, tonight is a great night to make it out to the stadium.

The Minor League Players of the Year will be on hand. We’re going to have one last fireworks spectacular here at the “old” Kauffman Stadium, it’s Buck Night and of course the Royals pit their surging brand of baseball against the first-place White Sox. Let’s go Around the Horn…

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The past few years the team has given Royals fans a glimpse of what is to come and not just with September call-ups (though it’s been exciting seeing the successes of Ryan Shealy and Kila Ka’aihue and Devon Lowery this month). Futures’ Night is that chance. Names like Mike Moustakas, Dan Cortes, Derrick Robinson, and Mike Montgomery are just a few of the players we’ve mentioned in this space who will be here to meet the fans.

9-19 Minor harvest.JPGBut these players got a taste of what it means to be a Kansas City Royal earlier today. Some of the front office accompanied the players as they helped out at Harvesters and then toured the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The future of the Club then made its way to Kauffman to take in the Royals batting practice earlier this afternoon. It is important that these young players understand about the community they hope to play in and their short tour was designed to do just that. It’s worked in the past.

9-19 Minor tour 2.JPGAmong some of the names you might recognize from the last few years, Mike Aviles has won Minor League Player of the Year for his respective team three times (2007 at Omaha, 2004 at Wilmington and 2003 at Surprise), including the title of 2007 Minor League Player of Year last season for the entire organization. In 2006, three players who’ve seen time in the Majors this season were given the award. Zack Greinke and Alex Gordon – two of the building blocks for the team – won Pitcher and Player of the Year at Wichita and Carlos Rosa, who had three strikeouts in three innings earlier this season, was the Burlington Pitcher of the Year.

9-19 Minor work.JPGBilly Butler joins Aviles as a two-time winner of the award. He also won at two different levels. At 18, he won the Idaho Falls Player of the Year and followed that performance with the honor at High Desert as a 19-year old.

Some of the lower-level award winners over the past couple of years are already starting to help the organization win. Luis Cota and Nick Van Stratten won the award for Burlington Pitcher of the Year (2005) and Arizona Player of the Year (2006), respectively. Both were key to the success of the Burlington Bees in their run to the Midwest League Championship.

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Seven straight wins is the longest winning streak since 2003, 9-19 Banny.jpgwhen the Royals opened the season 9-0. The Royals are 8-2 over their last ten.

The team has clicked. Through the streak, the starter has won every game. They’ve bashed 12 homers and run their season win total to 69, matching their 2007 win total. With one more victory, they can secure their first 70-win season since going 83-79 in 2003.

After their last loss, a week ago in Cleveland, the Royals were 19 games back and eight behind Detroit. While they haven’t shaved much off their deficit to the division-leading White Sox, they are just three behind the Tigers.

Manager Trey Hillman told the media today that the strong play will get a test tonight. Matching up against the White Sox, a team who is playing for the postseason, he said the Royals will see just how well they have been playing. He hopes that they can continue their run, but doesn’t want to diminish what the Royals did in Cleveland. The Indians have been strong for most of the second half and Hillman’s boys shut them down (with the exception of the eventual Cy Young winner Cliff Lee).

Hillman sees tonight as a chance to measure his team. He believes comparing his team to the rest of the division, his main competition, 9-19 Callaspo.jpgwill give him an accurate read on where he sits. Chicago will bring a playoff atmosphere to the K and the Royals will need to stand up to the division leaders – “the pride of the division,” – if they want a shot at not finishing in last place, which is a goal the manager thinks shows something.

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Alberto Callaspo has hit in 12 straight, a career high…David DeJesus picked up his 70th RBI yesterday. DeJesus and Jose Guillen (95 RBI) are the first pair of Royals to knock in 70 or more runs in a season since Emil Brown (86) and Mike Sweeney (83) did it in 2005…DeJesus currently has a .402 average with runners in scoring position and is trying to become just the third Royal to end a season with a .400 RISP mark. Sweeney (.402 in 2002) and George Brett (.469 in 1980) are the only others to do it…Mark Teahen had two hits in the fourth inning yesterday, which was the first time a Royal had done that since Tony Pena, Jr. did it in the second versus St. Louis on June 14, 2007…The 500th strikeout of Zack Greinke’s career was former Royal Raul Ibanez in the first inning yesterday.

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Tonight is the final Buck Night and Fireworks Friday. But tomorrow has plenty for the fans as well. Stocking caps and “Shirts Off Their Backs” Night will highlight the rest of the weekend’s promotions.

With the season coming to a close and Around the Horn running out of time, we here at ATH and the K want to again voice our deepest gratitude to you – the fan – for your support and for your patience with the renovation process. You will not be disappointed when we re-open on April 10, 2008 versus the Yankees.

Today’s lineup:
DeJesus LF
Aviles SS
Guillen RF
Shealy 1B
Teahen 3B
Butler DH
Callaspo 2B
Buck C
Maier CF

Bannister P

Today’s Official Game Notes.

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