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The Royals played another intrasquad scrimmage today as they prepare to face Texas on Sunday at 2:05 Central. That contest can be heard on 610 Sports. We also want to remind you that single-game tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 AM via royals.com, 1-800-6ROYALS, at the Kauffman Stadium box office and at local Hy-Vee stores. Opening Day tickets will not be available at Hy-Vee.
In today’s pictures, Eric Hosmer hustled home with an effort that received praise on Twitter from ESPN baseball writer Jerry Crasnick, who was in attendance.
21 top Kansas City prospects are in town this week for a career development program, which includes community outreach activities. Prospects Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer had a great time reading to kids at Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City this morning. Click the link below to take a look at the video!
Hardware was handed out on Saturday afternoon at the Royals Awards show, which honored Billy Butler, Bruce Chen, Joakim Soria and all of the organizational award winners. Let’s take a look!
Chen, the Joe Burke Special Achievement winner, and Soria, the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year, congratulated one another after the event. Both players were very proud and appreciative of the awards. Bruce, who worked his way back from “Tommy John” surgery in 2007, wanted to make sure that his award arrived to his Arizona home without a scratch – so he bought a seat on the plane for it!
Billy Butler received his second Les Milgram Player of the Year honor on the same day that would see him ink a long-term contract with the Royals.
Mike Moustakas was all smiles as he received the George Brett Hitter of the Year honor from the Hall of Fame third baseman.
John Lamb earned the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year award. John, who turns 21 in July, will be the youngest player in Kansas City’s Major League camp at spring training.
Eric Hosmer won the Carolina League batting title and slugged key playoff home runs in the Texas League playoffs in 2010. On Saturday, he was recognized for the other part of his game with the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year award.
Derrick Robinson took his game to another level in 2010, setting a career high in batting average. Robinson, who led the Texas League with 50 stolen bases, earned the Willie Wilson Baserunner of the Year award for the second time. Wilson pointed out that Robinson is outstanding at both baserunning and base stealing.
Former Missouri State pitcher Buddy Baumann received the Mike Sweeney Award from the five-time All-Star. The award goes to the minor league player who best represents the organization off of the field. Baumann participated in a variety of community events while with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2010.
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 fiancée, 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.
Three KC prospects to participate in Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game, which will air on MLB Network
The Arizona Fall League has announced that Royals’ minor league left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery (left), first baseman Eric Hosmer (center) and second baseman Johnny Giavotella (right) will participate for the West Division in the league’s Rising Stars game on Saturday, November 6.
The 21-year-old Montgomery joined the Arizona Fall League after pitching for Team USA at the Pan Am Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico. Montgomery is 2-1 with a 6.10 ERA in three starts for the Surprise Rafters, allowing 13 hits and seven runs in 10.1 innings, while walking two and striking out 11.
Giavotella, 23, is batting .385 (15-for-39) with seven doubles, one home run, six RBI and eight runs scored in nine games. The second baseman currently ranks eighth in the league in batting after finishing second in the regular season to teammate Clint Robinson in the Texas League with a .322 mark.
The Rising Stars game, scheduled for 8 p.m. CT at Surprise Stadium, the spring home of the Royals and Texas Rangers, will be nationally televised by the MLB Network and online via MLB.com (MLB.TV).
Eric Hosmer, KC’s first round pick in 2008 (third overall) was promoted from Wilmington to Northwest Arkansas after Wilmington’s game on Friday. Hosmer leaves Wilmington as the league-leader in average (.354), doubles (29), on-base percentage (.429) and OPS (.974). He went 4-for-5 in last week’s Futures game in Anaheim. The 20-year old is scheduled to play first base and bat fifth in the first game of a doubleheader tonight in Springdale. Check out the NW Arkansas schedule here.
First baseman Eric Hosmer (at top) and third baseman Mike Moustakas (above) will represent the Royals at the July 11 game in Anaheim, which is part of All-Star Sunday. Northwest Arkansas manager Brian Poldberg will be a coach for the U.S. team. Poldberg, who led the Naturals to the playoffs in 2008 and 2009, has skippered the club to a 41-28 record and a first-half title this season.
Hosmer, KC’s-first round pick in 2008, is currently leading the Carolina League in batting average (.356) and doubles (24). He has three home runs, 42 RBI, 10 stolen bases and 33 walks compared to just 27 strikeouts.
Moustakas, KC’s first-round pick in 2007, leads the Texas League in all three Triple Crown categories: average (.355), home runs (17) and RBI (63). He also paces the circuit in slugging percentage (.704) and is second in on-base percentage (.421).
Congrats to all three on this tremendous honor!
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.
The Royals announced several minor league transactions today, including the promotions of Eric Hosmer (left), the third overall pick in the 2008 draft, and Nick Van Stratten, a Birmingham, Mo. resident and Winnetonka High School graduate, to Class A Advanced Wilmington. Additionally, Marc Maddox has been transferred from Burlington to Northwest Arkansas and Adrian Ortiz was moved from Wilmington to Burlington.
Hosmer batted .254 with five home runs and 49 RBI for the Bees. The first baseman walked 44 times, good for 12th in the league and sported a .352 on-base percentage.
Van Stratten, a 10th round pick in 2006, made the Midwest League All-Star team in his second year with the Bees. Van Stratten’s .318 batting average was seventh in the circuit. The outfielder had one home run, 38 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.
Infielder Maddox played for Northwest Arkansas in 2008. He is continuing to come back from a pinkie injury that was suffered during Spring Training.
Ortiz, a fifth round pick in 2007, was batting .238 this year at Wilmington. Last season, the outfielder was third in the Royals minor league organization with a combined .309 average between Burlington and Wilmington.