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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 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


Montgomery_Hosmer_Giavotella.JPGThe 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.

Montgomery’s teammate on Team USA, the 21-year-old Hosmer is batting .184 (9-for-49) with three doubles and 10 RBI in 11 games for the Rafters.

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).

 

Hosmer homers in first Double-A at-bat!

Hosmer2.jpgEric Hosmer hit a solo home run in his first at-bat with the NW Arkansas Naturals tonight!  Congrats to Eric!

Eric Hosmer promoted to Double-A

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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.

Hosmer, Moustakas, Poldberg to represent Royals at XM All-Star Futures Game

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Moustakas.jpgRosters for the 12th annual XM All-Star Futures Game were announced today and two Kansas City prospects are on the U.S. team!

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!

 

Dayton Moore answers media questions about the draft, minor leagues

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. 

Duffy’s return

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.

Yost’s start 

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.

Hosmer, Van Stratten promoted to Wilmington


8-26 Hosmer.JPGThe 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.

Hosmer to chat on Tuesday


8-23 Hosmer stance.JPGThe 2009 First-Year Player Draft starts next Tuesday.  Tomorrow, you can get an inside perspective on what it’s like to be a top prospect on draft day.  Eric Hosmer, Kansas City’s first-round pick in 2008, will chat with fans on royals.com starting at 2:00 p.m. Central time. 

 

Eric was rated as the best high school power hitter by Baseball America before last year’s draft.  He is playing for the Burlington Bees in the Class-A Midwest League.  After a slow start, Eric is tearing the cover off the ball.  He homered on Sunday and is batting .343 with 14 RBI in his last 10 games.

 

Get your questions ready now!  The chat is free, but you need to register at royals.com to participate. 

 

The Future: KC's Top Prospects


2008 Futures Night.JPGBaseball America
highlighted the Royals today as they continue their team-by-team summaries of top prospects. Seven pitchers and three position players make up KC’s Top 10.  Five of the players were honored at the 2008 Futures Night (above). The future, both near and long-term, appears extremely bright.

New to the Top 10 are 2008 draft picks Eric Hosmer, Mike Montgomery, and Tim Melville, as well as right-handed pitcher Danny Gutierrez and slugging first baseman Kila Ka’aihue.

We’ve compiled a few notes on each prospect. ATH had the chance to speak about the rankings with Scott Sharp, Kansas City’s Director of Minor League Operations. We’ve included his observations for some analysis you won’t get anywhere else.


Moustakas.jpg1. Mike Moustakas, 3B

The power-hitting lefty (pictured at left) recovered from a slow start to lead the Midwest League with 22 home runs in 2008 as a 19-year old.  Now 20, “Moose” became the first teenager to lead the Midwest League in homers since 1982.

Sharp note: “He has great power and ability with the bat. He’ll likely start at Wilmington.”

2. Eric Hosmer, 1B

KC’s first-round selection in 2008 makes his BA debut at #2. The 19-year old also projects as the Best Hitter for Average. Hosmer spent the fall in the Arizona Instructional League.

Sharp note: “Similar to Mike, he can hit and has power. He played in three games last year so we want to see what he does in spring training before assigning him.”

3. Dan Cortes, RHP

Cortes.JPGCortes, acquired from the White Sox in the Mike MacDougal trade, continued to shine in 2008, becoming a regular season and postseason Texas League All-Star. Still just 21, he has been ironing out some issues in the Arizona Fall League, including trying to keep the ball down in the zone more often.

Sharp note: “He met every expectation last year. He will probably start in Double-A, but could begin in Triple-A, depending on how the Omaha roster shakes out.”

4. Mike Montgomery, LHP

Montgomery, a supplemental pick in 2008, displayed great stuff as he held Arizona League opponents to a 1.69 ERA over 42.2 IP. The Royals plan to build the 19-year old’s innings slowly, as they did last year with Danny Duffy (see below).

Sharp note: “He’s a lefty with a good curveball. We’d like to see him in a full-season league. Most likely, he will start later in the year as health is paramount with our young pitchers.”

5. Tim Melville, RHP

The 2008 fourth-round selection checks in at #5. Melville, who has yet to pitch in a game as a pro, spent the fall in the Arizona Instructional League and is 19 years old as well.

Sharp note: “He’ll follow a similar path as Montgomery, though it will likely be in a short-season league. It would be unfair for him to start in a full-season league (since he didn’t appear in 2008).”

6. Danny Duffy, LHP

Duffy, a May addition to the Burlington Bees, went 6-1 with a 0.99 ERA over his last 11 starts to earn Burlington Pitcher of the Year honors. He won’t turn 20 until December 21.

Sharp note: “He proved himself at Burlington and will likely start at Wilmington. He has good mound presence and poise and can display three average Major League pitches.”

7. Danny Gutierrez, RHP

Gutierrez, 21, has risen to the top 10 after being selected in the 33rd round out of high school in 2005. BA ranks him as having the best curveball and best control among Royals farmhands.

Sharp note: “He showcases a power fastball and curveball. Danny is a good competitor who should start at Wilmington.”

8. Carlos Rosa, RHP

Rosa made his Major League debut in 2008 before finishing the year on the D.L. with a right elbow strain. The recent trades of Leo Nunez and Ramon Ramirez have left a gap in the K.C. bullpen. General Manager Dayton Moore mentioned the 24-year old as a candidate to fill one of those spots.

Sharp note: “Carlos will be in Major League camp but could begin the year at Triple-A. He’s been working on a change up.”

Kila_Home_Run.jpg9. Kila Ka’aihue, 1B

Ka’aihue’s meteoric rise through the farm system didn’t go unnoticed by Baseball America. Ka’aihue, 24, spent just a month in Omaha in 2008. He will likely start 2009 there as the Royals have several players battling for time at first base.

Sharp note: “He will likely start at Triple-A, but will be given every opportunity in Spring Training. He has power at his disposal but is also a good first baseman.”

10. Blake Wood, RHP

Wood.JPGKC’s third-round pick in 2006 sits at #10 after being ranked #4 prior to 2008. This is mostly a sign of the Royals ever-increasing strength in the system. The 23-year old Wood split 2008 between high-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Sharp note: “Blake has a power arm and a power curve. We see him starting at Double-A. He needs to get back to the way he started there.”

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Royals Farm Report

On the Farm: October is peak harvest time for a group of loyal Royals fans, the corn and soybean farmers here in the Midwest. The Royals’ farm is also busy this time of year as Assistant General Manager for Scouting/Player Development J.J. Picollo and his staff look to cultivate talent for the Major League team. Today we look at two of the fall proving grounds, the Arizona Instructional League and Hawaii Winter Baseball. (Yes, that was Hawaii followed by winter.)


Thumbnail image for 8-23 Hosmer stance.JPGArizona Instructional League:
Seeds of baseball knowledge are being planted in the impressionable minds of farmhands in the Arizona Instructional League. Participating players include 2008 draft picks Eric Hosmer (left), Johnny Giavotella, and Tim Melville as well as 2008 Burlington (IA) Player of the Year Mike Moustakas. Games started on September 22 and run through October 17. Players also take part in daily practice drills and listen to motivational talks from the likes of manager Trey Hillman and Royals Hall of Famer Frank White. We hope to have more insider updates on the instructional league in the near future.

Hawaii Winter Baseball: Aloha! Farther west, four Kansas City prospects are honing their baseball skills on the island of Oahu. Infielders Kyle Martin and Kurt Mertins, left-handed pitcher Ben Swaggerty and right-handed pitcher Jason Godin are members of the North Shore Honu. Martin played a key reserve role for the Midwest League-champion Burlington Bees in 2008. Mertins batted .282 and stole 28 bases as a member of Wilmington’s speedy Carolina League entry. Godin, a fifth-round selection in 2006, spent 2008 with Wilmington. Swaggerty signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2007. He split 2008 between the Burlington Bees and the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The teams continue play through November 16. Be sure to keep tabs on all of the action!

Central Focus: All eyes in baseball have been on the AL Central over the past few days.  Our division finally has a champion, and it didn’t require a recount or hanging chads. Congratulations to the Chicago White Sox, who won their first division title since 2005. Last night’s thrilling game was a pitching duel from start to finish. Jim Thome provided all of the offense with a solo blast in the seventh.

The Royals play the Twins and White Sox 18 times apiece during the regular season, so we get to know their broadcasters, writers, and media relations staff quite well. (Be sure to check out our interviews with Chicago’s Ken Harrelson and Minnesota’s Jack Morris.) We can only imagine the press box conversations last night as the season came down to a final game.


Thumbnail image for CarAuction.jpgRevving Up for Royals Charities:
Royals Charities recently teamed with the Kansas City Zone Dodge Dealers to auction off a 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8. The car sold for $51,250, with proceeds going to Royals Charities. Thank you to Dodge for their support of Royals Charities!

 

 

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