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Kansas City skipper Ned Yost addressed the media this afternoon before the first game of a nine-game home-stand. He first discussed the return of Salvador Perez to the lineup, and what his presence means to the team. Yost stated, “He’s got a real energy about him when he plays the game. He plays with a lot of passion and plays with a lot of energy, plus he’s as good as there is behind the plate.”
Yost then chatted about the reaction of the players to George Brett’s presence as the Royals interim hitting coach. “It’s going to take some time, but he’s been absolutely awesome, we’ve seen little glimpses of improvement already…he’s putting them in a position for them to be successful.”
Yost concluded by addressing the recent roster moves involving Kelvin Herrera and the current rehab work of Jarrod Dyson. On Herrera, “We wanted to give Herrera a couple weeks, and we think he’s fine.” On Dyson, “We’re getting close, we’re going to go day-to-day with it, but we think he’s getting close. He brings an energy to his game and we need to get him back to being healthy and back to what he does best.”
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.
The Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on 2013 Major League contracts with left-handed pitchers Chris Dwyer, Donnie Joseph, Justin Marks and Everett Teaford, right-handed pitcher Nate Adcock, infielder Irving Falu and outfielder Jarrod Dyson. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
The Royals now have 17 unsigned players on the 40-man roster who are non-arbitration eligible: right-handed pitchers Aaron Crow, Louis Coleman, Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland, Luis Mendoza and Guillermo Moscoso; left-handed pitchers Francisley Bueno, Tim Collins, Danny Duffy, John Lamb and Will Smith; infielders Johnny Giavotella, Eric Hosmer, Elliot Johnson and Mike Moustakas; and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and David Lough.
The Royals full squad began workouts for the 2013 campaign this morning and will play the Texas Rangers to open the Cactus League season on Friday, February 22.
The Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on 2011 Major League contracts with right-handed pitcher Blake Wood, catcher Manny Pina, infielder Jeff Bianchi, and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
The 25-year-old Wood spent the majority of the 2010 campaign in the Royals bullpen posting a 1-3 record with a 5.07 ERA in 51 appearances, all in relief. The Royals’ third-round selection from 2006 compiled a 3.27 ERA in his final 22 outings.
The 24-year-old Cain was also part of the aforementioned December 19, 2010 trade with the Brewers. The outfielder played in 43 games for Milwaukee in 2010, batting .306 with 11 doubles and seven stolen bases in eight attempts.
Dyson, 26, was a September call-up by Kansas City last season, hitting .211 in 18 games with nine steals in 10 tries. A 50th-round selection in 2006, Dyson has swiped 140 bases in 173 attempts (81%) in his professional career.
The 23-year-old Pina spent most of the 2010 campaign with Northwest Arkansas (AA), hitting .259 with 16 doubles, seven home runs and 44 RBI in 74 games. He also appeared in 17 contests with Omaha (AAA). Acquired from the Texas Rangers with outfielder Tim Smith for pitcher Danny Gutierrez on September 3, 2009, Pina nabbed 35 of 83 attempted basestealers (42.2%) in 2010.
Bianchi, 24, missed the 2010 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last March. The club’s second-round pick in 2005 hit a combined .308 between Wilmington (High A) and Northwest Arkansas in 2009.
Yost said he sees a lot of similarities between the type of team the Royals are trying to build and the squad the Rays have this season. The manager said he hopes to become a perennial contender like Tampa Bay by creating a successful farm system and bringing up the youngsters at the right time. He admitted it can be a struggle to have the necessary patience to wait on calling up productive minor leaguers, especially when others are pressuring to do so. Yost added that he thinks a minor league player is ready for the big leagues when he has strong numbers, shows maturity, and has proven that he has the right mentality to overcome failure.
The Blanco Beat
Gregor Blanco will play in right field tonight due to Mitch Maier still having stiffness in his knee. Yost said another reason for playing Blanco in that position is to get a look at his versatility. Maier is still a day or two away from taking the field.
Blanco will also bat leadoff, while yesterday’s leadoff hitter, Jarrod Dyson, will bat ninth. Yost explained that he likes Dyson hitting ahead of Blanco because if they get on base at the same time, Dyson will be more aggressive in taking advantage of the double steal.
Rookie Jarrod Dyson played a big role in last night’s 9-6 win over Detroit. Dyson recorded his second three-hit game to go along with career highs of three runs and two doubles. He collected his first Major League RBI, a walk, a stolen base and a sac bunt. Jarrod is leading off again tonight. Let’s take a look at the lineup for the 6:05 Central start:
(Dyson – CF), (Blanco – LF), (Aviles – 2B), (Butler – 1B), (Betemit – 3B), (Ka’aihue – DH), (Betancourt – SS), (Maier – RF), (May – C), (Davies – P)
Yesterday, Ned Yost mentioned that he would talk to GM Dayton Moore today about September call-ups. Naturally, that was the first question in today’s media session. Yost said that Moore is having conversations with minor league coaches and scouts about potential call-ups. Yost and Moore had a brief chat on the topic that centered around three immediate possible roster additions: reliever Gil Meche, infielder Josh Fields and catcher Lucas May.
Meche is here in KC already and will be activated tomorrow to fill a bullpen role. Fields also will likely be here after his rehab stint with NW Arkansas. He is healthy once again and swinging a hot bat for the Double-A Naturals (.429 entering today). Yost has heard the reports about Fields but wants to see it for his own eyes. As for May, Yost is not sure that it will happen tomorrow since May was hit by a pitch in last night’s game with Omaha. He believes in having three catchers and it would be a chance to evaluate May, who joined the organization in the Scott Podsednik trade last month. However, Yost hinted that duty would be limited for May as he also sees more playing time for Brayan Pena in September.
Yost does not expect a large number of call-ups. He doesn’t want to fill the bench with guys who are unlikely to play. Reporters asked about several prospects, including outfielder Jarrod Dyson and left-handed reliever Tim Collins. Yost said that Dyson wasn’t talked about in his brief conversation with Moore. While Yost would like to add a left-hander or two and stressed championship clubs have at least two in their bullpen, he downplayed talk of a Collins call-up as the lefty just turned 21 and is in his first month at Triple-A.
Wilson Betemit’s emergence has been a regular topic among reporters. Yost said that everybody is at a similar heightened skill level in the Majors and that the mental aspect is what separates most players. He does believe that players can have something click – he has seen it in his time with Atlanta and Milwaukee. Yost believes that something has clicked with Betemit, who did not have the right chance with his previous organizations. He sees Betemit’s eventual role as a super-utility player, similar to that of Willie Bloomquist.
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.