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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.
The Royals today announced their winter 40-man Major League roster. The Royals have selected the contracts of infielder Jeff Bianchi, outfielders Jarrod Dyson and Jordan Parraz, catcher Manuel Pina and right-handed pitcher Blake Wood from the Omaha (AAA) roster.
To make room on the Major League roster, the Royals outrighted right-handed pitchers Devon Lowery and Doug Waechter to Omaha. Both can elect free agency beginning tomorrow. In addition, the Royals designated infielder Tug Hulett for assignment and requested Unconditional Release Waivers on right-handed pitcher Julio Pimentel.
Parraz, 25, was acquired by Kansas City from the Astros on December 11, 2008. The right-handed hitter and thrower opened 2009 at NW Arkansas, batting .358 with 17 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 42 RBI and 35 runs scored in 64 games, compiling a .451 on-base pct. and .553 slugging. After rehabbing at Idaho Falls (R) for four games, the Henderson, Nev., native hit .298 in 13 games for Omaha.
The 23-year old Bianchi, the 2008 Frank White Defensive Player of the Year, split his season between Wilmington (High A) and NW Arkansas, hitting over .300 at each stop with a combined 29 doubles, 70 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 28 attempts. The Royals’ second-round pick in the 2005 Draft played mostly shortstop for the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League, batting .265 with 13 RBI in 17 games.
The speedy Dyson, 25, was Kansas City’s 50th round pick in the 2006 Draft. The left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower opened the season at Burlington (A) before spending the final two and a half months of the season with NW Arkansas. The center fielder hit .258 for the Naturals in 63 games, stealing 37 bases in 43 attempts. The McComb, Miss., resident continued his season in the Arizona Fall League for Surprise, hitting .310 with two steals in 16 games.
Pina, 22, was acquired by the Royals from the Rangers organization on September 3 of this year. The Venezuelan did not appear for NW Arkansas after the trade, but hit .259 for Frisco (AA) prior to the deal and was selected as the starting catcher for the South Division in the Texas League All-Star Game.
The 24-year old Wood, the Royals’ third-round selection in 2006 out of Georgia Tech, was 2-8 with a 5.83 ERA in 17 games (13 starts) for NW Arkansas. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder also made three rehab appearances for Surprise (R). Wood returned to the desert in October to pitch for the Surprise Rafters in the Fall League, going 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in eight games, including three starts.
The Arizona Fall League season kicked off on Tuesday. Four Royals minor league player/pitcher of the year honorees are on the Surprise roster (David Lough, Mike Moustakas (at right), Brandon Sisk and Ben Swaggerty). The quartet is joined by Royals prospects Jeff Bianchi, Federico Castaneda and Blake Wood on a team that includes players from the Cardinals, Mets, Rangers and Yankees. You can follow all of the action on mlb.com. The official Twitter account for the AFL is
Thursday afternoon update – Mike Moustakas hit a 3-run home run in today’s game!
The Royals have announced that five minor leaguers have committed to play for the Surprise Rafters in the 2009 Arizona Fall League. Shortstop Jeff Bianchi, third baseman Mike Moustakas, outfielder David Lough, right-handed pitcher Danny Gutierrez and left-hander Ben Swaggerty will play for Surprise manager Brian Rupp, the current manager for the Royals’ Class A Advanced club in Wilmington. Kansas City will fill two additional spots on the roster by September 10.
Bianchi, 22, has split the 2009 season with Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas (AA), batting a combined .307 with 25 doubles, seven home runs, 59 RBI, 66 runs scored and 22 stolen bases. The 6-foot, 175-pounder from Lancaster, Pa. was the Royals’ second-round selection in the 2005 draft.
Moustakas, KC’s first-round pick (2nd overall) in the 2007 draft, has hit .252 with 27 doubles, 15 home runs and 79 RBI as a 20-year old for Wilmington. His RBI total places him tied for third in the Carolina League while his homers are tied for sixth.
The 23-year old Lough, like Bianchi, has split his time this season between Wilmington and NW Arkansas, and is currently batting .331 with 10 doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBI, 34 runs and 11 steals in 47 games for the Naturals. He was the Royals 11th round pick from the 2007 draft.
Gutierrez is 0-0 with a 2.11 ERA in seven games (three starts) for Wilmington, walking five and striking out 21 in 21.1 innings. The 22-year old right-hander was a 33rd round pick for the Royals in the 2005 draft.
Swaggerty is a left-handed reliever who was 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 16 appearances for Wilmington before posting a 3-1 mark with a 3.57 ERA in 22 outings at NW Arkansas. The 27-year old signed with Kansas City as an undrafted free agent in 2007.
The Arizona Fall League season begins on October 13.
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.
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.
Sometimes fans cherish the chance to welcome the newest players to Kansas City just as much as the signature.
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:
Check back on Monday for a complete pictorial wrap up of the weekend!