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Royals recall Giavotella, designate Francoeur for assignment

The Royals today announced that the club has recalled infielder Johnny Giavotella from Omaha (AAA) and designated outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment. Giavotella will be in uniform on Sunday when the Royals wrap-up their series in Minneapolis.

“Jeff made incredible contributions to our ballclub and our community,” said Dayton Moore, Royals’ Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. “I personally want to thank him for the winning attitude he brought to our clubhouse and our city.”
Giavotella, 26, was hitting .287 (83-for-287) in 77 games for the Storm Chasers with 40 runs scored, 18 doubles, seven homers and 38 RBI. He heads to the Majors riding a 10-game hitting streak in which he’s batted .472 (17-for-36). He has appeared in 99 career games for the Royals over the last two seasons hitting .242 with 41 runs scored, 16 doubles, five triples, three homers and 36 RBI.

Francoeur, on the last year of a two-year contract, was hitting .208 (28-for-183) with three homers and 13 RBI this year.

Four Royals named finalists for A.L. Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

Rawlings Sporting Goods Company announced finalists for the 2012 Gold Glove Awards today.  First baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, left fielder Alex Gordon and right fielder Jeff Francoeur are among the three American League nominees at their respective positions!

The Royals have had 19 Gold Glove winners over the years, with Gordon winning last year in left field.  Francoeur won a Gold Glove in 2007 while playing for Atlanta.

Hosmer was a part of 132 double plays, most in the American League.  His 103 assists were the most by a KC first baseman since 2002.

Moustakas (above) was second among A.L. third basemen in fielding percentage, first in assists, total chances and zone rating.  He led all Major League third basemen with 41 double plays.  The mark set a new Royals single-season record, breaking Mark Teahen’s total of 34 in 2006.

Francoeur led the Majors with 19 outfield assists, tying his career high from 2007.  This was his eighth straight season with double-digit assists.

Gordon finished second to Francoeur with 17 outfield assists.

The award winners will be announced Tuesday night at 8:30 Central on ESPN2.

A complete list of finalists can be viewed at:  http://www.rawlings.com/newsdetaillanding.aspx?id=1332

Nick Collison at The K

Former KU basketball player and current Oklahoma Thunder power forward Nick Collison is at Kauffman Stadium tonight.  Here’s Nick with Jeff Francoeur:

Royals Hot Stove to feature Francoeur, McClure

Outfielder Jeff Francoeur and pitching coach Bob McClure join hosts Denny Matthews and Bob Davis on Thursday’s Hot Stove.  The show airs from 6 to 7 p.m. Central on 610 Sports in Kansas City and on royals.com (http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/hotstove.jsp).

Visit the Hot Stove page on royals.com, where you can listen to archived broadcasts.

Photo: Francoeur, Soria and the unintentional wardrobe match

New teammates Jeff Francoeur and Joakim Soria showed up at FanFest today wearing matching plaid shirts…take a look!

Soria_Francoeur.JPGFanFest continues on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with the Royals Awards show taking place on the main stage from 1:30 to 2:30.  Be there to see Billy Butler and Joakim Soria receive their player and pitcher of the year awards!  Bruce Chen will be presented with the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award and several top prospects will be honored, including Mike Moustakas and John Lamb

Royals designate Philip Humber for assignment

The Royals announced today that the club has designated right-handed pitcher Philip Humber for assignment.  The move comes as the Royals signing of outfielder Jeff Francoeur was officially confirmed by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.  The roster now currently stands at 40.

Humber, 27, compiled a 2-1 record for the Royals with a 4.15 ERA in eight games (1 start).  He notched his first major League win on August 25 at Detroit, tossing 3.0 scoreless innings of relief.  The 6-foot-3 right-hander also was 5-6 with a 4.47 ERA in 21 appearances (20 starts) for Omaha (AAA).

Francoeur ready for leadership opportunity with young Royals team



francoeur 12-13-10_032.jpgJeff Francoeur
was officially introduced to the Kansas City media on Monday.  After a few questions, it seemed as if the outfielder with the engaging personality had known the reporters for several years.  Francoeur’s easy-going perspective should translate to a leadership role with a Kansas City franchise that is loaded with top prospects.  Francoeur transitioned to the majors in a similar situation in Atlanta.  He was a 21-year old outfielder on the 2005 “Baby Braves”.  A total of 18 rookies were a part of that club that won a division title.  Francoeur was helped by a group of veteran players that included Chipper Jones, Brian Jordan and John Smoltz

Francoeur, who also played in the 2010 World Series with Texas, looks to be the mentor to a group that includes Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer.  Francoeur sees the upside in the future of the franchise and is eager to be a part of it. 

While he accepts the leadership label, Francoeur also sees the best days of his career in the future.  Just 26, he knows what he needs to work on and cites that he has time to make improvements as many players figure out various parts of their game at later stages.

A few Francoeur facts and our observations:

francoeur 12-13-10_189.jpg*He is excited to play and live in Kansas City, citing similarities to the Atlanta suburb that he grew up in.  He has heard many good things about the city from former Royals and Braves GM John Schuerholz.

*Francoeur is looking forward to being reunited with pitcher Kyle Davies.  They played Little League together, both debuted with the Braves in 2005 and are good friends.

*Francoeur is passionate about football, including his hometown Atlanta Falcons.  He turned down a gridiron scholarship to Clemson by signing with the Braves out of high school.  Francoeur is already researching his new teammates as he plans to have a friendly football rivalry with Nebraska alum Alex Gordon.

*He sees himself as a gap-to-gap and doubles hitter, which should translate well to a spacious Kauffman Stadium.  Most of his home runs are line drives, not towering fly balls.  He told the media his goal each year is to hit 20 homers and 40 doubles. 

*He weighed 212 pounds during his best year in the Majors (2007).  Francoeur then added weight in an effort to improve his power, peaking at 242 pounds.  He is now looking to go back to a more athletic frame and a weight around 210.  Francoeur weighed 217 during his physical yesterday morning, which he jokingly attributed to a big breakfast.

Royals and outfielder Jeff Francoeur agree to terms on a one-year contract

The Kansas City Royals have announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with outfielder Jeff Francoeur.  The deal includes a mutual option for the 2012 season and is pending a physical.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The 26-year-old Francoeur split the 2010 campaign between the New York Mets and A.L. Champion Texas Rangers.  The 6-foot-5, 220-pound outfielder combined to hit .249 with 13 home runs and 65 RBI and scored 52 runs in 139 games.  A career .268 hitter with 101 home runs and 465 RBI, Francoeur made his Major League debut as a 21-year-old with the Braves in 2005.  He was named to the Baseball America, Topps and Baseball Digest All-Rookie Team after batting .300 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI in 70 games.  The right-handed hitting and throwing Francoeur is a career .299 hitter with a .481 slugging percentage against left-handed pitchers.

Defensively, Francoeur was honored with the 2007 National League Rawlings Gold Glove after playing in all 162 games and tying for the Major League lead with 19 outfield assists.  His 81 career outfield assists since the beginning of the 2005 season lead all Major League outfielders, 17 more than second-place Alfonso Soriano.

Originally a first round selection of the Atlanta Braves (23rd overall) in the 2002 June Free Agent Draft, Francoeur was acquired by the New York Mets on July 10, 2009 for outfielder Ryan Church.  He was then acquired by the Texas Rangers on August 31, 2010 in exchange for current Royals infielder Joaquin Arias.

Born in Atlanta, Ga., Francoeur and his wife, Catie, now reside in Duluth, Ga. 

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