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Royals set 40-man roster ahead of tonight’s deadline

 The Royals today announced several moves to set the club’s 40-man roster at 40 for the offseason reserve list deadline which occurs at midnight ET tonight.

Following the confirmation of the signing of right-handed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, the Royals designated right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad for assignment.

In addition, the Royals selected the contracts of left-handed pitchers Chris Dwyer, Donnie Joseph, John Lamb, Justin Marks and Mike Montgomery, and right-handed pitcher J.C. Gutierrez from the Omaha Storm Chasers.  To create room on the roster, the Royals designated the following players for assignment: right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro; left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo; catchers Adam Moore and Brayan Pena; infielder Clint Robinson and outfielder Derrick Robinson.

Dwyer, 24, pitched for Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA) in 2012, combining on an 8-12 record with a 5.89 ERA in 26 games (25 starts).  The 6-foot-3 left-hander from Swampscott, Mass., was the Royals’ fourth-round selection in the 2009 Draft. 

The 25-year-old Joseph was acquired by the Royals along with pitcher J.C. Sulbaran from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Jonathan Broxton on July 31.  The left-handed reliever from Buda, Texas, went 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 11 outings with Omaha (AAA) following the trade, striking out 19 in 17.1 innings.  He was a combined 9-3 with a 2.33 ERA in 55 relief appearances in 2012.

Lamb, 22, made just six starts in 2012 as he continued his recovery from 2011 Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.  The 6-foot-4 southpaw from Laguna Hills, Calif., was the Royals’ fifth-round pick in 2008.

The 24-year-old Marks just completed a strong Arizona Fall League campaign in which he posted a 5-1 record with a 2.59 ERA in seven starts, recording two more wins than any other pitcher in the circuit.  Acquired from the Oakland A’s with Vin Mazzaro in exchange for David DeJesus on November 10, 2010, the Owensboro, Ky., resident pitched at three different levels of the Royals system in 2012, including going 3-5 with a 3.80 ERA in 17 starts for Double-A Northwest Arkansas where he was a Texas League All-Star.

Montgomery, 23, appeared at both Northwest Arkansas and Omaha last season and combined for a 5-12 record in 27 starts.  The club’s supplemental round selection (36th overall) in the 2008 Draft resides in Surprise, Ariz.

The 29-year-old Gutierrez made 19 appearances (four starts) in the Royals system in 2012 after inking as a minor league free agent on December 20, 2011.  The 6-foot-3 resident of Barcelona, Venezuela, has pitched in the Majors with the Astros (2007) and Diamondbacks (2009-2011), posting a 5-10 record with a 4.79 ERA in 150 games (three starts), recording 24 saves and striking out 152 in 167.1 innings.

Photos: Royals Awards show

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.

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 fiance, 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.


Mike Moustakas, John Lamb named Royals organization Player, Pitcher of the Year

The Royals have named third baseman Mike Moustakas and left-handed pitcher John Lamb as the George Brett Hitter of the Year and Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year, respectively.  In addition the Royals have named their Minor League Pitchers and Players of the Year for their respective affiliates. 

A majority of the players are expected to be at Kauffman Stadium for Futures Night on Friday, October 1, where they will take part in an autograph session at Gate A from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., as well as be honored in an on-field presentation prior to the Royals game against the Rays.


Mike Moustakas, who will turn 22 on September 11, has hit a combined .326 this season with 39 doubles, a minor league-leading 34 home runs, 120 RBI and 91 runs scored in 112 games with Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AA).  Prior to his promotion to Omaha in mid-July, the Royals first selection (second overall) in the 2007 Draft was leading the Texas League in most offensive categories, including batting, home runs and RBI.  Moustakas recently was named the Texas League Player of the Year and one of five finalists for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.


20-year-old John Lamb has pitched at three levels of the Royals system in 2010, starting at Class A Burlington and now competing for Double-A Northwest Arkansas.  The six-foot-three lefty from Laguna Hills, Calif., is a combined 10-7 with a 2.33 ERA in 27 starts this season, allowing 117 hits in 143.0 innings, striking out 152 and walking just 44.  Lamb was a fifth round pick of the Royals in 2008.


Right-handed pitcher Bryan Bullington has been named the Omaha Pitcher of the Year.  The 29-year-old emerged as the staff ace for the O-Royals, going 8-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 20 appearances, including 15 starts.  Currently in the Kansas City rotation, Bullington led the Pacific Coast League in ERA at the time of his promotion.  Born in Indianapolis, Ind., Bullington was signed by the Royals as a minor league free agent on November 30, 2009.

26-year-old first baseman/DH Kila Ka’aihue is the Omaha Player of the Year.  Ka’aihue hit .319 (103-for-323) with 24 home runs and 78 RBI for Omaha before being recalled by the Royals on August 1.  The left-handed hitter led the PCL in walks (88) and on-base pct. (.463) while ranking third in slugging pct. (.598) when he was recalled.  Born and raised in Hawaii, Ka’aihue, the Royals’ Northwest Arkansas Player of the Year in 2008, was the Royals’ 15th-round selection in 2002.


Left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford, 26, has been named the Northwest Arkansas Pitcher of the Year.  The swingman has split his campaign as both a starter and reliever, compiling a league-high 13 wins against just three defeats and posting a 3.50 ERA in 26 appearances (11 starts).  He also made one start for Omaha.  The Royals’ 12th-round pick in 2006, Teaford was born and still resides in Alpharetta, Ga.

25-year-old Clint Robinson is the Northwest Arkansas Player of the Year.  The first baseman/DH’s .328 batting average currently leads the Texas League.  Robinson also paces the league in doubles (39), homers (27), RBI (92), total bases (280), slugging pct. (.613) and OPS (1.020).  In addition, Robinson is second in the league to teammate Johnny Giavotella in runs (84) and hits (146).  Born in Jefferson City, Mo., KC’s 25th-round selection in 2007 now lives in Dothan, Ala.


Left-handed starter Chris Dwyer was named Wilmington Pitcher of the Year.  The Royals’ fourth-round pick in the 2009 Draft out of Clemson University, Dwyer went 6-3 with a 2.99 ERA in 15 starts for the Blue Rocks.  The 22-year-old was promoted in early July to Northwest Arkansas where he compiled a 2-1 record and a 3.06 ERA in four starts.  The Swampscott, Mass., resident struck out 93 in 84.1 innings with Wilmington and 113 in 102.0 combined frames in 2010.

Eric Hosmer, who will turn 21 on October 24, is the Wilmington Player of the Year.  The first baseman batted .354 (115-for-325) with 29 doubles, six triples, seven home runs and 51 RBI for Wilmington before his promotion to Northwest Arkansas.  The Florida native has since hit .313 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI in 45 games for the Royals’ Double-A club.  The third-overall pick in the draft by Kansas City in 2008, Hosmer went 4-for-5 at the Futures All-Star Game on July 11 in Anaheim.


23-year-old Bryan Paukovits was named the Burlington Pitcher of the Year.  The six-foot-six hurler from Lakeside, Calif., went 3-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 13 games, including nine starts, for the Bees.  He has spent the second half of the 2010 campaign with Wilmington, posting a 3-5 record and 5.51 ERA in 13 games (12 starts).  The Royals’ 44th-round pick in 2006, Paukovits struck out 65 and walked just 16 in 62.1 innings for Burlington, holding Midwest League hitters to a .189 mark.

19-year-old catcher Wil Myers was named the Burlington Player of the Year.  As one of the youngest players in the Midwest League, Myers hit .289 with 19 doubles, 10 homers and 45 RBI in 68 games for the Bees.  The native of Thomasville, N.C., was promoted to Wilmington on July 1 and is batting .339 for the Blue Rocks in 53 games.  Selected in the third round in 2009, Myers has combined to hit .311 with 34 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs, 79 RBI and walk 80 times in 2010, his first full professional season. 


Right-handed pitcher Michael Mariot, the club’s eighth-round pick in June out of the University of Nebraska, is the Idaho Falls Pitcher of the Year.  The 21-year-old from Southlake, Texas, is 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 52.0 innings in 13 games (seven starts) for the Chukars. 

First baseman Murray Watts, 22, has been named the Idaho Falls Player of the Year.  Drafted in June in the 28th round from Arkansas State University, the Arkansas native is batting .275 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in 60 games for Idaho Falls.  The six-foot-seven, 270-pounder currently leads the Pioneer League in homers.


19-year-old left-handed pitcher Crawford Simmons has been named the Burlington Pitcher of the Year.  Selected out of Statesboro (Ga.) High in the 14th round in 2009, the six-foot-two hurler is 6-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 14 starts for the playoff-bound Royals.  Opponents are batting just .220 against the southpaw, who is in his first professional season.

Third baseman Ryan Stovall is the Burlington Player of the Year.  Stovall, 23, is hitting .303 with 15 doubles, five triples, four home runs, 24 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 61 games for Burlington.  The Florida native was selected by Kansas City in the 19th round in 2009 out of Thomas University.


Robinson Yambati, a 19-year-old right-hander from Sabana Grande de Boya, Dominican Republic, has been named the Surprise Royals Pitcher of the Year.  The six-foot-three Yambati led the league in wins, compiling an 8-2 record while finishing sixth with a 2.71 ERA in 14 outings, including six starts, for Surprise.  In 66.1 innings, he struck out 64 while issuing just 12 walks.  Yambati was signed by Kansas City as a non-drafted free agent on February 4, 2008.

Catcher Henry Moreno of Santiago, Dominican Republic, has been named the Surprise Royals Player of the Year.  The 21-year-old finished the campaign leading the league in doubles (22) and slugging pct. (599), while finishing second in total bases (97), tied for fifth in RBI (32), sixth in on-base pct. (.396), eighth in hitting (.327), ninth in runs (32) and tied for 10th in hits (53).  Moreno signed with the Royals as a non-drafted free agent on May 29, 2008.


Right-handed pitcher Jose Brazoban is the Dominican Royals Pitcher of the Year.  The five-foot-11 hurler was 4-1 with a 1.30 ERA in 14 starts, allowing just 45 hits and 10 earned runs in 69.0 innings.  The 17-year-old was signed as a non-drafted free agent on February 15, 2010.  Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Brazoban ranks seventh in the league in ERA.

Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, signed by KC as a non-drafted free agent on December 9, 2009, is the Dominican Royals Player of the Year.  The 17-year-old is seventh in the Dominican Summer League with a .335 batting average, collecting 16 doubles and stealing 13 bases.  Bonifacio also made his debut in the United States this season, hitting .211 in limited action with the Surprise Royals.



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