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With rosters expanding to 40 players as teams enter the stretch run of the 2014 season, the Kansas City Royals made a slew of roster moves on Monday in attempt to bolster depth with specialists from the organizations’ minor league ranks.
Perhaps the most noteworthy of the September call-ups was the team’s most recent first round selection, left-handed pitcher Brandon Finnegan. The TCU product made 13 appearances between Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas, logging 27.0 innings of work and allowing just just four earned runs (1.33 ERA), while striking out 26 batters and walking four. With regard to Finnegan’s role with the Royals, manager Ned Yost said he’s simply taking things one day at a time.
“We’re going to ease him in his first time or two and see how he does,” said Yost. “All the reports that we got are that this kid can help us. Do I have a plan for how I’m going to use him? No. I’m just going to kind of just do it as we go.”
Yost said that after evaluating pitchers within the organization, Finnegan emerged as a player that could have an impact in the pennant race.
“He’s got good stuff. He’s real competitive and he throws strikes. You know, you go into the last month and, at least from my stand point, you’re always looking to go with the hot hand… We’re looking at all available options up here. When we break it down and look at it, he was one of the best options we had. We’re looking for good arms. We’re looking for guys that we feel can compete up here. He filled all of the prerequisites.”
As for the rest of the teams’ additions, Yost said that each player fits a specific role.
“They all kind of fit a role,” he said. “Lane Adams, we brought him up primarily to pinch run. We’ve got guys in the middle of our order that aren’t real fleet of foot. Lane’s (Lane Adams) a real good defender in the outfield. [Francisco] Pena gives us the option, if we pinch run with Sal, we’re not stuck if something happens to Kratz. It’s just depth. Johnny Giavotella gives us the ability to mix and match. [Carlos] Peguero gives us power. He hit 30 home runs in the minor leagues and he was hot right there at the end and we’re in need of offense. We’re looking at it day to day, and, actually, pitch to pitch.”
Yost will get Peguero involved immediately, plugging the left-handed hitting 27-year-old into the starting lineup this evening.
“You look at Colby Lewis’ numbers and there’s like a 70 point difference between right and left-handed hitters, so we wanted to try to get as many left handed hitters as we could in there,” said Yost. “We sorely need some offense. We’re just looking for a way to score some runs.”
By Kolby Paxton
The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on 2014 Major League contracts with left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy, infielder Johnny Giavotella and outfielder Carlos Peguero. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. After today’s signings, the Royals’ entire 40-man roster is under contract for the 2014 season.
Duffy, 25, returned from Tommy John surgery last season, posting a 2-0 record and a 1.85 ERA in five starts with Kansas City. Giavotella, 26, spent a majority of the 2013 season with Triple-A Omaha, batting .286 with 24 doubles, 7 homers and 46 RBI in 100 games for the Storm Chasers. Peguero, was acquired from the Seattle Mariners on January 29; he ranked seventh in the Pacific Coast League with 19 homers and was selected to the Triple-A All-Star Game in 2013.
The Royals are back at Kauffman Stadium after an eleven day stint away from the friendly confines. The team has made a few roster moves since the last homestand and Ned Yost discussed the most recent transactions at his afternoon press conference. One of the moves the skipper was asked about was deciding to recall Chris Getz and option Johnny Giavotella back to Omaha. “Getz was swinging the bat well down there (Omaha). We are looking for offense. We made the same move when Johnny was swinging the bat well and Getz was struggling. This is the same thing here. We are just trying to take advantage of the hot bat,” said the manager.
Yost went on to talk about why they need hot bats in the lineup, “One big hit can make a difference in the game. That is why we have to have as many hot bats in the game as we can. We are trying to put our best foot forward this second half. In some cases we can’t afford to wait two or three weeks for a guy to produce. If I have the option of playing a guy with a hot bat, that is the option I am going to take.”
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.
A pair of Caravan groups started their two-day treks across Royals Country today with a stop at The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. One Caravan is now moving north to Nebraska, with a return stop in St. Joseph, Mo., tomorrow. The second Caravan is traveling west with visits in Kansas today and tomorrow.
For a full list of Caravan stops, visit royals.com/caravan
Above – Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Johnny Giavotella; below – Aaron Crow
Above, Billy Butler and Johnny Giavotella
John Mayberry, Ryan Lefebvre, Everett Teaford, Greg Holland; followed by a group photo
Royals Caravan launched yesterday with an awards luncheon and last night, fans flocked to Rally House in Independence for an autograph session. We had a great turnout – the line stretched out the door (and it was a chilly night in the Midwest). Lorenzo Cain, Johnny Giavotella and Eric Hosmer led off, followed by Bruce Chen, Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier. Let’s take a look:
Out of the 30 teams, the Royals were the lone franchise with more than one player to be honored…they had three! First baseman Clint Robinson, second baseman Johnny Giavotella and third baseman Mike Moustakas made up 75 percent of the infield on the squad.
Robinson, 25, hit .335 with 29 homers and 98 RBIs to capture the Triple Crown in the Texas League. He also led the league with 41 doubles and his 1.035 OPS was tops in Double-A. The Royals drafted Robinson in the 25th round out of Troy University in 2007.
Giavotella, 23, led the Texas League with 168 hits and 92 runs. He finished second behind Robinson with a .322 average. Giavotella was K.C.’s second round pick in 2008 out of the University of New Orleans.
Moustakas, 22, was named the Player of the Year in the Texas League for hitting .347 with 76 RBIs in just 66 games. He finished the year with a combined 36 home runs at Northwest Arkansas and Omaha. Moustakas was the second overall pick in 2007.
Three KC prospects to participate in Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game, which will air on MLB Network
The 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.
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).
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.)
Arizona 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.
Revving 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!