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Royals acquire pitcher Kevin Pucetas from Giants to complete Jose Guillen trade

The Royals announced today the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Kevin Pucetas as the player to be named to complete the trade that sent outfielder Jose Guillen to the San Francisco Giants on August 13.  Pucetas was added to the Royals’ 40-man roster.

The 25-year old Pucetas (puh-SEH-tahs) is 47-20 with a 3.73 ERA in 120 career minor league outings, including 116 starts, in five seasons in the Giants system.  San Francisco’s 17th-round pick in 2006 out of Limestone College was 5-7 for Triple-A Fresno in 2010, posting a 5.69 ERA in 26 starts.  Born and raised in Spartanburg, S.C., Pucetas was named Minor League Baseball’s Most Spectacular Pitcher in 2007 after compiling a 15-4 record with a 1.87 ERA in 27 games (23 starts) for Class A Augusta before capturing California League Pitcher of the Year honors with San Jose in 2008 (10-2, 3.02 ERA in 23 starts).  A three-time minor league All-Star and 2008 Futures Game participant, the six-foot-four, 225-pound right-hander has finished either first or second in his league in ERA in three of his five minor league campaigns. 

 

Ned Yost media session: August 13

Sweating bullets

With temperatures peaking in the 100s today, the heat was an unavoidable subject. Like he’s done in the past, however, Yost simply shrugged it off by saying the players will need to disregard the weather and do the best they can.

Congrats to Kendall

Catcher Jason Kendall will be recognized before tonight’s game for reaching the 2,000 games caught milestone in late July. Yost sang the catcher’s praises by describing what a hard worker and mentally tough player he is. According to Yost, Kendall comes to the stadium early every day to watch video and develop a game plan for the starting pitcher.

Goodbye Guillen

Yost also commented on the recent announcement of Jose Guillen’s trade to the Giants. The manager said Guillen was a part of the Royals, and he set a good example of what it took to be prepared and play the game the right way.

Royals trade Jose Guillen to Giants for player to be named

The Royals announced today that the club has traded outfielder Jose Guillen to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for a player to be named.  The Royals also sent cash considerations to the Giants to complete the deal.

The 34-year old Guillen was hitting .255 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI in 106 games for the Royals prior to being designated for assignment on August 5.

Guillen designated for assignment, Humber contract selected

The Kansas City Royals today designated outfielder/DH Jose Guillen for assignment and selected the contract of righthanded pitcher Philip Humber from Omaha.  The designation gives the Royals 10 days to trade, release or outright Guillen while opening a 40-man roster spot that is taken by the selection of Humber.

Guillen, 34, was hitting .255 in 106 games for the Royals with 16 home runs and 62 RBI.  Kansas City was his ninth Major League stop in a career that began in 1997 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He signed a three-year free agent contract with the Royals prior to the 2008 season.

Humber, 27, was 5-6 with a 4.47 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for AAA Omaha, with 20 walks and 80 strikeouts in 118.2 innings.  Some of his best work of the year came in the last week when he earned PCL Pitcher of the Week honors by tossing a complete game shutout at Nashville last Friday, allowing only four hits while fanning seven.  A native of Nacogdoches, TX, Humber was the third overall selection in the 2004 First Year Player Draft by the New York Mets.  He played his collegiate baseball at Rice University, where he was part of the 2003 National Championship club.  He will be in Seattle for Friday’s game and wear #59.

 

Chen music

Chen_1.jpgBruce Chen, shown here in a June home start, took a perfect game into the seventh tonight before Erick Aybar picked up a single.  Chen was helped by a pair of great catches from David DeJesusJose Guillen’s single gave KC a 2-0 lead in the eighth as they went on to a 4-2 win over the Angels.  Chen moves to 5-2 on the year and Kansas City is 2-0 on the trip.  The Royals, who have won 7 of 9, play tomorrow night on ESPN (first pitch at 7:15 Central).

 

Photo: Guillen makes it 20

Guillen_Hitting_Streak_20.jpgHere’s a look at Jose Guillen’s single in the eighth yesterday, which extended his hitting streak to 20 games.  It’s the seventh time a Royal has had a 20+ game hitting streak.  Let’s take a look at the list:

30        George Brett July 18-Aug. 18, 1980
27        Jose Offerman July 11-Aug. 7, 1998
25 (2x) George Brett Sept. 27, 1982-May 8, 1983
            Mike Sweeney July 18-Aug. 13, 1999
22        Brian McRae July 20-Aug. 13, 1991
21        Rey Sanchez May 11-June 3, 2001
20       Jose Guillen  June 4, 2010 to current

Ned Yost media session: June 26

Take it from media relations intern Hillary who was dripping after two minutes into this interview…it’s hot! Yost said that unlike the old days when he was a player, the team is taking valuable precautions to stay healthy in this summer heat, such as by eating right and staying hydrated. In particular, Yost is helping catcher Jason Kendall take special precautions by giving him a day’s rest. Though Kendall nearly always wants to play, Yost is keeping the big picture in mind so that Kendall will be strong and healthy late in the season. Members of the media asked when Jose Guillen might have a day off, but Yost responded that he doesn’t want to remove Guillen from the lineup because he is currently on a 19-game hitting streak, the longest of his career. 
 

With Kendall out of today’s lineup, second baseman Mike Aviles will move into the two-hole. Yost knows that there is a lot more to a successful two-hole hitter than what shows up in the box score. Rather than only looking at hits, the manager looks for someone who can move runners and hit ground balls when needed.

Photos: Guillen home run

Jose Guillen hit a 3-run blast in the first.  Here’s a look at the swing and Jose getting high-fives from his teammates:

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Ned Yost media session: May 16

In Sunday’s interview with manager Ned Yost, Yost began the conversation by talking about the lineup. Yost said he didn’t change today’s order because he wants to get his feet on the ground, especially after a quick turnaround from last night’s game, but will likely start changing it up while on the road. Yost continued by saying that eventually he wants a set lineup and will try to refrain from moving hitters up and down in the order on a regular basis. The manager also mentioned that he sees a couple candidates for the Royals three-hole, but he would like to keep a certain comfort level in the clubhouse, so he doesn’t want to make any drastic changes.

Yost also discussed the work ethics of several players, including Scott Podsednik, whom he managed in Milwaukee, Mike Aviles and Mitch Maier. The manager said that all three are good examples of players taking full advantage of opportunities. Yost also expressed that the three represent the type of players he wants to manage–those who come willing to work their tails off every single day. The new manager doesn’t want players who are satisfied with being good, but rather those who want to be great.

Finally, Yost provided brief injury updates on Jose Guillen, Robinson Tejeda, John Parrish, and Rick Ankiel. Yost said that after getting hit in last night’s game, Guillen’s finger went numb for about an inning but is fine now. Additionally, Tejeda (strained left calf) feels virtually no pain in his leg, Parrish (inflamed rotator cuff) is feeling better, and Ankiel (right quad strain) is also feeling better but is still some days away.  Both Parrish and Ankiel will go out on rehab assignments before they return to Kauffman.

Trey Hillman Media Session: April 8

With the final game in the series being an early start and last night’s 11-inning game, manager Trey Hillman faced questions about availability of several key pieces.  After attempting a four-out save last night and throwing 32 pitches, Hillman said that closer Joakim Soria’s availability is in question and that no decision will be made until after the first pitch is thrown. Hillman’s preference is not to use Soria for more than three outs in future appearances, but cited that the most important factor is winning ball games.

Another question coming into today’s game is the condition of catcher Jason Kendall following last night’s extra-inning affair.  Hillman said Kendall felt good this morning and that fans could expect to see the veteran catcher often in day games after night games.

The other question mark today was how Hillman’s lineup would look with the Royals’ hitters facing the first left-handed starting pitcher of the 2010 season in Dontrelle Willis.  Hillman had entertained the idea of starting infielder Mike Aviles at second base in place of Chris Getz.  However, Hillman penciled in Getz, saying he has shown excellent consistency in producing quality at bats early in the season.  The final change affected by Willis’ start is the five and six slots in the batting order. Hillman said that the switch with outfielders Rick Ankiel and Jose Guillen will be commonplace when facing a left-handed starting pitcher.

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