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Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: June 30

Hochevar soaring to new heights

Many reporters were asking manager Trey Hillman what to make of all the fly ball outs by starting pitcher Luke Hochevar, who is primarily a ground ball specialist.  “Yeah, their sure were a lot of fly ball outs last night, what can I say, he’s locating all his pitches better, is really what it is.  It is very encouraging to see as a manager, he’s progressing and becoming more of a pitcher and less of a thrower, it happens at some point to most through maturity and development.” 

How’s everyone doing?

If it was up to Jose Guillen, he would be in the starting line-up tonight against the Minnesota Twins, but it’s not and he isn’t.  The good news is however, they both agree that in a pinch, Guillen’s services are available if need be.  So look for a well rested Jose Guillen in the later innings of the game to help out if needed, if not he is expected to be ready to start tomorrow against Glen Perkins and the Twins (1:10 pm).  Gil Meche had a very successful throwing session yesterday before the game, allaying any fears he or the coaching staff might have about his lack of velocity and consistency.  He is on track and scheduled to pitch tomorrow against Minnesota.   John Buck has been doing quite well with his rehab assignment, throwing the ball and batting without too much discomfort.  “There have been no setbacks to this point, John is moving along very well,” says Hillman.

Tuesday lineup: Royals vs. Twins

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – RF

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

T. Pena, Jr. – SS

Bannister – P

Trey Hillman Media Session: June 29

.400?

Manager Trey Hillman was asked about Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer possibly being able to hit .400 for the entire season.  “He is an excellent hitter, man, I mean he is really good, but it is doubtful he will able to continue this pace for a full year,” said Hillman.  Trey stated, “There are just too many variables, an amazing amount of good things have to go right for something like that to happen again. The wear and tear of a season, playing enough games, injuries, the weather, staying healthy, all play a serious factor, it’s not just about your hitting ability,” said Hillman. 

Who’s on the mend and who isn’t

Royals outfielder Jose Guillen has been given the day off with a sore left side and his time off could be extended a day or two depending on how he feels tomorrow.  Gil Meche threw in the bullpen and everything should be good for his start on Wednesday.  Alex Gordon has been striking the ball well on his rehab stint in Arizona, the same can not be said for his ability to run and maneuver as of yet.  According to Hillman, he is, as expected, having considerable trouble planting his feet, running, and maneuvering in the field and on the base paths.  “He is having difficulty running, we all knew this was going to be a slow and arduous process, he is doing as well as can be expected, and when he comes back it is still going to take time, and there will be day’s where Alex will need time off,” says Hillman.

Monday lineup: Twins in town

The Minnesota Twins make their first appearance at the “New” K tonight.  Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – RF

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

T. Pena, Jr. – SS

Hochevar – P

Thursday lineup: Series finale in Houston

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Callaspo – 2B

Guillen – RF

Jacobs – 1B

Teahen – 3B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

Bannister – P

Wednesday lineup

DeJesus – LF

Callaspo – 2B

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

B. Pena – C

Hernandez – SS

Maier – CF

Hochevar – P

Royals sign four draft picks, including Razorbacks

The Royals have signed four more draft picks from the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, including the double play combination from 2009 College World Series entrant the University of Arkansas. 

 

Razorbacks’ senior shortstop Scott Lyons, KC’s 15th round pick, and senior second baseman Benjamin Tschepikow, a 17th round selection, signed their contracts at Springdale’s Arvest Ballpark, home of KC’s Double-A affiliate Northwest Arkansas Naturals.  The duo will be separated as Lyons will begin his pro career for the Royals’ Arizona Rookie League team in Surprise, while Tschepikow will start at Idaho Falls (R) in the Pioneer League.  Also inking was left-handed pitcher Jonathon Keck, KC’s 42nd round pick from Bethel College in Tennessee, and 47th round selection Anthony Howard, a centerfielder from Quince Orchard High in Maryland.

 

In addition, the Royals have signed Scott Shimek, a right-handed pitcher from St. Mary’s University (TX), as an undrafted free agent.

 

The Royals have now signed 22 of their 49 selections and four undrafted free agents.  For a full list of 2009 draftees and signings, follow this link:

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/team/draft.jsp?c_id=kc

Tuesday lineup: Greinke batting eighth

The Royals will play their fourth regular season series in Houston this week (the clubs also finished the preseason slate with exhibition games in Houston from 2004-2007).

The pitcher is required to bat in Interleague games played at National League parks.  Trey Hillman is taking a page out of Tony La Russa’s book by putting Zack Greinke in the eighth slot in the lineup tonight.  Zack loves to hit, and he belted his first Major League home run in 2005 at Arizona off of Russ Ortiz, who happens to be pitching for Houston tonight.  Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Greinke – P

Maier – CF 

Sunday lineup: Meche looks to extend June dominance

The I-70 Series wraps up today, with Gil Meche taking the mound.  Gil has the best June ERA (2.82) among active MLB pitchers with at least 200.0 IP during the month.  He is 20-6 lifetime and 2-0 this year with a 0.41 ERA in 3 starts.

Here’s your Royals lineup:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Olivo – C

Hulett – 2B

Maier – CF

Meche – P

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: June 20

Kyle Davies optioned, Tejeda activated

The big news of the day was a roster move, with Kyle Davies going to Triple-A Omaha and Robinson Tejeda returning from right rotator cuff tendinitis. 

Hillman said that Davies would join the O-Royals in Memphis, where they start a series on Tuesday.  Tejeda is expected to be at the ballpark and available for today’s game.

Hillman said that Davies needs to command the ball better as he is centering pitches in dangerous locations.  Fatigue is not a factor in Hillman’s mind.  He believes that Davies will return strong as most guys with three “plus” pitches figure it out.

He noted that Tejeda gives the Royals another option in the bullpen and said that everything looks fine with his health.

As for the rotation, the Royals do not need a fifth starter until next Saturday in Pittsburgh.  Hillman believes that the Royals have a few options.  Reporters asked about Sidney Ponson, who is recovering from a right elbow strain, and Bruce Chen, who pitched a complete-game shutout last night at Albuquerque.  Ponson is scheduled to start tomorrow.  He will make 40-45 pitches and the goal is for him to build his pitch count.  Hillman indicated that both had been mentioned but stressed that the decision would be made a few days before the game in Pittsburgh.

Position players

Willie Bloomquist has the day off today.  Hillman wanted to give him a day off so he does not become overextended.

Mike Aviles (right forearm strain) will not have any activity for the next four days.

Alex Gordon has been hitting on the field and running out of the batter’s box to first base.  He is doing regular agility drills and taking ground balls.

John Buck is doing some light blocking drills and easy catching.  He also caught some bullpen sessions today.

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