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The Royals inked 10 more players from the 2009 First Year Player Draft and also signed a pair of undrafted players…the draft picks who have agreed to join the organization include:
Mathiew White (#6 pick, righthanded pitcher, University of New Mexico);
George Baumann (#7, lefthanded pitcher, Missouri State University);
Benjamin Theriot (#9, catcher, Texas State University);
Brendan Lafferty (#18, lefthanded pitcher, UCLA);
Ryan Stovall (#19, third baseman, Thomas University, GA);
Marvin Cooper (#21, centerfielder, Belhaven College, MS);
Ryan Dennick (#22, lefthanded pitcher, Tennessee Tech University);
Scott Kelley (#23, righthanded pitcher, Penn State University);
Gabriel MacDougall (#27, left fielder, Lynn University, FL) and
Claudio Bavera (#33, Cochise College, AZ)
The Royals also signed undrafted players Jack Adams (righthanded pitcher, San Jose State University, CA) and Bryan Roberts (righthanded pitcher, Loyola Marymount University, CA)
To date, the Royals have signed 17 selections from the draft and inked 4 more undrafted players. For the full list of draft selections and signings, follow this link:
From one side to the other
Gil Meche will be the first to tell you he did not have his legs under him at the beginning of the season. On numerous occasions it was well documented that Meche’s stamina was becoming an issue and his style of working out was not conducive to his feeling comfortable or productive on the mound. So now we come to find out that not only was changing his workout routine a contributor to his recent success, but he has also moved from one side of the rubber to the other. “It is really helping him locate better, but to some degree it is also mental, everyone thinks a little tweak here and there can be monumental at times,” said manager Trey Hillman. Hillman said Gil’s back feels much better, his stamina is regulated, and he is making some effective minor adjustments with pitching coach Bob McClure.
Hillman was very appreciative toward the fans with their continued support and encouragement through this tough five-week stretch. “You saw the fan turnout this past weekend, how awesome was that, they continue to believe in us and that makes it that much easier to believe in ourselves,” said Hillman. He stated, “We have absolutely not lost hope and to be reassured by your community that they have not lost hope in you either is pretty special.” Sidney Ponson threw two successful bullpen sessions in the past five days and he quite possibly could be ready for a minor league rehab stint in the coming week or two.
Arizona makes their first appearance at Kauffman Stadium since 2003 tonight. A lot has happened since 2003, including a homecoming for our boss, Mike Swanson, who worked with the Diamondbacks from their start-up until early 2007.
Tonight is T-shirt Tuesday, and we have the most anticipated shirt in Kansas City! That’s right, we have Zack Greinke shirts for the first 20,000, so get here early!
Here’s your Kansas City lineup:
DeJesus – LF
Bloomquist – CF
Butler – 1B
Guillen – RF
Olivo – C
Jacobs – DH
Callaspo – 2B
Teahen – 3B
T. Pena – SS
Meche – P
Coco to the D.L.
Add Coco Crisp to the list of Royals players who are currently on the Disabled List. The centerfielder went on the 15-day Disabled List today with a sore shoulder. Manager Trey Hillman said, “We are going to keep him out until that shoulder fully heals, he can take as much time as he needs.” In his place on the active roster will be Tug Hulett. “He’s a good ballplayer, he can be very versatile for us,” said Hillman.
John Buck has been up and throwing in the last couple of days, but that is about the extent to which he can participate in activities. His back is quite sore and is need of constant and consistent rest. Mike Aviles is still resting his elbow, and Sidney Ponson had another encouraging bullpen session.
The Royals are looking for a sweep of Cincinnati today…1:10 first pitch. Come on out to the game! Today’s game is also on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network (980 AM in Kansas City).
DeJesus – LF
Bloomquist – RF
Butler – 1B
Jacobs – DH
Olivo – C
Callaspo – 2B
Teahen – 3B
Hernandez – SS
Maier – CF
Bannister – P
The 2009 First-Year Player Draft took place last week, with the Royals selecting 49 players. The club has signed seven selections, plus a pair of non-drafted free agents. Here is a list of players signed to date:
10th round selection Geoffrey Baldwin, a first baseman from Grand Junction High School in Colorado
11th round selection Ryan Wood, a shortstop from East Carolina University
12th round selection Nicholas Wooley, a right-handed pitcher from William Woods University
16th round selection Eric Diaz, a left-handed pitcher from New Mexico Junior College
20th round selection Patrick Keating, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Florida
25th round selection Richard Folmer, a right-handed pitcher from Stephen F. Austin State University
30th round selection Josh Worrell, son of former Major Leaguer Todd Worrell, a right-handed pitcher from Indiana Wesleyan University
Non-drafted free agent Jose Sanchez, a left-handed pitcher from Montgomery College – Germantown
Non-drafted free agent Kyle Sweat, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Central Florida
Coming along Callaspo
Manager Trey Hillman is very impressed with the seemingly natural progression of his second basemen Alberto Callaspo. “I am very pleased with his improvements this season, both at the plate and in the field,” said Hillman. He stated, “Laterally I think there is room for improvement and I would like him to slow down on double play possibilities, otherwise I am very happy with his fielding.” Hillman was asked about his home run capabilities in the future, “He is a doubles guy, if he starts thinking otherwise he won’t get that barrel where it needs to be and corrections will have to be made. I like the Alberto we have,” said Hillman.
Hillman was asked what he thought baseball would look like in ten to fifteen years. Hillman said, “You can pretty much expect to see more and more athletes on the field, who carry skills pertaining to agility, speed, and smarts. I think it will resemble the game of the past, with the emphasis put more on the finer points of the game, and not so much on the home run and how bulky can a guy get.”
One tough Crisp
Royals centerfielder Coco Crisp has been injured for a while now, but you wouldn’t know it if you asked him. Hillman says, “Crisp has quite the pain threshold, and is stubborn to a fault in dealing with his pain and playing. I thought the six days off would be enough, but his shoulder just isn’t healing up like we thought, the DL is not out of the question at this point.”
What a game last night! Luke Hochevar threw his first complete game in the Majors, using just 80 pitches in a contest that lasted just 2:12. It’s a good thing that the game wasn’t any shorter, because we needed the sun to go down for the KC Sky Show, which followed the 4-1 win over Cincinnati. Here are a few pictures courtesy of team photographer Chris Vleisides.
Short Term Memory
Manager Trey Hillman was asked about the importance of forgetting a difficult loss like yesterday’s against the Cleveland Indians. “I would like in some form or another like to put the last five weeks out of my mind, you have to learn from your mistakes and move on,” Hillman said. He stated that being home and starting interleague play could be the spark this team needs to catapult them into a winning streak and propel them in the right direction. “It’s always nice to see other teams from around the league, I’m a baseball fan too, it should be a fun a homestand,” said the manager.
No Pessimism in this Clubhouse
Manager Trey Hillman has told us on numerous occasions this season that at no point will he ever give up on this team, nor will they as a club ever count themselves out. “Hey man, there is optimism in that clubhouse, it’s hard to play ball like this but you have to let it go,” Hillman said. “We have not lost hope, our confidence is high, and we are thankful every day for our jobs, the ballpark we play in and the city we play for,” exclaimed Hillman.
Alex Gordon has been doing two reps of ground ball drills, and has been taking light batting practice. He is also jogging on a consistent basis, but his lateral movement is being watched rigorously and evaluated daily.
Robinson Tejeda pitched last night for the Double-A affiliate Northwest Arkansas Naturals and he is progressing nicely and is being monitored for reassignment.
Mike Aviles is still resting his elbow and there can be absolutely no movement in his elbow for up to one more week.
Sidney Ponson threw a promising bullpen session yesterday, and is scheduled for another in the coming days.
John Buck is felling much better then he had in past days, but is nowhere near being ready to put on a uniform for the Royals.
With all of these players, Hillman says, “There is not a set timetable for any of our injured players, as each day comes they get healthier and when they are ready to perform, we will let you know.”