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The Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on 2011 Major League contracts with right-handed pitchers Henry Barrera, Kevin Pucetas and Kanekoa Texeira, left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford, catcher Lucas May, and infielders Mike Aviles and Alcides Escobar. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
The 29-year-old Aviles hit .304 for the Royals in 2010 with 16 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 32 RBI and 63 runs scored. The career .298 hitter in 248 Major League contests was the Royals’ seventh-round selection in the 2003 Draft.
Escobar, 24, was acquired along with pitchers Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi, and outfielder Lorenzo Cain in the six-player deal that sent pitcher Zack Greinke and infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to Milwaukee on December 19, 2010. The shortstop batted .235 with 10 triples and 10 stolen bases in his first full season in the Major Leagues last year.
The 26-year-old May was acquired by the Royals from the Los Angeles Dodgers along with pitcher Elisaul Pimentel in exchange for outfielder Scott Podsednik on July 28, 2010. The catcher picked up his first action in the Majors in September for Kansas City, hitting .189 in 12 games.
Texeira, 25, was 1-0 with a 4.64 ERA in 27 relief appearances for the Royals in 2010 after being claimed on Outright Waivers from the Seattle Mariners on June 3. The 6-foot-2 native of Hawaii missed the final month of the season with a right elbow strain.
The 25-year-old Barrera returned in 2010 from Tommy John surgery pitching at both Wilmington (High A) and Northwest Arkansas (AA). The Royals’ fifth-round pick in 2004 was 3-1 for the Naturals with a 1.80 ERA in 16 relief appearances, covering 25.0 innings.
Pucetas, 26, was acquired by the Royals from the San Francisco Giants on October 14, 2010 as the player to be named in the trade that sent outfielder Jose Guillen to the Giants on August 13, 2010. The 6-foot-4 right-hander spent the entire 2010 campaign with Fresno (AAA) posting a 5-7 record with a 5.69 ERA in 26 starts.
The 26-year-old Teaford was the 2010 Northwest Arkansas Pitcher of the Year after compiling a 14-3 record with a 3.36 ERA in 27 appearances (12 starts). The southpaw, who was added to the Royals’ 40-man roster this offseason, led the Texas League in victories. Teaford wrapped up his strong 2010 by going 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in two starts for Team USA at the Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico.
Second baseman Chris Getz, catcher Lucas May and pitcher Kanekoa Texeira visited with 80 area children on Tuesday at the Royals Charities Kids Holiday Party. Children from Guadalupe Centers, Della Lamb, Operation Breakthrough and Spofford Home enjoyed dinner, made holiday crafts and visited with Sluggerrr. All of the kids received a special gift from Santa Claus plus a stocking full of goodies.
Getz, May and Texeira signed autographs and visited with their new fans. May even took the opportunity to sit and visit with Santa!
We’ll look at several of the topics discussed, starting with…you, the fans!
Yost has the utmost respect for the fans in Kansas City and described them as a classy group. He knows that they are dying for a winner and that they deserve one. He’s never been in a stadium where the fans chant “Let’s go (team name)” as well as at Kauffman Stadium. He knows that the fans want to see a good baseball game and like him, expect a team that plays hard and never gives up. Yost believes that nearly every time that he left the dugout, his players had left it all on the field. He was impressed that the fans acknowledged opposing players for a milestone (example – their first Major League hit).
Are the Rays a realistic comparison?
Is it realistic to compare the Royals to the Rays? (Tampa Bay built their farm system and now they are headed to the postseason for the second time in three years). Yost believes that it is a fair comparison because of the depth of talent in Kansas City’s minor league system. He believes that the Royals are bringing players along at a similar pace to Tampa Bay. Due to the mental and physical demands of the Major Leagues, a majority of the group that was in Double-A this year needs to continue their development at Triple-A in Yost’s opinion.
On the coaching side of things, Yost is looking at ways to improve the information flow to the players through advance reports. He knows that errors will happen on the field, but believes in minimizing the opportunity to make errors.
As reported yesterday, all of the coaches will be back in 2011. Yost does have one position to fill as Rusty Kuntz will be working as a roving coach and special assistant in 2011. Yost knows who that person will be and expects an announcement to be made in the next few days, once the “I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed”.
Yost expects Aviles to be much stronger heading into 2011 as he continues his way back from “Tommy John” surgery. He would like to see Aviles at third base but needs to see more of him there to make a proper evaluation. Yost believes that Aviles is up to the challenge.
Yost said that the shortstop did a great job of staying focused this year and that Betancourt knows what he needs to work on. Betancourt lives in Miami, as does third base coach and fellow native Cuban Eddie Rodriguez. The pair will work regularly this offseason. Yost gave credit to Rodriguez for helping Yuni during the season. Betancourt is a clutch hitter and not an on-base percentage player, so Yost feels comfortable with Betancourt driving in runs from the seventh or eighth place in the order.
Yost believes that Butler will eventually become a 25-30 home run player who consistently drives in 100+ runs. The fact that his walks are up and his strikeouts are down is a sign that he is turning the corner. Yost sees Butler as a #3 hitter more than a cleanup hitter.
Yost believes that Greinke has the ability to be a Cy Young-caliber pitcher on a yearly basis. He said that 2010 was difficult for Greinke due to the notoriety that goes along with the award.
Both Brayan Pena and Lucas May were sent home with “prescriptions” on what they need to do to improve in 2011. Yost believes that Pena, an offensive catcher, did a fair job on game calling toward the end of the year. Bruce Chen’s shutout on Friday was a great example of Pena’s improvement.
Manny Pina, who played in a combined 91 games with Northwest Arkansas and Omaha, will get a good look in Spring Training. Pina is a defensive-oriented catcher and Yost believes that Pina’s offensive game will improve.
Moose on track
Yost will be traveling to Puerto Rico later this week to watch six of Kansas City’s prospects play on Team USA. He will see Mike Moustakas for the first time since early in the year, when he watched Moose at Northwest Arkansas.
Yost made it clear that it is important not to rush Moustakas. In his opinion, he would want to see the third baseman put up his Double-A numbers for a consistent period of time at Triple-A.
Welcome to the big show!
Lucas May will make his Major League debut tonight. Yost sees the start as necessary in order to get a good look at the catcher and see what he’s capable of doing. The manager doesn’t plan on filling May’s head with advice before the game, but does expect him to discuss strategy with tonight’s starter, Bruce Chen. Yost believes the veteran Chen will pair up well with the “newbie” and will have the patience to hang with the young catcher and help him get through his first start.
Detroit catcher Max St. Pierre is also making his big league debut in tonight’s ballgame after having spent nearly 14 years in the minors. St. Pierre spent 2007 Spring Training in Surprise with the Royals.
It’s a balancing act
Yost also discussed his “dual thinking,” meaning he first and foremost shows up everyday to win, but at the same time he is trying to figure out how to get better for next year. For example, Yost might let a player hit when he would normally would pinch hit for the player because he needs to see what the player is capable of doing in certain situations. He admitted it’s tough to balance the two, but he tries to keep it as steady as he can.
In the two-hole
With Jason Kendall out due to extensive repair to his rotator cuff, Mitch Maier is now seeing playing time at the two-hole in the batting order. According to Yost, Maier is statistically the best situational hitter on the team (Kendall had been second). Situational hitting is something the team tracks from game one until the end of the season, and is also something the club works on everyday.
The Royals host Detroit tonight at 6:10 and a cool storyline is that catchers Lucas May and Max St. Pierre will both be making their Major League debuts. May was acquired by the Royals on July 28 in the Scott Podsednik trade. He will make his debut after 707 games over eight minor league seasons. St. Pierre, who was with KC in Spring Training in 2007, will appear in the Majors for Detroit after 978 games over 14 minor league seasons. Congratulations to both Lucas and Max on their debuts!
Let’s take a look at the KC lineup:
(Blanco – CF), (Maier – RF), (Butler – 1B), (Ka’aihue – DH), (Fields – 3B), (Gordon – LF), (May – C), (Getz – 2B), (Betancourt – SS), (Chen – P)
The Royals have returned right-handed pitcher Gil Meche and infielder Josh Fields from their respective rehab assignments and reinstated them from the 60-day Disabled List. In addition, the club has recalled catcher Lucas May from Omaha. To create space on the 40-man roster, the Royals have transferred right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar and outfielder David DeJesus to the 60-day D.L. Meche, Fields and May will be in uniform for tonight’s game. May will wear No. 22.
Meche, 31, has missed 86 games with right shoulder bursitis. He was 0-4 with a 6.66 ERA in nine starts for the Royals prior to being placed on the D.L. on May 29 (retroactive to May 26). Meche returns to the Majors in a relief capacity, where he made his final three rehab appearances for Omaha, allowing one run on two hits in 4.2 innings, striking out five.
The 27-year-old Fields is looking to make his Royals debut after being acquired with Chris Getz on November 5, 2009 from the White Sox for Mark Teahen. He underwent labral surgery on his right hip toward the tail end of Spring Training and was placed on the D.L. on March 28. Fields began a rehab assignment with Surprise on August 12 and went 4-for-10 with four RBI for the Royals’ rookie-level club before hitting .436 (17-for-39) with eight doubles and 9 RBI in 11 games for Northwest Arkansas (AA).
May, 25, was acquired by the Royals on July 28 from the Dodgers in the deal that sent outfielder Scott Podsednik to Los Angeles. The five-foot-11, 195-pounder is making his first appearance on a Major League active roster. May was hitting .275 (25-for-91) for Omaha with seven doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI in 24 games. In 104 games this season, he has combined to bat .283 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI, posting a .483 slugging percentage.
Hochevar is currently on a rehab assignment at Omaha. He has been sidelined since June 16 (retroactive to June 12) with a right elbow sprain. He is currently eligible for reinstatement.
DeJesus has missed the past 37 games with a right thumb sprain suffered on July 22 at Yankee Stadium. The outfielder is eligible to be reinstated on September 21.
Yesterday, Ned Yost mentioned that he would talk to GM Dayton Moore today about September call-ups. Naturally, that was the first question in today’s media session. Yost said that Moore is having conversations with minor league coaches and scouts about potential call-ups. Yost and Moore had a brief chat on the topic that centered around three immediate possible roster additions: reliever Gil Meche, infielder Josh Fields and catcher Lucas May.
Meche is here in KC already and will be activated tomorrow to fill a bullpen role. Fields also will likely be here after his rehab stint with NW Arkansas. He is healthy once again and swinging a hot bat for the Double-A Naturals (.429 entering today). Yost has heard the reports about Fields but wants to see it for his own eyes. As for May, Yost is not sure that it will happen tomorrow since May was hit by a pitch in last night’s game with Omaha. He believes in having three catchers and it would be a chance to evaluate May, who joined the organization in the Scott Podsednik trade last month. However, Yost hinted that duty would be limited for May as he also sees more playing time for Brayan Pena in September.
Yost does not expect a large number of call-ups. He doesn’t want to fill the bench with guys who are unlikely to play. Reporters asked about several prospects, including outfielder Jarrod Dyson and left-handed reliever Tim Collins. Yost said that Dyson wasn’t talked about in his brief conversation with Moore. While Yost would like to add a left-hander or two and stressed championship clubs have at least two in their bullpen, he downplayed talk of a Collins call-up as the lefty just turned 21 and is in his first month at Triple-A.
Wilson Betemit’s emergence has been a regular topic among reporters. Yost said that everybody is at a similar heightened skill level in the Majors and that the mental aspect is what separates most players. He does believe that players can have something click – he has seen it in his time with Atlanta and Milwaukee. Yost believes that something has clicked with Betemit, who did not have the right chance with his previous organizations. He sees Betemit’s eventual role as a super-utility player, similar to that of Willie Bloomquist.
With the news of Scott Podsednik’s trade to the Dodgers not even a day old, Yost faced several questions regarding the impact the move will have on the team. First, Yost pointed out that the loss of Podsednik creates the opportunity for Alex Gordon to further develop on a day-to-day basis as an outfielder. Yost also added that the change allots more playing time to Mitch Maier. Furthermore, Yost sees the move as a positive exchange for two quality players, catcher Lucas May and pitcher Elisaul Pimentel, whom he views as adding depth to the organization. Yost believes creating depth is very important and will be key to not missing a beat in critical situations, such as when Gil Meche and Luke Hochevar were placed on the disabled list and the quality pitchers necessary to fill the void simply were not there. The manager also noted the downside of the trade, however, saying that the team lost a .300 hitter and a spark on the bases, as well as a real pro and classy individual. In the end, Yost sees the trade as a move made in the best interest of the organization because it is crucial to increase the talent base at the minor league level and to allow home grown players (such as Gordon) more time to develop at the Major League level.
Without Podsednik in the order, the lineup will look a bit different from now on. Willie Bloomquist will bat leadoff in tonight’s game, but Yost said the spot will vary from day-to-day. Yost believes the Royals no longer have a prototypical leadoff hitter, but he doesn’t see this as a major problem, adding that Bloomquist, Maier, and Jason Kendall are all capable of hitting in the one spot.
The recent vacancy of Podsednik’s roster position also created changes in the bullpen, with right-hander Greg Holland being called up from Triple-A Omaha. Yost said he opted for a pitcher in this situation because the bullpen has been in a flux and he doesn’t want to overuse guys. He thinks Holland will be able to split some time and showcase his 94-97 mph fastball, though he admitted Holland need to improve his command that he has struggled with at times in the minors.