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Ned Yost held his usual pre-game presser this afternoon. He joked that everyone in attendance should enjoy the beautiful weather today because the forecast is for cooler temps later in the week.
James Shields was the obvious topic of discussion this afternoon. Anytime a pitcher faces his old teammates for the first time, there is going to be hype. With Shields facing the Rays tonight, it is no different. When asked if James has a book on the Rays, Yost had this to say, “He knows them inside and out. He is very observant on the bench during the games. I think he has pretty good idea of how he wants to go about his business today.” Ned also noted it is nice to have an ace like Shields on the mound because it usually gives the bullpen a chance to get some rest.
Luis Mendoza was the second topic of discussion. Yost was asked if Mendy would be ready to go after having such a long lay off in between starts. “He is a guy who doesn’t freak out and over analyze a situation. He just goes out, grabs the ball and does what he does. It’s a good mindset to have and a perfect mindset for a number five starter.”
The Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on 2013 Major League contracts with right-handed pitchers Aaron Crow, Louis Coleman, Luis Mendoza and Guillermo Moscoso; and left-handed pitcher Francisley Bueno. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
The Royals now have all players on the 40-man roster signed for the 2013 season.
World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced provisional rosters for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which will be held from March 2 – 19. Nine players from the Royals organization were named to the provisional squads, including six players on Kansas City’s 40-man roster.
The selections are as follows: Left-handed pitchers Bruce Chen (China) and Tim Collins (United States), right-handed pitchers Kelvin Herrera (Dominican Republic), Luis Mendoza (Mexico) and J.C. Sulbaran (The Netherlands), catcher Salvador Perez (Venezuela), infielders Irving Falu (Puerto Rico) and Miguel Tejada (Dominican Republic), and outfielder Paulo Orlando (Brazil). Chen, Collins, Falu, Herrera, Mendoza and Perez played for Kansas City in 2012. Tejada is a non-roster invitee to 2013 spring training, while Orlando and Sulbaran are both on the Double-A Northwest Arkansas roster. Chen will become the first Major Leaguer to represent China in the event.
The Royals announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Steven Shell and outfielder Brett Carroll to minor league contracts for the 2011 season. In addition, the Royals have re-signed right-handed pitchers Luis Mendoza and Julio Pimentel, catcher Cody Clark, and infielders Irving Falu, Mario Lisson and Jamie Romak to 2011 minor league contracts. The club plans to announce invitations to Major League Spring Training at a later date.
Shell, 27, pitched in the Majors with the Washington Nationals in 2008 and 2009, compiling a 2-2 record and two saves with a 2.45 ERA in 43 relief appearances. In 55.0 career innings, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder allowed just 39 hits, walking 22 and striking out 46. Originally a third-round pick by the Angels in 2001 out of El Reno (Okla.) High, Shell pitched for Tacoma (AAA) in the Seattle organization in 2010, going 3-2 with a 3.59 ERA in 21 games (nine starts).
The 28-year-old Carroll has made appearances at the big league level with the Florida Marlins in each of the past four seasons, breaking camp with the club in both 2008 and 2009. The right-handed hitter and thrower is a career .205 hitter at the Major League level with 13 doubles, five home runs and 28 RBI in 283 at bats. The Marlins’ 10th-round pick in 2004 out of Middle Tennessee State University spent a majority of 2010 with New Orleans (AAA), also playing in 32 games with the Marlins and hitting .197 with four doubles, two home runs and seven RBI. Carroll made his Major League debut on June 17, 2007 at Kauffman Stadium.
Mendoza, 27, was acquired by the Royals on April 2, 2010 from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations. He opened the season in the Royals bullpen, going 0-1 with a 22.50 ERA in four relief stints before posting a 10-9 record with a 4.10 ERA in 24 games (22 starts) for Omaha (AAA).
Pimentel, 24, returned to the mound in June after missing the entire 2009 campaign with ligament damage in his right elbow. Originally acquired by the Royals from the Dodgers on July 25, 2006, Pimentel was 0-0 with a 4.00 ERA in seven games (six starts) for the Surprise Royals (R) this season.
Clark, 29, hit .255 with 13 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 25 RBI in 72 games for Omaha in 2010.
Falu, 27, batted .272 with 14 doubles, one home run, 46 RBI, 75 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 19 attempts for Omaha last season. The switch-hitter appeared for his native Puerto Rico in the Pan Am Qualifying Tournament in October.
Lisson, 26, missed the entire 2010 season with a right shoulder injury.
Romak, 25, split 2010 between Wilmington (A Advanced) and NW Arkansas (AA). Signed as a minor league free agent on January 16, 2010, Romak combined to hit .296 with 29 doubles, 13 home runs, 64 RBI and 64 runs scored in 127 games.
The talk today centered on the new additions to the Kansas City Royals; right-handed pitcher Brad Thompson and left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen. Royals’ manager Trey Hillman is excited to see the new arms in the bullpen and stated he is looking for the right combination to get the baseball to closer Joakim Soria in the ninth inning. Hillman knows that the Royals record this season would be significantly improved had they seen better outings from their relievers.
With these additions, also came some losses from the Royals’ bullpen. The Royals released relief pitcher Juan Cruz and designated relief pitcher Luis Mendoza for assignment. Hillman cited that Cruz didn’t have his full strength on several occasions this spring, possibly from a lingering sore shoulder that bothered him last season. However, Hillman believes these moves show the Royals are dedicated to winning now and will not settle for giving away any victories.