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Royals agree to terms with Blake Wood, Manny Pina, Jeff Bianchi, Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson

The Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on 2011 Major League contracts with right-handed pitcher Blake Wood, catcher Manny Pina, infielder Jeff Bianchi, and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

The 25-year-old Wood spent the majority of the 2010 campaign in the Royals bullpen posting a 1-3 record with a 5.07 ERA in 51 appearances, all in relief.  The Royals’ third-round selection from 2006 compiled a 3.27 ERA in his final 22 outings.

The 24-year-old Cain was also part of the aforementioned December 19, 2010 trade with the Brewers.  The outfielder played in 43 games for Milwaukee in 2010, batting .306 with 11 doubles and seven stolen bases in eight attempts.

Dyson, 26, was a September call-up by Kansas City last season, hitting .211 in 18 games with nine steals in 10 tries.  A 50th-round selection in 2006, Dyson has swiped 140 bases in 173 attempts (81%) in his professional career.

The 23-year-old Pina spent most of the 2010 campaign with Northwest Arkansas (AA), hitting .259 with 16 doubles, seven home runs and 44 RBI in 74 games.  He also appeared in 17 contests with Omaha (AAA).  Acquired from the Texas Rangers with outfielder Tim Smith for pitcher Danny Gutierrez on September 3, 2009, Pina nabbed 35 of 83 attempted basestealers (42.2%) in 2010.

Bianchi, 24, missed the 2010 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last March.  The club’s second-round pick in 2005 hit a combined .308 between Wilmington (High A) and Northwest Arkansas in 2009.

 

Yost summarizes the season, looks ahead to 2011 and beyond



Yost_2247.jpgManager Ned Yost held a final summary press conference for 2010 on Monday.

We’ll look at several of the topics discussed, starting with…you, the fans!

Fan-tastic

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.

Royal reports

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.  

Coaching staff

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”. 

Mike Aviles

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. 


Yuni_6.8.jpgYuniesky Betancourt

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.

Billy Butler

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.

Zack Greinke

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.


Pena_7.26.jpgCatchers

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. 

Royals acquire two prospects from Rangers

The Royals have acquired catcher Manny Pina and outfielder Tim Smith from the Texas Rangers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Danny Gutierrez.

               

Pina, 22, was hitting .259 with 17 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 42 RBI in 86 games for Frisco (AA).  The April Minor League Player of the Month in the Rangers organization was selected as the starting catcher for the South Division in the Texas League All-Star Game.  Regarded as an excellent defensive catcher, Pina this season was invited to the Rangers Major League Spring Training camp.  The 5-foot-11, 185-pound right-handed hitter from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, signed with the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent on September 30, 2004.

 

The 23-year old Smith began the 2009 season with Bakersfield (A Advanced) before being promoted to Frisco (AA) in early June.  Smith batted .333 with five doubles, four home runs, 19 RBI, seven stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .413 in 35 games with the California League club before compiling a .309 mark with nine doubles, three homers, 32 RBI and eight steals in 36 games for Frisco.  He was named the “Star of Stars” MVP at the Midwest League All-Star game last season and finished the campaign ranked among the league leaders in average (.300) and hits (144).  A native of Toronto, Canada, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound left handed hitter and thrower was selected by Texas in the seventh round of the 2007 draft out of Arizona State University, where in his only season with the Sun Devils he helped lead the squad to the College World Series.  The corner outfielder is currently in North Carolina training with Team Canada for the 2009 Baseball World Cup in Germany later this month.

 

The 22-year old Gutierrez was 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA in eight games, four starts, for Wilmington (A Advanced).  The right-handed pitcher out of Los Angeles was originally selected by the Royals in the 33rd round of the 2005 draft.

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