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21 top Kansas City prospects are in town this week for a career development program, which includes community outreach activities. Prospects Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer had a great time reading to kids at Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City this morning. Click the link below to take a look at the video!
Hardware was handed out on Saturday afternoon at the Royals Awards show, which honored Billy Butler, Bruce Chen, Joakim Soria and all of the organizational award winners. Let’s take a look!
Chen, the Joe Burke Special Achievement winner, and Soria, the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year, congratulated one another after the event. Both players were very proud and appreciative of the awards. Bruce, who worked his way back from “Tommy John” surgery in 2007, wanted to make sure that his award arrived to his Arizona home without a scratch – so he bought a seat on the plane for it!
Billy Butler received his second Les Milgram Player of the Year honor on the same day that would see him ink a long-term contract with the Royals.
Mike Moustakas was all smiles as he received the George Brett Hitter of the Year honor from the Hall of Fame third baseman.
John Lamb earned the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year award. John, who turns 21 in July, will be the youngest player in Kansas City’s Major League camp at spring training.
Eric Hosmer won the Carolina League batting title and slugged key playoff home runs in the Texas League playoffs in 2010. On Saturday, he was recognized for the other part of his game with the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year award.
Derrick Robinson took his game to another level in 2010, setting a career high in batting average. Robinson, who led the Texas League with 50 stolen bases, earned the Willie Wilson Baserunner of the Year award for the second time. Wilson pointed out that Robinson is outstanding at both baserunning and base stealing.
Former Missouri State pitcher Buddy Baumann received the Mike Sweeney Award from the five-time All-Star. The award goes to the minor league player who best represents the organization off of the field. Baumann participated in a variety of community events while with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2010.
The Royals are pleased to announce the remaining organizational award winners for the 2010 season. The honorees will be recognized at the 2011 Royals Awards Show, scheduled for Saturday, January 22 in conjunction with Royals FanFest presented by Sprint and Teva Neuroscience at the Overland Park Convention Center.
During the event, the Royals will recognize 12 honorees for their contributions both on and off the field in 2010. Former Royals greats such as George Brett and Willie Wilson will be among the presenters in attendance.
Previously, the club announced the following award recipients as voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). Royals’ closer Joakim Soria was the selection for the 2010 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year while Billy Butler was the 2010 Les Milgram Player of the Year for the second straight season. Starter Bruce Chen was named the 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner.
The remaining award recipients to be recognized at the event include:
Mike Moustakas, recipient of the George Brett Hitter of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top hitter. The 22-year-old third baseman combined to hit .322 with NW Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA), tying for the minor league lead with 36 home runs. The Royals’ first-round selection (2nd overall) in 2007 also posted 41 doubles and drove in 124 in being named the Sporting News Minor League Hitter of the Year, the Texas League Player of the Year, and a Baseball America 2010 first-team Minor League All-Star.
John Lamb, recipient of the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year - recognizing the organization’s top pitcher. The 20-year-old pitched at three levels of the Royals system in 2010, wrapping up at NW Arkansas. The six-foot-three lefty from Laguna Hills, Calif., was a combined 10-7 with a 2.38 ERA in 28 starts, allowing 122 hits in 147.2 innings, striking out 159 and walking just 45. Lamb was a fifth-round pick of the Royals in 2008.
Derrick Robinson, recipient of the Willie Wilson Base Runner of the Year - recognizing the organization’s top base runner. The 23-year-old patrolled center field for the Texas League-champion Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2010, hitting .286 with a league-leading 50 stolen bases in 67 attempts. The speedster, drafted by the Royals in the fourth round in 2006, has swiped 236 bases in his professional career, including 181 in his last three campaigns, and is a two-time winner of the Willie Wilson Award, also earning the honor in 2008.
Eric Hosmer, recipient of the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year – recognizing the organization’s top defensive player. Hosmer, 21, is an athletic first baseman who posted a .988 fielding percentage in 80 games at Wilmington (A Advanced) before upping that mark to .994 in 43 games at first for NW Arkansas. At the plate, the Royals’ first-round pick (3rd overall) in 2008 batted a combined .338 with 43 doubles, nine triples, 20 home runs, 86 RBI and 87 runs, also stealing 14 bases in 16 attempts.
Buddy Baumann, recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award - recognizing a player who best represents the organization on and off the field. The 23-year-old left-handed pitcher tirelessly volunteered for numerous community events throughout the 2010 season, visiting Wilmington-area schools and hospitals and conducting several baseball clinics. Kansas City’s seventh-round selection in 2009 was 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three relief appearances for Burlington (A) to begin 2010 before going 4-2 with four saves and posting a 2.24 ERA in 31 games (14 starts) for Wilmington.
Brian Poldberg, recipient of the Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year – recognizing an outstanding member of player development. The only manager the NW Arkansas Naturals have ever known, Poldberg led the club to the Texas League Championship in 2010. The team was also recently recognized as the Baseball America Minor League Club of the Year. After ending a seven-year playing career, the Carter Lake, Iowa resident has been a coach and instructor in the Royals organization since 1987.
Sean Gibbs, recipient of the Art Stewart Scout of the Year – recognizing an outstanding scout. Gibbs has served the Royals organization as an area scout since 2007. He has scouted and signed several players including 2010 Burlington (R) Pitcher of the Year Crawford Simmons.
Andrew Layman, assistant general manager of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, is the recipient of the Matt Minker Award – recognizing an outstanding minor league affiliate employee. Layman has directed the merchandise, ticket and stadium operations departments during his 19-year Blue Rocks tenure. In 1998, he received the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for best exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism in recognition of his time invested with a local teen. The Malvern, Pa. native is a 1992 graduate of Lynchburg College where he played lacrosse. He currently makes his home in Wilmington with fiancée, Jordan, and their son, Mason.
In addition, the Royals will honor Chuck Sailors with the Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award - recognizing an outstanding member of the community. In 2004, Sailors founded the KC Urban Youth Center at 28th and Troost in Kansas City, Mo. Today, the center is part of three low-income housing communities in urban Kansas City serving more than 300 students and their families each year. Sailors and his staff work daily with a holistic approach in order to offer hope, community and wholeness to children and youth living in traditionally underserved communities.
Out of the 30 teams, the Royals were the lone franchise with more than one player to be honored…they had three! First baseman Clint Robinson, second baseman Johnny Giavotella and third baseman Mike Moustakas made up 75 percent of the infield on the squad.
Robinson, 25, hit .335 with 29 homers and 98 RBIs to capture the Triple Crown in the Texas League. He also led the league with 41 doubles and his 1.035 OPS was tops in Double-A. The Royals drafted Robinson in the 25th round out of Troy University in 2007.
Giavotella, 23, led the Texas League with 168 hits and 92 runs. He finished second behind Robinson with a .322 average. Giavotella was K.C.’s second round pick in 2008 out of the University of New Orleans.
Moustakas, 22, was named the Player of the Year in the Texas League for hitting .347 with 76 RBIs in just 66 games. He finished the year with a combined 36 home runs at Northwest Arkansas and Omaha. Moustakas was the second overall pick in 2007.
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.
Kansas City third base prospect Mike Moustakas has been named the Minor League Baseball Joe Bauman Home Run Award winner for the 2010 season.
Moustakas tied for the minor league lead with Angels’ prospect Mark Trumbo with a combined 36 home runs for Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA). By virtue of a 124-122 advantage in RBI for the season, Moustakas won the first tiebreaker over Trumbo. He will receive the Joe Bauman Trophy and a check for $7,200, representing $200 for each home run hit, at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla., on December 6.
The Royals first-round pick (second overall) in 2007 combined to hit .322 (156-for-484) with 41 doubles, 124 RBI and 94 runs scored, posting a slugging percentage of .630. His RBI total was the second-most in all of minor league baseball.
The 21-year old Northridge, Calif., resident has accumulated several other honors throughout the 2010 season, including being named the Sporting News Minor League Hitter of the Year and a Baseball America 2010 first-team Minor League All-Star. He will represent Team USA at the Pan American Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico in October. Moustakas was also selected as the Royals’ George Brett Minor League Hitter of the Year and the Texas League Player of the Year. Moustakas was also honored as one of five finalists for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.
Former Royals’ farmhand Craig Brazell won the Joe Bauman Award in 2007, combining to hit 39 home runs for Wichita (AA) and Omaha (AAA). The award was established in 2002.
Kansas City prospect Mike Moustakas has been named the 2010 Sporting News Minor League Hitter of the Year of the Year. In addition, catcher Wil Myers and relief pitcher Tim Collins were named to the Sporting News All-Minor League Team as the best player at their respective positions. The Royals were the lone organization in baseball with multiple selections.
Moustakas tied for the minor league lead with a combined 36 home runs for Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA). The Royals first-round pick (second overall) in 2007 batted .322 (156-for-484) with 41 doubles, 124 RBI and 94 runs scored, posting a slugging percentage of .630. His RBI total was the second-most in the minors.
The 21-year-old Northridge, Calif., resident has accumulated several honors throughout the 2010 season. He was selected as the Royals’ George Brett Minor League Hitter of the Year and the Texas League Player of the Year. In addition, Moustakas was chosen to represent the Royals in the All-Star Futures Game and was also honored as one of five finalists for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.
Myers, 19, split the season between Burlington (A) and Wilmington (High A), batting a combined .315 with 37 doubles, 14 home runs, 83 RBI and 70 runs scored in 126 games. The right-handed hitter was the Royals’ third-round selection in the 2009 Draft.
21-year-old left-hander Collins was acquired from the Atlanta Braves on July 31, 2010 with outfielder Gregor Blanco and pitcher Jesse Chavez in exchange for outfielder Rick Ankiel and pitcher Kyle Farnsworth. The 5-foot-7 hurler pitched at the Double-A level in the Blue Jays and Braves organizations before joining Omaha following his acquisition by Kansas City. Collins was 3-1 at the three stops with a 2.02 ERA in 56 appearances, striking out 108 and walking 27 in 71.1 innings.
In addition to Moustakas as Sporting News Hitter of the Year, the other winners were:
Pitcher of the Year: Jeremy Hellickson-TB, Rookie of the Year: Chris Sale-CWS. The All-Minor League team consisted of: Catcher: Wil Myers-KC, First base: Brandon Belt-SF, Second base: Brett Lawrie-MIL, Shortstop: Nick Franklin-SEA, Third base: Brandon Laird-NYY, Outfielders: Dominic Brown-PHI; Mike Trout-LAA and Jerry Sands-LAD, Starting pitcher: Julio Teheran-ATL, Relief pitcher: Tim Collins-KC.
The Royals have named third baseman Mike Moustakas and left-handed pitcher John Lamb as the George Brett Hitter of the Year and Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year, respectively. In addition the Royals have named their Minor League Pitchers and Players of the Year for their respective affiliates.
A majority of the players are expected to be at Kauffman Stadium for Futures Night on Friday, October 1, where they will take part in an autograph session at Gate A from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., as well as be honored in an on-field presentation prior to the Royals game against the Rays.
GEORGE BRETT HITTER OF THE YEAR
Mike Moustakas, who will turn 22 on September 11, has hit a combined .326 this season with 39 doubles, a minor league-leading 34 home runs, 120 RBI and 91 runs scored in 112 games with Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AA). Prior to his promotion to Omaha in mid-July, the Royals first selection (second overall) in the 2007 Draft was leading the Texas League in most offensive categories, including batting, home runs and RBI. Moustakas recently was named the Texas League Player of the Year and one of five finalists for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.
PAUL SPLITTORFF PITCHER OF THE YEAR
20-year-old John Lamb has pitched at three levels of the Royals system in 2010, starting at Class A Burlington and now competing for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The six-foot-three lefty from Laguna Hills, Calif., is a combined 10-7 with a 2.33 ERA in 27 starts this season, allowing 117 hits in 143.0 innings, striking out 152 and walking just 44. Lamb was a fifth round pick of the Royals in 2008.
Right-handed pitcher Bryan Bullington has been named the Omaha Pitcher of the Year. The 29-year-old emerged as the staff ace for the O-Royals, going 8-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 20 appearances, including 15 starts. Currently in the Kansas City rotation, Bullington led the Pacific Coast League in ERA at the time of his promotion. Born in Indianapolis, Ind., Bullington was signed by the Royals as a minor league free agent on November 30, 2009.
26-year-old first baseman/DH Kila Ka’aihue is the Omaha Player of the Year. Ka’aihue hit .319 (103-for-323) with 24 home runs and 78 RBI for Omaha before being recalled by the Royals on August 1. The left-handed hitter led the PCL in walks (88) and on-base pct. (.463) while ranking third in slugging pct. (.598) when he was recalled. Born and raised in Hawaii, Ka’aihue, the Royals’ Northwest Arkansas Player of the Year in 2008, was the Royals’ 15th-round selection in 2002.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (AA)
Left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford, 26, has been named the Northwest Arkansas Pitcher of the Year. The swingman has split his campaign as both a starter and reliever, compiling a league-high 13 wins against just three defeats and posting a 3.50 ERA in 26 appearances (11 starts). He also made one start for Omaha. The Royals’ 12th-round pick in 2006, Teaford was born and still resides in Alpharetta, Ga.
25-year-old Clint Robinson is the Northwest Arkansas Player of the Year. The first baseman/DH’s .328 batting average currently leads the Texas League. Robinson also paces the league in doubles (39), homers (27), RBI (92), total bases (280), slugging pct. (.613) and OPS (1.020). In addition, Robinson is second in the league to teammate Johnny Giavotella in runs (84) and hits (146). Born in Jefferson City, Mo., KC’s 25th-round selection in 2007 now lives in Dothan, Ala.
Left-handed starter Chris Dwyer was named Wilmington Pitcher of the Year. The Royals’ fourth-round pick in the 2009 Draft out of Clemson University, Dwyer went 6-3 with a 2.99 ERA in 15 starts for the Blue Rocks. The 22-year-old was promoted in early July to Northwest Arkansas where he compiled a 2-1 record and a 3.06 ERA in four starts. The Swampscott, Mass., resident struck out 93 in 84.1 innings with Wilmington and 113 in 102.0 combined frames in 2010.
Eric Hosmer, who will turn 21 on October 24, is the Wilmington Player of the Year. The first baseman batted .354 (115-for-325) with 29 doubles, six triples, seven home runs and 51 RBI for Wilmington before his promotion to Northwest Arkansas. The Florida native has since hit .313 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI in 45 games for the Royals’ Double-A club. The third-overall pick in the draft by Kansas City in 2008, Hosmer went 4-for-5 at the Futures All-Star Game on July 11 in Anaheim.
23-year-old Bryan Paukovits was named the Burlington Pitcher of the Year. The six-foot-six hurler from Lakeside, Calif., went 3-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 13 games, including nine starts, for the Bees. He has spent the second half of the 2010 campaign with Wilmington, posting a 3-5 record and 5.51 ERA in 13 games (12 starts). The Royals’ 44th-round pick in 2006, Paukovits struck out 65 and walked just 16 in 62.1 innings for Burlington, holding Midwest League hitters to a .189 mark.
19-year-old catcher Wil Myers was named the Burlington Player of the Year. As one of the youngest players in the Midwest League, Myers hit .289 with 19 doubles, 10 homers and 45 RBI in 68 games for the Bees. The native of Thomasville, N.C., was promoted to Wilmington on July 1 and is batting .339 for the Blue Rocks in 53 games. Selected in the third round in 2009, Myers has combined to hit .311 with 34 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs, 79 RBI and walk 80 times in 2010, his first full professional season.
IDAHO FALLS (ROOKIE-ADVANCED)
Right-handed pitcher Michael Mariot, the club’s eighth-round pick in June out of the University of Nebraska, is the Idaho Falls Pitcher of the Year. The 21-year-old from Southlake, Texas, is 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 52.0 innings in 13 games (seven starts) for the Chukars.
First baseman Murray Watts, 22, has been named the Idaho Falls Player of the Year. Drafted in June in the 28th round from Arkansas State University, the Arkansas native is batting .275 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in 60 games for Idaho Falls. The six-foot-seven, 270-pounder currently leads the Pioneer League in homers.
19-year-old left-handed pitcher Crawford Simmons has been named the Burlington Pitcher of the Year. Selected out of Statesboro (Ga.) High in the 14th round in 2009, the six-foot-two hurler is 6-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 14 starts for the playoff-bound Royals. Opponents are batting just .220 against the southpaw, who is in his first professional season.
Third baseman Ryan Stovall is the Burlington Player of the Year. Stovall, 23, is hitting .303 with 15 doubles, five triples, four home runs, 24 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 61 games for Burlington. The Florida native was selected by Kansas City in the 19th round in 2009 out of Thomas University.
Robinson Yambati, a 19-year-old right-hander from Sabana Grande de Boya, Dominican Republic, has been named the Surprise Royals Pitcher of the Year. The six-foot-three Yambati led the league in wins, compiling an 8-2 record while finishing sixth with a 2.71 ERA in 14 outings, including six starts, for Surprise. In 66.1 innings, he struck out 64 while issuing just 12 walks. Yambati was signed by Kansas City as a non-drafted free agent on February 4, 2008.
Catcher Henry Moreno of Santiago, Dominican Republic, has been named the Surprise Royals Player of the Year. The 21-year-old finished the campaign leading the league in doubles (22) and slugging pct. (599), while finishing second in total bases (97), tied for fifth in RBI (32), sixth in on-base pct. (.396), eighth in hitting (.327), ninth in runs (32) and tied for 10th in hits (53). Moreno signed with the Royals as a non-drafted free agent on May 29, 2008.
DOMINICAN ROYALS (ROOKIE)
Right-handed pitcher Jose Brazoban is the Dominican Royals Pitcher of the Year. The five-foot-11 hurler was 4-1 with a 1.30 ERA in 14 starts, allowing just 45 hits and 10 earned runs in 69.0 innings. The 17-year-old was signed as a non-drafted free agent on February 15, 2010. Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Brazoban ranks seventh in the league in ERA.
Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, signed by KC as a non-drafted free agent on December 9, 2009, is the Dominican Royals Player of the Year. The 17-year-old is seventh in the Dominican Summer League with a .335 batting average, collecting 16 doubles and stealing 13 bases. Bonifacio also made his debut in the United States this season, hitting .211 in limited action with the Surprise Royals.
Kansas City prospect Mike Moustakas has been named the Texas League Player of the Year for the 2010 season. In addition, Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ skipper Brian Poldberg was honored as the league’s Manager of the Year. Both awards were announced Monday by Texas League President Tom Kayser.
Moustakas played with the Naturals from April 22-July 17 prior to his promotion to Triple-A Omaha. Prior to shifting to the Pacific Coast League, the third baseman led the Texas League in all three “Triple Crown” categories, batting .347 with 21 home runs and 76 RBI. He also paced the circuit in slugging percentage (.687) as the Naturals ran away with the North Division first-half title.
The 21-year old Northridge, Calif., resident also was selected to represent the Royals in the All-Star Futures Game, has brought home several weekly awards, was Texas League Player of the Month in May, and was named to the mid-season and post-season Texas League All-Star teams. Moustakas was recently honored as one of five finalists for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year. That award will be announced on September 8.
Poldberg has guided the Naturals to a franchise-record 80 wins with eight games remaining in the regular season. The Carter Lake, Iowa, resident has led the Naturals to a 42-20 mark at Arvest Ballpark this season, one of the best home records in the minors. The only manager the franchise has ever known, Poldberg has led the club into the playoffs in each of his three seasons at the helm.
The voting process for the awards included the circuit’s managers, beat writers, broadcasters, and league personnel.
Congrats to third baseman Mike Moustakas, who was promoted to Triple-A Omaha earlier today. ”Moose” leaves Double-A Northwest Arkansas as the Texas League leader in batting average (.347), home runs (21) and RBI (76). The O-Royals start the second half on the road before returning to Rosenblatt Stadium on July 23.