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Royals launch “Let Loose Your Inner Moose” contest

Created by fans in support of Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, the “MOOOOOOOOSE” call has become a staple at Royals home games.  The Royals are now giving fans the opportunity to show the world their best moose calls through the “Let Loose Your Inner Moose” contest. 

The club encourages fans to visit www.royals.com/moosecontest to upload videos highlighting their most innovative and creative calls in honor of “Moose.”  Submissions will be accepted now through Monday, August 20.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday, August 29. 

The winning fan will receive two tickets to the game on Saturday, September 1 when the Royals host the Minnesota Twins at 6:10 p.m.  The first 10,000 fans through the gates that evening will receive exclusive “Moose”-takas Antlers courtesy of the Kansas City Zoo. 

In addition, the winner and a guest will participate in a pregame meet and greet with the third baseman, receive recognition as the moose call winner at the game and be guaranteed two of the soon-to-be highly coveted “Moose”-takas Antlers.

For complete contest rules, please visit www.royals.com/moosecontest.

Alice Cooper visits Kauffman Stadium

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper visited Kauffman Stadium on Thursday.  Cooper threw out the ceremonial first pitch and met with Royals players and staff.  Here’s Cooper visiting with third baseman Mike Moustakas:

Monday photos: Moustakas, Hosmer homer

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The Rangers edged K.C., 12-11 in the spring’s second exhibition contest on Monday.  Prospects Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer both homered for the Royals.  Moustakas hit a 3-run shot to straight away center in the seventh.  He high-fived Hosmer, who scored on the home run.  Hosmer led off the ninth with a tape-measure blast to right.  Let’s take a look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Video: Moustakas, Perez and Hosmer enjoy reading time at Operation Breakthrough

MoustakasPerezHosmer.JPG21 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!

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Photos: Royals Awards show

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!

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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!

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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.

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Mike Moustakas was all smiles as he received the George Brett Hitter of the Year honor from the Hall of Fame third baseman.


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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

Royals announce 2010 organizational award winners

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 fiance, 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.

 

Three Naturals among 10 players on Topps Double-A All-Star Team

Robinson_Giavotella_Moustakas.JPGA total of ten players at the Double-A level were chosen on Tuesday for the Topps Double-A All-Star Team.

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.

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. 


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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.


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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. 

Moustakas named winner of Joe Bauman Home Run Award by Minor League Baseball

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.

Mike Moustakas named Sporting News Minor League Hitter of the Year; Myers and Collins also honored

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.

 

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