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Mike Moustakas, John Lamb named Royals organization Player, Pitcher of the Year

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.

OMAHA (AAA)

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.

WILMINGTON (A-ADVANCED)

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.

BURLINGTON-IA (A)

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.

BURLINGTON-NC (ROOKIE)

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.

SURPRISE (ROOKIE)

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.

 

Moustakas named Texas League Player of the Year; Poldberg named Manager of the Year

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.

Moustakas is Omaha bound!

Moustakas.jpgCongrats 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.

Hosmer, Moustakas, Poldberg to represent Royals at XM All-Star Futures Game

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Moustakas.jpgRosters for the 12th annual XM All-Star Futures Game were announced today and two Kansas City prospects are on the U.S. team!

First baseman Eric Hosmer (at top) and third baseman Mike Moustakas (above) will represent the Royals at the July 11 game in Anaheim, which is part of All-Star Sunday.  Northwest Arkansas manager Brian Poldberg will be a coach for the U.S. team.  Poldberg, who led the Naturals to the playoffs in 2008 and 2009, has skippered the club to a 41-28 record and a first-half title this season.

Hosmer, KC’s-first round pick in 2008, is currently leading the Carolina League in batting average (.356) and doubles (24).  He has three home runs, 42 RBI, 10 stolen bases and 33 walks compared to just 27 strikeouts.

Moustakas, KC’s first-round pick in 2007, leads the Texas League in all three Triple Crown categories: average (.355), home runs (17) and RBI (63).  He also paces the circuit in slugging percentage (.704) and is second in on-base percentage (.421).

Congrats to all three on this tremendous honor!

 

Dayton Moore answers media questions about the draft, minor leagues

The 2010 June Draft begins on Monday.  General Manager Dayton Moore talked to the media today about the draft and other topics.

Moore is looking for players with great character and players who fit a team atmosphere.  He puts an added emphasis on players with past championship experience, either in college or high school.  Ideally, Kansas City’s first pick will eventually be able to blend in with the current group of prospects at Double-A. 

Moore sees several players in this draft that will make an impact in the majors.  However, he doesn’t see as many premium position players as in some drafts. 

A media member asked whether the draft will drop off after the first three picks (the Royals pick fourth).  Moore says he sees how some see it that way, but every draft will be re-evaluated after three years and the picture can be very different.  He sees that as the beauty and the challenge of baseball’s draft – a 10th round pick could wind up with a better career than a first-round choice.  He sees all 50 or so players that a team drafts as important, sighting Jarrod Dyson.  The speedy former 50th round pick is now on Kansas City’s 40-man roster. 

Duffy’s return

Reporters asked Moore about pitching prospect Danny Duffy, who recently returned to the organization after taking some time away from baseball.  Moore hasn’t spoken to Duffy and for now he will leave that to Assistant GM/Scouting and Player Development J.J. Picollo and Director of Minor League Operations Scott Sharp.  He didn’t know if Duffy would return originally after he left baseball in March, but he knew that the good relationship between the club and Duffy would help. 

Moose and Hosmer

Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer are both leading their respecting leagues in hitting, with Moose entering the day first in the Texas League at .371 and Hosmer’s .350 pacing the Carolina League.  Moore says that the Royals are staying humble as an organization as far as their progress.  He said that minor league hitting coordinator Jack Maloof is pleased with their development.  As to whether they will be promoted, Moore said that the organization will re-assess that in a month, but neither is a currently a candidate to be on the Major League team by the end of 2010.

Yost’s start 

Moore likes the intense focus and clear beliefs of his new manager.  While the two knew one another from Atlanta, they didn’t have the manager-general manager relationship.  Moore says that this particular aspect of their relationship is still evolving.

Photos: Fans and scouts get a close view at Spring Training

Fans who have attended Spring Training in Surprise know that opportunities are abound to watch games and practices.  The Royals play several ‘B’ games against their complex counterparts, the Texas Rangers.  These games are not held at the stadium – instead they are on one of the practice fields at the complex.  The ‘B’ games and practices are free to attend and fans can usually stake claim to a location that is just off of the field. 

Today’s ‘B’ game featured Luke Hochevar, who was pushed back after yesterday’s regular game against the Giants was postponed.  Let’s take at a few of the things that happen at a ‘B’ game.

Art Stewart 3-8-10.JPGScouts and baseball operations personnel are continuously tracking the progress of the players.  On the left, Senior Advisor to the General Manager and 2008 Royals Hall of Fame inductee Art Stewart surveys the action.  Rene Francisco, Kansas City’s Special Assistant to the General Manager/International Operations, is standing behind Stewart (to his right, our left).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dayton J.J. Jon Daniels.jpgThe next photo shows General Manager Dayton Moore and Assistant General Manager-Scouting & Player Development J.J. Picollo.  The pair are speaking with Jon Daniels (center), the General Manager of the Rangers.

Greinke Davies 3-8-10.jpgWhen the team goes to another complex for a game, a ‘travel roster’ is assembled.  For example, some of the pitchers are not going to throw in the regular game that day.  They stay behind in Surprise and spend time on other training activities, including strength and conditioning.  Here, Zack Greinke and Kyle Davies are taking in Hochevar’s outing.

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‘B’ games also require coaches to take on different roles.  Trey Hillman served as the third base coach during today’s ‘B’ game.  This picture shows the close proximity of the bleachers for a ‘B’ game.

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Moustakas Randa.jpgFormer third baseman Joe Randa is in camp working with players.  Here he talks to John ‘Duke’ Wathan.  On the right, Randa lends his advice to Mike Moustakas.  Randa has mentored ‘Moose’ on multiple occasions since the Royals drafted Moustakas in 2007. 


Gordon running 3-8-10.jpgAlex Gordon
was busy with conditioning drills on a field near the ‘B’ game.  Alex broke his thumb on Saturday, however, he is working hard to stay in game shape.

Now you know about some of the other happenings at Spring Training besides the game that is on the schedule at royals.com.  We hope that you can make a trip to Spring Training in the near future!

 

Kansas City farm system rated highly by MLB.com, ESPN.com

Moustakas.jpgMLB.com and ESPN.com both published rankings yesterday that touted the Royals’ farm system.  MLB.com ranked the Top 50 Prospects throughout baseball.  Third baseman Mike Moustakas (pictured at left), catcher Wil Myers, right-handed pitcher Aaron Crow and lefty Mike Montgomery all cracked the Top 50.  Kansas City was one of just three clubs with four prospects on the list (Tampa Bay and Texas were the others.)  If you do the math…50 prospects, 30 teams, that’s an average of 1.67 prospects per organization and the Royals have four!  Nine teams had one prospect on the list and four teams were not represented.  For more information on this list, read Dick Kaegel’s column at royals.com.

ESPN’s Keith Law came out with his annual ranking of farm systems from 1 to 30.  He pegged Kansas City at number 9 on this year’s list.  Law compliments the Royals on their “sheer number of arms” and states that the Royals “could easily be a top-five system in a year.”

Moustakas among latest Spring Training invites

The Royals have announced that left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy, third baseman Mike Moustakas, and outfielders David Lough and Derrick Robinson have been invited to Major League Spring Training in Surprise, Ariz.  The four additional players bring the Royals’ non-roster spring total to 24. 

      The 21-year old Duffy was a Carolina League All-Star in 2009 while pitching the entire season at the age of 20 for Wilmington (A Advanced).  The 6-foot-3 left-hander went 9-3 with a 2.98 ERA in 24 starts for the Blue Rocks, striking out 125 and walking 41 in 126.2 innings.  The Royals’ third-round selection from 2007, who is 19-10 with a 2.49 ERA in his minor league career, resides in Lompoc, Calif.

      Moustakas, 21, was the Wilmington Player of the Year in 2009 after earning the same award at Burlington (A) in 2008.  The left-handed hitting third baseman batted .250 with 16 home runs and 86 RBI in 129 games for the Blue Rocks.  Kansas City’s first-round pick (second overall) in the 2007 Draft resides in Northridge, Calif.

      The 23-year old Lough, honored last Thursday as the George Brett Minor League Hitter of the Year, led all Royals minor leaguers with a .325 combined batting average at Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas (AA) last season.  The Clinton, Ohio resident was the Royals’ 11th round pick in 2007 out of Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa.

      Robinson, 22, will spend his second straight spring in Major League camp.  The speedy centerfielder hit .239 and stole 69 bases in 92 attempts for Wilmington in 2009.  Drafted in the fourth round in 2006, Robinson has 186 stolen bases to his credit in four minor league seasons, leading the Carolina League in each of the last two years.

 

Baseball America lists Kansas City's Top 10 Prospects


Montgomery 07-28-09--067.JPGBaseball America’s ongoing series of top prospect listings highlighted the Royals today.  Left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery (pictured at left) was ranked as the number one Kansas City prospect by the publication. (Note: you can meet Mike at FanFest.) 

Montgomery headlined a list of six starting pitchers, including four lefties.  The article also lists the player with the best attribute in 15 different categories, from Best Slider and Best Fastball (both Aaron Crow) to Best Power Hitter (Mike Moustakas).

 

You can see all of the rankings at http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/rankings/organization-top-10-prospects/2010/269367.html

Arizona Fall League in full swing

Moustakas.jpgThe Arizona Fall League season kicked off on Tuesday.  Four Royals minor league player/pitcher of the year honorees are on the Surprise roster (David Lough, Mike Moustakas (at right), Brandon Sisk and Ben Swaggerty).  The quartet is joined by Royals prospects Jeff Bianchi, Federico Castaneda and Blake Wood on a team that includes players from the Cardinals, Mets, Rangers and Yankees.  You can follow all of the action on mlb.com.  The official Twitter account for the AFL is

@MLBazFallLeague

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/winterleagues/league.jsp?league=afl

 

Thursday afternoon update – Mike Moustakas hit a 3-run home run in today’s game!

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