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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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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  We hope that you can make a trip to Spring Training in the near future!


Kansas City farm system rated highly by, and both published rankings yesterday that touted the Royals’ farm system. 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

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.”


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