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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!

Moustakas among five players named to Arizona Fall League roster

The Royals have announced that five minor leaguers have committed to play for the Surprise Rafters in the 2009 Arizona Fall League.  Shortstop Jeff Bianchi, third baseman Mike Moustakas, outfielder David Lough, right-handed pitcher Danny Gutierrez and left-hander Ben Swaggerty will play for Surprise manager Brian Rupp, the current manager for the Royals’ Class A Advanced club in Wilmington.  Kansas City will fill two additional spots on the roster by September 10.

bianchi jeff_825.jpgBianchi, 22, has split the 2009 season with Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas (AA), batting a combined .307 with 25 doubles, seven home runs, 59 RBI, 66 runs scored and 22 stolen bases.  The 6-foot, 175-pounder from Lancaster, Pa. was the Royals’ second-round selection in the 2005 draft.

 

 

 

  

 

Moustakas.jpgMoustakas, KC’s first-round pick (2nd overall) in the 2007 draft, has hit .252 with 27 doubles, 15 home runs and 79 RBI as a 20-year old for Wilmington.  His RBI total places him tied for third in the Carolina League while his homers are tied for sixth.

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The 23-year old Lough, like Bianchi, has split his time this season between Wilmington and NW Arkansas, and is currently batting .331 with 10 doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBI, 34 runs and 11 steals in 47 games for the Naturals.  He was the Royals 11th round pick from the 2007 draft.


gutierrez dan_1035.jpgGutierrez is 0-0 with a 2.11 ERA in seven games (three starts) for Wilmington, walking five and striking out 21 in 21.1 innings.  The 22-year old right-hander was a 33rd round pick for the Royals in the 2005 draft.

 

swaggerty ben_1606.jpgSwaggerty is a left-handed reliever who was 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 16 appearances for Wilmington before posting a 3-1 mark with a 3.57 ERA in 22 outings at NW Arkansas.  The 27-year old signed with Kansas City as an undrafted free agent in 2007.

The Arizona Fall League season begins on October 13.

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