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According to Yost, Zack Greinke has been pressing too much and has been trying to be perfect every pitch, which was especially evident in Greinke’s last outing. Yost believes the pitcher needs to stay within himself and not force his pitches, like Luke Hochevar did last night when he softened up instead of muscling up. Yost told Greinke to focus on controlling what he can control and just take a half step back and let his stuff work.
Forget about it
After allowing three runs on three hits last night, there were some concerns regarding Blake Wood and his ability to bounce back. Yost, however, has no doubts. He believes Wood has incredible poise and won’t be affected by yesterday’s outing. In fact, Yost said he’d be shocked if there were any lingering issues.
He can do it all
Yost also discussed Willie Bloomquist’s start in left field. The utility man will be replacing Scott Podsednik for the day, so Podsednik can essentially get two days rest since tomorrow is an off day. Bloomquist will also be replacing Podsednik in the lead off spot, which Yost feels very comfortable with because Bloomquist has a very professional approach, has been hitting the ball well, can steal bases, and is overall a complete player.
There were also a couple questions concerning the upcoming draft, but Yost quickly responded by saying he’s just trying to win baseball games and has no idea who the Royals are looking at.
Editor’s note: The media relations team salutes Brett, one of our interns, on his outstanding work. This is his final blog entry as he will be leaving to take a job in Louisiana. Brett started in 2009 with the marketing department and worked in media relations this season. Good luck, Gordo! We will miss you!
Yer outa here!
Manager Ned Yost addressed the fallout from his ejection during Thursday’s game. He has not been contacted by Major League Baseball in regards to any possible suspension or fine. However, Yost said that in his past experience, the league has openly listened to both sides and handed down a fair decision.
He’s an inspiration…
Outfielder David DeJesus has been one of the Royals hottest hitters since the birth of his first son, David DeJesus, Jr. on May 25. Yost sees the possibility of DeJesus having extra motivation, but also thinks DeJesus is in a hot streak. Yost said, “He is seeing the ball good and making great contact.”
The road to recovery…
Outfielder Rick Ankiel will begin his rehabilitation assignment on Tuesday with the Royals’ AAA affiliate, the Omaha Royals. Yost says that Ankiel has looked impressive in batting practice, but also stated that he needs to get his timing right before a return to Kansas City’s lineup. Yost said that when Ankiel does come back he will resume his roll in the outfield and won’t find any time as the designated hitter. In addition, it is discussed in the Royals game notes today that left-handed reliever John Parrish will also join Ankiel in Omaha on a rehab assignment.
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.
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.
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.
Kanekoa in K.C.
The Royals acquired Kanekoa Texeira off waivers yesterday from Seattle. Yost sees the reliever as a sixth or seventh inning guy and someone who the Royals will use for up to two innings. He talked about Texeira’s sinker and slider (according to Baseball America, the righty had the best slider in the White Sox organization entering 2008). Seattle’s coaching staff had good things to say about Texeira.
Yost was asked about the #2 position in the batting order and using Jason Kendall there vs. Mike Aviles. Yost sees Kendall as a perfect number two hitter. Kendall likes to take pitches and is a good situational hitter. Aviles is more aggressive and Yost doesn’t want the second baseman to alter his game. He believes that Aviles could eventually become a number two hitter in the Majors.
John Parrish threw well in live batting practice today. Rick Ankiel took live batting practice and ran the bases. Yost believes that they could both start rehab assignments next week. Gil Meche is still going through treatments and has not begun to throw.
When Royals manager Ned Yost met with the media this morning he was asked about today’s starting pitcher Zack Greinke in his follow-up to his AL Cy Young season. Yost feels that Greinke has pitched great this year, keeping his ball club in games. Yost said, “He just needs to keep doing what he has been doing.” Yost doesn’t believe his hitters are putting any extra pressure on themselves; stating they just need to improve offensively with Greinke on the mound.
Yost also commented on today’s starting second baseman Chris Getz. Yost believes that Getz gives the Royals the best infield defense combination, which is a key for him with Greinke on the mound. While Yost also sees the time off for infielder Mike Aviles as a good opportunity for him to step back and refocus on his defense.
Yost also was asked if he saw last night’s near perfect game by Detroit Tigers starter Armando Galarraga. Yost said he felt for the game’s first base umpire Jim Joyce, on what appears to be a blown call that cost Galarraga the perfect game in the ninth inning last night. Yost still thinks that Joyce is one of the top five best umpires in the game today, but also believes MLB should do anything within reason to get the call right.
All revved up
Yost is very pleased with the way the bullpen has come around, saying that the pen is firing on all cylinders. He thinks practicing before games and creating a relaxed atmosphere have helped. Yost realizes that the players aren’t robots, so they will inevitably have hiccups, but it’s important to forget about them and move on to the next day. The manager expects everyone’s best effort when they are on the mound because he knows that the game revolves around pitching and good teams have effective bullpens. He believes two keys in particular include working ahead and not letting inherited runners score.
A ball that bites
Yost believes Blake Wood has been phenomenal since he’s been up with the Royals. He said Wood’s fastball has “teeth”, boring in hard on right handed hitters and moving away from lefties and is very difficult to handle, which is why he doesn’t need to use his secondary pitches too often.
Yost also praised Kevin Seitzer for his job as hitting coach, saying Seitzer is a big key to the offense. Yost added that player development at the organization’s minor league levels has also added to the club’s offensive success. Even at the Single-A level, draftees are learning the two-strike approach, which includes having the right mindset as well as having a short and quick swing. Yost sees the results of this in his Major League players, noting that no one on the team is afraid to hit with two strikes.
Moving on up…
Royals Manager Ned Yost hasn’t been known for altering his lineup since becoming the Royals skipper. However, he wanted to give infielder Mike Aviles the night off and decided to move catcher Jason Kendall into the two hole; while tonight’s starting second baseman, Chris Getz, will hit ninth. Yost feels that Kendall is a perfect fit there with Aviles sitting. He said that Kendall’s situational hitting and patience make him a good hitter for the second spot in the lineup.
Live for the Moment…
Yost stressed the importance for his players to focus day-to-day; not allowing the highs and lows of a season to affect their mental approach. He said his players’ concentration should be on what needs to be done to win today’s ballgame and playing every game hard.
Sunny side up…
Yost was asked if his management style is to approach the game from a positive angle. Yost said that he always tries to find the best in any situation because he knows how difficult baseball is to play at the Major League level. He also said that in his experience, if you approach players with their successes it gives you a starting point for which to build off of instead of constantly harping on the negative.
David DeJesus and wife Kim welcomed a 7 lb. 10 oz. baby boy into the world yesterday. Yost expects DeJesus to be at the game today, but isn’t putting any pressure on the outfielder to return until the mother and baby are taken care of adequately. Yost understands how special this occasion is and said DeJesus is very excited. Yost even received a picture of the beautiful newborn laying on his father’s chest last night.
Head over heels
Yuniesky Betancourt suffered a slight concussion in last night’s game after colliding with Rangers catcher Matt Treanor in the fifth inning. Yost said that the dizziness is gone and Betancourt feels better today, but it will still be a day or two before he returns to action. Yost added that he experienced no hesitation replacing Betancourt at shortstop with Mike Aviles.
Movin’ on up
Luke Hochevar will take the mound this afternoon, and Yost expects nothing less than a great pitching performance from the right-hander. The manager praised Hochevar for the way he pitched through tough situations instead of powering through them in his last outing. Yost hopes that the Royals pitching staff can raise their stats to the middle of the pack rather than dwell at the bottom.
Revenge is a dish best served Royal Blue…
After being swept by the Texas Rangers less than three weeks ago in Arlington, the Royals are looking to turn the tables this time around. Royals manager Ned Yost said that the series in early May was tough to watch and his club should want to enact some revenge.
Getting the call…
Yost was asked about the Royals recent addition in utility man Wilson Betemit. Yost said that Betemit’s Major League experience and his ability to switch hit were key in the decision to bring him to the big leagues. Yost also mentioned the ability to use Betemit in a variety of different positions as a plus; citing specifically the need to give numerous starters time off or should the possibility of a double switch present itself in Interleague Play.
He’s beginning to mesh well…
Tonight’s starting pitcher Gil Meche looks like he has gotten past some early season struggles posting three consecutive quality starts. Yost attributes Meche’s recent success on his ability to command the strike zone and locate his pitches. Yost is looking for Meche to build on his success and put his club in a position to win tonight.
Turn and face the change…
Yost commented on Royals minor leaguer Alex Gordon’s recent position change. He said that Gordon has looked great in left field and he is swinging the bat well in Omaha. Yost also stated that they are trying to prepare to Gordon to play the corner outfield position at the Major League level and doesn’t see the position switch hampering Gordon’s swing.
The first topic in Sunday’s interview with manager Ned Yost concerned base stealing and “small ball” in general. Yost believes there has been a trend toward “small ball” the last couple of years. He added that it’s important to maximize base stealers, which he does by being aggressive. In fact, Yost says there’s even times when a Billy Butler type player can steal, such as when the pitcher takes his focus off the runner. But he wants to make sure it is not counterproductive, meaning the runners should be successful at least three out of four times.
The manager then discussed the team’s bullpen ERA, which has dropped from over 5.00 to under 2.00 since he took over as manager. Despite the success during his short tenure, the skipper doesn’t take credit for the improvement. Yost simply said the pitchers are on a good roll and all he has done is give the guys confidence and put them in situations where they can be successful, which they then have taken advantage of.
Yost also had nothing but positive things to say about today’s starter Zack Greinke. He characterized Zack as extremely competitive, smart, bright, and truthful. Yost also described Greinke as the total package. Yost believes the Cy Young winner should just keep doing what he’s doing–attack, command, and be Zack.
Finally, Yost gave praise to third base coach Eddie Rodriguez. He said Rodriguez is doing a great job at third, which is the only coaching position that is actually more like a player. Like the players, Rodriguez’s decisions determine the outcome of the game. Yost said Rodriguez also plays a major role as the infield coach, where he makes sure everyone in the infield is in the right spot for every single pitch.