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The Royals today announced several moves to set the club’s 40-man roster at 40 for the offseason reserve list deadline which occurs at midnight ET tonight.
The club has added outfielder Lane Adams, infielders Christian Colon and Cheslor Cuthbert and right-handed pitcher Michael Mariot to the 40-man roster. In corresponding roster moves, the Royals have designated left-handed pitcher Noel Arguelles and infielder Irving Falu for assignment, while right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino has elected to become a free agent in lieu of accepting an outright assignment to Omaha.
Adams, 24, was named the Wilmington (A-Advanced) Player of the Year in 2013. He batted .276 with seven home runs, 39 RBI and 23 stolen bases for the Blue Rocks before a July promotion to Northwest Arkansas. He finished the season with Omaha (AAA), helping the Storm Chasers win the Pacific Coast League championship by going 3-for-5 with four RBI in the series clinching win over Salt Lake. Adams was a 13th-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Colon, 24, was the Omaha Player of the Year last season. He hit .273 with 12 home runs, 58 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 131 games. Colon had an impressive second half, hitting .335 (56-for-167) while posting a .406 on-base percentage. He was KC’s first-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
Cuthbert, 21, hit .247 with 37 doubles, eight homers and 59 RBI in 134 games between Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas (AA). He hit .280 with 21 doubles and 31 RBI with the Blue Rocks, before being promoted on June 13. Cuthbert was signed by the Royals as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2009.
Mariot, 25, posted a 4-5 record with 11 saves and a 3.56 ERA in 47 appearances with Omaha last season. He totaled 66 strikeouts in 60.2 innings, while posting a 1.39 WHIP. The right-handed pitcher was an eighth-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Nebraska.
Special thanks to Lee Magenheim of Arizona, who sent along these Fall League photos of Royals prospects Noel Arguelles and Cheslor Cuthbert. The pair are among eight Royals prospects playing for the Peoria Javelinas. You can keep up on the AFL at http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/afl/
The Arizona Fall League and the Kansas City Royals today named eight players from the Royals organization who will compete for the Peoria Javelinas in the 2013 Arizona Fall League. Prospects from the Astros, Mariners, Padres, Phillies and Royals organizations make up the Peoria squad. The Javelinas will train and play home games at the Royals complex in Surprise due to renovations at the Peoria Sports Complex.
The Royals prospects are right-handed pitchers Jason Adam, Angel Baez, and Malcom Culver, left-handed pitcher Noel Arguelles, shortstop Orlando Calixte, third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert and outfielders Lane Adams and Jorge Bonifacio. Adams will be available to play on Wednesdays and Saturdays as a member of the taxi squad.
2013 marks the 22nd season of the Arizona Fall League, created by Major League Baseball in 1992 to serve as an off-season league for top prospects. The season will begin on Tuesday, October 8, with the Rising Stars Game set for November 2 and the Championship Game scheduled for November 16.
Dayton Moore has been involved in many tough negotiations for top Cuban and Latin players dating to his time with Atlanta. He was very excited to win the negotiation for Cuban lefty Noel Arguelles.
Arguelles, who turns 20 tomorrow, is currently at the club’s complex in Surprise, Arizona. The plan is to move him very slowly at first, both on the field and off. Arguelles is in great shape but has been pitching continuously for 17 months - first in international competition, then in tryout sessions. He will be in big league camp, but don’t look for him to start Spring Training on the same throwing program with the rest of the club. Moore doesn’t see control as a problem for Arguelles – he believes that the lefty is ahead of a few of the club’s top minor league prospects in that area. The Royals will also pay close attention to helping Arguelles adjust to a new culture, which is a key component of a player’s development.
One media member on Friday’s conference call brought up an interesting stat…new Royals outfielder Scott Podsednik is 17-for-34 in his career against A.L. Cy Young winner Zack Greinke. That’s the best mark for any player with at least 15 at-bats against Zack. Podsednik downplayed it, saying it was one of those crazy things that can’t be explained. He is more than happy to be Zack’s newest teammate (and our guess is Zack is more than happy as well.)
The Royals announced today that the club has signed left-handed pitcher Noel Arguelles to a five-year Major League contract through the 2014 season. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Noel Arguelles (pronounced “no-ELL AHR-gwey-us”) is a native of Cuba and will turn 20 on January 12. Prior to defecting from Cuba, the 6-foot-4, 222-pound left-hander pitched for the La Habana Vaqueros in the Cuban National Series. He also competed for the Cuban Junior (18 and under) team at the COPABE “AAA” Pan American Junior Championships in 2007 where he was the winning pitcher in the gold medal game, tossing 8.0 shutout innings and striking out 11.
Arguelles defected from Cuba along with Red Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias while at the World Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada, in July, 2008.