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All uniformed personnel, staff members and guests at spring training were in attendance this morning as members of the 2010 Northwest Arkansas Naturals received their rings for winning the 2010 Texas League championship. Let’s take a look:
At left, General Manager Dayton Moore addressed the group.
Below: Director – Minor League Opertions Scott Sharp (left) and Royals’ Assistant GM J.J. Picollo (right) spoke at the ring ceremony.
And here we see left-handed pitchers Mike Montgomery (l) and Will Smith (r) receive their rings from Naturals GM Eric Edelstein as Manager Brian Poldberg looks on.
Congrats to all of the 2010 Naturals!
The NW Arkansas Naturals, KC’s Double-A affiliate, have advanced to the Texas League Championship. The Naturals defeated Springfield 8-4 on Monday to capture the best-of-five series. NW Arkansas hosts Midland at 7:05 on Tuesday night as the championship series gets underway. Congratulations to Brian Poldberg’s squad and best of luck in the finals!
For more information on the Naturals, visit their website at www.nwanaturals.com.
Eric Hosmer, KC’s first round pick in 2008 (third overall) was promoted from Wilmington to Northwest Arkansas after Wilmington’s game on Friday. Hosmer leaves Wilmington as the league-leader in average (.354), doubles (29), on-base percentage (.429) and OPS (.974). He went 4-for-5 in last week’s Futures game in Anaheim. The 20-year old is scheduled to play first base and bat fifth in the first game of a doubleheader tonight in Springdale. Check out the NW Arkansas schedule here.
The Royals have had a pair of pitchers by the name of Montgomery over the years…Monty Montgomery was drafted by K.C. in 1968 and pitched in the big leagues from 1971-72. Jeff Montgomery recorded 304 saves on his way to the Royals Hall of Fame. A third Monty has taken another step on the road to Kansas City.
Mike Montgomery made his official Double-A debut today for NW Arkansas (his first start ended in a rainout). While he walked four, Monty struck out eight and held Springfield to a pair of hits and a run over 5.2 IP. He picked up the win in a 3-1 game, the sixth straight overall for NW Arkansas. Mike was promoted to NW Arkansas after a sizzling start to the year – he earned Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honors in each of the first two weeks. Thank you to the Naturals for sending this photo from today’s game!