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Royals acquire pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis along with a player to be named or cash from Rays in exchange for Myers, Odorizzi, Montgomery and Leonard

The Kansas City Royals tonight acquired right-handed starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis and a player to be named or cash considerations from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league outfielder Wil Myers, right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi, left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard.

Shields, who will turn 31 on December 20, has established himself as one of the premier pitchers in the American League. He followed up an All-Star campaign in 2011, in which posted a 16-12 record with a 2.82 ERA and finished third in the A.L. Cy Young voting, by posting a 15-10 record with a 3.52 ERA in 33 starts with Tampa Bay last season. In 227.2 innings, Shields allowed 208 hits, walked 58 and struck out 223, just two shy of his career best set in 2011 and the third-most in the league. Shields is joined by the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and the Tigers’ Justin Verlander as the only four pitchers in baseball to record at least 220 strikeouts in each of the last two seasons.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander has compiled an 87-73 career record with a 3.89 ERA in 218 games (217 starts) all for the Rays since making his debut in 2006. Since tossing 124.2 innings in 21 starts during his rookie campaign, Shields has won at least 11 games, made at least 31 starts and topped the 200-inning mark in six straight seasons. He joins the Jays’ Mark Buehrle, the Giants’ Matt Cain, the Yankees’ CC Sabathia and Verlander as the only five pitchers in baseball to post at least 200 innings in six straight seasons. In 2011, his 11 complete games were the most by a Major League pitcher since Arizona’s Randy Johnson had 12 in 1999.

Shields and his wife, Ryane, reside in Clearwater, Fla., with their two daughters. The couple is active with a number of charities specifically geared toward foster children and James was the Rays recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The 27-year-old Davis made a combined 64 starts for the Rays from 2009 to 2011 before pitching exclusively in the bullpen for Tampa Bay in 2012. He went 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA last season, allowing 48 hits and 29 walks with 87 strikeouts in 70.1 innings. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder made 29 starts in both 2010 and 2011 and finished fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting after posting a 12-10 record with a 4.07 ERA in 2010. Davis is 28-22 with a 3.94 ERA in 118 career outings, including 64 starts. He is 25-22 in his career as a starter with a 4.22 ERA, including an 8-2 mark with a 3.38 ERA in 30 games (18 starts) against A.L. Central foes.

Davis and his wife, Katelyn, reside in Lake Wales, Fla. Davis organized the Full Count Foundation to help children who are at risk or have special needs or chronic illnesses.

Myers, who will turn 22 tomorrow (December 10), was the 2012 Baseball America, USA Today and Topps Minor League Baseball Player of the Year after hitting a combined .314 with 37 home runs and 109 RBI in 134 games for Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA). He was the Royals’ third round selection in the 2009 June Free Agent Draft.

The 22-year-old Odorizzi went 15-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 26 outings (25 starts) for Northwest Arkansas and Omaha in 2012 before making two starts for the Royals in September, going 0-1. He was acquired by Kansas City in a six-player trade with the Milwaukee Brewers on December 19, 2012.

Montgomery, 23, split his season between Omaha and Northwest Arkansas, posting a 5-12 record with a 6.07 ERA in 27 starts. He was the Royals’ supplemental first round selection (36th overall) in 2008.

The 20-year-old Leonard batted .251 with 14 home runs and 46 RBI in 62 games for Burlington (R) in 2012. He was the club’s fifth-round pick in the 2011 Draft.

Wil Myers wins Spink Award as Topps/Minor League Player of the Year

Royals prospect Wil Myers was announced today as the 53rd annual J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner as the Topps/Minor League Player of the Year.  Myers becomes the third Royal to win the Spink Award, joining Johnny Damon (1995) and Alex Gordon (2006).

“I am honored to win this prestigious award from Topps and Minor League Baseball,” Wil Myers said.  “To join a list with great players such as Johnny Damon and Alex Gordon is extremely humbling for me.”

This is the third national award for the 21-year old outfielder, who was named Minor League Player of the Year by both Baseball America and USA TODAY on September 4.  He is the third player to earn all three honors in the same season, joining Andruw Jones (1996) and Josh Beckett (2001).  Recent Spink winners include Tampa Bay Rays left-handed pitcher Matt Moore (2011); Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (2010); and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (2009).

Myers, 21, opened the 2012 campaign at Double-A Northwest Arkansas and batted .343 with 13 home runs and 30 RBI in 35 games before a promotion to Omaha in mid-May.  Myers hit .304 (118-for-388) with 15 doubles, five triples, 24 home runs and 79 RBI in 99 regular season games with the Storm Chasers.  Overall, his 37 home runs were the second-most in minor league baseball, one shy of 26-year-old Darin Ruf who hit 38 for Reading (AA), while his 109 RBI ranked fourth overall and his 313 total bases led all minor leaguers. 

The Royals’ third round selection in 2009 collected two hits and drove in three runs for the U.S. squad at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City on July 8 and then three days later was selected the “Star of Stars” for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game after recording two hits, including a double, with an RBI and a run scored. He was named to the 12-member all Pacific Coast League squad on August 27.

Wil Myers named USA TODAY Minor League Player of the Year

USA TODAY announced this afternoon that Kansas City Royals outfield prospect Wil Myers has been named the publications’ 2012 Minor League Player of the Year. Myers is the first Royals prospect to take home the award since its inception in 1988.  Myers received 10 of 11 votes from USA Today Sports writers and editors and also won the online readers’ poll.  The other finalists for the award were the Reds’ Billy Hamilton, the Orioles’ Dylan Bundy, the Rangers’ Mike Olt and the Cardinals’ Oscar Taveras.

Earlier today, Myers became the third Royals prospect to be named the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year.  Myers is the seventh player to earn both awards in the same season, including Andruw Jones who won both in back-to-back seasons in 1995 and 1996.  The others are Rick Ankiel (1999), Josh Beckett (2001), Jeff Francis (2004), Jason Heyward (2009) and Jeremy Hellickson (2010).

Myers, 21, opened the 2012 campaign at Double-A Northwest Arkansas and batted .343 with 13 home runs and 30 RBI in 35 games before a promotion to Omaha in mid-May.  For the Storm Chasers, who begin their quest to repeat as PCL champions tomorrow night in Omaha, Myers hit .304 (118-for-388) with 15 doubles, five triples, 24 home runs and 79 RBI in 99 regular season games.  Overall, his 37 home runs were the second-most in minor league baseball, one shy of 26-year-old Darin Ruf who hit 38 for Reading (AA), while his 109 RBI ranked fourth overall. 

The Royals’ third round selection in 2009 collected two hits and drove in three runs for the U.S. squad at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City on July 8 and then three days later was selected the “Star of Stars” for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game after recording two hits, including a double, with an RBI and a run scored. Last week, he was named to the 12-member all Pacific Coast League squad.

Royals prospect Wil Myers named Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year

 Baseball America announced today that Kansas City Royals outfield prospect Wil Myers has been named the publications’ 2012 Minor League Player of the Year.  Myers becomes the third Royals prospect to win the prestigious award since its inception in 1981, joining Tom Gordon in 1988 and Alex Gordon in 2006.

Myers, 21, opened the 2012 campaign at Double-A Northwest Arkansas and batted .343 with 13 home runs and 30 RBI in 35 games before a promotion to Omaha in mid-May.  For the Storm Chasers, who begin their quest to repeat as PCL champions tomorrow night in Omaha, Myers hit .304 (118-for-388) with 15 doubles, five triples, 24 home runs and 79 RBI in 99 regular season games.  Overall, his 37 home runs were the second-most in minor league baseball, one shy of 26-year-old Darin Ruf who hit 38 for Reading (AA), while his 109 RBI ranked fourth overall. 

The Royals’ third round selection in 2009 collected two hits and drove in three runs for the U.S. squad at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City on July 8 and then three days later was selected the “Star of Stars” for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game after recording two hits, including a double, with an RBI and a run scored. Last week, he was named to the 12-member all Pacific Coast League squad and he is one of five finalists for USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.

Omaha sends four to Triple-A All-Star Game

 The Pacific Coast League announced their selections for the 25th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game to be held on July 11 at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, N.Y.  The contest, which features the PCL All-Star squad and the International League’s best, will air live on MLB Network at 6:00 p.m. CDT.  Omaha outfielder Wil Myers has been selected as a starter for the PCL.  First baseman Clint Robinson will represent the Storm Chasers in a reserve role along with left-handed pitchers Tommy Hottovy and Ryan Verdugo.

Myers, 21, began the season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas before joining Omaha in mid-May.  He has a combined .325 average with 19 doubles, 25 home runs and 65 RBI, including 12 home runs and 35 RBI in 40 games with Omaha.  Kansas City’s third-round pick in 2009, Myers currently leads the entire minor leagues in home runs.  He will also participate in the XM All-Star Futures Game for the second straight year.

Robinson, 27, the Royals’ 25th-round selection in 2007, is batting .313 with 21 doubles, 10 home runs, 44 RBI and 41 runs scored in 71 games.  Robinson made his Major League debut on June 8 at Pittsburgh.  He appeared in four games with Kansas City, all in a pinch-hitting role.

Hottovy, who will turn 31 on July 9, is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and seven saves in 20 relief appearances for Omaha.  The Kansas City native also appeared in five games for his hometown Royals, recording a 3.38 ERA over 5.1 innings.  A graduate of Park Hill South High School and Wichita State University, Hottovy signed with the Royals as a minor league free agent on November 18, 2011.  A fourth-round selection by Boston in 2004, Hottovy made his Major League debut with the Red Sox on June 3, 2011.

Verdugo, 25, has compiled a 5-2 mark and a 3.65 ERA over 14 starts in his first action at the Triple-A level.  He was on Kansas City’s 25-man roster in early June, but did not appear in a game.  The LSU product was selected by San Francisco in the ninth round of the 2008 June Free Agent Draft and acquired by Kansas City in a trade on November 7, 2011.

Spring Training photos: Christian Colon and Wil Myers



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will myers_7160a.jpgThe Royals won one and lost one in split-squad play on Monday.  Several top prospects from minor league camp joined the major league squads for the games.  Christian Colon, KC’s first round pick in 2010, played shortstop and 2009 third-rounder Wil Myers entered the afternoon contest as a pinch hitter (notice that Wil doesn’t wear batting gloves!). 
Today’s game, which is underway, is an audio webcast on royals.com.

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.

 

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.”

Royals sign Myers, Dwyer

The Royals today announced they have reached agreements with third-round draft choice Wil Myers (catcher) and fourth-round selection Chris Dwyer (lefthanded pitcher). 

The Royals selected Myers from Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, NC, with the 91st overall pick.   The 6’3″, 185 lb. receiver from Thomasville, NC, batted .532 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI as a senior.  A right-handed hitter, Myers was listed as the number two “Best Pure Hitter” among high school players by Baseball America in the publication’s draft preview.  Myers helped his team win the 2008 North Carolina 3-A State Championship.

Kansas City drafted Dwyer, a 6’3″, 210 lb. southpaw, out of Clemson University with the 112th overall selection.  Dwyer was the first eligible freshman selected from a four-year college since the institution of the draft in 1965.  A native of Swampscott, MA, Dwyer made 17 starts for the Tigers in 2009, finishing 5-6 with a 4.92 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 86.0 innings.  Dwyer finished his prep career with a 24-1 mark, including 7-0 with a 0.07 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 41.0 innings in his junior year.  He was 38-2 in four years as the starting quarterback for his high school football team, earning Boston Globe Player of the Year honors as a junior.

We welcome Wil and Chris to the organization and look forward to tracking their progress in the coming years!

 

Royals Draft Notes

The 2009 Draft is in the books, with the Royals selecting 49 players.  That doesn’t mean that the Royals are taking any time off.  Scouts are headed to Minnesota this weekend to look at players and the Royals will continue to look at international talent.  Here are a few notes from both today’s press conference and yesterday’s teleconference.

 

Wil Myers

 

J.J. Picollo noted that Myers, a third-round selection, played seven positions in high school and that he has expressed a desire to catch.  Picollo says that the Royals will start him as a catcher. 

 

College picks

 

Kansas City selected 27 college players this year, plus Aaron Crow, who was listed as unaffiliated.  That’s up from 23 college players last year.  The Royals had just two high school picks among their first 11 selections this year.  Last season, Johnny Giavotella was the only four-year college player in the first 10 rounds.  Moore said that he likes a blend of high school and college pitchers.  Some of the college pitchers from this year’s draft will be relievers.  He hopes that they can reach the Majors at the same time.

 

Strategy and budget

 

Moore noted that Picollo used a strategy in which he chose three to four players with top round talent.  He also said the Royals must strive to use every penny of their scouting budget wisely.  Many of the players chosen in the final ten rounds are summer follow selections who have several college options.  Moore is hopeful that the Royals can budget their dollars in a way that will allow them to sign a few of the summer follow picks.

 

Local connections

 

The Royals made several picks with local ties, starting with Aaron Crow, their first-round selection.  Moore noted that it is important to “scout your own backyard aggressively.”  He also said that the Royals employed “good old-fashioned scouting.”

 

The Royals selected a pair of local prep pitchers today.  Michael Morin of Shawnee Mission South was selected in the 40th round and Jeffrey Soptic from Shawnee Mission East was nabbed in the 43rd round.  ATH just spoke with the local high school baseball fanatic in the Royals front office, Sr. Director of Corporate Sales, Mitch Wheeler.  His son Seth has caught Morin since they were nine years old.  Mitch says that Morin and Soptic faced off twice this season, including once in the Frank White Classic right here at Kauffman Stadium!  What an exciting moment for these two players to be selected by their hometown team!

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