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The Royals announced that the club has reached agreements with infielder Wilson Betemit and catcher Brayan Pena on Major League contracts for 2011, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed. In addition, the Royals announced that infielder Josh Fields will not be tendered a 2011 Major League contract.
The 29-year old Betemit batted .297 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 84 games after having his contract selected from Triple-A Omaha on May 25. The switch-hitter batted .265 in 29 games with Omaha. Betemit holds a .266 batting average in 600 Major League games since his debut with Atlanta in 2001.
Pena, 28, posted a .253 average in 60 games while serving as KC’s backup catcher in 2010. The switch-hitter batted .320 with 15 RBI over his final 28 games and was named A.L. Player of the Week for September 6-12. He holds a .253 lifetime average in 195 Major League games.
Fields, who turns 28 on December 14, missed most of 2010 after undergoing labral surgery on his right hip. He batted .306 (15-for-49) in 13 games after being activated from the 60-day disabled list on September 1. He was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on November 5, 2009.
The move to non-tender Fields places Kansas City’s 40-man Major League roster at 39.
Yesterday, Ned Yost mentioned that he would talk to GM Dayton Moore today about September call-ups. Naturally, that was the first question in today’s media session. Yost said that Moore is having conversations with minor league coaches and scouts about potential call-ups. Yost and Moore had a brief chat on the topic that centered around three immediate possible roster additions: reliever Gil Meche, infielder Josh Fields and catcher Lucas May.
Meche is here in KC already and will be activated tomorrow to fill a bullpen role. Fields also will likely be here after his rehab stint with NW Arkansas. He is healthy once again and swinging a hot bat for the Double-A Naturals (.429 entering today). Yost has heard the reports about Fields but wants to see it for his own eyes. As for May, Yost is not sure that it will happen tomorrow since May was hit by a pitch in last night’s game with Omaha. He believes in having three catchers and it would be a chance to evaluate May, who joined the organization in the Scott Podsednik trade last month. However, Yost hinted that duty would be limited for May as he also sees more playing time for Brayan Pena in September.
Yost does not expect a large number of call-ups. He doesn’t want to fill the bench with guys who are unlikely to play. Reporters asked about several prospects, including outfielder Jarrod Dyson and left-handed reliever Tim Collins. Yost said that Dyson wasn’t talked about in his brief conversation with Moore. While Yost would like to add a left-hander or two and stressed championship clubs have at least two in their bullpen, he downplayed talk of a Collins call-up as the lefty just turned 21 and is in his first month at Triple-A.
Wilson Betemit’s emergence has been a regular topic among reporters. Yost said that everybody is at a similar heightened skill level in the Majors and that the mental aspect is what separates most players. He does believe that players can have something click – he has seen it in his time with Atlanta and Milwaukee. Yost believes that something has clicked with Betemit, who did not have the right chance with his previous organizations. He sees Betemit’s eventual role as a super-utility player, similar to that of Willie Bloomquist.
Aviles to see time at third
Mike Aviles took groundballs at third base in an early workout today. Ned Yost would like to give third baseman Wilson Betemit a day off here and there as Betemit has had hamstring and legs problems in the past. Yost said that Betemit does not have an injury now, but that this is a preventative measure. The use of Aviles at third base will also open up more time for Chris Getz at second base, who the club wants to get a longer look at. Aviles could play at third as early as tomorrow. He is doing well as he progresses in his recovery from “Tommy John” surgery.
Luke to the mound?
Luke Hochevar continues to throw on flat ground and has worked his way up to tosses of 75 feet. He could be throwing off the mound in the next 10 days.
A reporter asked about Zack Greinke and his struggles in his last start against Minnesota. Yost talked about his coaching experience in Atlanta with ace pitchers Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz. The three would have days where they would dominate, days where they would be ok and days where they would get hit hard. Yost said that no one is immune and there is no explanation for it. The best pitchers minimize the number of times that they are hit hard. He expects Zack to be fine.
Here’s what the manager had to say before Wednesday’s game:
On Victor Marte…
Having just sent Marte to AAA Omaha, Yost said the pitcher needs to work on his command. Yost does like Marte’s durability, however, which allows him to pitch consecutive days. The KC manager also mentioned Marte has good stuff, but just doesn’t change speeds enough yet.
On Wilson Betemit…
Yost thinks Betemit has done a nice job at third base, but also said first base is probably the player’s best position.
On the depth of a team…
According to Yost, championship teams essentially have two pitching staffs, which he claimed is what the Royals are working towards and is the team’s goal.
On preventing injuries…
Yost said there is no way to eliminate or limit injuries. However, he did say that he tries to use common sense and keep an eye on players before they break down. He said it’s important to know which players are prone to injuries and to give guys a day off when needed. Yost also pointed out that the club focuses a lot on hydration.
On Kyle Farnsworth…
To put it shortly, Farnsworth is feeling better and is ready to go today after exiting last night’s contest with a hamstring cramp.
It’s not over ’til it’s over
So far this season, the Royals have scored 28 times with two outs and no runners on. According to Yost, this statistic is a good indication of the offense’s attitude and understanding that an inning isn’t over until there are three outs. Yost takes no credit for the headstrong attitude, but instead says it is just a mindset ingrained in the players themselves.
Hoping for a Banny repeat
In tonight’s game vs. the White Sox, Yost hopes to see starting pitcher Brian Bannister do what he did in his last outing against the Nationals when he went 6.0 innings, giving up five hits and no runs. Yost believes Bannister will have another successful start if he keeps the ball down, which he can do very well with his cutting fastball and sinking changeup.
Wilson Betemit is back in the lineup for the second time in three games, a move Yost made because of Betemit’s hot bat and power potential. Not in the lineup for the third straight contest is Mitch Maier, but Yost had nothing but positive things to say about the outfielder.
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.
Dave Owen was spotted hitting ground balls to Yuniesky Betancourt and Alberto Callaspo.
Players also spent time practicing their bunts. Here you see Rick Ankiel and Wilson Betemit getting their reps.