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Lane Adams and Yordano Ventura earn organizational awards

The Royals today named their Player and Pitcher of the Year awards for 2013. Outfielder Lane Adams was tabbed the George Brett Hitter of the Year, while right-handed pitcher Yordano Ventura was named the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year. Both award winners will be recognized during spring training. 

Adams, 24, was previously named the Wilmington (A-Advanced) Player of the Year. He played at three levels during the 2013 season, seeing time at Wilmington, Northwest Arkansas (AA) and with Omaha (AAA) during the postseason. He hit .276 in 87 games for the Blue Rocks, collecting 23 doubles, seven homers and 39 RBI. He ranked ninth in the Carolina League with 23 stolen bases. The 6-foot-4 outfielder tied Naturals’ club records in an August 13 game against Corpus Christi, slugging three homers and collecting seven RBI.

Ventura, 22, made his Major League debut with the Royals on September 17 of this year, but split most of the season between Northwest Arkansas and Omaha. He opened the year with the Naturals before being promoted to Triple-A on his 22nd birthday, June 3. The right-handed pitcher recorded 155 strikeouts in 132.2 innings between the two levels, while he was 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA for the Storm Chasers after the All-Star break. He made three starts with Kansas City in September, going 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA. His debut against Cleveland made national headlines when he clocked a pitch at 102.8 mph, the fastest recorded by an MLB starting pitcher in 2013. Ventura was recently named the second-best prospect in the Royals’ organization by Baseball America.

Ned Yost media session: September 17, 2013

Royals manager Ned Yost met with reporters before tonight’s important matchup with the Cleveland Indians. Kansas City will hand the ball to 22-year-old Yordano Ventura, who is making his major league debut as the team takes aim at a wildcard spot. The skipper was asked if jitters and command were the biggest concern for the rookie. “We don’t really have a concern. We are just going to let him go out and pitch. We will keep an eye on him and see how he does.” Yost went on to say, “He will be fine. He has great stuff and a lot of confidence.” The manager also said there wasn’t a pitch limit for Ventura if he continues to throw strikes. He also noted the bullpen is ready to go if needed.

One of the big pluses for Ventura is having an All-Star backstop at his disposal. Ned Yost was asked what kind of luxury it is to have Salvador Perez behind the plate for a young guy like Ventura. “Sal knows Cleveland. He is going to be able to help him defensively. We are going to tell Ventura to stay with Sal. He just needs to concentrate on throwing strikes and let Sal handle the pitch selection. He can be successful by just staying with Sal.”

By Kent Klooster

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