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Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: Maier, Jacobs, Yuni

Power surge

Mitch Maier hit his first Major League home run last night and is batting .328 since the All-Star Break.  Reporters asked whether Trey sees him gaining more power as he continues in the Majors.  Trey explained that power is the last piece of the puzzle for Major League hitters and that Maier is just on the cusp of developing his pull swing.  Maier has been coming in early to work off of a batting tee with Kevin Seitzer.  Hillman believes that Maier has learned a lot this year and commended him on his hard work and improved hitting.

Improvement for Jacobs

Mike Jacobs is in the lineup today with a lefty on the mound.  Jacobs had a pair of RBI singles on Tuesday night.  Trey Hillman says that Jacobs is doing a better job of staying on the ball and recognizing pitches.

Yuni assessment

The Royals are at Seattle this weekend.  It will be the first games in the Emerald City for Yuniesky Betancourt since he joined the Royals on July 10.  Reporters were asking Trey Hillman for his assessment of Betancourt.  Trey noted recent hot streaks for Betancourt, then mentioned Yuni lacks separation on his swing at the moment.  Trey believes that Betancourt’s swing will improve as he is a teachable player that learns quickly.  He described Yuni as a good self-evaluator who knows what he needs to do to improve.  Trey likes what he’s seen defensively from Betancourt.


The Royals have acquired shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and cash considerations from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league pitchers Danny Cortes and Derrick Saito.  Betancourt, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 25, just began an injury rehabilitation assignment with Tacoma (AAA).  He will continue his rehab assignment for Northwest Arkansas (AA).  His name is pronounced Yuniesky (yoon-ee-ESS-kee) Betancourt (BET-an-court).

The 27-year old Betancourt was hitting .250 (56-for-224) with 10 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 22 RBI in 63 games for the Mariners prior to his D.L. stint.  He is a career .279 hitter with 123 doubles, 17 triples, 27 home runs and 202 RBI over five seasons with Seattle after making his debut in 2005.  Since becoming the Mariners full-time shortstop in 2006, his 341 double plays rank second in all of baseball to Oakland’s Orlando Cabrera (357).  He has been tough to strikeout throughout his career, fanning just once every 11.86 plate appearances, the sixth-best total in baseball since 2005 (min. 2,000 at bats).

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound right handed hitter is a native of Santa Clara, Cuba, who currently resides in Boca Raton, Fla.  The Mariners originally signed him as a non-drafted free agent on January 26, 2005 and then signed him to a three-year extension through 2011 with a club option for 2012 on April 4, 2007.

Cortes will be assigned to West Tennessee (AA) and Saito will be assigned to Clinton (A) in the Mariners’ system.


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