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The Royals will be well-represented in the Arizona Fall League's sixth annual Rising Stars Game on Saturday night at Surprise, Ariz. Pitchers Nate Adcock and Jeremy Jeffress, infielder Christian Colon and outfielder Wil Myers have been selected from the Surprise Saguaros.
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Before all the Bubba Starling hoopla overtook Kansas City fans this summer, another Royals first-round pick was projected to make a significant impact with the big-league club.
And much more quickly than Starling likely will.
Christian Colon, the Royals' top pick in 2010, continues to make steady improvement, at least enough to envision him as the final piece to the Royals...
Alex Gordon opened the 2011 season wondering how he'd handle the challenge of playing left field in Kauffman Stadium.
After 20 outfield assists, only two errors and a highlight reel full of spectacular catches, Gordon's question was answered emphatically Tuesday night.
He was awarded the Rawlings Gold Glove as the best defensive left fielder in the American League.
The 2010 Kansas City Royals won 67 games. The 2011 Kansas City Royals won 71 games. A four game improvement doesn't seem like a huge deal, but look at it this way. The Royals slashed payroll from $74 million in 2010 to $38 million in 2011, a nearly 50% decrease. The average age of their hitters went from 28.8 in 2010 to 25.8 in 2011. The average age of their pitchers went from...
Eric Hosmer won the Royals' 2011 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award, as voted by the Kansas City Chapter, Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Outfielders Alex Gordon and Jeff Francoeur are among the American League finalists to receive Gold Gloves for defensive excellence when Rawlings announces this year's winners at 9 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN2.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Joakim Soria will keep closing games for the Kansas City Royals into next season.
The team announced Monday that it had exercised its option on the two-time All-Star, which is valued at 6 million for 2012. The Royals also hold options for 2013 of 8 million and 2014 for 8.75 million, with 750,000 buyouts each year.
"This decision was more of a formality...
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer started his major-league awards hardware collection earlier this season when picked twice as the American League rookie of the month and twice as the Royals' player of the month. Now he can add the Joe Burke Special Achievement award for his season-long accomplishments.
Left fielder Alex Gordon and right fielder Jeff Francoeur are the only two Royals among the finalists for a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
Not that there was ever much doubt, but the Royals made it official Monday that they will retain closer Joakim Soria through the 2012 season by choosing not to exercise a buyout option in his contract.
The Kansas City Royals have picked up their 2012 club option on closer Joakim Soria.
Interested in getting a first-hand assessment on outfielder Wil Myers, picked recently by The Star as the top prospect in the Royals' system? Your chance comes Saturday when MLB Network airs the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars Game.