Found June 19, 2013 on Fox Sports Kansas City:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A look at the Royals' prospects who are rising or falling: YORDANO VENTURA, RHP "Ace" Ventura, recently promoted to Triple-A Omaha, has been on Royals' fans radar since last summer when he dazzled onlookers with his 100-mph fastball at the Future's Game during All-Star weekend at The K. After a slow start at Double A this year, Ventura overmatched the Texas League with a 2.34 ERA through 11 games. Ventura, who recently turned 22, has had two solid outings (10 innings, four hits, two runs, 11 Ks) at Omaha sandwiched around a shaky one (five runs, 4 23 innings). "He was a little overexcited in that second outing," reports Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo. "But he seems to be settled in now, mixing his pitches well, and not overthrowing." Ventura remains on the fast track to the majors, though with rehabbing starters Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino waiting in the wings, Ventura isn't likely to make the j...

Numbers show Salvador Perez is a worthy All-Star

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Maybe it's the barbecue sauce. Maybe it's Ned Yost's lineup epiphany. Maybe it's the presence of George Brett in uniform every day, giving the Kansas City Royals back their swagger, the guts that defined the franchise for a generation. In truth, it's probably all of those things. Also, this: Since June 4, when catcher Salvador Perez returned...

Royals continue to wage the 'War on Walks'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Among Royals fans and bloggers, it is a phenomenon known as the Royals' "War on Walks." For years now, decades even, the Royals have been one of the worst teams in baseball at drawing bases on balls. In fact, the last time the Royals finished in the top half of the American League in walks was 1989. Far more common has been the Royals finishing...

Orlando Calixte could be deadline trade chip

by John Viril— Coming into the 2013 season, Baseball America rated 21-year-old SS Orlando Calixte the 9th best prospect in the Kansas City system. Promoted to AA NW Arkansas to begin 2013, Calixte struggled early in the season. He hit .198/.244/.296 for a paltry .540 OPS in April. Since that rough beginning, Orlando Calixte has progressively improved the last two months. He hit...

Royals and Padres need to Deal

by John Viril— The Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres are mirror images of each other. Kansas City stands 34-34 while the Padres are a half-game better at 35-34. Yet, they have achieved their success by completely different means. The Royals have just pulled back to .500 by preventing enough runs to keep an anemic offense afloat. Meanwhile, the Padres position players have...

Fan catches foul ball with hot dog in his hand

Video: Shows the skills then chomps away

The Royals and Facing It

The Royals allowed four runs Tuesday night. Fairly ordinary total, four runs. Not too few to score; not too many to allow. There were 16 games on Tuesday. In 13 of them, at least one team scored at least four runs. In two of them, both teams scored at least four runs. Four might be the least remarkable run total. But then, there’s a thing about these Royals. That was only the second...

Bruce Chen, Saber-Savvy Southpaw

Bruce Chen isn’t getting younger. The journeyman left-hander — currently with the Kansas City Royals — celebrated his 36th birthday yesterday. Since signing out of Panama, in 1993, he has made 365 big-league appearances. He has played for 10 teams. Chen has gotten smarter as he’s gotten older. He has long survived on guile, and in recent years, he’s developed an appreciation...

Lately the Royals offense is more lucky than good

After being ten games below .500 at one point, the Kansas City Royals made it to the .500 mark early this week before losing two in a row to the Cleveland Indians, falling to a 34-36 record. After the debacle of May, it’s good the see the Royals playing better baseball. But they’re not playing good enough to contend for the A. L. Central, much less be a playoff contending team...

Preview: Santana looks to keep Royals rockin' in Cleveland

(AP) -- Kansas City's pitchers have sparked the team's return to the .500 mark. Right at the head of that effort has been Ervin Santana, who will look to lead the Royals to a winning record for the first time in exactly a month with a victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. "It's important to get to .500, but now it's more important to move past...

Royals edge Indians 2-1 on wild pitch

CLEVELAND (AP) -- One win at a time, the Royals are scrapping their way toward the top in the AL Central. Pinch-runner Elliot Johnson scored from third base on a wild pitch by reliever Matt Albers in the ninth inning as Kansas City rallied for a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night. Johnson, inserted after Billy Butler opened the ninth with a double, sprinted home and...

White Sox-Royals Preview

The last thing the Chicago White Sox need right now is a matchup with Kansas City Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. The right-hander has completely shut down Chicago since being acquired by the Royals last summer, and he'll look to add to the visiting White Sox's woes in the opener of a three-game series Friday night. Guthrie came to Kansas City in a deal for left-hander Jonathan...

Visiting the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians

Welcome to Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. This game was played on June 17..ikv4{position:absolute;clip:rect(471px,auto,auto,419px);}secured cash advance On the mound for Cleveland is Carlos Carrasco( ERA is 15.26). The Indians uniform of the day is all white with red and blue trim, letters and numbers. On the mound for Kansas City is James Shields (ERA 2.79)....
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