Dozier called up to Lexington



The Idaho Falls Chukars lost their most productive bat Monday when infielder Hunter Dozier was promoted by the Kansas City Royals.

Dozier, the Royals No. 1 draft pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball amateur draft, will move up to play with the Class A long season Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League.

Dozier is currently No. 7 on the Royals prospect chart according to, and led the Pioneer league with 22 doubles through 47 games.

The Denton, Texas native also ranked in the top five among Pioneer League hitters in runs (35), hits (55), RBIs (35), total bases (95) and walks (31).

Dozier is the fifth Chukars player to be promoted this season, and will join the Legends who are currently in first place in the South Atlantic’s Southern Division.

SUNDAY RECAP: The Chukars completed a four-game road sweep over the Grand Junction Rockies on Sunday with a 10-2 victory.

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Chukars add Cy Young winner’s son

Infielder Logan Davis joined the Chukars on Thursday and will start at second base.

The 2013 undrafted free agent is the son of Mark Davis, who won the Cy Young with the San Diego Padres in 1989. Mark Davis is also the Royals’ minor league pitching coordinator.

He hit .244 for the rookie-level Arizona Royals this summer with one triple, one RBI and six stolen bases in 25 games.

Cuckovich promoted to Low-A

The Kansas City Royals promoted Chukars utility player Nick Cuckovich to its Low-A affiliate in Lexington, Kent., late Tuesday.

Cuckovich led the Chukars in RBIs last season but saw limited playing time in his second stint in Idaho Falls. He hit .226 with six doubles and five steals in 16 games this summer.

He joins reliever Zeb Sneed, promoted earlier Tuesday, as Chukars headed up to the next level on the Royals’ organizational ladder.

Twin Falls grad promoted to Lexington

The Kansas City Royals promoted reliever Zeb Sneed to its Low-A affiliate in Lexington, Kent., on Tuesday. The 2009 Twin Falls High School graduate owned a 4.50 ERA in 18 innings pitched this summer. He appeared in eight games in his second season in Idaho Falls and ranked second in the league in strikeout rate (13.5 per nine innings).

Right-handed pitcher Andrew Brockett, the Royals 22nd-round pick in June, joins the team today as Sneed’s replacement. Brockett has appeared in eight games in the Arizona League this summer and sports a 1.04 ERA with nine strikeouts and one walk in 8 2/3 innings.

Evans sidelined with concussion

Chukars catcher Zane Evans suffered a concussion Tuesday, and Ramirez said he’ll remain out for at least four more days.

A Helena batter completed his swing with one hand and the bat came back around and struck Evans, leading to a concussion and the Chukars to pull him from the game.

The concussion sidelines Evans for the third time this season. He took a bouncing pitch off his right hand on Opening Day, forcing him to sit out two games. He also hurt his hand in pregame work at the start of the month and missed two games.

2B Urena, RHP Fitzsimmons join Chukars in Missoula

The Chukars received a pair of reinforcements Saturday in Missoula in second baseman Lewis Urena and right-handed pitcher Jon Fitzsimmons.

Urena, a 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic, joins the Chukars from the Royals’ rookie-level affiliate in Burlington, N.C. During six seasons as a professional – all at the rookie or foreign rookie level – Urena owns a .223 batting average, one home run and 80 RBIs in 247 games.

He played in the Boston Red Sox organization for four seasons before the Royals picked him up in 2011.

The Royals signed Fitzsimmons as an undrafted free agent Tuesday after he pitched Monday in the college summer league Coastal Plain League All-Star Game and reportedly displaying a 95-mph fastball.

Fitzsimmons pitched for Canisius College, a NCAA Division I school in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, this spring. He has earned MAAC relief pitcher of the year honors twice and posted a 1.16 ERA with 10 saves in 21 appearances as a junior this season.

Evans’ X-rays negative

X-rays to the right hand of Chukars catcher Zane Evans  on Friday showed no break.

Kansas City’s fourth-round pick took a bouncing pitcher in the dirt Friday off his bare, right hand. The injury forced the Johnny Bench Award finalist to leave the game. Beau Maggi replaced him.

But Kansas City’s worst fears were allayed when X-rays the ball that struck him on the thumb and index figure didn’t do any serious damage.

Chukars manager Omar Ramirez said Evans will sit out today and Saturday, at least, and could possibly return for Sunday’s afternoon game in Ogden.

Evans went 1 for 2 in his professional debut before the injury. A broken-bat infield single was originally ruled an error but overturned after the game.

Frank Schwindel, the Royals’ 18th round pick in the 2013 draft, will start behind the plate tonight against Orem.

Four returners, six Top-10 picks slated for Opening Day

The Kansas City Royals released the inaugural 2013 roster for the Idaho Falls Chukars on Saturday. And it is loaded with four returning players and six of the Royals’ Top 10-round draft picks.

Kansas City’s first-round pick, third baseman Hunter Dozier, and second-round pick, left-handed pitcher Cody Reed, highlight the initial roster. The Royals also plan to send catcher Zane Evans (fourth-round pick), right-handed pitcher John Farrell (sixth-round pick), left-handed pitcher Kyle Bartsch (seventh-round pick) and outfielder Daniel Rockett (ninth-round pick) to Idaho Falls for Thursday’s Opening Day.

The Chukars also return one of their best position players from 2012 for the 2013 campaign. Third baseman Nick Cuckovich returns after hitting .280 last summer and leading the team with 43 RBIs. He started the year with the Low-A Lexington Legends. But he hit .180 in 28 games in the South Atlantic League. Continue reading “Four returners, six Top-10 picks slated for Opening Day”

Second-round pick headed to I.F.

Cody Reed

The Kansas City Royals are living up to their offseason agreement to make the Idaho Falls Chukars their top short-season affiliate.

Two days after assigning eighth-overall pick Hunter Dozier to the Chukars, the Royals announced Wednesday they’ve signed second-round pick Cody Reed and will send him to Idaho Falls.

The Royals drafted Reed, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound left-handed pitcher, with the 46th overall selection last week and signed him Wednesday for a reported signing bonus of $1,198,500, matching the assigned value for his selection. Continue reading “Second-round pick headed to I.F.”

First-round pick coming to Idaho Falls for Opening Day

Kansas City Royals first-round draft pick Hunter Dozier, right, talks with Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland before a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, June 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

The Kansas City Royals signed their first-round pick, Hunter Dozier, on Monday, then announced at a press conference he’ll begin his professional career as an Idaho Falls Chukar on opening day.

The Royals and Dozier, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound shortstop from Stephen F. Austin State University, agreed to a signing bonus of $2.2 million. The eighth overall selection in last week’s MLB Draft will report to a mini-camp at the Royals’ facility in Surprise, Ariz., today, then head to Idaho Falls to begin his career, the Kansas City Star reported.

Dozier, 21, hit .396 this spring as junior, and ranked third in the NCAA Division I through the regional playoffs with a .755 slugging percentage. He also ranked fifth in doubles (25) and home runs (17). Continue reading “First-round pick coming to Idaho Falls for Opening Day”