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.
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.
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.
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”→
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.”→
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.