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Holland snubbed from All-Star Game; July 14 ex-Chukar update

Of all the snubs on the American League’s All-Star roster, Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland (2007 Chukar) could be the largest.

The 27-year-old’s season has arguably been the best for closers in baseball. He’s converted 22 of 24 saves, owns a 1.80 ERA and leads all of baseball with an average of 15.43 strikeouts per nine innings. And in advanced metrics, he leads all Major League relievers with a 1.32 FIP, a metric that measures what a pitcher’s ERA would have been assuming a league average defense.

He’s been even better lately.

Since blowing his last save May 6, Holland has converted 15 straight saves. He’s posted a 0.78 ERA, walked four and struck out 41 in that 23-inning stretch. But Holland isn’t taking the snub too hard.

“It just didn’t happen,” he told the Kansas City Star. “There were a lot of guys who didn’t make it who were deserving too. So you’ve just got to move on.

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Royals recall ex-Chukar Teaford

The Kansas City Royals called up former Chukar Everett Teaford on Saturday.

The left-handed reliever rejoins the big league club after pitching for the Royals in 2011 and 2012. In 44 Major League appearances, the 2006 Chukar owns a 4.27 ERA and has struck out 63 in 105 1/3 innings.

Teaford joins the Royals as it shuffles its pitching staff after starter Wade Davis left for maternity leave Thursday. Kansas City originally called up Donnie Joseph. But it exchanged Joseph for Teaford on Saturday.

Teaford has spent all of 2013 with the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers, posting a 2.88 ERA in 23 appearances (nine) starts. He struck out 60 and walked 23 in 59 1/3 innings.

Teaford’s call-up gives the Royals six former Chukars on their roster. He joins closer Greg Holland (2007), catcher Salvador Perez (2008-09), first baseman Eric Hosmer (2008), third baseman Mike Moustakas (2007) and Billy Butler (2004).

Ex-Chukar updates, July 8

The Toronto Blue Jays designated RP David Pauley (2001 Padre) for assignment Thursday. The Blue Jays picked Pauley up off waivers two weeks ago, and the 29-year-old right hander made four appearances for Toronto, surrendering four earned runs in 31/3 innings. The Blue Jays are the fifth Major League club Pauley has pitched for in his career. He started the year with the Detroit Tigers, but the Tigers cut him before the start of the season. He then signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and made five appearances before getting his release. Pauley’s best season as a pro came last year between the Seattle Mariners and the Tigers. He appeared in 53 games and threw 74 innings with a 3.16 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 22 walks.

… Baseball America named OF Wil Myers (2009 Chukar) the No. 3 prospect in all of minor league baseball Thursday in its midseason Top 50 prospects list. Continue reading “Ex-Chukar updates, July 8”

Ex-Chukar update, July 1

The Kansas City Royals called up LHP Everett Teaford (2006 Chukar) to make a spot start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Teaford held down the Rays through five innings, surrendering two earned runs on four hits while walking three and striking out five to finish with a no decision. The appearance was Teaford’s 30th at the Major League level as he worked primarily out of the Royals bullpen last season. But he made three starts last year, and he will make his third start this year in Toronto on Monday.

OF Wil Myers (2009) and 1B Clint Robinson (2007) were named Triple-A all-stars Thursday. Myers and Robinson will travel to Buffalo, N.Y., for the July 11 game between Pacific Coast League and International League all-stars. Myers didn’t join Triple-A until May 16 after hitting .343 with 13 home runs and 30 RBIs in 35 games in Double-A. Since then, he’s hit .306 with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs in Triple-A. Myers, who leads all of minor league baseball with 26 home runs this season, will also compete in the Futures Game on July 8. Robinson earns his second straight Triple-A all-star berth after hitting .313 with 10 home runs in 71 games with a cup of coffee with the Major League club mixed in. Continue reading “Ex-Chukar update, July 1”

Weekly ex-Chukar update

  • Journeyman RP David Pauley has finally found a home with the Seattle Mariners. The 2001 Idaho Falls Padre made brief appearances with the Boston Red Sox in 2006 and 2008. But it’s in Seattle that he’s really shined. Despite surrendering two runs and taking the loss Thursday, the right-handed reliever leads all Mariners pitchers in ERA, 2.06, and WHIP, 0.97, entering Saturday. He spent time with the Padres, Red Sox and Orioles before joining the Mariners in 2010.
  • The Kansas City Royals recalled SP Danny Duffy (2010) to the Major League club Tuesday to face the Chicago White Sox. Duffy responded and pitched seven innings for his second big league win, besting the White Sox’s SP Jake Peavy, a 1999 Idaho Falls Padre, to do it. To make room for Duffy, the Royals sent RP Everett Teaford (2006) back to Triple-A. In 17 appearances with the Royals this year, Teaford has a 2.25 ERA.

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Weekly ex-Chukar update

  • SP Greg Billo (2010 Chukar) is dominating the Midwest League after struggling in the homer-happy Pioneer League. Just one year removed from a 5.17 ERA campaign in Idaho Falls, Billo leads all of minor league baseball with a 1.38 ERA with the Royals’ Low-A affiliate, the Kane County Cougars. The next closest pitcher is the Brewers’ Tyler Thornburg with a 1.89 ERA between the Midwest League and the High-A Florida State League. Part of Billo’s success comes from a bump in his average fastball to 88 to 92 mph. He’s topped out at 94. In his last 10 appearances, he’s allowed more than one run just once. And on the season, he’s averaging 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

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Duffy, Teaford swap spots on MLB roster

The Kansas City Royals optioned starting pitcher Danny Duffy (2010 Chukar) to AAA Omaha on Friday, replacing him with left-hander reliever Everett Teaford (2006).

But Duffy’s demotion has nothing to do with his performance, the Kansas City Star says. In fact, the demotion comes after a strong, two-run, six-inning outing from Duffy.

Instead, the move is because of the Royals’ unique six-man rotation and the all-star break. With the extra days off for the break, Duffy was scheduled to go 12 days in between starts with the Royals, something the Royals balked at.

So they sent him down to AAA to get a start with the plan to bring him back to the bigs to face the White Sox on July 19.

Meanwhile, Teaford gives the Royals another arm in the bullpen.

Ex-Chukar highlights

  • The Kansas City Royals sent RP Everett Teaford (2006 Chukar) down to Triple-A Friday to make room for starting pitcher Bruce Chen, who just came off the disabled list. In 14 appearances out of the bullpen, Teaford was 0-0 with a 2.84 ERA. Left-handed batters were 3 for 19 (.158) against him.
  • SP Danny Duffy (2010) struck out nine straight in 3.2 innings with the Royals on June 19 before a calf cramp forced him to leave the game. But with Kyle Davies set to return from the DL, he may be the next arm headed back to AAA Omaha.
  • OF Wil Myers (2009) was selected Thursday to the 13th annual XM All-Star Futures Game on July 10 in Phoenix. The all-star game pits the best prospects in the minor leagues against each other on U.S. and World rosters as part of MLB’s all-star weekend. ESPN2 will air the July 10 game at 4 p.m. Mountain Time. The 20-year-old is hitting .295/.366/.418 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) in AA this year as he makes the transition from catcher to right field.

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Moose promoted to K.C.

With the Royals calling up third baseman Mike Moustakas (2007 Chukar) to the big leagues, that makes seven ex-Chukars on the MLB roster.

The seven includes: Moustakas, first baseman/designated hitter Billy Butler (2004 Chukar), first baseman Eric Hosmer (2008), left-handed starting pitcher Danny Duffy (2010), right-handed reliever Blake Wood (2006) and Greg Holland (2007), and left-handed reliever Everett Teaford (2006).

Another ex-Chukar joins Royals

The revolving door on the Kansas City Royals roster continues to benefit former Idaho Falls Chukars as the club called up right-handed reliever Greg Holland on Thursday.

This is the second trip to the majors for Holland, who made his professional debut in Idaho Falls as a closer in 2007. Holland, 25, threw 182/3 innings last summer with the Royals and posted a 6.75 ERA and 23 strikeouts.

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