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Ex-Chukar update, July 7

Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (2004 Chukar) tied Bo Jackson with the 10th most home runs in Royals history June 28. The homer against the Minnesota Twins was the 109th of Butler’s career with the Royals, tying him with Jackson in the club’s history.

…First baseman Eric Hosmer (2008 Chukar) earned the Kansas City Royals’ player of the month award for June. After hitting one home run the first two months of the season, Hosmer jacked six homers in June while hitting .303 and driving in 17 runs. He is hitting .359 in the seventh inning or later, third best in the American League. Continue reading “Ex-Chukar update, July 7”

Ex-Chukar updates, July 22

Left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez (1999-2000 Padre) has reinvented himself as a relief pitcher with the Seattle Mariners.

The New York Mets released Perez, 30, prior to the 2011 season with $12 million still left on his contract, and he spent the entire 2011 season in Double-A with the Washington Nationals. But the Mariners picked him up prior to the 2012 season, and after starting the year in AAA, they called up him to the big leagues in June.

Since then, he has appeared 12 times out of the bullpen and owns a 3.18 ERA. In 11 1/3 innings, he struck out 11 and walked four.

Kansas City Royals DH Billy Butler (2004 Chukar) made up for his pitching staff blowing a pair of leads Wednesday when he cranked a ninth-inning, walk-off home run to beat the Seattle Mariners 8-7.

The ball traveled an estimated 395 feet into the left-center field seats.

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Ex-Chukar updates, July 15

Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (2004 Chukar) competed in his first MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Butler — the lone Royal selected for the All-Star Game, which was hosted by Kansas City — caught the ceremonial first pitch from Hall of Famer George Brett before entering the game in the seventh inning.

Butler received a standing ovation when it was announced he’d led off the seventh against Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels. Butler grounded out to third base against Hamels and then struck out after working a full count in the ninth against Pittsburgh closer Joel Hanrahan to finish the game 0 for 2.

Butler had eight family members in the stands, including his wife, Katie, a Skyline High School graduate he met in Idaho Falls and who is expecting another child in January.

“In his big-league career, this is the biggest moment for sure,” Katie Butler told the Kansas City Star. “It’s an unforgettable experience, being around all the Royals fans, and our family, and where we’ve been since 2007. … Six years here, and this is the best we’ve ever seen Kansas City.” Continue reading “Ex-Chukar updates, July 15”

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”

Former Chukar updates, June 24

The Kansas City Royals reinstated catcher Salvador Perez (2008-09 Chukar) from the 60-day disabled list Friday and he rewarded the club with a 2-for-4 performance that included a two-run, fourth-inning home run against the St. Louis Cardinals that night. The 22-year-old catcher had missed all of the Royals’ previous 67 games in 2012 until Friday after undergoing surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee March 16. The Royals signed Perez to a five-year, $7-million extension during the offseason but he injured his knee while warming up pitcher Jonathan Sanchez before a Cactus League game. The Royals gave him the day off Saturday but plan to have him catch again today.

Wil Myers (2009) was named to the Futures Game as part of Team USA this week. The game starts at 3 p.m. July 8 at the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium and is televised on ESPN2. The Royals bumped Myers up to AAA on May 16 and he’s hit 11 home runs in 35 games in Omaha with a .315/.407/.654 batting average/on-base percentage/ slugging percentage line. Continue reading “Former Chukar updates, June 24”

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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Ex-Chukar honored by Baseball America

Former Chukar catcher Wil Myers (2009) was named one of the Top 50 midseason prospects by Baseball America on Friday. Myers, who has since moved to the outfield, ranked 17th on the list.

The Royals are used to dominating these lists in recent years. But with the promotions of Eric Hosmer (2008) and Mike Moustakas (2007), there are fewer ex-Chukars near the top of the list.

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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Thursday’s links and notes

  • OF Wil Myers (2009 Chukar) was selected today to the 13th annual XM All-Star Futures Game on July 10 at Chase Field 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. Fellow Royals prospect Kelvin Herrera, a pitcher, was also named to the team. He never played in Idaho Falls.
  • SP Danny Duffy (2010) will likely be bumped down to AAA after his next start with Bruce Chen and Kyle Davies set to return for the disabled list, the team’s website reports.In seven starts, he’s 1-2 with a 5.03 ERA.

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