Jake Odorizzi and Wil Myers dressed side-by-side Sunday afternoon in the corner of the Kansas City clubhouse, one they hope to inhabit soon on a more permanent basis.
The two prospects started for the U.S. team in the All-Star Futures Game, along with fellow prospect Yordano Ventura, the starting pitcher for the World team. Together, they gave hometown fans a reason to cheer during an All-Star weekend largely devoid of Royals representation.
Former Arkansas outfielder Sam Bates will begin his professional baseball career with the Kansas City Royals' rookie league affiliate. Bates, a 28th round pick, has signed a deal with the Royals. He'll be assigned to Idaho Falls, Idaho. He hit .240 with six home runs and 25 runs batted in, while appearing in 45 games with 37 starts.
The Arkansas Travelers and Northwest Arkansas Naturals begin the 2012 portion of their Texas League schedule Thursday. Sparks have flown between the clubs at times, but the modern Texas League isn't really known for hot-blooded rivalries.
The Arkansas Travelers begin their latest Texas League season against Midland on Thursday while the Northwest Arkansas Naturals open on the road at Corpus Christi. The season marks the return of pro baseball and other assorted attractions in true minor league style.
Salvador Perez was known for his defensive abilities when he played in the Texas League. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals catcher joined the majors last August and now could become the most profitable player of the minor-league franchise, becoming the first former Natural to ink a multi-year contract with a big league team.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals general manager Eric Edelstein, first baseman/infielder Anthony Seratelli, pitcher Kelvin Herrera, and former Naturals second baseman and current Royals’ second baseman Johnny Giavotella were among those named Thursday as Kansas City Royals’ organizational award recipients for their on-field achievements during the 2011 season.
Though we'd love to see the Arkansas Travelers at the full strength they exhibited back in June with center-fielder Mike Trout leading the way, it's hard to fault the Los Angeles Angels organization for the product they'll put on the field in Travs uniforms this week in the Texas League Playoffs.
If you caught Mike Moustakas play for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals last year, it was obvious he was headed to the big leagues sooner rather than later. And it didn’t seem far-fetched to imagine him contributing once he got to Kansas City. So what Moustakas has done in his brief time with the Royals shouldn’t come as a surprise to folks that got to watch him last year.
As far as Eric Hosmer knows, this is all the Royals do when they visit the Yankees. The promising rookie who was called up less than a week ago homered to kick off Kansas City's big second inning and the Royals beat New York 11-5 on Thursday night for their first series win in the Bronx since 1999
Few high school or little league players will make it to pro baseball. But some Arkansas-based players will get a chance to play in a pro park thanks to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Arvest Ballpark in Springdale is hosting a number of games this year for local teams. Already seven games are scheduled and the Royals’ AA affiliate is offering the park up for other teams if interested. Here’s more from the Naturals:
The Texas League Champion Northwest Arkansas Naturals will face the Omaha Storm Chasers – the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate – in an exhibition game at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, April 2nd following the Royals-Angels contest which is scheduled to begin at 12:10 p.m.