This is a pretty cool piece on former University of North Florida farmhand and current Kansas City Royals farmhand Clayton Schulz. In the video Schulz talks about surviving a shark attack while surfing off the Florida coast. The attack ripped his leg up the point of needing over 400 stitches. Schultz who signed a free agent deal with the Royals over the summer is currently 0-0 with a 0.00ERA in 6 innings for the AZL Royals. He’s struck out 7 and has yet to walk a batter.
The Carolina League matchup between the Salem Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals High-A affiliate Wilmington Blue Rocks was postponed on Thursday due to inclement weather. A fan in attendance at Judy Johnson Field in Wilmington filmed the insane lightning show. A few seconds into the video it appears on bolt strikes extremely close to where they were standing. Scary stuff.
One of the biggest what if’s of the 2011 MLB Draft Signing Deadline on Monday was whether or not Kansas City Royals first rounder Bubba Starling would sign with KC for millions of dollars or decide to turn down their riches and go play quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. In the end baseball won out and Starling signed moments before the midnight deadline. In the story Starling talks about his decision making process, his anxiousness to begin working with the Royals minor league staff, and his relief that the entire process is over.
Starling joyful to be a Royal — SportsIllustrated.com
It’s hard to believe that Chris Lubanski is still just 26 years old. The Kennedy Kenrick High School in Pennsylvania product never lived up to the hype he carried when the Kansas City Royals made him the 5th overall pick of the 2003 draft. After three promising seasons in Low-A, High-A, and Double-A as he climbed the organizational ladder, Lubanski hit a wall when he got to Triple-A batting just .208, .242, and .227 in three seasons with the Omaha Royals. By the end of the 2009 season, the Royals had given up and he signed with the Toronto Blue Jays and put up respectable numbers, hitting .293 with 24(2B), 6(3B), 17HR’s, and 57RBI’s in 100 games during an injury plagued season for the Las Vegas 51’s. He landed with the Florida Marlins organization in 2011 but was released in Spring Training and was not picked up by another club, so the former bonus baby found himself on the fringes of professional baseball as a member of the Chico Outlaws of the independent North American League. Lubanski’s prayers of a second chance at affiliated ball were answered by the Philadelphia Phillies who signed him in early August and sent him to Double-A Reading, miles from where he grew up. In the story, Lubanski talks about refusing to give up on his big league dreams, the opportunity to play at a stadium that he used to roam as a kid, and keeping the faith as he has dealt with loads of adversity. It’s a great read.
Lubanski’s road finally winds to Reading — Reading Eagle
In perhaps the most impressive line of the year for any Rookie Leaguer this season, Kansas City Royals farmhand Daniel Mateo went 5-5, Hit for the Cycle, and drove in 8 runs for the Idaho Falls Chuckars on Saturday. Mateo who signed with the Royals back in 2008 raised his average from .297 to .319 in the game. The Chuckars beat the Ogden Raptors 15-10. The game was tied 10-10 heading to the ninth before Idaho Falls busted the game open with a five run inning. The scoring was capped off by a Grand Slam Home Run by Runey Davis who had previously been 0-5 with 5 strikeouts in the game.
Even though this is over a year old, it doesn’t make it any less funny. One of my favorite Minor League Baseball clips ever. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals partnered with Iams to help wayward pets find homes via the Iams Adoptable Pet of the Game promotion. This particular pooch shows his appreciation by getting loose, running around the field, and leaving the Naturals a little gift out in the outfield.
This is one of the more entertaining fan on the field videos. Some dude got loose on the field during the Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals game Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The fan outruns security and tries to leap over the outfield wall but gets stuck half way over and gets taken down hard by a pair of security guards, one of which who has quite the vertical.
Multiple sources are reporting that the Kansas City Royals have promoted top catching prospect Salvador Perez to the big leagues. He is set to make his major league debut on Wednesday. The 21 year old is in the middle of a breakout 2011 season that has seen him hit a combined .290 with 19 Doubles, 10 Home Runs, and 53 RBI’s between the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals and the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers. He has struck out just 36 times in 334 at bats. Perez is a home grown talent who originally signed with the Royals as a non drafted free agent back in 2006. He hit .290 with 21 Doubles and 7 Home Runs in a full season with the High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2010.
Another fan ran onto the field and was arrested, this time at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City during Saturday night’s Royals vs Tigers game. The fan is loose for about 30 seconds and jumps up and down in the outfield before surrendering peacefully and being led off in cuffs. This video is unique in that it is taken by someone with first row dugout seats so you get to see the guy led into the dugout and down the stairs into the underbelly of the stadium. This guy is the latest in a series of fans to run onto Major League Baseball fields in the past couple of weeks including a pair at Busch Stadium and a guy at Citi Field.
UPDATE: This is video that starts sooner than the original video below. It’s amazing how long it takes Royals security to get to this guy. He’s on the field running around for nearly a full minute before finally giving up. The second video picks up at about the 50 second point of the first video.
The Kansas City Royals have traded Mike Aviles to the Red Sox for prospects Yamaico Navarro and Kendal Volz. The 23 year old Navarro has seen brief big league action with the Red Sox in each of the last two seasons. He batted .143 in 20 games with Boston in 2010, and batted .216 in 16 games this season. Prior to his 2011 call up Navarro batted .258 with 8 Doubles and 5 Home Runs in 128 Triple-A at bats for Pawtucket. He was originally signed by the Red Sox as a non drafted free agent back in 2005. Volz is 6’5″ right handed reliever. He is currently 2-3 with a 3.33ERA and two saves in 31 appearances at High-A Salem. He has struck out 56 while walking just 12 in 51.1 innings of work, with opposing hitters batting .222 against him. the 23 year old is a Team USA alum and was drafted by the Red Sox in the ninth round of the 2009 draft out of Baylor. He has been a starter in the Red Sox system prior to this year.