10/17/14

Who Are The 2014 Kansas City Royals

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None of us knew the names of three of these guys until this month. Now, they are going to the World Series. Let’s look how this team was built:

Pitchers -

Tim Collins    -  UDFA – 2007 – Toronto - On July 31, 2010, Collins was traded along with Jesse Chavez and Gregor Blanco for Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth[i]

Wade Davis -  drafted 3rd round – 2004 – Tampa Bay -     On December 9, 2012 Davis was traded to the Kansas City Royals (along with James Shields) in exchange for Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard[ii]

Danny Duffy -  drafted 3rd round – 2007 – Kansas City     

Brandon Finnegan -  drafted 1st round (17th overall) – 2014 – Kansas City  
   
Jason Frasor -  drafted 33rd round – Detroit Tigers -            On July 16, 2014, the Rangers traded Frasor to Kansas City for pitcher Spencer Patton[iii]

Jeremy Guthrie -     drafted 1st round (22nd overall) – Cleveland - On July 20, 2012, Guthrie was traded to the Royals for left-handed starter Jonathan Sanchez[iv]

Kelvin Herrera -  UDFA – signed in 2008 by Kansas City    

Greg Holland -  drafted 10th round – 2007 – Kansas City

James Shields -        drafted 16th round – 2000 – Tampa Bay - On December 9, 2012, Shields was traded to the Kansas City Royals (along with Wade Davis) in exchange for Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard[v]

Jason Vargas -   drafted 2nd round – 2004 – Florida Marlins -      On November 21, 2013 Vargas signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Kansas City Royals[vi]

Yordano Ventura - UDFA -  signed in 2010 by Kansas City


Catchers -

Erik Kratz – drafted in 29th round – 2002 – Toronto - On July 28, 2014, Kratz was traded with Liam Hendriks to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Danny Valencia[vii]

Salvador Perez -     UDFA – 2007 – signed by Kansas City


Infielders -

Christian Colon – drafted 1st round (4th overall) – 2010 – Kansas City  

            Alcides Escobar -    UDFA – 2003 – signed by Milwaukee ($35K) - On December 18, 2010, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals with Lorenzo Cain, Jeremy Jeffress, and Jake Odorizzi for Zack Greinke and Yuniesky Betancourt[viii]

            Eric Hosmer  -  drafted in 1st round (3rd overall) – 2008 draft – Kansas City

            Omar Infante -        UDFA – 1999 – signed by Detroit - On December 16, 2013, Infante signed a four-year, $30.25 million contract with the Kansas City Royals, with a club option for 2018[ix]

            Mike Moustakas – Drafted in 1st round (2nd overall) – 2007 draft – Kansas City


Outfielders -         
   
            Nori Aoki –  UDFA – 2012 – Milwaukee - On December 5, 2013, the Brewers traded Aoki to the Kansas City Royals for Will Smith[x]

            Lorenzo Cain           -    Drafted in 17th round – 2004 draft – Milwaukee - On December 18, 2010, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals with Alcides Escobar, Jeremy Jeffress, and Jake Odorizzi for Zack Greinke and Yuniesky Betancourt.[xi]

            Jarrod Dyson – drafted in 50th round – 2006 draft – Kansas City

            Alex Gordon - Drafted in 1st round (2nd overall) – 2005 draft – Kansas City

            Terrance Gore -       drafted in 20th round – 2011 draft – Kansas City

            Josh Willingham – drafted in 17th round – 2000 – Miami Marlins -        On August 11, 2014, Willingham was traded to the Kansas City Royals for RHP Jason Adam[xii]


Designated Hitter  

            Billy Butler – Drafted in 1st round (14th overall) – 2004 draft – Kansas City


Overall –

-         10 players were obtained via a trade

-         10 players were obtained via the draft (of which 6 were 1st round picks)

-         3 were signed as UDFAs

-         2 were free agents

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