Alan Eskew

Prospect At A Discount

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Mike Aviles was part of the Royals' infamous senior draft class of 2003. In a cost-cutting move, the Royals drafted five college seniors in rounds five through nine and signed them to $1,000 bonuses. Aviles, a seventh-round pick out of NCAA Division II Concordia (N.Y.) College, could turn that into a very prudent investment.

Majors | #2008#Kansas City Royals#Organization Reports

Swapping Trades

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Damaso Espino did not take kindly to the news in 2005 that the Royals were switching him to catcher. "I was mad. I was sad," Espino said. "I was thinking a lot of bad things. I was surprised. I was in high-A, playing third base every day. All of a sudden, they told me the news." Espino sings a different song now.

Majors | #2008#Kansas City Royals#Organization Reports

Hello Springdale

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Wichita will no longer be stomping grounds for Royals farmhands. Springdale, Ark., which in July 2006 passed a referendum by 13 votes to fund a minor league stadium, will be the new home of the Royals' Double-A affiliate, which will call itself the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Double-A

Royals Organization Report

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Lefthander Rowdy Hardy was overlooked in the draft out of Austin Peay and signed with the Royals in 2006. He was named the organization's minor league pitcher of the year last season after going 15-5, 2.48 with high Class A Wilmington. He earned the same award in the Carolina League after leading the circuit in wins and innings (167) and finishing second in ERA.

Majors | #2008#Kansas City Royals#Organization Reports