Alan Eskew

On The Fast Track

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There was a season-long discussion in the high Class A Wilmington clubhouse about who was the fastest Blue Rock: Derrick Robinson or Jarrod Dyson. The Blue Rocks led all minor league teams with 258 stolen bases, and Robinson topped the Carolina League with 62; Dyson was second with 39.

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Returning To Form

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Righthander Matt Kniginyzky has bounced between the prospect list to the injury list since being selected in the 23rd round of the 2005 draft. A stellar full-season debut in 2006 was sabotaged by an injury-plagued 2007 in which he made just five starts. The 26-year-old rebounded in 2008 with high Class A Wilmington, going 9-8, 3.57 with 113 strikeouts and 51 walks in 141 innings.

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Dominating Double-A

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It was time to promote Carlos Rosa from Double-A Northwest Arkansas to Triple-A Omaha. He was dominating the Texas League. Rosa yielded one earned run in 25 innings over his final four starts with the Travelers, allowing 14 hits, striking out 26 and walking four. Overall, the 23-year-old righthander had a 4-2 record and led the Texas League with a 1.20 ERA.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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