Hosmer seeing results of his hard-hitting work
Royals first baseman is learning patience at plate during a tough season
KANSAS CITY -- Things came pretty easy for Eric Hosmer in his rookie season of 2011 -- to the tune of 19 homers, 27 doubles and 78 RBIs in his 128 games along with a .293 average.
Not this year. By May 20, his average was down to .172. It's been a struggle, which is why Hosmer frequently has his eyes on his batting videos in the Royals' clubhouse or is working with hitting coach Kevin Seitzer in the batting cage.
It's paying off.
Going into the Detroit series, Hosmer hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games at a .378 (14-for-37) gallop and his average has passed the .240 mark for the first time since April 9.
So does that mean that Hosmer has everything figured out?
"No, not even close," Hosmer said. "I'm just putting in the work every day with Seitz and just trying to get productive at-bats every day, and eventually try to move back up in the lineup and get in more RBI situations and stuff. I'm just taking it game by game really."
Manager Ned Yost projects Hosmer as a middle-of-the-order hitter, where he spent most of last season, but he's had the left-handed batter swinging eighth recently.
"Obviously, I don't want to be down there and I'm doing everything I can to get out of there," Hosmer said. "Hopefully, I can keep this going and eventually move out of there."
Hosmer, just 22, has learned the value of patience this season.
"You tend to try to get it all back on one swing and stuff like that," he said. "But the reality of it is that's it's not going to happen in one swing. That's a big thing that I learned this year and I think it's going to help me in the future."
Through 124 games this year, Hosmer has 19 doubles, 12 homers and 51 RBIs to go with his .241 average.
Myers, Verdugo named to All-Pacific Coast squad
KANSAS CITY -- Outfielder Wil Myers and left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo of the Royals' Triple-A affiliate at Omaha were named to the All-Pacific Coast League team.
The 12-player team was selected by PCL managers, general managers and media.
Myers, 21, in 93 games with the Storm Chasers, has a .294 average with 22 home runs, 15 doubles and 74 RBIs. He played for the winning USA squad in the All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City, driving in three runs with two hits in a 17-5 win over the World team.
Before being promoted to Omaha, Myers hit 13 home runs for Double-A Northwest Arkansas and his total of 35 was tied for the most in the Minors this season. He also has 104 RBIs for the year.
Verdugo, 25, has a 12-3 record and 3.37 ERA in 25 games including 22 starts for Omaha. He has 116 strikeouts in 131 innings. He contributed a scoreless inning to the PCL's 3-0 win over the International League in the Triple-A All-Star Game.
Verdugo was obtained by the Royals from San Francisco along with pitcher Jonathan Sanchez in a trade for outfielder Melky Cabrera.
Chen on track to make start against Tigers
KANSAS CITY -- Left-hander Bruce Chen is healthy and will pitch as scheduled on Wednesday night against the Tigers, manager Ned Yost said on Tuesday.
Chen turned his right ankle when stepping on a ball during batting practice on Monday at Boston and went down, occasioning a visit from assistant trainier Kyle Turner and Yost.
"There was one ball in the outfield and he found it," Yost said. "He's not even getting treatment for it, he's fine."
Royals' Double-A coach earns Coolbaugh Award
KANSAS CITY -- Terry Bradshaw, the Double-A Northwest Arkansas hitting coach, has won the Texas League's Mike Coolbaugh Award as coach of the year.
Bradshaw is in his fourth season as the Naturals' hitting coach after spending the previous five years with the Triple-A hitters at Omaha where he played in 1998. A former outfielder, Bradshaw had a 10-year playing career and was in the Majors with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1995-96.
Coolbaugh, a longtime Minor League player, was killed when struck by a batted ball while coaching first base for Tulsa in a Texas League game on July 22, 2007. The award goes to an individual who has shown an outstanding work ethic, knowledge of the game and skill in mentoring young players.
The league commended Bradshaw for consistently helping young hitters adjust to Double-A and advance to Triple-A. A notable example this year was Wil Myers, who hit .343 with 13 homers and 30 RBIs in 35 games for the Naturals, then went to Omaha to continue a successful season.
Current Royals that Bradshaw has coached include Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez, Jarrod Dyson and Johnny Giavotella.
Royals' rookie leaguer suspended for 50 games
KANSAS CITY -- Mark Donato, a first baseman with the Royals' Rookie classification club at Surprise, Ariz., was suspended for 50 games without pay for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the Commissioner's office announced on Tuesday.
Donato tested positive for an amphetamine. The suspension was effective immediately.
Donato, 20, was the Royals' 26th-round choice, from Indian River State College in Florida, in this year's First-Year Player Draft. In 38 games with Surprise, he batted .253 with three homers, 13 doubles and 27 RBIs.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.