Royals Farm Report

PLAYER PROFILE

Paulo Orlando

Left fielder

AA-Northwest Arkansas Naturals

24 years old

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 185 lbs.

Signed by the White Sox in 2005 as an undrafted free agent

The Kansas City Royals, like many other teams in Major League Baseball, sometimes have success giving minor-league contracts to formerly great players or formerly promising prospects looking to resurrect their careers.

In 2005, the Royals did just that with a pitcher named Horacio Ramirez. A former hot prospect for the Atlanta Braves, Ramirez was slowed by shoulder problems. After serving a sting in Seattle, Ramirez was signed to a minor league contract by Kansas City.

Ramirez made some waves out of the bullpen for the Royals, and in August 2008 they did something that’s fairly unique to baseball trades: the flip.

It works just like “flipping” a house. You buy a run-down home for, say, $50,000, and you invest $20,000 in repairs and renovations. Then you sell the house for $100,000.

The Royals “flipped” Horacio Ramirez by trading him to the Chicago White Sox for a prospect. That prospect was this week’s Player Profile candidate, Paulo Orlando.

Orlando, a fleet-footed left fielder with some pop in his bat, has had a terrific year in AA-Northwest Arkansas, helping the Naturals to a stellar 86-54 overall record and a playoff berth. Along the way, Orlando clubbed 13 homers, posted a .305 average and .480 slugging percentage, and stole 25 bases. He was named a mid-season all-star and a post-season all star in the Texas League, and was a vital part of one of the best AA Royals teams of all time.

Orlando could definitely earn a promotion to AAA next season, depending on which players from this year’s Omaha squad make the big team, and within a few season he makes an interesting candidate for leadoff hitter in what promises to be a much-improved Royals lineup.

MiLB WEEKLY ROUNDUP

AAA – Omaha Royals

Record to date: 81-63, third place in the PCL American North to finish the season

The past week: 4-1, winning the last three games of the season from Oklahoma City.

Transactions: Brian Bannister was sent to Kansas City at the conclusion of his rehab assignment; Luke Hochevar was also sent to Kansas City at the end of his rehab assignment; and Jarrod Dyson was promoted to Kansas City from Omaha.

Coming up: Despite their 81-63 record, the O-Royals did not make the AAA playoffs.

AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Record to date: 44-26 in the second half (first place), 86-54 overall to finish the season

The past week: 4-1 to end the regular season, 0-1 in the first round of the playoffs

Transactions: No transactions.

Coming up: The Naturals continue to take on Springfield in an I-70 Baseball showdown.

A+ – Wilmington Blue Rocks

Record to date: 36-32 in the second half (second place), 68-70 overall to finish the season

The past week: 2-2 to end the year, winning two of three in the final series against Frederick

Transactions: Barry Bowden was demoted to Wilmington from AA-Northwest Arkansas.

Coming up: The Blue Rocks missed out on the 2010 playoffs.

POSITION PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Clint Robinson, first base, AA-Northwest Arkansas Naturals

.500 avg., 2 home runs, 6 RBIs

Robinson slapped an exclamation point onto the end of a fine season, finishing with a .335 overall batting average, 29 home runs and 98 RBIs.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Everett Teaford, AA-Northwest Arkansas Naturals

1-0, 1.42 ERA, 6.1 innings pitched, 6 Ks

The Naturals’ ace ended the regular season with a strong showing in a win against Arkansas. In addition to his 14-3 record at Northwest Arkansas and a 2.23 ERA, over 99 innings pitched Teaford gave up only seven home runs and 32 walks vs. 113 strikeouts.

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