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12/01/11 3:45 PM EST

Royals sign seven Minor Leaguers

Hurlers Hottovy, Miner among prospects given '12 contracts

KANSAS CITY -- Left-handed pitcher Tommy Hottovy, who finally made it to the Majors this year, and right-hander Zach Miner, who's been there in the past, are among seven players signed to 2012 Minor League contracts, the Royals announced on Thursday.

Hottovy, 30, in his eighth Minor League season, was called up by the Boston Red Sox in June and made eight relief appearances with a 6.75 ERA. A Kansas City native, he was 2-0 with a 2.47 ERA last summer in 32 games for two Boston farm teams. He's now pitching for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter and has a 3.52 ERA in 12 games.

Miner, 29, spent four years (2006-09) with the Detroit Tigers and was 25-20 with a 4.24 ERA in 157 games including 35 starts. After Tommy John surgery in 2010, Miner was signed by the Royals and spent this year in their Minor League system. He started 11 games for Double-A Northwest Arkansas and was 1-6 with a 7.16 ERA and then pitched 12 games in relief for Triple-A Omaha with a 1.59 ERA, two wins and a save.

Also signed were:

• Infielder Tony Abreu, 27, who has big league experience with the Dodgers and D-backs.

• Left-handed pitcher Marlon Arias, 27, a former Dodgers prospect who's been out of pro ball for the last two years.

• Infielder Eric Duncan, 27, the Yankees' first-round pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, who hit 22 homers for the Cardinals' Triple-A club this season.

• Infielder Jamie Romak, who had 23 homers and 71 RBIs for the Royals' Double-A club as a first baseman and DH.

• Infielder Sharlon Schoop, 24, a shortstop from Curacao who's been in the Giants' system for eight years.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.