5/31/2014 1:41 P.M. ET
Lee's Summit prospect Harrison to attend Draft
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
TORONTO -- The Kansas City area will be represented by one of seven amateur players scheduled to attend the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday at MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J.
Monte Harrison, an outfielder from Lee's Summit West High School, will join six others from around the country for the event.
Harrison, 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, is a right-handed hitter who played in USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars last summer after a big junior season in high school. He batted .457 with six home runs, 12 doubles, 36 runs and 33 RBIs.
He was a 2013 Underclass First Team selection, a 2014 First Team All-American and was named to the Central All-Region First Team by Perfect Game.
MLB.com ranks Harrison as No. 23 on its Top 200 Prospects with this assessment:
Few prospects in the 2014 Draft have as many options as Harrison. He's one of the best outfield prospects available, his arm strength could lead to a future on the mound if needed and he's also a four-star wide receiver recruit. He has committed to play both baseball and football at Nebraska, where the baseball coach (former All-Star outfielder Darin Erstad) once did the same.
If Harrison's bat develops as hoped, he could have solid or better tools across the board. His most impressive attribute is his arm, as he was clocked at 97 mph making a throw from the outfield during the Perfect Game National in June. He's an above-average runner who could become a quality center fielder.
If not, Harrison has the bat and arm to profile well in right field. He has the strength and bat speed for above-average power. He'll need some time to develop at the plate, and his progress should be expedited once he focuses full-time on baseball.
Royals option Paredes to make room for Brooks
TORONTO -- With Aaron Brooks arriving to pitch for the Royals against the Blue Jays on Saturday, somebody had to go and it was infielder-outfielder Jimmy Paredes.
The Royals returned Paredes to Triple-A Omaha just eight days after he was recalled for the second time this season.
In his two brief stays with Kansas City, Paredes appeared in nine games and went 2-for-10 at the plate. He made two starts at third base, but with Danny Valencia returning from an injury, he became expendable.
Paredes has a .327 average, nine extra-base hits and 17 RBIs in 26 games with Omaha.
Three Royals regulars out of starting lineup
TORONTO -- Three of the Royals' regulars -- second baseman Omar Infante, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and catcher Salvador Perez -- weren't in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Manager Ned Yost figured on playing Infante, just off the disabled list with a bad back, on alternate days in the four-game series because of Rogers Centre's AstroTurf. But he played the first two games anyway.
"After the first night, he really felt good, but after last night, the wear-and-tear on the carpet is tough," Yost said.
Cain, who gets an occasional day off because of his injury-prone legs, was held out despite his four-RBI, three-hit performance in Friday night's 6-1 victory.
"We've got a lefty [Mark Buehrle] going tomorrow, so that's not possible, so it had to be today. It's always difficult to take out Lorenzo, especially when he's swinging good ... Omar ... Salvy," Yost said. "But this turf is tough on legs, on backs."
Perez often gets a break when a day game follows a night game as it did Saturday. Besides, Yost wanted his big right-handed bat against Buehrle on Sunday.
So Saturday's lineup had Brett Hayes catching, Pedro Ciriaco at second and Jarrod Dyson in center.
Jays' Bautista shows off his arm to Royals
TORONTO -- Seeing a right fielder throw out a batter at first base is rare enough, but the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista did it in back-to-back games against the Royals in this series.
"The last time we saw it was when [Jeff] Francoeur threw out the guy in Oakland. And I might have seen it three times in the big leagues," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "But to see it twice in one series? That's unheard of."
Francoeur threw out the A's Michael Taylor on Sept. 7, 2011, at Oakland. According to records available at the time, that was just the fifth time a 9-3 putout had been recorded in the American League since 1974.
Bautista got Billy Butler after he fielded a wicked one-hop liner on Thursday night. Then he nailed Omar Infante after smothering his pop fly on Friday night. Butler was chugging hard to first base after his sizzler, but Infante thought his ball went foul and got a very late start.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.