The K Zone

November 1, 2012

Arizona Fall League update and Royals promote two

The K Zone

Andy McCullough blogs about the Royals and baseball

Royals’ minor league outfielder Brian Fletcher will represent the West Division in the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars Game this Saturday.

Fletcher, 24, was the Royals 18th-round selection in 2010 and is playing for the Surprise Saguaros. He combined to hit .272 with 26 doubles and 15 home runs in 132 games at Northwest Arkansas (Class AA) and Wilmington (High A) in 2012.

Scouting and farm directors from every Major League organization, in consultation with Fall League Director Steve Cobb and his baseball personnel staff, selected the players for the seventh-annual showcase.

The Rising Stars Game is this Saturday at 7 p.m. in Scottsdale, Ariz. It will be televised by the MLB Network and online via (MLB.TV). It also will be broadcast by Sirius/XM.


Royals general manager Dayton Moore announced the promotion of Mike Groopman to Director of Baseball Analytics and John Williams to Assistant Director of Baseball Analytics.

Groopman, a native of Brookline, Mass., has been with the Royals since the 2008 season, serving most recently as an assistant to Baseball Operations. Williams, a native of North Haven, Conn., joined the Baseball Operations staff as an assistant in the winter of 2010.

“We are delighted that Mike will be leading our analytical department,” Moore said in a release. “He and John have been great assets and each has worked diligently to create synergy throughout our Baseball Operations department.”

Prior to joining the Royals, Groopman served internships with the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets, as well as Major League Baseball’s Labor Relations Department. He received a B.A. from Columbia University in 2007.

The Royals are the first baseball stop for Williams, who worked as a research assistant in the Political Science department at Yale University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science in geology geophysics in 2005. He also possesses a master’s in atmospheric science from MIT in 2008.

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