Royals set stage for Awards Night

Royals set stage for Awards Night

The Royals announced their remaining organizational awards for the 2009 season on Wednesday.

A total of 13 honorees will be recognized at the 2010 Royals Awards Night, presented by James B. Nutter, on Jan. 14 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan. Former Royals greats like George Brett, Frank White, Willie Wilson and Paul Splittorff will be among the presenters.

Previously, American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke was a unanimous selection for the 2009 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year Award; Billy Butler was a unanimous pick for Les Milgram Player of the Year; and infielder Alberto Callaspo got the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award.

The Royals will wait until the event to announce the winner of the Ewing Kauffman Mr. Baseball Award, an honor named after the club's first owner, which "recognizes an overall contribution to baseball in the Kansas City area," a team-issued news release stated.

Here's a look at the remaining award recipients:

• Louie Medina takes home the Art Stewart Scout of the Year Award. Medina finished his ninth season with the Royals -- second as special assistant to the general manager/player personnel -- and is being honored for his contributions to the professional scouting department, and for being instrumental in bringing All-Star closer Joakim Soria to Kansas City.

• Mark Davis is the recipient of the Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year Award. Davis, a National League Cy Young Award winner in 1989, has spent four seasons in the Royals' system teaching at the rookie-league level in Surprise, Ariz.

• Martie Cordaro, vice president and general manager of the Triple-A Omaha Royals, is the recipient of the Matt Minker Award, which recognizes an outstanding Minor League-affiliate employee. Cordaro was recently among the honorees for the Midlands Business Journal "40 under 40," which recognized entrepreneurs and business executives.

• For being "a player who best represents the organization on and off the field," Clint Robinson is being given the Mike Sweeney Award. The 24-year-old first baseman, drafted by the Royals in the 25th round in 2007, batted .298 with 13 home runs for Class A Wilmington. Off the field, he logged more than 36 hours at local schools and camps, as well as the Children's Hospital.

• Jarrod Dyson, the 25-year-old who stole a combined 46 bases in 56 attempts for Class A Burlington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas, is the Willie Wilson Baserunner of the Year.

• Salvador Perez, a 19-year-old catcher, was named the recipient of the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year Award. Signed as an undrafted free agent in September '06, Perez spent time at rookie-level Idaho Falls and Class A Burlington, throwing out one-third of attempted basestealers (28-for-84).

• In recognition of being the organization's top pitcher, Mike Montgomery was named Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year. Montgomery, a sandwich pick by the Royals in 2008, went 2-3 with a 2.17 ERA in 12 starts for Class A Burlington before being promoted to the Wilmington Blue Rocks. While there, the 20-year-old lefty went 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in nine starts.

• David Lough is the recipient of the George Brett Hitter of the Year Award after the 23-year-old outfielder batted .325 with 14 homers, 61 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas.

• Also, the Royals will honor LeRoy Zimmerman with the Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award, which recognizes an outstanding member of the community. Zimmerman volunteered to serve low-income seniors in Kansas City, often focusing on home repairs.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.