Eric Hosmer is best-known for his prolific bat, but he is also an outstanding defensive first baseman. He was named as the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year after compiling a .990 fielding percentage in 123 games between Wilmington and NW Arkansas.
Derrick Robinson won the Willie Wilson Baserunner of the Year Award, making him the first repeat winner of the award. The 23-year-old speedster also won the honor in 2008, when he stole 62 bases for the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Robinson celebrated his finest professional season in 2010, hitting a career high .286 for the Naturals while successfully swiping 50 bases in 67 attempts.
John Lamb blazed through the Royals' system in 2010, and he was awarded the organization's Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year Award. The 20-year-old southpaw began the season with Low-A Burlington and finished at Double-A NW Arkansas, compiling a 10-7 record with a 2.38 ERA along the way. In 147.2 innings pitched, Lamb held opponents to a paltry .226 average while fanning 159 batters and walking just 45.
Buddy Baumann was named as the recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award, which recognizes the player who best represents the organization both on and off the field. The Royals' press release cited Baumann's extensive community involvement while playing for the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2010, which included "visiting area schools and hospitals and conducting baseball clinics." On the field, the Missouri State alum bounced back from an injury-shortened 2009 campaign, compiling a 4-2 record and 2.24 ERA. In 100.1 innings pitched, the 23-year-old southpaw fanned 113 batters while walking 36 and holding opponents to a .212 batting average.
Brian Poldberg – the Naturals' manager – guided his team to its first Texas League Championship in 2010. For his efforts, he was named as the organization's Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year. Under his guidance, the Naturals have won more games than any other team in the Texas League over the last three seasons, and he was named as the league's Manager of the Year following the 2010 season.
Sean Gibbs, an area scout covering eastern Tennessee and Georgia, was named as the organization's 2010 Art Stewart Scout of the Year. Among his notable signings is southpaw Crawford Simmons, who was named earlier this offseason as the 2010 Burlington Royals Pitcher of the Year.
Recent Award Winners:
|George Brett (Hitter)||Kila Ka'aihue||David Lough||Mike Moustakas|
|Frank White (Defensive Player)||Jeff Bianchi||Salvador Perez||Eric Hosmer|
|Paul Splittorff (Pitcher)||Dan Cortes||Mike Montgomery||John Lamb|
|Willie Wilson (Baserunner)||Derrick Robinson||Jarrod Dyson||Derrick Robinson|
|Mike Sweeney (Community)||Everett Teaford||Clint Robinson||Buddy Baumann|
|Dick Howser (Player Development)||Brian Rupp||Mark Davis||Brian Poldberg|
|Art Stewart (Scout)||Dan Ontiveros||Louie Medina||Sean Gibbs|
The Royals originally claimed Zawadzki on outright waivers from the San Diego Padres on November 5. The 25-year-old appeared in 20 games for the Padres in 2010 – his first in the big leagues – hitting .200/.300/.257 in 35 at bats. Originally signed as the Padres' fourth round selection in the 2007 draft, Zawadzki has a career minor league line of .268/.344/.401 with 30 home runs and 187 RBIs in 1452 at bats.