Royals Minor League Transactions (6/30 - 7/6)

All the moves in the Royals' system for the past week...

Johnny Giavotella (2B-25): The long-time prospect was finally promoted again on 6/30 in what many see as a "last chance" to prove himself not a AAAA talent. In 77 games at Omaha he went .289/.378/.425 with 7 HR and over his 6 years in the minors has hit .306/.380/.441. Johnny has struggled at the big league level, however, hitting just .239/.271/.335 in 104 games. He was a 2nd round pick out of the University of New Orleans in 2008.

Manny Pina (C-26): Promoted from NWA to Omaha on 6/30. Pina was hitting .219/.253/.371 in 178 AA at-bats this year. He was acquired by the Royals through a minor league trade with the Royals in 2009, and has appeared in 5 games for the big club over the last 2 seasons.

Chad Tracy (1B-27): Released by the Omaha Storm Chasers on 7/3. He had only hit .187/.297/.288 with 4 HR in 166 plate appearances this season. Tracy was originally a 3rd round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2006 out of Pepperdine University, but never advanced past AAA. His career minor league numbers over 8 seasons were .265/.336/.453, with a career best power year in 2009 at AA Frisco (26 homers).

Francisley Bueno (LHP-32): Outrighted by the Royals to Omaha on 7/5. Bueno was 1-2 this year with a 3.40 ERA so far this season. Originally signed by the Braves in 2006, he was signed by the Royals in the 2011 off season. In 19.2 major league innings, Bueno went 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA.

Ben Broussard (1B-36): Assigned to Omaha on 7/5. Broussard last played professional baseball in 2009 before the Royals decided to give his comeback a shot. He had been toiling in the Mexican League this season. 2006 was Broussard's banner year, where he hit .289/.331/.484 with 21 homeruns. His career MLB numbers are lower, .263/.324/.450. Ben was originally a 2nd round pick by the Reds in 1999, and played for the Indians, Mariners, and Rangers.

In other news, RHP Louis Coleman was named to the PCL All-Star team this week.

Angel Franco (2B-23): Sent to AZL Royals on a rehab assignment on 7/3. Franco is having a strong season at NWA, batting .293/.332/.418. Franco came up with the DSL Royals at age 17.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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