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Royals add to their prospects for future success

The Sports Xchange
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The Royals' talent-laden farm system added two more prospects Wednesday when they traded veteran infielder Wilson Betemit to the Tigers for two Class A prospects.

The Royals received left-hander Antonio Cruz, 19, and catcher Julio Rodriguez, who turns 22 on Aug. 3.

Cruz was 2-6 with a 3.11 ERA in 22 games, including 10 starts, while striking out 58 and walking 28 in 75 1/3 innings with West Michigan in the Midwest League. He was 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA in his past 10 outings.

The Royals assigned Cruz to their Kane County (Ill.) farm club in the Midwest League.

Rodriguez was batting .283 with 11 doubles, one home run, 27 RBI and 20 runs in 66 games with Lakeland, where he was a Florida State League mid-season All-Star.

He was a New York-Penn League All-Star last season and was the Tigers Dominican Summer League Player of the Year in 2008. Rodriguez will report to the Royals' Class-A Wilmington (Del.) affiliate in the Carolina League.

Betemit hit .281 in 57 games this season after hitting .297 and 13 home runs in 84 games last year. Betemit, however, started only five games and had 23 at-bats after the Royals promoted rookie 3B Mike Moustakas on June 10 from Class AAA Omaha.

"Wilson's a great guy and a kid that's got power from both sides and can hit from both sides, but when Moose got here, he needs to play," manager Ned Yost said.

"It gave us the option of keeping him as an extra infielder but, there's not playing time there. He did a really good job until Moose got here. Then it was time for him to get here and get his feet wet. Wilson's going to a club with a chance to play more."

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