Suddenly, there is real news galore surrounding this team.
Some of my observations from last night's game, since it was televised:
Bannister can certainly throw strikes, but to me it looks like he will be the kind of pitcher with virtually no room for error. It looks like he has no chance of getting away with pitching up in the zone - as others have already pointed out, another version of Suppan (but Suppan when he was still young and learning in KC, not the improved, more polished version in STL). Can't see how he makes the rotation, honestly.
Classic Berroa sequence:
Swing and miss at a thoroughly hittable pitch on a hit and run, resulting in a runner thrown out at 3B by 25 feet. Follow that up with an RBI single (only because it was a horribly hanging slider), then cap it all off by getting picked off at 1B. That was a five minute sequence that summed up his entire career - a glimpse of natural ability, obliterated by poor execution and decision making. JUST CLASSIC, ANGEL!
Soria looks awesome! I just love a pitcher who can't throw the ball straight. Everything he throws has late movement on it - and that can make for a very effective pitcher. Also very impressed with his slow curve - it absolutely buckled the knees of an A's regular for strike three. It's hard to argue with a 13 to 1 K to BB ratio, even if it's "just spring training". I'm not going to rehash the argument about whether he belongs in the rotation or the pen; but I do want to advocate that he may be capable of pitching higher leveraged innings than just long relief/mop up duty.
Peralta should definetly make the team.
Of course, Gordon looks very comfortable. Just looks like a good ballplayer, a natural if you will.
BB is now considering making Teahen the CF and (presumably) moving DDJ to one of the corner OF spots. Not sure I agree with this. Whatever they do, they should have decided in advance so Mark could have the maximum amount of playing time at said position possible. I guess it shows the Royals really believe that DDJ needs to be moved out of CF eventually due to a perceived lack of range. Defensive metrics don't really bear this out - unless they have access to some proprietary stats that the general public does not...
O Perez stated in his interview that BB has told him he will start the year as the number 2 guy in the rotation.
Even though it was an out, more proof from Billy Butler that he can hit in the big leagues right now! Goodness, that was Huston Street he hit that rocket off, not some scrub!