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Friday Morning Royals Links: Braves Weekend Begins

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Below: Royals Prospects has the rosters for the short-season clubs, discussion of Alex Caldera and Alex Gordon, someone else is bothered by what the Royals are doing with Kendall, and All-Star...

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A night with the Blue Rocks

I just got back from a vacation out east where, on Saturday night, I took in a Blue Rocks game on the road against the Potomac Nationals in the "Battle of Bryce Harper's Potential Future Teams." ...

2007 Royals Draft Review

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The Royals got some interesting prospects in the 2007 draft. We take a look at how they are doing.

Fangraphs on the Royals' 2008 Minor Leagues

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Interesting given our recent polls and discussions. Not sure what people will think of this in general, but I like fangraphs, so here it is. Short summary (click link above for full details): The Graduate: Mike Aviles The Riser: Alex Caldera The Tumbler: Jeff Bianchi The '08 Draft Pick: Tim Melville The '09 Sleeper: Jose Bonilla Also worth checking out is their review of the Braves' minor leagues. Here's the entry for the Braves' '09 Sleeper: 'Erik Cordier was one of the Royals' brightest, young pitching prospects before being derailed by Tommy John surgery. The Royals sold low on Cordier and shipped him to the Braves for Tony Pena Jr., who became the starting shortstop for the club in 2007 but was brutal in 2008. Cordier missed all of 2007 (and 2005 due to a knee injury) but returned to the mound this season for 11 starts. He was not overly sharp, but his fastball was around 92-93 mph (He was touching 98 mph before the injury) and his secondary pitches were not sharp (He showed a plus change-up before the injury). With another year separating him from the surgery, Cordier could be poised for a breakout 2009 season.' Enjoy!

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Top 10 pitching prospects

This list is preliminary for the offseason. Looks good to me for now though. 1) Daniel Cortes, RHPAge: 21 | Team: Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)2008 Vital Line: 3.98 ERA,110.2 IP, 106/53 K/BBC...

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