Royals Rumblings - News for October 14, 2016
Sam Mellinger talks to owner David Glass, who is non-committal on the budget next year.
But this week, in a conversation with The Star, owner David Glass said there are no set limits. "In the final analysis, I would make the decision," Glass said. "But (Moore) is also a very persuasive kid."
Those discussions will be held soon.... "
I don’t know where we’ll wind up," Glass said of the 2017 payroll. "You mentioned in a recent article that what we talk about early in the offseason may not wind up being what we actually do. And what we actually do depends on what opportunities we have, and none of us, including our general manager, know right now what we can do."
David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City thinks Jarrod Dyson can take over centerfield full time.
The more I think about the Royals outfield situation and their payroll situation, the more I kind of wonder if they wouldn’t be just fine with giving Jarrod Dyson all the starts in center field against right-handed pitchers with Lorenzo Cain moving over to right to save his legs a bit. No, Cain isn’t your prototypical right fielder in terms of power profile and all that, but he was a legitimate star player in 2015, and can play at that level again, you’d assume. As for Dyson, all he did was put up a .340 OBP in 337 plate appearances with his elite speed and fantastic defense.
David Laurilia at Fangraphs talks to Matt Strahm about his velocity and mechanics.
"I’ve learned how to use my lower half. When I was in college, I didn’t use my lower half. There was a lot of upper body. I was real whippy. Then I went through Tommy John. Carlos Reyes, the pitching coach down there in Arizona, with the rehab group, taught me to use my legs. Once I started working with him, my velocity jumped.
"I’ve been told I have a funky arm angle — I’m lower than three quarters — but I’m not standing in the batter’s box when I’m pitching, so I can’t say for sure what’s funky about it. I guess maybe I hide the ball well. "I’ve always thrown the same way. I’ve never been an over-the-top guy. I played a lot of first base growing up, and just throwing the ball around the infield is probably what started the lower arm angle. I haven’t been asked to change that. [The Royals] liked my arm angle when they drafted me. I think that’s kind of what they drafted me for. They kind of cleaned up my mechanics, my delivery, but they didn’t touch my arm angle."
The Cubs rally on Wednesday reminded Ben Zobrist of his time on the Royals.
"I think it’s important. I know that eight out of our 11 wins in Kansas City last (postseason) were comeback wins," Zobrist said. "So to me, that’s such a huge part of a championship team — is that you don’t quit and you always believe you’re going to come back."
Drew Butera will drive the pace car at Kansas Speedway this weekend.
Leigh Oleszczak at KC Kingdom thinks Royals fans shoot root for the Cubs in the playoffs.
Jarrod Dyson is up for Best Defensive Play for the Esurance MLB Awards, so vote!
Royals minor league second baseman Corey Toups is impressing in the Arizona Fall League.
Dillon Gee is recovering after his thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.
The Dodgers used their best players and it worked out.
Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer cut his hand on a drone.
Were the playoffs decided by what moves were made back in July?
Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs writes how the playoffs just played to their base.
The Red Sox will pursue slugger Edwin Encarnacion this winter.
The Qualifying Offer number will reportedly be set at $17.2 million.
Mets manager Terry Collins might retire after next season.
The Raiders are pretty much moving to Las Vegas.
The cord-cutter's guide to legally watching the NBA.
Internet sensation Ken Bone is starting to find out the downside to fame.
Why don’t Americans take more vacations?
You can bring home Cuban rum and cigars now. Thanks, Obama.
Your song of the day is Thelonious Monk with Don't Blame Me.