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Kyle Zimmer miraculously throwing from a mound in a game.
Kyle Zimmer miraculously throwing from a mound in a game.
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Jeffrey Flanagan writes about Kyle Zimmer's encouraging start to Spring Training:

Royals right-hander Kyle Zimmer, MLB Pipeline's No. 2 Royals prospect, threw two shutout innings, but the Rangers scored a 6-2 win on Wednesday in the Cactus League opener for both teams at Surprise Stadium.

Zimmer gave up two hits, walked none and struck out two. His fastball sat around 94-95 mph. He said he had no butterflies starting the opening Spring Training game.

"Not really. I've had the stomach flu the last few days, so I've been more worried about keeping stuff down," Zimmer said. "Been crushing Pepto Bismol today."

Vahe Gregorian looks at the recent encouraging turns in Bubba Starling's development, noting of his first Spring Training at-bat:

In the box score, it was a trivial groundout to third in the eighth inning of the Royals’ 6-2 loss in their spring training opener against Texas on Wednesday at Surprise Stadium.

But everything about the at-bat illuminated the evolution of Royals prospect Bubba Starling.

It started with an emerging aura of authority, body language that conveyed comfort, confidence and a sense of mechanics that left Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo practically seeing "the wheels turning" where they once grinded.

David Lesky looks at a possible Eric Hosmer extension at Pine Tar Press and concludes:

Not to get too far ahead of myself, but if the best is yet to come, Hosmer could get himself on a Hall of Fame track during the proposed contract. With 779 hits now, he could be over 2,200 by the time his contract ends with some good baseball left in him. Maybe the home run power would finally develop and he’d average 22-25 homers per year and get to more than 250. He could be over 1,100 RBIs, 400 doubles and 1,000 career runs. Add in four or five seasons after that, and it’s not hard to imagine him getting to any of a number of magical totals needed to make even Cooperstown a reality.

I’m not saying I’m predicting that. That would be crazy. But it’s certainly all possible for Hosmer. So yeah, you know what? I think Hosmer would absolutely be worth the risk of that 7-year, $150 million contract. Any deal that length and for that much money is a risk, but there are worse things than betting on an already good player’s prime. Now that I’ve convinced myself, it’s time to convince Hosmer and Boras to get that done. I mean he did say he’d listen to an offer on a long-term deal. Why wouldn’t we believe him on that?

Also at Pine Tar Press, in his first of two will they/won't they pieces Darin Watson lists five reasons the Royals will return to the postseason in 2016. Speaking on the aging curve, he lays out the following:

As most of you know, the prevailing theory is that position players peak at age 27, then slowly decline. Of course, there are exceptions, but a good bet is that a player will have his best years around age 27. Well, Eric Hosmer is 26 now. Mike Moustakas is 27. And Salvador Perez is 25 and will turn 26 in May. Heck, if Christian Colon ends up seeing extended playing time, we can take comfort in the fact he’s turning 27 in May. Meanwhile, Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain are still under 30 (Cain will turn 30 a few days into the season). So most of the key contributors are at their peak or just slightly beyond it. In other words, there is a good chance most of these players will be around the same level this year.

Now, the two outliers are Alex Gordon and Kendrys Morales. Gordon takes such good care of himself that I have a hard time seeing him fall off much, even though he just turned 32. Morales, of course, does not depend on speed in any way, so it’s not a big concern that he’ll be 33 in June—his power might drop a bit but he’s actually been pretty consistent his last three full seasons.

At Kings of Kauffman, John Viril looks at who might get to shine while Jarrod Dyson is on the mend:

With Dyson missing the next two weeks, Martinez, Eibner, and Starling will get ample chances to show Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost what they can do. To my mind, the big beneficiary is the 27-year-old Martinez—who won the Pacific Coast League batting crown in 2015 with a record .384 batting average.

Newly minted rich man, Salvador Perez, is already looking to give back.

Episode Two of "Becoming Royal" is up at the Star.

In yesterday's Transaction Analysis at Baseball Prospectus, Bryan Grosnick looks at Salvador Perez's extension.

Jeff Sullivan looks at the potential fallout from the upcoming changes to Coors Field at FanGraphs.

At The Hardball Times, Alex Remington takes a historical walk through Spring Trainings of yore.

Dustin Palmateer analyzes the crazy defensive PECOTA projection of Byron Buxton.

If the internet had been a real thing in 1991, this wonderful think piece at Slash Film on Hudson Hawk would have happened concurrent with its release, not 25 years later.

Au revoir, Ben Carson. We hardly knew ye, but we were curious to see if you'd stab Donald J. Drumpf with a pen knife.

It looks like despite its success for the streaming service, Mad Dogs won't be returning for a second season at Amazon. Don't worry Shawn Ryan fans. He has another show in the works.

M83's just announced album has artwork, tour dates, a release date, and a lead single.

Cornell astronomers have discovered repeating fast radio bursts from another galaxy. Prepare for our alien overlords' arrival.

PlayStation's streaming TV service just got cheaper and added ESPN.

An Oral History of Teen Witch is up at Slash Film to coincide with this week's episode of How Did This Get Made?

Your song of the day is "The Robots" by Kraftwerk.