Royals fan Spectrum subscribers were supposed to maybe get screwed last night. One night earlier might not have been a bad thing.
Deadline for Fox Sports and Spectrum/Charter dispute (formerly Time Warner) extended 24 hours. Royals-A's tonight won't be impacted.— Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff) April 12, 2017
Blair Kerkhoff explains that the reason the Royals were keen on Jake Junis was because they got (Junior) Yosted:
Yost’s son, Ned, is the batting and third base coach for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, who played Junis’ Omaha Storm Chasers last week. Junis started and pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out seven.
“I called him after the game and asked him how Jake did, and he said really, really good,” Yost said. “We got reports from all angles.”
Junis was scheduled to start for Class AAA Omaha on Wednesday. Instead, he was in the Royals clubhouse, a No. 65 uniform hanging in his locker. Junis, the team’s 29th round selection in the 2011 draft, is with the parent club during the regular season for the first time.
Mellinger talks about how Strahm’s early struggles are the team’s first big hurdle (apparently going into the season with more GLARING question marks than seemingly every team in baseball doesn’t count):
So he ended up throwing his fastball less, his curveball more, and it was all being hit hard or taken out of the strike zone.
A year ago, he induced swings and misses on 12.2 percent of his pitches, the same as Chris Archer, and better than stars like Justin Verlander and Chris Sale. Even in such a small sample, he showed enough to inspire belief.
Well, before his demotion, that number was at 5.2 percent — slightly below Chien-Ming Wang’s 2016 with the Royals. Wang remains unsigned this year.
Find out more about Jake Junis, courtesy of Pete Grathoff:
This is Junis’ first time on the 25-man roster. Here are five things to know about him:
1. Although Junis, 24, was a 29th-round pick in the 2011 draft, he received a $675,000 signing bonus. He signed with the Royals instead of playing at North Carolina State.
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