Royals Rumblings - News for June 13, 2017
Dayton Moore says they drafted the best player available in Nick Pratto, their first-round pick.
"It’s too unpredictable to do it any other way," Moore said on Monday night. "We’re just going to take the guy that we think has got a chance to be an All-Star."...
"Young hitters, the most important attribute is they learn to center the ball on the bat in different areas of the strike zone," Moore said. "He has the ability to do that. He also has the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark.""It’s too unpredictable to do it any other way," Moore said on Monday night. "We’re just going to take the guy that we think has got a chance to be an All-Star."
Lee Judge writes that different ballparks produce different results for hitters.
In Kauffman Stadium dead left and right are probably about 380. So when Hosmer drops an opposite field wall-scraper just beyond Petco’s left-field fence, he knows that same fly ball would probably be an out in the K.
Certain parks favor certain hitters.
So when it comes to retaining hitters with pop, that can be a problem; those hitters know if they played somewhere other than Kauffman Stadium, their offensive numbers would probably be more impressive.
Steven Adams at MLB Trade Rumors looks at the trade pieces the Royals have to offer this summer.
I doubt that many are buying Vargas’ sensational 2.18 ERA, but even if he’s still just viewed as the mid-rotation innings eater he’s always been, there’s plenty to like. He’s affordable, has posted modest improvements over his career K/9 and BB/9 rates and looks to have bounced back from the 2015 Tommy John surgery that ultimately cost him the better part of two seasons. Vargas might not be part of a postseason rotation, but he’d be a valuable rotation stabilizer for a team with uncertainty at the back of its starting five.
Leigh Oleszczak of KC Kingdom thinks the Royals made a huge mistake not reuniting with Greg Holland.
Darin Watson looks at the best and worst Royals draft classes ever.
Wilmington’s shortstop Nicky Lopez, outfielder Anderson Miller, and pitchers Cristian Castillo, Foster Griffin, Richard Lovelady, and Yunior Marte were named Carolina League All-Stars.
Legendary Royals scout Art Stewart talks about the history behind the 20-80 grading scale.
Explaining the economics behind the Twins’ draft indecision.
What you need to know about #1 overall pick Royce Lewis.
The Nationals bullpen has another disaster.
The Red Sox are hoping Hanley Ramirez can hit.
When Negro League players traveled to Mexico.
Are the Pittsburgh Penguins the New England Patriots of the NHL?
Top Golf is coming to Arrowhead Stadium.
Uber is imploding, does anyone care?
Dennis Rodman is heading to North Korea, everything is fine.
Your song of the day is 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre with California Love.