Royals Rumblings - News for June 16, 2017
Craig Brown at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at all the dongs the Royals have hit.
The Royals aren’t exactly more dependent upon the home run relative to the other teams in the league, but their inability to consistently reach base (their .297 team OBP is still worst in the American League) will continue to hamstring their run production. The power is real and the runs generated from that power is right in line with what we should expect. But should they experience a brownout, their low OBP means they will suffer more than the league average team and the runs will go dry. Think early April. That could be a scenario the Royals revisit for a week or two at some point this season.
Buster Olney writes the Royals are in trade purgatory.
The peers of K.C. GM Dayton Moore say he has indicated to other clubs that it’s merely possible that the Royals will be sellers before the deadline. But this is the last shot for prospective free agents Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar and others to win together before they hit the market, and the Royals are far from buried. "I think Dayton is waiting for them to declare themselves," another GM said. "He’s not going to quit early."
Jon Heyman writes the Royals may bring back Alcides Escobar and that they’ll need to sell eventually.
It’s been a great run, and the Royals haven’t committed to buying or selling yet, but rivals believe their smart front office will eventually have to seriously consider a sale to replenish the system. “They’re going to need players,” one rival says respectfully.
John Sickels grades the AL Central draft classes, including the Royals’.
This is not a rapid impact draft. Pratto has one of the best prep bats available but is three years away even under a best-case scenario. He’s drawn comps to both Joey Votto and Eric Hosmer. Melendez is an excellent defensive catcher but his hitting draws very mixed reviews; again, he is years away. Both Steele and Tillo are big, hard-throwing left-handers from the junior college ranks but both have some concerns about durability, Steele with a history of blood clots and Tillo a late-spring velocity drop. Gigliotti could be a nice value, having drawn first-round ratings last year in the Cape Cod League before an erratic spring dropped him down; speed, defense, and OBP are his strengths. Neuweiler is a cold-weather arm with upside who needs development, while Zuber is a performance-oriented senior budget pick.
Lee Judge argues Ned Yost’s patience is paying off.
Five Northwest Arkansas Naturals are Texas League All-Stars - first baseman Samir Duenez, infielders Humberto Arteaga and Jack Lopez, and pitchers Sam Selman, and Jake Newberry.
Frank White is among the best players ever to go undrafted.
Brad Ausmus seems skeptical of analytics.
Sean Manaea is starting to break out.
The Baseball Hall of Fame re-affirms its ban of Pete Rose.
Former Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens is suspended 80 games for PEDs.
Can a brain “zapping” device help the Giants improve?
Has the success of Baseball Prospectus made it obsolete?
The Chiba Lotte Marines are dropping their super weird mascot.
Louisville basketball has wins vacated for its NCAA infractions.
The Clippers may be moving to Inglewood.
Amazon has the technology to thwart comparison shopping in its stores.
The University of Michigan will offer free tuition for families earning less than $65,000.
Gwenyth Paltrow’s pseudoscience convention was a mess.
Your song of the day is Wilco with California Stars.