Royals Rumblings - News for July 17, 2017
Ned Yost is trying to find more rest for Salvador Perez.
“You’re getting into June and July now, you’re looking to keep Salvador as fresh as you can for the run,” Yost said. “Because we know that this second half is going to be a long, grueling, grinding run.”
Nathan Karns is officially out for the year after his decision to get thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.
He is expected to return in 2018. Karns said his surgery will be performed by Gregory Pearl, a specialist based in Dallas.
“It’s something that you don’t take lightly,” Karns said. “But at the end of the day, you know there’s a good percentage that you come back the same, if not a little bit better.”
Nick Cafardo at the Boston Globe says the Royals are looking at Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez.
David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at some Statcast data.
Danny Duffy has the team’s highest average exit velocity on his one batted ball. But if we move past him, Eric Hosmer leads the team with an average of 90.4 mph. He’s followed by Salvador Perez (89.4) and Jorge Soler (89.0). Bringing up the rear is Raul Mondesi at 77.3 mph and Alcides Escobar among regulars at 83.2 mph. Perez has the highest launch angle on the team at 21° with Soler second (20.4) and Paulo Orlando third (18.5). The lowest? Raul Mondesi at -0.2°. Eric Hosmer’s currently sits at 3.2°, so there’s that. Perez hits the ball the farthest at an average of 221 feet, but the guys in second and third might surprise you. They’re Drew Butera (210) and Whit Merrifield (205).
Kyle Zimmer has a 7.52 ERA in 20 innings for Omaha, but you could see him in Kansas City this year.
Kyle Zimmer update: Results haven't been good lately, but Royals pleased his velo touched 97 last outing. Might be best as late-inning guy.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) July 16, 2017
Eric Boston at Kings of Kauffman thinks the Royals should trade for shortstop Zack Cozart.
A 12-year old boy visiting every MLB stadium stopped by Kauffman Stadium this weekend.
Frank White gives instruction at the RBI Clinic.
Former Royals pitcher Ryan Madson is traded to Washington with Sean Doolittle.
The A’s are committed to a full rebuild.
The Braves are open to moving Julio Teheran.
The Giants and Cardinals checked in on Giancarlo Stanton.
The Astros lineup has been historic.
An ode to non-power hitters in the power era.
The Mets won’t call up Tim Tebow this year.
MLB could learn from Korea about All-Star Game festivities.
How does Pablo Sandoval rank among the worst contracts of all-time?
Roger Federer wins Wimbledon.
Some teens discover Boston’s arena has ignored the law for decades and may owe millions.
How will Game of Thrones be won?
For the first time, Doctor Who will be a woman.
Disney unveils its plans for an immersive Star Wars resort park.
Your song of the day is The Replacements with Can’t Hardly Wait.