Royals Rumblings - News for October 22, 2018
David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City is concerned about Hunter Dozier’s glove.
He was worth -13.3 runs last season between mostly first and third. You can’t be that rough defensively and hit .229/.278/.395. And even with the optimism over his last couple months, he still hit just .256/.293/.467 in his final 48 games. Dozier is in a big time important season in 2019 for him if he wants to have a big league career, with the Royals or elsewhere. He did look smoother at third as the season went on, but defense is very important to the Royals and their infield defense appears to be more important than ever before as they began getting more and more groundballs from their pitching staff. He’s in the crosshairs this year.
Craig Brown responds to Dayton Moore’s press conference.
Nick Heath is flashing his speed in the Arizona Fall League.
“Over the course of my time playing, I kind of understand my role, understand what I’m capable of doing and try to capitalize on it,” Heath said. “For the most part, I just try to pay attention to the [pitcher] when I’m in the dugout, find something he might have, he might be a leaner or drop his back shoulder a little bit. For the most part, when I see them move, I move. So far it’s been working out and I’m doing my best to help my guys win.”
MLB.com provides a team-by-team summary of AFL action.
Dayton Moore’s son is turning into a baseball prospect of his own.
“My dad has taught me a lot, but it’s mainly my mom [Marianne] that got me into baseball, to be honest,” Robert Moore said Sunday morning. “My mom kind of introduced me to the games, because my dad wasn’t totally around the first few years. It was my mom and my grandpa. But my dad since then has really taught me where to be, and basically how to play.”
Mike Norris at KC Kingdom looks at the most disappointing players of the season for the Royals.
Alex Gordon beat the drum before the Chiefs game last night.
The @Royals’ Alex Gordon is down here on the sidelines watching warmups. He’ll be tonight’s drum leader prior to kickoff. pic.twitter.com/w0tjfarxRk— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) October 21, 2018
The Royals are looking for a “content producer.”
The Angels hire Brad Ausmus to be their new manager while the Reds hire David Bell.
Manny Machado and Yasiel Puig are embracing the villain role.
The Red Sox might have an all-time outfield.
Chris Sale blames his hospital visit on a belly-button ring.
The Brewers don’t have to act like a superteam to be one next year.
The Marlins sign top Cuban player Victor Victor Mesa and his brother Victor Jr.
The Indians could be making changes in their lineup.
Former Cubs hitting coach Chili Davis doesn’t blame himself for getting fired.
How Jon Gruden has been a hilarious, expensive disaster for the Raiders.
Sporting Kansas City takes over the top spot in the Western Conference.
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Netflix cancels Marvel’s Luke Cage.
Your song of the day is Phil Collins with Two Hearts.