Royals Rumblings - News for October 24, 2018
Jeffrey Flanagan talks to prospect Nick Pratto.
MLB.com: As you know, the Royals, maybe more so than other organizations, put a premium on defense. How did you do defensively?
Pratto: It was OK. I had to work on my throwing a little bit, on throws to second and to first. I changed my arm slot mid-year, and it really didn’t help me out. So we went back to how I normally do it. Naturally, I’m in a lower slot, a little more sidearm. I’ve always been fine in terms of accuracy, but the infielders were complaining that my throws moved too much [like a two-seam fastball]. But hey (laughing), I never complain about their throws moving. So anyway, I went back to my normal slot and everything is fine.
Royals pitching prospect Scott Blewett is named Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week.
Nick Heath finished 1-5 today with a double.— Royals Farm Report (@RoyalsFarm) October 24, 2018
Khalil Lee finished 1-4 with a double. He also had an outfield assist in RF.
Arnaldo Hernandez surrendered his first earned run of the fall in 2 innings of relief.
Walker Sheller fired a perfect inning in relief.
Royals prospects Gabriel Cancel and Xavier Fernandez hit homers at the Under-23 World Cup.
Back-to-Back Home Runs !!!!!!!! #U23WorldCup @beisbolpr pic.twitter.com/1HyAJIWV8B— WBSC ⚾ #U23WorldCup (@WBSC) October 23, 2018
David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at some bullpen additions the Royals could be interested in.
Here’s another familiar name. He’s been a Royals reclamation project once before and it earned him a big deal from the A’s of all teams. He was kind of whatever in the first year of his deal but was outstanding in 2017. Then the wheels fell off a bit in 2018, and you wonder what that will do to his market. His 5.47 ERA would have fit nicely with the 2018 Royals, but he did post a 1.67 DRA after being dealt to the Dodgers with a ton of strikeouts and just one walk in 8.1 innings. At 38 years old, maybe the wheels fell off, but if he has to settle for a small deal, the Royals could do worse than find out.
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