Weekend Rumblings - News for October 27, 2018
David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at how the Royals can add by subtracting.
One thing that I hadn’t really considered until really just now is how much bad the Royals are replacing on their 2018 roster heading into 2019. Of course, that doesn’t mean the replacement won’t be as bad or maybe even worse, but with the losses of Mike Moustakas, Jon Jay, Lucas Duda, Ryan Goins, Abraham Almonte, Cheslor Cuthbert (likely), Drew Butera, Paulo Orlando, Alcides Escobar (hopefully), Kelvin Herrera, Jason Hammel, Burch Smith (hopefully), Blaine Boyer, Brandon Maurer (hopefully), Justin Grimm and Enny Romero, the Royals are actually ridding themselves of -3.8 WARP. So simply replacing that with guys who really belong on AAA and are the definition of replacement level will bring the Royals four more wins.
John Sickels at Minor League Ball has his discussion on the Royals farm system.
Royals’ prospect Kyle Isbel shows intriguing versatility, according to Royals director of baseball operations Alec Zumwalt.
While Isbel can play all three outfield positions, he appeared in a few Cape Cod League games last year at second base. He was named to the summer college league’s all-star team.
”He’s a real blue collar-type player,” Zumwalt said. “He’s exciting to watch. He’s definitely a Royals-type player. He’s come on strong, He debuted great in Idaho and there was the opportunity to move him to Lexington and he did great there.
“Scott Thorman, our manager in Lexington, is such a hard-nosed guy and loves hard-nosed players. Isbel fit right in.”
An update on Royals in the Arizona Fall League on Thursday:
Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee hit a two-run single in a 1-for-5 game, and center fielder Nick Heath was also 1-for-5 while doubling in his second straight contest.
A Royals fan’s family says goodbye with a creative funeral souvenir.
Hey, want a Royals mound tarp?
Hours after winning Game 2, Mookie Betts was feeding the homeless.
Why baseball can’t fix its pace of play problems.
The Blue Jays hire Rays coach Charlie Montoya as manager.
Grant Brisbee looks at the worst commercials aired during the World Series.
MLB post-season shares, explained.
A look at the Angels’ stadium battle.
Ten spooky sports-related Halloween stories from SB Nation writers Jon Bois and others.
Sam Mellinger weighs in on KU’s role in the Adidas scandal.
The Boba Fett movie won’t be happening, and that could be a good thing for Star Wars.
What is your favorite horror subgenre?
Your song of the day is Sonny Rollins with St. Thomas.