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Royals Rumblings - News for November 12, 2018

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 12, 2018

Rustin Dodd at The Athletic writes about the development of Khalil Lee.

“Our message to him has just been: ‘Let’s not focus on not striking out,’” Picollo said. “We don’t want to take away the naturalness and the aggressiveness he has. We want him to be on the attack. But there are certain points in the game, certain situations (where we tell him): Use your natural ability and put the ball in play.

“If you can cut those strikeouts down in those times, not only are your strikeouts rates going down, but now your run production goes up.”

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City higlights some Steamer projections on Royals players.

The first group of projections is out as Steamer has been released, and there are some interesting ones for the Royals. I have a feeling most fans aren’t going to be pleased with projections for guys like Adalberto Mondesi and Ryan O’Hearn after their fantastic finish to the season. The issue for both is that they have a limited track record prior to this year and what they do have to look back on is unimpressive. Mondesi’s projection is to hit .252/.291/.434, which is actually pretty good considering what he did prior to 2018. O’Hearn’s is at .234/.309/.420, which is also pretty good considering his limited upper level minor league success prior to his callup.

A Chicago writer tries to imagine a Whit Merrifield trade, but he may not know the Royals’ needs.

The Royals could be in need of a shortstop, as Alcides Escobar has entered free agency. That means Russell could be part of such a trade. The Cubs would have to add another young player in such a deal, perhaps someone like outfielder Ian Happ or reliever Carl Edwards Jr.

Whit was part of a clinic for kids in Japan.

A foursome of Whit Merrifield, Rhys Hoskins, Enrique Hernandez and Ronald Acuna Jr. held a station-by-station tutorial in the outfield area of the Dome, an exercise designed to help the kids further develop their basic baseball skills.

”Their fundamentals were really impressive,” Merrifield said. “It’s not even close to where I was at that age. It was quite impressive, and hopefully, they can keep the desire to get better and continue to improve and play on this field someday.”

Longtime Royals scout Carl Blando dies.

Nationals ownership rejected a Bryce Harper trade last summer.

The Astros are interested in trading for James Paxton.

The Padres are looking for an answer at third base.

Is Bryce Harper a fit for the Yankees?

Eno Sarris at The Athletic ranks the top ten free agents.

Some of the richest teams in baseball aren’t spending money on free agents.

The most shocking free agent decisions in MLB history.

The nine teams making this a weird college football season.

Sporting Kansas City advances to the Western Conference Finals.

What was the point of Amazon’s HQ2 competition?

How Youtube’s algorithm really works.

Ohio is building a museum for all veterans.

Your song of the day is Johnny Casy with We’ll Meet Again.