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Royals Rumblings - News for November 14, 2018

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 14, 2018

In his Mellinger Minutes, Sam talks about having takes that turn out to be wrong.

The Royals selected Juan LeBron with the 19th overall pick in 1995, and brought him to Kansas City for batting practice.

“You’re going to remember this day,” a scout told some reporters.

And, actually, I’ve probably learned more about being wrong from baseball scouts than anyone else in my life. I mean that sincerely, and as a compliment. Almost without exception, the scouts I know are humble in their assessments and projections, knowing the odds and how many factors are out of their control. They are unafraid to be wrong, and comfortable in admitting it and talking about why.

We could all have a little more of that in us, me included.

Craig Brown at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at the Royals’ timetable.

Timetables? Pfffffft. In an interview with The Athletic last week, Dayton Moore said he wouldn’t hang a specific date on when the Royals would once again be winners. Instead, he emphasized 2021 as the target for when they could perhaps become aggressive.

2021? That’s two full seasons from now. That’s post Alex Gordon and post Ian Kennedy. It’s almost post Danny Duffy. It’s certainly post new broadcast rights contract, which should most definitely help with the club coffers. It also gives Moore and the front office ample opportunity to evaluate the players who currently reside in the low minors.

In other words, patience is the buzzword.

Whit Merrifield gives Alex Duvall at Royals Farm Report hope for prospect Elier Hernandez.

Over the past couple of seasons at AA, Elier Hernandez has hit the ball on the ground roughly 48% of the time. That is an insanely high number for a guy that stands 6′ 3″ 197′. From what I can tell, Hernandez does not have a problem hitting the baseball hard (minor league hard hit rates are not available to the public). He just needs to hit it in the air far more frequently.

Here’s the good news: Whit Merrifield’s ground ball rate during his second stint at AA was 46.3%. Much like Elier Hernandez, Whit was hitting WAY too many groundballs. Then he fixed the problem.

Minor League Ball talks Royals prospects on their podcast.

Morgan Vogels at Kings of Kauffman profiles Royals prospect Ofreidy Gomez

Benjamin Chase at Call to the Pen profiles Khalil Lee.

MLB is planning a summer league for elite high-school players.

The Mariners’ director of high performance alleges racism by the organization after being fired.

The case for every team to sign Bryce Harper.

Who are candidates to be non-tendered this winter?

Seven destinations for James Paxton that make sense.

The greatest free agents under the age of 28 include a former Royals great.

Why are baseball managers so short?

Amarillo’s new minor league team will be the Sod Poodles.

The NJ.com sports director posts a crummy job and is a jerk about it.

Le’Veon Bell won’t be playing this year.

Two men are trying to become the first to cross Antartica unsupported.

Is J.K. Rowling creating a rich universe with not much narrative left?

Game of Thrones will return for its last season in April, and you can place a bet on who will be on the throne at series end.

Your song of the day is Siouxsie and the Banshees with Stargazer.