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Royals Rumblings - News for November 21, 2018

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 21, 2018

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at backup shortstop options.

Okay, here we go. The Royals could bring back Escobar. While the fans were ready to move on after 2017, it sure seemed like everyone was ready after 2018, but he hit .326/.367/.442 the last two months of the season after he really became a backup player and even posted a walk rate of 6.3 percent. I’m not saying I like the idea. I’m saying these are the ways the organization would justify it and spin it. I mentioned Rosell Herrera, and I do believe that if he’s going to stick on this 40-man, it’ll have to be because he plays shortstop. He played 1.2 innings there in AAA last year, six innings there in 2015 and 346 in 2014, which is his last significant action at the position. He also hasn’t played there in winter ball at all, spending most of his time in the outfield. I’m not saying he can’t play short. I’m just saying he probably can’t.

The Royals protect more players from the Rule 5 draft.

Flanny also points out this wrinkle.

Alex Duvall at Royals Farm Report compares the farm system to the 2008 version.

So, at the end of the 2008, heading into 2009, the Kansas City Royals had their corner infielders in place, their World Series MVP backstop (who had played exactly 55 professional games and was 18 years old to this point), and most of their bullpen. That’s it. Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Wade Davis, and Yordano Ventura hadn’t even entered the Royals system yet. Alex Gordon, Luke Hochevar, and Billy Butler were already playing in the big leagues. The Royals playoff rotations consisting of James Shields, Jason Vargas, Jeremy Guthrie, Edinson Volquez, and Chris Young were all free agent acquisitions. Jarrod Dyson, the team’s 4th outfielder, was never thought of as much of a prospect.

Brad Keller reflects on his rookie season.

“It was incredible. From Day 1 of Spring Training, the Royals just took me under their wing, and it felt like I’ve always been with them since I got drafted,” Keller said. “Just a class-act organization all around.”

Leigh Oleszczak at KC Kingdome thinks Nicky Lopez is a Rookie of the Year candidate next year.

George Stockburger at Fansided proposes the Royals trading Brad Keller to the Phillies for Maikel Franco.

R.J. Anderson at CBS Sports lists free agent pitchers that could rejuvenate their careers, such as former Royals pitcher Nate Karns.

Adrian Beltre has retired and the internet is heartbroken.

The dos and don’ts to trading James Paxton to the Yankees.

The Astros and Cardinals are discussing acquiring Paul Goldschmidt.

Nathan Eovaldi is a unicorn.

Drafting high school pitchers is a major problem for MLB due to injuries.

Amazon bids on the 22 Fox regional sports networks, including Fox Sports Kansas City.

Opponents of competitive darts accuse each other of farting to gain an advantage.

A family buys their dream house, but then the creepy letters began.

A $5 trillion ETF market built on poker.

The best and worst Robin Hoods on the silver screen.

Your song of the day is The Rolling Stones with She’s a Rainbow.