Royals Rumblings - News for April 4, 2018
Rustin Dodd notes that although the Royals are rebuilding, they have a very old roster.
And yet, the state of the roster illuminates two realities as the Royals embark on the long road back: 1. General manager Dayton Moore wasn’t prepared to suffer the indignities of a full-scale tear-down. 2. The Royals are not particularly close to being able to rely on a fresh crop of homegrown players.
The club does not believe the glut of older players will delay its rebuilding plan. Moore says none of the Royals’ veterans are blocking the development of young players. This is in part because the core of what could be the club’s next contender remains in the low levels of the minor leagues, in places like low-A Lexington and high-A Wilmington, years away from the majors. It is also because the team remains hesitant to push prospects before they are ready.
Jake Junis enjoyed pitching in the cold.
“The wind was in my face to start with and that helped me out, gave my pitches a little more break,” Junis said. “I’ve pitched in a lot of stuff like that growing up, being from Illinois. I’m no stranger to throwing when it’s cold like that. Actually, I don’t struggle with grip when it’s cold. Usually only when it’s hot.
When Ned Yost went to get Jake Junis in the eighth inning, he said he felt like he stumbled into the "middle of a bank robbery."— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) April 3, 2018
"Everybody had their masks on," Yost said. "What the heck ... "
Ned Yost is planning on more infield overshifts this year.
“In talking with our analytical department and with [senior director] John Williams, they’ve been very strong proponents of the shift the last couple of years,” Yost said. “With this group of players, I’m more apt to be more experimental. In my mind, it’s harder when you have a more established group of players and throw something like a shift on them.
”But with this new group, I’m OK with it. If you shift 2,000 times over the course of a year, it will save you a bunch of hits. Let’s give it a wholehearted try and see. Let’s get out of our comfort level a little bit, or at least me out of my comfort level.”
Clint Scoles at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City breaks down minor league rosters.
The Naturals threesome of Foster Griffin (4), Scott Blewett (19), and Glenn Sparkman (14) stands out among all the organizational rotations. The bump to Double-A is a big jump for Blewett, who many believe is one of the Royals top pitching prospects. In addition, Griffin was the Royals minor league pitcher of the year last season and Sparkman had an outstanding spring season for the major league club in Arizona.
The Royals place Kyle Zimmer on outright waivers, but could bring him back if he clears.
Former Royals great Amos Otis is impressed with today’s ballplayers.
Royals Farm Report gives pointers on how to get autographs from players.
Rany Jazyerli is on board with the White Sox’ rebuild.
Giancarlo Stanton is already getting booed by Yankees fans.
Kevin Kiermaier said he would cover his body in Vaseline to protect from the cold, then didn’t. But why?
Tommy Pham vents a bit about how the Cardinals have handled him.
Grant Brisbee defends extra innings against anyone that would take them away.
Royals fans are among the least excited fans in the Fangraphs Fan Excitement Ratings.
An extremely early top 25 for next college basketball season.
The Bitcoin bubble bursting has hit young South Koreans hard.
The Long Island town at the center of a Stranger Things lawsuit.
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Your song of the day is Grizzly Bear with Shift.