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Weekend Rumblings - News for May 26, 2018

Rustin Dodd profiles Royals top prospect Seuly Matias.

“He’s got a very good understanding of why he had success and why he didn’t have success at times,” Picollo says. “He can almost break down the at-bats for you.”

Gifted with a sharp intellect, Matias, who will not turn 20 until September, has tried to master his second language. He is conversational with teammates in English. He understands most words and phrases.

“He’s a pretty humble kid,” Melendez says. “I think that’s what everyone loves about him.”

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City considers the reliever trade market with Kelvin Herrera.

Literally every team would be improved by acquiring Herrera, so you can’t discount any contender, but if the Royals are able to play teams off each other, they can make out really well for Herrera when you consider what his competition on the trade market is. Alex Colome, Zach Britton, Brad Hand, Kyle Barraclough, Raisel Iglesias (if healthy) and a handful of White Sox relievers will all be out there, but Herrera is playoff proven and having a fantastic year. I just think the demand will be really high for him and hopefully the Royals can find a way to finagle a top prospect in exchange for him to help expedite the rebuild of the farm system.

Nicky Lopez could be hitting his way into a promotion to Omaha.

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said his staff never puts limitations on players. Lopez has had quick success in the pro game, and Moore said that likely won’t change because he won’t lose his edge.

“We’re really proud of Nicky Lopez,” he said. “First of all, he’s such an alert player. He brings great energy. He has an enthusiasm and a passion to win and play. That’s something we admire in him greatly.

Alex Gordon is still a little banged up.

Pete Grathoff has five questions with Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera.

The Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment.

The two-seam fastball may be going extinct.

A study shows baseballs are getting more lift, but no one knows why.

Grant Brisbee ranks all MLB expansion teams.

Joe Posnanski looks at WAR comparisons that may make you angry.

How to beat defensive shifts.

The Mariners have been lucky but are they also good?

MLB tells Kolten Wong to lose the Hawaii tribute sleeve.

Despite fears of tanking, MLB has some pretty good playoff races shaping up.

What happens when you lose your diamonds on the baseball diamond?

Is insect milk the next big health trend?

Why is everyone updating their privacy policy?

A Boba Fett Star Wars movie is moving forward.

Your song of the day is Sonny Stitt and Bud Powell with Bud’s Blues.