Weekend Rumblings - News for June 16, 2018
Sam Mellinger makes the case for trading Salvador Perez.
The big-league team stinks, and the immediate future could be worse. The Royals are in desperate need of young talent. The very things that make Perez valuable make the potential return in a trade tantalizing.
The Royals are, at the moment, stuck. Their surest way out includes a move that would shake the fan base and worsen an already bleak next few seasons. A second rival scout said the Royals could expect “multiple top prospects” in a trade for Perez.
“He’s such a rare find,” the scout said. “Catcher, prime position, made himself into a hitter. Probably a fifth or sixth hitter on a championship team, pop, such a great leader.”
Lee Judge writes what you can learn from bringing in a draft prospect in for a workout.
And that bring us to a pretty good story about Wil Myers.
According to a Royals front-office executive, Myers and a kid named Brandon Jacobs were in the same pre-draft workout at Kauffman Stadium and Jacobs hit a couple balls into the fountains. It’s a mistake to try to hit home runs if you don’t have the power to do it, but Myers flipped the switch and hit some home runs of his own.
Myers was not going to be outdone by anyone else in the workout, and the Royals liked his competitive nature.
Kyle Zimmer is “aggressively training” at the Driveline Baseball facility.
The Royals don’t expect to assign Zimmer, who is no longer on the 40-man roster, to any affiliate this season.
”Our goal is more with 2019 in mind,” Picollo said. “Like I said, he has been very receptive to this and very excited.”
That fan that wrote Danny Duffy trying to fix his delivery is a 74-year old vet who has written several Royals players.
Leigh Oleszczak looks at what Jorge Bonifacio’s role will be when he returns from suspension.
Robert Murray at FanRag thinks the Phillies will be players for Mike Moustakas this summer.
Royals’ first-round pick Brady Singer wins the Dick Howser Award for top college baseball player.
Danny Duffy is one player listed as an AL Central player poised for a turnaround.
Miguel Sano was sent to A-ball, but there is a history of established players being demoted, such as Alex Gordon.
Attendance is down this year so far, and Travis Sawchik at Fangraphs looks into why.
Juan Soto is 19-years old and crushing it in the big leagues.
MLB denies reports that 18 of the top 20 Dominican free agents failed a drug test.
Why is MLB trying to scrub this colorful conversation between Mets manager Terry Collins and an umpire from the internet?
Tom Verducci at Sports Illustrated has some ideas to fix baseball.
Things needed to change under new Marlins ownership, and Jon Heyman argues they are changing.
Minor league games will feature an in-game, on-bat sensor to gather more data.
How English-speaking announcers try to learn how to pronounce Spanish names.
A lot of big names miss the cut at the U.S. Open.
The winners and losers from a spectacular day two of the World Cup.
Wannabe Instagram stars are driving luxury hotels crazy.
After 27 years, The Jerry Springer Show halts production.
Jeremy Renner’s arms in the movie Tag are CGI, and now you can’t unsee it.
Your song of the day is Dave Brubeck with Unsquare Dance.