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Royals Rumblings - News for August 27, 2018

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Royals Rumblings - News for August 27, 2018

Jorge Lopez talks about transitioning from the bullpen to the rotation.

“It’s a completely different animal when you come from the bullpen,” Lopez said. “I feel like I’m still getting to the point where I want to, but I have to work hard. I will do it for sure to get to that six, seven, eight innings the Royals need.”

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at the Royals’ 2018 draft class.

To give a little update on the Royals 2018 draft, I went and compiled the numbers and as a whole, I think there’s some definite statistical success so far. The pitchers have combined for 532.1 innings and struck out 595 while walking 208. That’s 10.1 strikeouts per nine and 3.5 walks. They’ve allowed just 27 home runs, which is kind of crazy. Of course, it’s worth mentioning that many of them are 21 and up in rookie ball, so they should be doing this. But of course, Daniel Lynch has been a revelation, now in Lexington, and Jackson Kowar has been outstanding his last two starts. On the whole, I’m satisfied, but need to something big out of Brady Singer when he finally pitches and I’d like to see Kris Bubic move up to get a couple starts in Low-A as well.

Rustin Dodd talks to Assistant GM J.J. Picollo about the draft class.

After missing all of July and August, Singer is scheduled to return to the mound in September during instructional league in Arizona, Picollo said Saturday. The workouts begin on Sept. 16, and the first game is scheduled for Sept. 24. Singer will join a collection of prospects and recent draft picks....

Singer was actually cleared for workouts earlier this month, Picollo said. But the Royals opted to be cautious with his timeline, declining to rush him back into action in the minor leagues. He will throw innings in instructional league. He will have a full offseason. He will enter spring training next year before officially beginning his professional career.

“We were being just very cautious,” Picollo said. “It was a minor hamstring strain. Two or three weeks after treating it, he was cleared to do whatever he needed to do.”

Rustin also looks at the Royals prospects who have increased their stock this year.

Jorge Soler and Ian Kennedy are both close to going on rehab stints.

Soler, who has been out since June 16, has been doing outfield and baserunning drills while also taking batting practice. Yost said the Royals would like to get him some at-bats at the big league level before the season ends, but they will still be cautious about his usage.

”Will he probably come back and play the outfield? Nah,” Yost said. “We’ll probably DH him and get him some at-bats and make sure he’s ready to go Spring Training.

Salvador Perez gave a “Salvy Splash” to a Special Olympian.

Drew Butera honors kids from a local hospital during Players’ Weekend.

The Royals have signed an amateur out of Korea.

Kendrys Morales homers in his seventh consecutive game.

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Kelvin Herrera suffers a bad leg injury over the weekend.

Buster Posey will have season-ending surgery.

The attendance drop this year is spooking owners.

The power goes out at Dodger Stadium.

Hawaii beats South Korea for the Little League World Series championship.

The 2018 college football season previewed as a video game quest.

Do animals experience grief?

Sharp Objects shows its teeth in the season finale.

A security guard that does farting videos got fired for doing farting videos.

Your song of the day is Dan Auerbach with Shine on Me.