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Royals Rumblings - News for January 8, 2019

Who is the fastest Royal?

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Royals Rumblings - News for January 8, 2018

Jeffrey Flanagan looks at who is the fastest player on the Royals.

”I’m like fast right off the bat,” Gore said. “My first two or three steps is as fast as I’m going to get. I actually get slower the longer it is. I used to hate running the 60 in high school because I could feel myself slowing down after about 50 yards.

”Mondesi, he gets faster the longer he runs. I don’t know who is faster after about 15-20 yards than him. I’ve never seen Billy run really in person, so I don’t know. I know he is really fast, too. Like I said, I guess it comes down to Statcast™.”

Alex Duvall at Royals Farm Report begins his Royals prospect countdown, starting with #75.

There’s really no way to sugar coat this, but Marten Gasparini has been really bad since the Royals signed him to a record deal out of Italy in 2013. Gasparini is an incredible athlete, he plays a decent outfield, and he’s got the tools necessary to succeed, but…he just hasn’t been able to put anything together yet. He’s slipped all the way out of the Royals top 30 lists and barely made our rankings in 2019. The best thing Gasparini has going for him is that he’s still 21, three months younger than Kyle Isbel. He’s got time, but he’s quickly running out of it. I expect he’ll start the season with High-A Wilmington and then…we’ll see.

Tyler Dierking at Kings of Kauffman looks at the return of Kyle Zimmer.

With the amount of uncertainty that comes with the Royals 2019 season, having a player like Zimmer provides them with a homegrown “low-risk/high-reward” player. The starting rotation is far from set and the bullpen situation has just as many questions marks, if not more. If Zimmer could be productive as a starter or bullpen arm, the sting of the 2012 draft will start to dissipate.

The Royals are unveiling a Bo Jackson bobblehead you can get at FanFest.

How teams could be creative in structuring deals for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.

The Red Sox talked about trading Jackie Bradley, Jr., but couldn’t find a deal to their liking.

The Twins sign reliever Blake Parker to a one-year deal.

Grant Brisbee assigns the remaining free agents to new teams.

How technology has changed how hitting coaches approach their role.

MLB saw a record $10.3 billion in gross revenues last year.

An introduction to the Korean Baseball Organization.

Trevor Bauer is a jerk online again.

Having starting pitchers been sacrificed at the altar of analytics?

How one man makes $1 million running one football bowl game per year.

NBA teams are using blood samples to keep players fresh.

The United Kingdom could see a trillion dollars leave its banks because of Brexit.

Half of the people who think they have food allergies actually don’t.

The most anticipated books of 2019.

Your song of the day is The Thrills with Big Sur.