Weekend Rumblings - News for October 12, 2019
In his Friday notes, David Lesky writes about a dark horse to make next year’s team.
But one name I keep hearing as a real possibility is Daniel Tillo. He’s actually on the Team USA Olympic qualifying roster, which is pretty cool for him, but before he made that roster, he made a shift to the bullpen in Northwest Arkansas. His velocity increased, he used his four-seam fastball more and was able to get more strikeouts. He hasn’t been great in the Arizona Fall League, but the Royals are happy with his progress He threw just eight innings in relief, but didn’t walk a single batter and struck out 11. The big lefty could be a really fun weapon for whoever the new manager is to utilize as he can clearly go multiple innings, he can get a ground ball and with a tightened slider and the improved velocity, he can get a strikeout too.
At Royals Academy, Clint Scoles writes about the off-season and gives some background on new minor league hitting coordinator Drew Saylor.
This past year Saylor was the minor league hitting coordinator and a manager for the Pirates rookie league squad in West Virginia which got him closer to home for his family. It’s hard to decipher from podcasts and articles what Saylor’s philosophies on hitting are but one thing that stood out to me in the podcast that I listened to was that he liked to use data to help hitters decipher what they do well and what they need to adjust. Along those same lines Kevin Wilson, a well-recognized hitting coach is a fan of Saylor’s. The Royals have a talented group of hitters that are coming off difficult seasons, a change in the voice could help salvage their prospect status.
Dayton Moore talked to Jon Heyman on the Big Time Baseball podcast.
Whit Merrifield will be the drum leader at the Chiefs game on Sunday.
Jordan Foote at Kings of Kauffman talks to Royals pitching prospect Jonathan Bowlan.
Daniel Lynch gets some consideration in a list of best tools from the Arizona Fall League.
Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow thinks it was pretty obvious he was tipping his pitches to Astros hitters in the ALDS.
Nationals reliever Daniel Hudson will begin the NLCS on the paternity list.
How 20-year old Juan Soto is becoming a post-season star.
The playoffs have become a starting pitching renaissance.
Dave Roberts will return as Dodgers manager next year.
Curt Schilling is interested in managing a MLB team.
The free agent Qualifying Offer price actually drops for the first time ever.
How did $200 million free agent hitters fare?
As expected, the NFL’s pass interference review has been a mess.
What are the ripple effects of California’s “Fair Pay to Play” act?
Blizzard breaks its silence over its controversial suspension of a pro-Hong Kong Hearthstone player.
Scientists find 20 more moons for Saturn, giving it the most moons in the solar system.
Hulu’s Letterkenny is a love letter to small town life and weird slang.
Your song of the day is Sonny Rollins with St. Thomas.