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Royals Rumblings - News for October 22, 2019

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Royals Rumblings - News for October 22, 2019

In his mailbag column, Jeffrey Flanagan expects Dayton Moore to stay.

Soon-to-be new owner John Sherman, I’ve heard, is a big fan of Dayton Moore, so don’t expect any change in the Royals’ front office. An extension certainly is possible.

As far as analytics go, Moore is not anti-analytics by any stretch. He meets with his analytics staff regularly and makes decisions based on their recommendations. Not that long ago, he made catching coach Pedro Grifol also a quality control coach to serve as a conduit between the analytics department and the coaching staff.

Analytics are without doubt a part of the game, and they are a noteworthy part (just as is scouting, Minor League development, overall instruction, etc., are) of the Royals’ approach. But truth be told -- and this has been reported numerous times elsewhere -- the gap in analytics usage from team to team is not nearly as big as many assume.

Alec Lewis talked to Daniel Lynch, who is opening eyes in the Arizona Fall League.

One of Lynch’s rehab goals was to eliminate excruciating pain altogether. One way he thought he could do that was smoothing out the way he distributed his weight.

Changing things, though, meant tinkering with the approach that made him the 40th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft and one of the Royals’ best prospects. For health purposes alone, he was willing to take the risk.

“Coming from having probably my best three starts of the year before the injury … to go away from what I was doing was a tough decision,” Lynch said. “I teetered, but I’m so glad that I did because I broke down a ton of film and really dove into it.”

Owen Poindexter at Forbes looks at big second half performances fans may have missed, such as the one from Jorge Soler.

Maybe Soler just needed the hype to stop. Long viewed as a prospect with huge potential in the Cubs system, Soler disappointed as a Major Leaguer. Then, in 2019 playing for the Kansas City Royals, he reminded the world why he got all that hype and that he’s still only 27. The season-long effort was excellent, but in the second half, he was one of the best hitters in baseball, slashing .299/.411/.665. That slugging percentage was fourth among qualified hitters, and the on-base percentage was seventh. Soler managed to both improve his contact rate and start hitting the ball a lot harder, whacking balls at an average exit velocity of 92.6 MPH. Half of his batted balls qualified as hard hits. Whether or not he keeps all of these gains, no one can fake that kind of performance for that long. The lowly Royals may have a star.

The Royals made a hire.

Chris Owings elects free agency.

Is this the best starting pitching in a World Series ever?

The best $15,000 the Astros ever spent was on a 5’5’’ 16-year old named Jose Altuve.

The story behind the Juan Soto shuffle.

CC Sabathia officially retires.

The Yankees never filled their starting pitching void and it cost them.

The Nationals almost traded Bryce Harper to the Astros once.

There are already rumors Gerrit Cole will end up with the Angels.

Can the Giants avoid a full rebuild?

Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson will miss the first 6-8 weeks of the season.

The woman’s speed climbing record falls in less than seven seconds.

No one really knows why humans can walk.

Amazon and Google approved apps by German hackers that spy on users through devices like Alexa and Google Home.

Every Simpsons Treehouse of Horror segment, ranked.

Your song of the day is Fastball with Fire Escape.