Royals Rumblings - News for October 7, 2019
In his Friday notes, David Lesky likes the progress of the farm system.
There are some differing opinions, but currently, guys like Bobby Witt, Jr., Brady Singer, Daniel Lynch and Jackson Kowar warrant consideration in top 100 prospect lists. Looking ahead, I don’t think it’s out of the question to start to see a few more find their ways up the ranks. I think it’s possible that by midseason next year, the Royals could have has many as eight guys in top 100s around the internet. The four listed above will likely be there assuming they aren’t promoted to the big leagues, but you can add Kris Bubic, the number four pick in the 2020 draft, Kyle Isbel and maybe even Carlos Hernandez to that list.
Michael Huckins at Kings of Kauffman considers moving Danny Duffy to the bullpen.
What makes the most sense for the Royals is to go get a couple of front-end starting rotation pieces. Allow Duffy to move to the bullpen and become one of the arms we count on to finish off close games. He has the mental toughness to be a high-pressure situation pitcher. He still has the stuff to get guys out in high leverage situations.
Royals Quality Control coach Pedro Grifol may be considered for other managerial openings.
Pedro Grifol is on the #SFGiants manager list and is expected to get an interview. The well-regarded Royals quality control/catching coach is also a candidate in KC.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 5, 2019
Here is an update on other managerial openings.
Some notes on the Instructional League.
Notable for KCR fans: D. Collins turned around on 98 MPH FB for a well hit F9. In 2nd inning Erick Pena singled on a first pitch 96 mph FB. My camera inexplicably shut off at around 87% battery in the second. ♂️ https://t.co/j3Fm34EEH4— Jason Pennini (@JasonPennini) October 4, 2019
The Royals hire Drew Saylor as their new minor league hitting coordinator.
Shawn Bauman at Kings of Kauffman thinks Tyler Zuber could be the closer of the future.
Cody Rickman at KC Kingdom thinks the Northwest Arkansas Naturals have a loaded roster.
Former Royals pitcher Bob Tufts dies at the age of 63.
Jeff Passan writes about the overpowering Gerrit Cole.
The Yankees take forever to win in the post-season.
Didi Gregorious’ fate with the Yankees may depend on his October performance.
Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, a member of Cherokee Nation, has issues with the Tomahawk Chop.
Did cheap ownership cost the Indians a post-season run?
Sign-stealing has become high tech.
Who could trade for Mookie Betts?
Former All-Star reliever Danny Graves shares his battle with depression.
There is a cheating scandal rocking the poker world.
Scientists are studying the hidden side effects to artificial light.
Glenlivet unveils scotch capsules that look like Tide pods.
Eddie Murphy is back in a comedy about comedy.
Your song of the day is Cream with Outside Woman Blues.