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Royals Rumblings - News for November 19, 2019

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Will Seuly Matias be exposed to the Rule 5 draft?

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 19, 2019

Will Leitch at identifies a bounce-back candidate for each team.

Royals -- Adalberto Mondesi, SS

Mondesi feels like the ultimate post-hype sleeper. He’ll explode a year or two after everyone thought he would, and those 43 stolen bases this past season give you a sense of what he can be. (Teammate Jorge Soler can help him out here.) But as the saying goes, you can’t steal first base, and he has to do something about that career .249 average.

Baseball America identifies some former high-round picks that could be unprotected for the Rule 5 draft, including some Royals.

Seuly Matias, OF, RoyalsMatias was battling for the minors home run lead in 2018 before a freak injury (he cut his finger getting his bag off the bus) ended his season early. He has massive power potential, but he struck out 44 percent of the time while hitting .148 at high Class A Wilmington last season. With no Double-A experience and a frightening strikeout rate, it’s extremely hard to see any team, even a rebuilding one, try to carry Matias for a full season.

The owners of the Lexington Legends say they have fulfilled requests from the Royals and don’t understand why MLB is looking to sever ties with them.

Sue Martinelli Shea and Andy Shea, of the Lexington Legends, tell a similar story. The Kansas City Royals suggested that the infield at Whitaker Bank Park needed improvement, so the team spent $140,000. The Royals wanted a new bat rack in the dugout, so the team spent $1,200.

”If they wanted something better, I did it,” Andy Shea said.

Royals minor league pitcher Christian Cosby talks about his career with his college paper.

Jordan Foote at Kings of Kauffman questions whether Alex Gordon should return next year.

Drew Osborne at Royals Farm Report thinks Cardinals pitcher Seth Elledge is a potential trade target.

Nine stars who could be dealt this off-season.

Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs looks over this year’s Hall of Fame ballot.

The A’s want to prioritize improving the bullpen.

The Reds want to build on their pitching depth.

Boston has a pitching problem to fix.

MLB is not confident it can produce a consistent baseball.

The Brewers unveil new uniforms and a new logo.

Twins prospect Ryan Costello was found dead in New Zealand.

Remembering the baseball film Tiger Town, now on Disney Plus.

It has never been easier to score 50 points in an NBA game.

Ben Askren retires from UFC.

Having boundaries on how much personal information you share with others may be a good thing.

Kylie Jenner sells a $600 million stake in her cosmetics line.

A Friends reunion may be in the works at HBO.

Your song of the day is Snow Patrol with Shut Your Eyes.