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Royals Rumblings - News for November 26, 2019

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Goodbye, Boni.

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 26, 2019

Will Scharnagl at Prospects Live has a top 30 prospect list for the Royals with Erick Pena a surprise at #2.

Pena has very few holes in his game as of right now, with all of his tools grading at least average to above average. Pena’s bat is the first thing that sticks out, as he has a beautiful swing and plus raw power. He’s still very raw, so it remains to be seen how his hit tool plays in games, but scouts love his maturity and makeup, and it’s possible that Pena could be a 60 hit/60 power hitter. While he’s fairly athletic, Pena doesn’t exactly have burner speed, and is likely an average runner in the future. This could force him to move to right field where his arm and bat both play.

Pena’s makeup, maturity, and ability to speak English will help him move up the ladder, and I expect him to skip the DSL next year and make his debut stateside instead. I’m higher on Pena than most, but I believe he is the second best player in the 2019 J2 class (behind Jasson Dominguez), and that he’s already a top 50 prospect.

The Royals release outfielder Jorge Bonifacio.

Fox Sports Kansas City will air the press conference to introduce John Sherman at noon today.

Sam Dykstra at lists the minor league players each fanbase is thankful for.

At this point last year, the Royals system featured more questions than answers. How would the pitching-heavy Draft class of 2018 handle a full season? Who could Kansas City get with the second overall pick in June? The answers have been positive. Brady Singer might not become an ace, but he’s a Top-100 talent with impressive control and two plus pitches in his fastball and slider. Daniel Lynch (No. 69) is already a Top-100 prospect while Jackson Kowar isn’t far behind. Kris Bubic, meanwhile, led the Minor Leagues with 185 strikeouts in 149 1/3 innings, and that No. 2 pick turned into Bobby Witt Jr. -- the national high-school player of the year -- with good power, good speed and a good chance to stick at short. The arrow is pointing up.

Jordan Foote at Kings of Kauffman considers whether Whit Merrifield should be traded.

What the Yankees will really do this off-season.

The Dodgers want writers to say the Dodgers are interested in players.

There is risk involved with Seattle’s six-year deal with Evan White.

Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill has surgery and will miss the first half of the season.

Former Royals Review writer Michael Augustine, writing at Fangraphs, discusses spin mirroring.

MLB announces it will honor an “All-MLB Team.”

Twins outfielder and German native Max Kepler talks about baseball in Europe.

MLB’s plan to shrink the minor leagues would disproportionately affect rural areas.

The greatest college football walk-ons of all-time.

The NBA is considering drastic changes to the schedule and playoff format.

Koalas have been headed to extinction for some time, and recent brushfires have made it worse.

Can babies learn to love vegetables?

Why a script of the latest Star Wars film Rise of Skywalker ended up on ebay.

Your song of the day is Tori Amos with Cornflake Girl.