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Royals Rumblings - News for December 26, 2019

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Royals Rumblings - News for December 26, 2019

Jim Callis of lists the Royals as having one of the best farm systems of the decade.

The final spot on our Top 10 came down to Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, and the Royals’ 2014 pennant and 2015 World Series championship were the deciding factors. While the system didn’t churn out a true superstar, Salvador Perez, Mike Moustakas, Danny Duffy, Eric Hosmer, Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera formed a homegrown nucleus on those two Fall Classic clubs, which were boosted by trades that included Jake Odorizzi and Sean Manaea. More recent successes include Whit Merrifield and Adalberto Mondesi.

Drew Osborne at Royals Farm Report gives his take on the Chance Adams trade.

Adams fastball seems to play up better out of the pen than the rotation. The Royals are looking at Adams to fill a spot in their bullpen. It’s possible that they want to see what he looks like as a starter in spring training as well but his future is probably the pen where his fastball and slider should improve. Adams also throws a change up and a curve. The change up has arm side run, some sink, and is effective at getting LHHs out.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy profiles pitcher Yunior Marte.

The future is now for Marte with the pitching group coming behind him and the Royals acquiring pitchers at the major league level. The pitches are there fortunately for Marte to get to the next level with a fastball that ranges from 92-97 mph. After struggling with a feel for his slider during the 2017 season Marte has refined it and made it a better offering, able to manipulate it some into a pair of offerings as a slurve or a better late biting slider.

Jordan Foote at Kings of Kauffman looks at prospect Khalil Lee.

Bradford Doolittle of ESPN ranks starting rotations for next year with the Royals in the bottom five.

The White Sox sign slugger Edwin Encarnacion to a one-year deal.

Outfielder Kole Calhoun signs with Arizona on a two-year deal.

Dellin Betances stays in New York, but with the Mets on a one-year deal.

Why the new three-batter rule may not mean the end of the lefty specialist.

Who are the remaining candidates to be traded this winter?

The Colorado Rockies are failing Nolan Arenado.

Five “buy low” pitching candidates.

Should the Indians just blow it all up?

Ohio State is sued after trying to stop a sports network from using the letter ‘O’ in their logo.

How Washington’s professional football team hit rock bottom.

Why don’t we have a four-day work week?

Mr. Robot ends the series on a mind-melting high.

What was the significance of the color of Rey’s lightsaber at the end of Rise of Skywalker?

Your song of the day is The Futureheads with Christmas was Better in the 80s.