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Royals Rumblings - News for March 19, 2019

A trio of Royals pitchers have really impressed the Royals staff so far in camp.

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The 2018 Kansas City Royals first-round pick pitcher Brady Singer smiles during a press conference before the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images

Mike Rosenbaum of details how top picks are giving KC a glimpse of the future during Spring Training.

“Singer, Kowar and Lynch have been working in the same group, and they’ve been really, really good. All of their bullpens have been really good,” said Picollo.

Will Leitch of is clearly out of touch with anything going on in Kansas City. In the latest example of national media members without a clue, he says that Billy Hamilton is the “coolest” Royals jersey to own.

The speedster will be the primary reason to pay close attention to every second at Kauffman Stadium this year.

You serious, Clark?

Over at The Athletic KC, Rustin updates his Opening Day roster prediction with Jorge Soler as an every day player ($).

Other than Mondesi, Soler might be the most talented player on the Royals’ roster. Can he finally put it all together? He had a career-high .354 on-base percentage before sustaining a season-ending foot injury last season. He’s under club control for three more seasons.

Guys, if you don’t have an Athletic subscription yet, what are we doing?

ICYMI: There is a Royals Review group on ESPN’s “Bracket Challenge.”

How to Join

Go to the ESPN Tournament Challenge page

If you don’t already have an ESPN profile, sign up-it’s free and only requires an email account

Under the ‘My Groups’ tab click ‘Find a Group’ and search for ‘Royals Review - 2019’ or just follow this hyperlink

Enter the password of TheProcess2.0 and join the group

Over at Royals Farm Report, I recapped the seasons of some guys I like for the Royals in this June’s amateur draft.

Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV

.333/.505/.667/1.172, 5 HR, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 3-5 SB, 25 BB, 17 K

Stott continues to grow on me. He’s showing the power we all said was necessary to be in play for KC at #2 and his defense at SS makes him a real candidate.

We’re going to try to get a roundtable up later this week over at RFR detailing the staff’s personal preferences for KC at #2 (as I’m sure we’ll do here as well), but Bryson Stott has really caught my eye this spring. Coming into his season at UNLV, the only thing holding him back from consensus top five territory was the power, which he’s shown great improvement on. If he hits like this through conference play, he will definitely be my preferred pick at #2 assuming Rutschman is unavailable.

Brad Keller was so good in his outing on Sunday that he impressed even the umpire.

“He had tremendous sink, even (home plate umpire) Teddy Barrett said after the game, he goes, ‘Man, that guy’s really got some good stuff.’”

Around baseball:

The Indians might seriously still trade Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber.

On Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported sources have told him and colleague Dennis Lin the Padres have discussed a potential trade with the Cleveland Indians for starting pitchers. Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer were both brought up in discussions, although Rosenthal noted San Diego isn’t comfortable with the asking price even though it has come down since past talks.

Apparently, the Phillies had players playing “Fortnite” during games last summer, and Carlos Santana was none too thrilled.

The Phillies on Monday discussed an ESPN story that former teammate Carlos Santana used a bat to bash multiple TVs in the Phillies’ clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park during the second-to-final game of the season.

The Yankees are close to a deal with free agent LHP Gio Gonzalez.

Clayton Kershaw will not be starting for the Dodgers on Opening Day.

Ichiro can still throw it with the best of ‘em.

In other news:

Flooding in Omaha, NE, has gotten out of hand, and there are plenty of folks in need of your help. Here are some ways you can pitch in.

A man was finally arrested in the tragedy of the Dutch shooting.

Scientists say they were able to ID “Jack the Ripper” through DNA testing and his name is actually Aaron Kosminski.

It’s feared that over 1,000 have died during a cyclone in Mozambique.

On this day in 1920, the United States Senate refused to sign the Treaty of Versailles for a second time, rejecting the League of Nations’ covenant.

Song of the day:

Your song of the day is “Honky Tonk Time Machine” by George Strait. The king of country music has a new album by the same name that will be released March 29th.