Nicky Lopez has been better to begin 2019 than in any season in his career. He’s close.
Nicky Lopez currently......— Royals Farm Report (@RoyalsFarm) April 30, 2019
3.37% K% (by far career best)
2.33 BB/K (career best)
.156 ISO (career best)
.894 OPS (career best)
.416 IBP (career best)
.........I’m trying really hard not to over react........
Dropping their 20th game in 29 tries, the Royals will look to reach double-digit wins tomorrow night. A rematch of Jakob Junis and Blake Snell will be the matchup. First pitch is set for 7:15 CT.
But the Royals will only be able to recoup their costs if they are willing to move on. Signing a 27-year-old former first round pick to a one-year deal on a team that isn’t going to compete but still needs a utility player is a perfectly defensible idea. By committing $3 million to this experiment, though, the Royals are putting themselves in a position to be overcome by the sunk cost fallacy.
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“It’s a mindset to give up a little bit, shorten up a little and get the ball in play,” Yost said. “If you put the ball in play, you never know what might happen. If you strike out, you know exactly what’s going to happen -- you’re walking straight back to the dugout.”
Both Merrifield and Yost acknowledge, though, that the industry’s attitude toward strikeouts has changed dramatically.
“It used to be you’d be embarrassed to strike out,” Yost said. “Not really in today’s game.”
Overall. This was an excellent outing by Bowlan allowing only one base runner. That was on a first pitch slider that got a little slurvy that was looped down the left field line toward the corner.
Bowlan did an excellent job taking the fight to the hitter making them adjust to his fastball. Bowlan was able to control both the inside and outside corner against both left-handed and right-handed hitters. When he felt a hitter might have a read on him, he changed it up either elevating a fastball or using a slider or change up.
Monday morning Royals minor league hitting and pitching leaderboard pic.twitter.com/IZCiYQkuiV— Shaun Newkirk (@Shauncore) April 29, 2019
Made a convenient place where you can see Rule 5 Eligibility for most of our top 75 prospects. If players are either on the 40 already, or haven't even played this year, I left them off. 54 dudes on this list, 24 are Rule 5 eligible this off-season.https://t.co/ikTdMA4EQU— Royals Farm Report (@RoyalsFarm) April 29, 2019
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After going 3-4 with a 2B and BB in NWA’s loss today, the 22 year old is slashing .308/.372/.692 in his last 10 games. It's early, but he's on pace to set a number of career highs offensively. pic.twitter.com/mQpYicvRSo
Your song of the day is “Lance’s Song” by the Zac Brown Band.