The good news for those fans of Starling is that there seems little doubt that Starling, 26, will finally make his MLB debut sometime this season, perhaps soon. He is hitting .355 (though 34 of his 43 hits have been singles) and the Royals certainly are paying attention to his progress. Dayton Moore has mentioned many times that Starling could handle big league duty defensively right now, so the fact that he is healthy and hitting are positive signs.
There are a few things to keep in mind regarding Starling’s offensive performance to begin the year. For starters, of Starling’s 43 hits in 2019, only 9 are XBH. He’s hit 3 HR, a triple, and 5 doubles. That’s not bad per say, it’s just not impressive either. For reference, Starling’s .132 ISO is below that of even Nicky Lopez (.150), who is not known for his power. So if the goal for Starling is to be a contact oriented hitter, here are how Starling and Lopez compare:
Also at Royals Farm Report yesterday:
- Drew recaps the week for the NWA Naturals
- Jordan gives us a weekly recap of the 2018 pitching draft class (a great piece Jordan does every week, helpful place to see all of those guys in one spot)
MLB Pipeline ranks him as the #3 prospect in the draft, writing he may be the “best all-around hitter” available. He is said to have an “advanced approach” with a good eye for walks without sacrificing power. Buck Granger at 2080 Baseball writes ___________ has “quick hands with a penchant for barreling balls with a compact yet powerful swing and exceptional feel for the strike zone.” _____________ has worked hard on his pitch recognition and has become a power hitter without being a free-swinger.
The Royals sent Heath Fillmyer back to AAA Omaha yesterday.
We have optioned RHP Heath Fillmyer to Omaha. A corresponding move will be announced prior to tomorrow’s game in St. Louis. #Royals— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 20, 2019
And Frank Schwindel is now a free agent.
1B Frank Schwindel has cleared UR waivers and is now a free agent. #Royals— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 20, 2019
A Royals official told me that 2017 2nd round pick Evan Steele is getting close to an assignment after rehabbing from shoulder surgery most of last year. The talented Chipola JUCO lefty has worked just eight innings since joining the organization after tossing 143 pitches in his final start of the JUCO World Series. From the sounds of it, his stuff as returned with fastball working 92-95 mph and his secondary pieces returning to old form.
Speaking of Clint, he reminds us all that if you want to watch Daniel Lynch (you’re a little late here, he pitched last night), Jackson Kowar, and Brady Singer, you can do so this week on MiLB.tv. This isn’t always the case, as most teams in the Carolina League don’t have MiLB.tv.
If you have https://t.co/VRaS9uSjEr the Wilmington rotation threesome of Daniel Lynch, Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar will be on Mon-Wed this week in Salem.— Clint Scoles (@ClintScoles) May 20, 2019
IMMACULATE INNING ALERT.— Royals Farm Report (@RoyalsFarm) May 21, 2019
Naturals reliever Grant Gavin has sputtered a bit of late, but he sure looked sharp for NWA in the 6th tonight. 9 pitches, 3 K for the righty.
2018 draftees Kris Bubic and Daniel Lynch both looked great last night. Lynch fired six scoreless innings for High-A Wilmington with a pair of strikeouts. Bubic threw seven innings of one-run ball picking up nine strikeouts. The Royals 2018 draft class appears to be a very good one early on.
Largest changes in wOBA from pre-season to rest of season (per ZiPS). Meaning players whose performance so far has increased their projected outcome for the rest of the year.— Shaun Newkirk (@Shauncore) May 20, 2019
Hunter Dozier and Alex Gordon among the top pic.twitter.com/Crv6uuQ2ro
“We’ve tried not to put a timeline on Ces’ rehab from the previous surgeries,” Van Wagenen said. “He was making progress … but he was still a number of thresholds away before he was going to be able to return to activity. It’s hard to speculate on what that means going forward at this point.”
Callaway still will be the Mets’ manager on Monday, according to published reports, but that only means the countdown to his demise will continue. Maybe he will be fired at the end of the week, the start of next week or at some point after that in the latest installment of “As The Mets Turn.” It’s a never-ending soap opera in which the Wilpons — Fred and his son Jeff, the most prominent members of the team’s ownership group — are the only recurring characters.
Also on this day in history:
- In 1927, Charles Lindbergh completes the first solo, nonstop, transatlantic flight.
- Then in 1932, Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to complete the same task.
Your song of the day is a cover of Bruce Hornsby’s “Mandolin Rain,” by Josh Kelley.