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Royals Rumblings - News for May 30, 2019

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Royals Rumblings - News for May 30, 2019

Ned Yost on Glenn Sparkman geting ejected after hitting Tim Anderson.

Rustin Dodd at The Athletic talks to players about the day they found out they were drafted, including skipper Ned Yost.

The day: “Back then, you knew what day the draft was. So if the draft was June 3, you’d wait until the afternoon of June 3 and you’d call the newspaper: ‘Hey, has anybody from the Hayward area been drafted?’ They’d go, ‘Well, let me go check the ticker.’ They had that ticker thing. And that’s how I found out: Ned Yost, from Chabot Junior College, got drafted. And then, I didn’t hear from a scout for about six, seven days. It wasn’t like they draft you and then they’re calling you on the phone …

Rustin also looks at the best late-round draft picks in the Dayton Moore era.

Speaking of late-round draft picks, Zack Buchanan at The Athetic has an outstanding piece on how Jarrod Dyson took an unlikely path to the big leagues.

The career of the Last 50th-rounder Standing comes with its own oft-repeated origin story. Every year, legendary Royals scout Art Stewart makes Kansas City’s final selection of the draft. During the 2006 draft, it is said, Stewart rummaged through draft reports in front of him, noticed that Dyson was listed as an 80-grade runner on the 20-to-80 scouting scale and plucked it from the stack.

The story is appealing for its simplicity. With one almost capricious action by a force that at the time was invisible to him, Dyson had become a professional ballplayer. Had Stewart’s attention been drawn to any other folder in that pile, Dyson wouldn’t have been. That’s the story Dyson knows. “I tell people all the time,” he says, “without Art, there’s no me.” No Jarrod Dyson, baseball player. “I probably would have just started working,” Dyson says, “and said, ‘Forget it.’” Perhaps he’d be Jarrod Dyson, carpenter, instead.

Doc Riddle at Royals Farm Report looks at the promotion of Kris Bubic to Wilmington.

In 2018, much of the talk concerning Royals pitching prospects was focused on Kowar, then the Lynch and Singer chatter picked up dramatically. Bubic belongs in the same conversation when discussing the future rotation in KC. While the numbers thus far are somewhat telling (4-1, 2.08 ERA in 9 starts, 47 2/3 IP, 11 ER, 3 HRA, 15 BB, 75 K), what adds to his intrigue is his high-floor profile; even if he didn’t remain a starter as he advances, he would still be a three-pitch lefty with above-average velocity and two plus secondary pitches. Who wouldn’t want to have that sort of weapon stashed away?

Lee Judge doesn’t like advanced defensive metrics, blah, blah, blah.

Daniel Lynch breaks into the MLB Pipeline Top 100 prospect list.

Leigh Oleszczak at KC Kingdom writes that the Mike Moustakas trade from last summer isn’t panning out.

A young fan was taken to the hospital after being struck by a foul ball in Houston.

Amidst a divorce, Ben Zobrist may not return this season.

Carlos Correa is out 4-6 weeks with a fractured rib.

The Twins’ success is translating to success at the ticket window.

Sam Miller at ESPN.com tries to introduce the “Statcast No-Hitter.”

Reds outfielder Derek Dietrich is among the home run leaders, but is not on the All-Star ballot.

Richard Justice looks at the toughest decisions on the All-Star ballot and leaves off Whit Merrifield?

Former Giants outfielder Angel Pagan was rescued at sea after his boat capsized.

The four finalists for the Golden Spikes Award for top college baseball player are announced.

Wichita State baseball hires former MLB manager Eric Wedge to run their team.

Why NFL players should start saving up for a lockout.

Liga MX and MLS will team up for a new trophy, but do we need this?

The frustrating reason there is no vaccine for Lyme disease.

The psychological reason some people are always late to the airport.

The secrets behind the incredible stunt dogs in John Wick 3.

Your song of the day is The Virgins with Rich Girls.