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Royals Rumblings - News for June 20, 2019

Adablerto Mondesi is day-to-day with a groin injury.

Mondesi came out the Royals’ 9-0 win over the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park in the fifth inning because of right groin tightness. Mondesi had gone 1 for 3 with a stolen base and scored a run. The Royals, who have been without starting third baseman Hunter Dozier since May 31, list Mondesi’s status as day-to-day.

“It was when I was sitting down in the dugout,” Mondesi said after the game. “After I ran, I was feeling good. But after I ran and all that I sat down in the dugout I felt it was getting tight.”

Alec Lewis talks to Wilmington manager Scott Thorman about why the top hitting prospects in the system are struggling there.

Right now, especially as we watch the big league club struggle and think to the future, the prospects’ poor performance can be worrisome. But Thorman and the coaching staff see this as an opportunity. They’re standing by their prospect status, working on getting their confidence back and fine-tuning their swing patterns.

“It’s an important part of their development,” he said. “Because from an early age, all of these young players were far better than everybody they played against. It’s why their professional careers started at 18 years old, and why everybody knew who they were. It’s important for these hitters to have these struggles in the lower levels because it helps shape their careers. They’re gonna adjust. They have to. They have no choice not to.”

Rustin Dodd has an excellent profile of former Royals first-round pick Chris Lubanski.

“By any definition of what an average fan would say, I was a bust,” Lubanski says. “I was a bust pick, you know?”

But here is the thing about labels and expectations, about baseball and life: Sometimes the particulars are messy. Sometimes the labels don’t fit. Sometimes the stories offer so much more. And, yes, to hear the story of Chris Lubanski will make you question the very nature of what it means to fail.

Former Royals minor leaguer Gabe Cramer has an article up at Fangraphs about Brad Keller.

I would say Keller effectively has 2.5 pitches. It’s very hard to succeed this way as a starter if your two pitches aren’t filthy. While they are solid, this is exactly the type of guy who needs another quality pitch, something Keller just doesn’t quite have yet...

Developing a changeup should be a point of emphasis for Keller, or he could eventually be returned to the bullpen, where Ben Clemens recently pointed outhe probably belongs. However, because of Keller’s age and organization, he should be given a longer leash to try to figure it out as a starter.

The Royals unveil a video showing Salvador Perez’s “road to recovery.”

Doc Riddle at Royals Farm Report profiles outfield prospect Michael Gigliotti.

Ryan Ruhde at Royals Farm Report looks at where the Royals might find speed on the farm.

The Royals release reliever Drew Storen.

MLB Pipeline updates their Top 100 prospect list with Brady Singer at #46 and Daniel Lynch at #71.

Dayton Moore talks about teaming up with the Jewish Community Center for youth programs following a horrific hate crime at the site.

C.C. Sabathia wins his 250th game.

Anthony Castrovince comes up with some fun trade ideas.

The Padres aren’t contending but that doesn’t mean their plan is failing.

Is Matt Boyd an ace now?

Logan Allen had John Cena at his MLB debut thanks to a bet.

The Dominican attorney general says the David Ortiz shooting was a case of mistaken identity.

What Omaha reveals about the state of baseball.

Congresswomen pay tribute to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in their annual softball game.

NBA mock drafts seem certain on the first three picks, but nothing after that.

Scotland blows a three-goal lead and exits the World Cup.

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