I just want to take a minute to acknowledge how incredible the Royals “Salute to the Negro Leagues” game is every year. Here are a couple of quick links for you to support the Negro League Baseball Museum in their effort to keep the history of the Negro Leagues alive.
Satchel Paige's repertoire didn't include traditional pitches like a fastball, curve, slider, etc. Instead, Satchel gave a unique name to every one of his pitches. @nlbmprez explains: pic.twitter.com/vknsAtvufj— FOX Sports Kansas City (@FSKansasCity) June 23, 2019
Major League Baseball has not yet reached out to Soler’s camp about competing in the event, according to a source. When asked in Spanish whether he would like to compete, Soler smiled.
“Sí,” he said, beaming.
A minor league round-up from the Athletic ($):
- On Brady McConnell’s mysterious hand injury
- The hitters at Wilmington talk about their learning curve
- Catching up with Chris Lubanski
By going to arbitration, the rest of Soler’s contract that he signed with the Cubs in 2012 would be voided. But the Royals still would have Soler under club control through 2021, his final year of arbitration. He could become a free agent after the ‘21 season.
Eaton doesn’t strike out at an unmanageable pace, though for the type of hitter he seems to be (gap-power, slash-and-run), I’d like to see those Ks decrease, a bit, but these K rates are virtually in-line with 2018’s Idaho Falls performance. He’s drawn 28 walks, this season, and has struck out only 12 times in 82 plate appearances in June. Hopefully, that’s a sign of things to come.
The Royals Advanced-A affiliate, the Wilmington Blue Rocks, had a pretty cool promotion over the weekend:
“Nobody makes me bleed my own blood”— Wilmington Blue Rocks (@WilmBlueRocks) June 22, 2019
First 1,000 fans will receive a “Whit” Goodman bobblehead tonight! Gates at 4:30 pic.twitter.com/bV9PYeoD5h
Jackson Kowar made his AA debut over the weekend, and it was a doozy.
Kowar is probably done after 7 IP in his AA debut.— Royals Farm Report (@RoyalsFarm) June 23, 2019
6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 95 pitches, 61 strikes, 8 ground outs. That’ll play.
Your song of the day is “26 Miles” by The Four Preps (I just watched Bad Times at the El Royale and, I gotta tell ya, that’s becoming one of my favorite movies).