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Royals Rumblings - News for June 26, 2019

Jeffrey Flanagan has a timely piece on how Hunter Dozier has become one of the best players in baseball.

“There was a time last year when we really had no idea where we would play him,” manager Ned Yost said. “We thought about right field or maybe first base. His defense just wasn’t good enough to consider him an everyday third baseman.

“But all of that has changed. His defensive improvement has been phenomenal. He’s a guy now who has the third-base job. He can still play some other positions, but he has grown into third base. There isn’t a play he can’t make now, and he’s making them. And he has gotten better through hard work.”

In his Mellinger Minutes, Sam writes that the Royals are on their way to accomplishing their main goals coming into this season.

This is a list of the most important things for the Royals to accomplish coming into this season:

▪ Do everything possible to support and help Adalberto Mondesi become a star.

▪ Give opportunities to younger players and hope some emerge.

▪ Develop the next core of stars, most of which began the season in the low levels of the minor leagues.

▪ Continue to put high-end talent into the farm system.

I mean, 4-for-4, right?

Alec Lewis of The Athletic looks at trade options for the Royals this summer.

Whatever Bailey was missing then, he apparently has found; in five June starts, the 33-year-old has a 3-1 record with a 2.51 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. He has given up just one run over his past three starts (19 innings)...

Kansas City couldn’t have expected him to return to his prime years — he fired two no-hitters and posted sub-4.00 ERAs for the Cincinnati Reds from 2012-14 — but they were hoping he could be a reliable innings-eater, keeping the Royals in games on his start days.

Bailey has been more than that, particularly of late. Perhaps he has shown enough to draw some interest in the trade market and get Royals a younger bat or arm in return.

Lynn Worthy writes about Jorge Lopez’s transition to the bullpen.

Lopez, who went 0-6 as a starter, posted a 7.07 ERA with a 1.61 WHIP, 8.5 strikeouts per 9 innings and a 2.35 strikeout per walk ratio in 10 starts. In his eight relief appearances, his ERA has dropped to 3.94 to go along with a WHIP of 1.18, 10.1 strikeouts per 9 and 4.5 strikeouts per walk.

“He threw a lot of changeups last night,” Royals manager Ned Yost said of Lopez. “His strengths are in three pitches — a 95-mile-per-hour fastball, a good curveball and a good changeup — it’s all about location, staying ahead in the count, not getting too fine.”

Royals social media reminds you to VOTE FOR HUNTER DOZIER TODAY!

Leigh Oleszczak at KC Kingdom looks at pitching prospect Kris Bubic.

23rd-round pick pitcher Elliott Anderson of Auburn signs with the Royals.

The storyline in baseball as it reaches its halfway mark.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen allegedly instructed managerial moves from home.

The Yankees designated Kendrys Morales for assignment.

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg tries to sell the two-city concept.

Cody Bellinger wants fans to stop running on the field to hug him.

A preview of the upcoming international signing period.

Trade value for relievers may have gone up this summer.

Kyle Boddy of Driveline wants a job in Major League Baseball.

College baseball teams have a tech arms race

Can lacrosse work as a professional sport?

Physicists debate Stephen Hawking’s idea that the universe had no beginning.

The problem with social media verification.

The artist whose comic became a famous meme struggles to reclaim his creation.

Your song of the day is Run the Jewels with Legend Has It.