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Weekend Rumblings - News for June 8, 2019

Alec Lewis writes that Jorge Soler may be showing why the Royals believed in him.

“He’s a big, strong guy,” Yost said. “He needs to learn to be more aggressive.”

Yost believes Soler’s confidence will continue to rise, which, in turn, will allow Soler’s past plate-discipline strengths to meld with the aggressive nature.

“He’s pretty good at taking pitches,” Yost said. “But the pitches he would take before were mixed in with pitches he could drive a mile. So you want him to become more aggressive.”

Sam Mellinger writes about the mounting frustration for the Royals.

One club source called the current struggles “mind blowing.” The Royals’ in-house analytic projections saw around 70 wins this year, a mark that would now require a 51-49 finish.

An enormous gap exists between what the Royals believe is happening with development and what reality shows in the record.

One obvious move would be replacing Yost or some of the coaches, and the possibility has at least been discussed at some points in the last year. But, generally speaking, effort has not wavered and the players remain respectful and supportive.

Conor Byrne at MLB Trade Rumors considers trade targets for the Dodgers.

The 30-year-old Merrifield would provide the Dodgers with an everyday second baseman – one who’s also capable of playing the outfield if need be – thereby kicking Hernandez and Taylor to the bench. Even amid his struggles, the right-handed Taylor has still notched playable production against southpaws this year. With that in mind, he could continue platooning with the lefty-swinging Pederson in the outfield.

In his Friday notes, David Lesky recognizes Royals second base prospect Gabriel Cancel.

He’s not getting that much attention, but Gabriel Cancel is leading all Royals minor leaguers in home runs this year with 12 in AA Northwest Arkansas. The power isn’t necessarily new for him. He hit 14 in Lexington in 2017 before falling off a bit in Wilmington, which is pretty common. There are holes in his game in that he doesn’t walk very much and he swings and misses too much. The 26 percent strikeout rate is the highest of his career outside of a stint in rookie ball in 2015, but that kind of power up the middle is pretty fun.

Clint Scoles reviews rounds 3-15 of the draft for the Royals.

Royals’ third-round pick Grant Gambrell, a pitcher out of Oregon State, plans to sign with the Royals.

Royals prospect Kyle Isbel will be out for awhile.

Patrick Mahomes was dropping bombs in the Big Slick celebrity softball game.

Drew Osborne at Royals Farm Report reveals his Royals shadow draft.

Jonah Keri has two Royals among his All-Star picks.

Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger ruptures his testicle after fouling a ball off himself.

The Rangers will retire Adrian Beltre’s number today.

How the Astros revolutionized player development.

Does Dallas Keuchel make the Braves the team to beat in the NL East?

How the Mets and Reds gamed the draft.

McDonald’s is losing millions in free french fries because of the Toronto Raptors.

The women’s World Cup already has a replay controversy.

Phone carriers are now allowed to automatically block spam robocalls.

The moon has flashes of light and we don’t really know why.

The Good Place will call it quits after the upcoming season, its fourth.

Your song of the day is Chet Baker with I’m a Fool to Want You.