Royals Rumblings - News for July 22, 2019
Bubba Starling hit his first Major League home run, writes Jeffrey Flanagan.
“I’m getting more locked in,” Starling said. “I felt pretty good today. [The home run] was pretty cool. But unfortunately, we came up short in the game. I’m more worried about wins and losses. Hopefully, we get [wins] in Atlanta.”
Lynn Worthy writes about that Lucas Duda misplay in the fourth.
“(Duda) just took for granted that the ball was down the line and got by him,” Yost said. “He just didn’t even think that Whit would be there. … I don’t know if he would’ve made the play to begin with. Whit grabbed it and threw it to the inside. I don’t know if he would’ve made the play to be honest.”
Worthy also writes about the decision to designate pitcher Wily Peralta for assignment.
“We just got to the point where he really struggled to duplicate his mechanics and throw quality strikes,” Yost said. “Stuff was still pretty good. The mechanics just fluctuated from outing to outing. He just really struggled to create any consistency in his game.
“When you’ve got a veteran guy who is really struggling, it doesn’t make sense when you’ve got young guys who can come up here and feel their way through it. Keep moving forward with the young guys.”
Jeffrey Flanagan asks about the exchange with catcher Meibrys Viloria in Friday’s game.
I asked Ned how much the Peralta-Viloria bizarre exchanges Friday night had to do with Peralta's DFA today: “That was zero percent to do with this. There was no (blank) going on. That kind of stuff goes on all the time. It was nothing. This was performance-based.”— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) July 20, 2019
Flanny also provides an update on pitching prospect Daniel Lynch.
Left-hander Daniel Lynch (arm soreness) has completed his throwing program and will start a rehab assignment in Arizona, I'm told.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) July 20, 2019
Clint Scoles at Royals Academy writes about some players signed in last year’s international free agent class.
At the time it was thought that Omar Florentino would provide the offensive pop compared Wilmin Candelario’s defensive prowess. Things change with players ability at such a young age and while Florentino has struggled to hit, Candelario has shown an ability to handle himself at the plate. The smooth fielding shortstop entered Thursday with a .284/.368/.468 slash in 109 ab including three home runs. The Royals in the past haven’t left their talented shortstops in the Dominican League for a full season so it’s hard to draw comparison for Candelario but a 126 wRC+ in the league is at least a positive first step.
Jim Duquette at The Athletic ranks Nick Pratto as the #9 first base prospect in baseball.
Pratto has shown additional baseball acumen and runs the bases instinctively and his overall athleticism and plus arm may allow him to play other positions at the upper levels. Despite his first-half struggles in High A this season, Pratto remains one of the youngest hitters in the league, and his arrival in Kansas City will come fairly quickly once he makes the necessary adjustments.
royalscollector at Royals Farm Report writes that Ryan O’Hearn is on fire.
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