Today is the day that the 2019 MLB All-Star Game will take place. The Royals sent just one representative this year, Whit Merrifield, to compete amongst the game’s best. Best of luck to you today, Whit, and congratulations on your continued success. Your story is inspiring and I don’t think Royals fans could be happier for you today. Congrats, and good luck!
The Royals admit now it took them too long to recognize Merrifield’s skill set.
“He knew he was good,” Royals manager Ned Yost said, “long before we did.”
Merrifield toiled in the Minors for over six years before he got his Major League break. And even then, after a successful half-season with the Royals, he was shoved back to the Minors in 2017.
“Screw it,” said Bill. They headed west.
Two exits away from home, Whit called again. Bill and Kissy didn’t even let Whit speak first.
“We said, ‘We’re on the way, we’re on the road, we’ll see you in Kansas City!’” Bill says. “He goes, ‘Turn around. They stopped me as I was walking out. They decided to take somebody else.’”
The Royals are boring because they have a bunch of boring players. Funny how that works. I’ve gone through the 25-man roster and, with my SCIENTIFIC METHOD and TOTALLY UNASSAILABLE GUT determined the following players to be Definitively Boring:
Jake Diekman, 32
Brian Flynn, 29
Daniel Lynch is close to unanimous top 100 prospect status. Baseball America currently has Lynch ranked at #84 overall, and MLB Pipeline currently has him at #70 overall. FanGraphs currently has Lynch right outside their top 120, but if Lynch hadn’t gotten hurt, and had been promoted to AA Northwest Arkansas like Jackson Kowar, I think he’d pretty unanimously be a top 100 prospect in baseball, and for good reason.
While Ian Kennedy and Danny Duffy could be traded, Kennedy’s contract is a huge problem and Duffy is simply too inconsistent. These are two guys who have several years left on their deal and are doing well for the most part, but it’s just hard to imagine a scenario in which a team is willing to give up decent prospects for either pitcher.
Justin Verlander is uhh, not fond of the new baseballs.
The miss on Acuna is the biggest miss by the Royals in the last 30 years, bigger than the Pujols miss. Alcides hand delivered him and the Royals passed. ♂️— Clint Scoles (@ClintScoles) July 9, 2019
I still have little faith that Brett Phillips can become a solid offensive contributor at the major league level (decent faith he can be valuable still though), but any time a player with Gold Glove caliber defense slashes .307/.431/.636 over a decent stretch, I’ll be intrigued.— Patrick Brennan (@paintingcorner) July 8, 2019
Your song of the day is “Peaceful Easy Feeling” by the Eagles.