Royals Rumblings - News for August 22, 2019
Ned Yost explains limiting Brad Keller’s innings.
Even though Yost said neither he nor pitching coach Cal Eldred have been given a hard innings limit from the front office, they’re going to continue to evaluate start-by-start whether they need to lighten Keller’s workload.
“A lot of people, they get to 30 or 40 innings past where they were the season before, they’ll shut him down,” Yost said. “They say once you get past that 40-inning mark, it’s like boom. Well, we’re not there, and we’re not doing anything like that but we’re definitely going to monitor. This is the most innings he’s ever thrown.”
Baseball America names Kris Bubic Royals Minor League Player of the Year.
Through 23 starts, Bubic went 10-4, 2.24 with 174 strikeouts and 37 walks in 132.1 innings, while holding opponents to a .191 average.
”Kris repeats a deceptive delivery and has two above-average offspeed pitches with his curveball and changeup,” assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said. ”His curveball is significantly better this year and has become a weapon for him.
”He will pitch with an above-average fastball up to 95 (mph) at times, but it’s how he uses his fastball that makes it an above-average pitch. He’s very smart, his pitch selection is excellent and that’s what leads to his strikeouts. We see him as a key part of our rotation in the near future.”
Leigh Oleszczak at KC Kingdom noticed that Dayton Moore’s off-season stunk last winter.
Former Royals pitcher Octavio Dotel is arrested for being linked to a major drug trafficking network.
A look at some of the home run records that seem likely to fall this year.
The Red Sox may be toast.
Jose Abreu says that ownership has told him they want to keep him in a White Sox uniform for life.
What players made the most of their opportunity this year?
MLB warns players sexual enhancers may include banned substances.
Andy McCullough looks at how the A’s continue to win with a roster of misfits.
Relievers have pitched poorly this year, so Craig Edwards at Fangraphs takes a look at why.
A look at 2020 international prospects to know.
The story behind one of the funniest baseball cards in history.
A Vegas bookmaker refuses to take a $40,000 bet on Kansas football.
Ranking the names of the new XFL franchises.
The transhumanists who want to live forever.
What do you want to see in a fourth Matrix movie?
Spiderman may be out of the MCU after negotiations between Sony and Disney breakdown.
Your song of the day is Fiona Apple with Paper Bag.