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Royals Rumblings - News for September 17, 2019

How are the Royals using analytics?

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Royals Rumblings - News for September 17, 2019

Ned Yost talks to Lynn Worthy about Jorge Soler’s season and the possibility of him winning a home run title.

“It’s a product of very hard work from Soler, but not only Soler, (quality control/catching coach) Pedro Grifol and (hitting coach) Terry Bradshaw,” Yost said. “Pedro got Soler, when we first got him, lined him up with people to hit with in Miami. He’s always kinda taken Soler under his wing. He grabbed him everyday and said look I’m going to show you how to use this computer so that you can formulate your own game plan. He was amazed about what you could learn on a computer, and now he’s religious with it.”

Alec Lewis writes about the role of analytics in the Royals organization.

“It’s part of our every day living now,” Picollo said of the technology and analytics. “That probably changed six or seven years ago. And how far you want to go with it is really the question. Our approach in everything we’ve done from a technology and analytics side, it started out and was a lot of evaluation — evaluation of players. But as you learn the technology, you learn that there’s a way to get players to improve through technology and what the analytics and data may be telling you.”

So what specifically are the technologies and analytics the Royals are using? The answer is many-fold.

Tim Hill is finding success lately, writes Jeffrey Flanagan.

“He’s really starting to get a lot of confidence in his slider,” manager Ned Yost said. “It’s a pitch that was really kind of non-existent two springs ago for him. He’s worked on it and worked on it, and it’s continued to get better and better. Now, he’s gaining confidence in it.”

Owner David Glass talks about his one regret in 20 years with the Royals.

“The one thing I think about is we won the World Series in 2015, and when it’s over, there’s so much stress, there’s so many people you need to tend to and things that you need to do,” Glass said. “If I had it to do over again, I’d slow it down some and enjoy it more. But the next one Kansas City’s in, I’ll slow that one down and enjoy it.”

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Shaun Bauman at Kings of Kauffman writes that the Houston sweep shows how far the Royals have to go.

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