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Royals Rumblings - News for January 13, 2020

Who is the top Royals prospect?

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From left to right: Royals top prospects Brady Singer, Daniel Lynch, and Jackson Kowar before a Wilmington Blue Rocks game. Ryan Griffith

Royals Rumblings - News for January 13, 2020

Nick Pollack at Pitchers List profiles Royals starting pitchers.

There’s good news and bad news. The bad: Duffy lacks a plus offering in his repertoire and will have to rely on command with his heater as his four-seamer likely continues its inevitable descent. The good: A shift in approach to feature a near-even split of 40% sliders and changeups could hint at a slightly improved 2020. It will come down to his fastball consistency and feel for his slow ball, and in all likelihood, Duffy will be relegated as an occasional streamer.

Baseball Prospectus has their top ten Royals prospect list, with Daniel Lynch coming in at #3.

Upon being drafted the general consensus was that Lynch was the weakest of the Royals’ day one selections, and most outlets considered him a back-end starter at best. Couple that with the history of arm troubles from Virginia draftees and there wasn’t much room for optimism. Lynch forced a paradigm shift, and he did it in a hurry. His professional numbers have been impressive from the outset and his ERA has been better as a pro than it ever was in college. His strikeouts are down from his amateur days, but he’s still a shade over one per inning and has upside beyond a mere back-end arm...

Lynch’s mechanics aren’t exactly ideal, and the history of arm troubles from Virginia alums is a legitimate thing to keep in mind, but that’s a fairly short list of concerns. On the whole, he has a quality arsenal and has shown the ability to strike out professional hitters and get groundballs otherwise. If his command takes a step forward it’s easy to see him as a staple of the Royals rotation as soon as the club is ready to start his clock.

At Royals Academy, Clint Scoles looks at some underrated pitchers.

A couple of players that I’m interested in seeing how they perform this season is lefty reliever, Justin Mitchell and right-hander, Collin Snider. A power lefty almost along the same lines as Daniel Tillo, Mitchell handled right-handers well enough last season that he presents some decent upside still. The lefty hurt his knee pretty significantly in 2018 that it was rather remarkable that he was able to make a comeback and have a decent if unspectacular season last year but showing well against righties with a 1.29 WHIP and nearly a K/inning versus them. His Wilmington teammate, Snider also makes for an interesting bullpen prospect with his crossfire delivery and history of starting. Both pitchers can run their fastball into the mid to upper 90s while possessing at least average current secondary offerings.

Will Leitch at MLB.com looks at who will still be on each team by 2030.

Royals -- Bobby Witt Jr., SS, age 19: The No. 2 pick of the 2019 Draft is a couple of years away from the Majors, but he looks destined to be the next Royals superstar.

Whit Merrifield is ranked as one of the best centerfielders in baseball.

In this video, Nick Heath talks about his experience in the Rookie Career Development Program.

Jordan Foote at Kings of Kauffman thinks an Alex Gordon return could cause an outfield logjam.

The Royals replace the foul poles at Kauffman Stadium to extend the netting.

Brett Gardner re-signs with the Yankees on a one-year deal.

A look at the players poised to make a comeback in 2020.

A Nolan Arenado trade feels inevitable.

Jayson Stark at The Athletic looks at how baseball will change over the next decade.

Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors looks at this year’s arbitration class.

Red Sox ownership says they are focused on competitiveness, not cutting salary.

The Kansas City Chiefs played a very boring, ordinary football game.

Jeopardy: Greatest of All Time is getting better TV ratings than the World Series or NBA Finals.

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A comedy education from the legendary Buck Henry, who passed away last week.

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Your song of the day is The Doobie Brothers with Takin’ it to the Streets.