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Royals Rumblings - News for January 14, 2020

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Royals Rumblings - News for January 14, 2020

Baseball America has a 2020 mock draft with the Royals taking New Mexico second baseman Nick Gonzalez.

A strong summer on the Cape Cod League has elevated Gonzales into the top tier of players in the 2020 draft. The second baseman hit .351/.451/.630 with seven home runs and 14 doubles for Cotuit in the nation’s premier college summer league and is a career .392/.484/.690 hitter over two seasons with New Mexico State. Scouts will likely still be critical of Gonzales during the spring, as he plays in a hitter-friendly park, but his summer went a long way in showing his hitting prowess and extra-base thump were legit. Gonzales and Martin form one of the strongest draft class college middle infield duos since Bregman and Swanson.

The Royals announce non-roster invitees to spring training next month.

At Royals Academy, Clint Scoles profiles reliever Grant Gavin.

Just based off raw stuff Gavin’s rating here seems a bit high when you talk 92-94 mph fastball that can touch higher with a well above average curveball. That said Gavin’s spin rates with his fastball and curve are both higher than major league average and the action on his curve is almost slider like with a relatively flatter plane and late diving action on some. It’s truly a major league swing and miss pitch with a fastball that plays up thanks to the spin rate.

A profile of new Burlington manager Tony Peña Jr.

Jordan Foote at Kings of Kauffman thinks this will be the last “quiet” off-season for the Royals in awhile.

Todd Frazier signs a one-year deal with the Rangers.

Lefty Alex Wood signs a one-year deal with the Dodgers.

Boston manager Alex Cora is probably getting fired.

The Giants designate infielder Zack Cozart for assignment.

A Nationals pitching prospect is killed in a car collision.

Which types of teams are signing free agents?

Why a slow Dodgers off-season is defensible.

How Grant Broshius went from minor leaguer to lead attorney on a huge wage lawsuit against MLB.

Why extended netting in baseball is too little, too late.

Rachel Balkovec is the first female full-time minor league hitting coach.

Why is college football attendance tanking?

Liverpool has broken the English Premier League.

We can alter the genes of an entire species of mosquito to eliminate malaria - but should we?

30 video games to look forward to in 2020.

The winners and losers of this year’s Oscar nominations.

Your song of the day is Yeah Yeah Yeahs with Zero.