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Royals Rumblings - News for January 16, 2020

Jorge Soler is a strong man.

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Royals Rumblings - News for January 16, 2020

Jeffrey Flanagan contributes to a Central Division round-up of middle infields.

If all goes according to plan, the talented Adalberto Mondesi will be back at the shortstop position come Opening Day, teaming with second baseman Nicky Lopez to patrol the Royals’ middle infield. Mondesi had shoulder surgery last fall after twice sustaining a separated shoulder while making plays in the field last season. Mondesi played in only 102 games yet still tied for the league lead in triples with 10, and also had a team-high 43 stolen bases. Lopez, who made his MLB debut in May, hit only .240 overall but he finished strong, hitting .481 with five doubles in his final nine games.

Jorge Soler is a strong man.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy gives his thoughts on some recent news items.

The penalty moves the Royals selections up to picks 32, 41 and 76 with the losses Houston sustained. That doesn’t sound like much but having a pretty talented team eliminated from picking helps out KC quite a bit when they have four selections in the first 80 picks. Going off last year’s slots the Royals will be looking at a draft pool around $13.56m plus their overage allowed. Draft Database

With the farm system, the Royals have currently in place and the likelihood that they are going to be drafting high in both the 2020 draft and the 2021 draft, things could be looking extremely strong in 2022.

Daniel Lynch is ranked eighth in MLB Pipeline’s top left-handed pitcher prospects.

David Scharff at Kings of Kauffman says its fine if the Royals don’t break the bank now.

That Verizon ad featuring Ned Yost was held to be a misleading ad.

Jeff Passan writes about why anger is boiling over at the Astros for their cheating scandal.

The Mets are considering whether or not to keep manager Carlos Beltrán.

Who are the top candidates to replace Alex Cora in Boston?

Ben Clemens at Fangraphs looks at the top fastballs in baseball last year.

Is virtual reality baseball’s next performance edge?

Former MLB pitcher Tim Hudson joins the Auburn baseball team as a pitching coach.

The Braves rename their home stadium “Truist Park.”

New York is naming a street after Derek Jeter.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler peeled the skin off 40 McDonald’s chicken nuggets.

Israel’s Olympic baseball team has big dreams for the games in Tokyo.

The magic of LSU and a perfect football season.

How North Carolina became college basketball’s biggest disappointment.

Why today’s shopping sucks.

Why Ken Jennings is the greatest Jeopardy player of all time.

It turns out Colin Trevorrow’s version of Rise of Skywalker was pretty good.

Your song of the day is The Supreme with You Keep Me Hangin’ On.