Royals Rumblings - News for January 28, 2020
MLB.com projects all 30 team rotations, with Jeffrey Flanagan projecting Brady Singer in KC’s.
General manager Dayton Moore told us at the Winter Meetings that the bullpen solutions could involve moving Jorge López and Glenn Sparkman, who are potential starters, to middle or short relief. That opens a spot for one of the Royals’ prospects to grab the fifth and final spot in the rotation — Brady Singer, Jackson Kowar, Daniel Lynch, etc. Should be a fun camp.
Flanny has more from Dayton Moore at FanFest.
“I feel really good about some of those kids coming sooner than later but that’s always the delicate balance with young players and pitchers,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore told MLB.com at FanFest last weekend. “How do you transition them into the Major Leagues? One of the things you want to rely on is ‘Are they mentally ready to go?’ Physically, we can all recognize that – the numbers tell us that, the data tells us that, we can evaluate the ability. But what is the most difficult to evaluates is what is up here (pointing to his head). That’s where you have to rely on your staff to forecast if they are mentally ready.”
Royals Farm Report continues their countdown of Royals prospects with #51-60.
To be really honest with you, Adrian Alcantara wasn’t more than a blip on my radar heading into 2019. He didn’t even crack our midseason top 75 but wound up being one of the most impressive pitchers among the Royals lower level prospects last summer. Alcantara posted the 5th best HR/9 among all Royals prospects with at least 50 IP last year, and his .152 BAA was the best mark on the farm. Alcantara is still super young, and given his lack of track record it’s hard to expect too much from him just yet. However, with a good 2020 in Lexington, Alcantara has the ability to put himself in the same conversation as guys like Charlie Neuweiler and Rylan Kaufman up higher on this list.
Baseball Prospectus has four Royals on their Top 101 prospect list, with Kris Bubic a surprise at #96.
Royals players are pumped about the Chiefs’ Super Bowl run.
The Diamondbacks acquire outfielder Starling Marte from the Pirates.
The designated hitter may be coming to the National League soon.
Umpires will wear mics to explain rulings this season.
Jessica Mendoza is likely to be ousted from the Sunday Night Baseball booth.
DraftKings players file a class action lawsuit against the Astros and Red Sox for cheating.
Like the Royals, the Marlins are negotiating a new TV deal with Sinclair Broadcasting.
What are the biggest winter blockbuster trades in baseball history?
Patrick Mahomes may be the first $200 million man in football.
When does someone become “old”?
A ranking of every episode of The Good Place.
Your song of the day is Run DMC with It’s Tricky.