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Royals Rumblings - News for January 6, 2020

Royals owner John Sherman talks downtown baseball.

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Royals Rumblings - News for January 6, 2020

New Royals owner John Sherman talks to Kevin Collison at City Review about downtown baseball.

That work would include determining how a new ballpark would be financed, traffic studies and other planning work. As opposed to his predecessor however, parking was not an overriding issue.

“It’s just one factor,” Sherman said. It’s part of what would need to be done to make sure it would work.

“Not everybody likes the idea of a downtown stadium, but a lot of people do for economic development. Parking is just one of the things.”

Alex Duvall, writing at Prospects 1500, has his top 50 Royals prospect list out.

3. Erick Pena, OF

Age: 16

Highest level in 2019: N/A

Erick Pena finds himself here based on some ridiculously high reputation and potential. Perhaps no one outside of Bobby Witt Jr. in the Royals org has a higher ceiling than Erick Pena. Given that he’s still 16 years old, he’s no sure thing, but if he hits like seemingly everyone thinks he can, he’s a bonafide top 100 prospect heading into 2021. ETA: 2023

MLB Pipeline lists prospects for each team they expect to break out in 2020.

Royals: Kyle Isbel, OF (No. 8) -- The Royals were excited after Isbel’s exceptional pro debut after they took him in the third round of the 2018 Draft, but his 2019 season was interrupted by injuries and he played in just 59 games. He made up for lost time in the Arizona Fall League and should use his impressive .315/.429/.438 (leading the league in OBP) showing to catapult him to the upper levels of the system.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy adds his thoughts on Isbel.

Should Heath establish himself as a capable major leaguer in center then Isbel could be a plus defender in leftfield. Personally, I would like the Royals to explore him at second base again to see if he can help there or as a multi-positional player replacement for Whit after a trade. Whatever the defensive position if Isbel follows a similar path as the previous players listed then he will be at Triple-A during some point in 2020.

James Richards at the Mets blog Rising Apple, suggests the Royals pick up Dominic Smith from New York for Tim Hill and Daniel Tillo.

Former Royals signing minor league deals includes Christian Colón and Francisco Pena with the Reds, Rosell Herrera with the Yankees, and Abraham Almonte with the Padres.

Kansas City sportswriter Greg Hall died last week.

Infielder Asdrubal Cabrera returns to the Nationals on a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

Reliever Craig Stammen returns to the Padres on a two-year, $9 million deal.

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