Royals Rumblings - News for October 30, 2020
Mike Rosenbaum scouts the Royals prospects in the instructional camp.
Erick Pena, 17, was the Royals’ youngest player at the Kauffman site before joining the club’s instructional league camp in Arizona. The organization’s top signing ($3,897,500) from the 2019-20 international class, he’s benefited greatly from training in both environments, demonstrating tools, skills and aptitude that all bode very well for his future development.
“There were times where he was facing pitching that, given his age and where he’s at in his career, he probably shouldn’t have been,” Picollo noted. “But he did well, learned a lot. He’s a very intelligent kid.
“He did a nice job, got on base, played great defense. His speed seems to have improved, just watching him move in center field. He’s going to be a big kid, so you wonder if the body will sustain center field. But with the way he’s moving, there’s no reason to think he can’t.”
Mark Feinsand at MLB.com looks at the needs for all 30 teams going into this off-season.
Kansas City Royals: Outfielder
The Royals will look for players with on-base skills after finishing 26th in the Majors with a .309 OBP. The outfield would be a good place to start; Alex Gordon is retiring and Bubba Starling posted a woeful .219 OBP, one of five outfielders with sub-.300 marks.
Potential FA targets: Jurickson Profar, Cameron Maybin
Salvador Perez and Greg Holland are both up for the 2020 All-MLB team and you can vote for them!
The Royals release some more minor leaguers.
According to MiLB, the #Royals have released the following minor league players:— MiLB-Transactions (@tombaseball29) October 28, 2020
RHP Tyshaun Chapman
LHP Bryce Hensley
1B Rhett Aplin
2B Jack Gethings
2B Kyle Kasser
2B Colby Schultz
OF Mikey Filia
The Astros place closer Roberto Osuna on outright waivers.
The Indians place closer Brad Hand on outright waivers.
The Mariners sign pitcher Kendall Graveman to a one-year deal.
The White Sox sign infielder Tim Beckham to a minor league deal.
The White Sox hire 76-year old Tony LaRussa to be their manager.
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Yasiel Puig is accused of sexual assault.
Juan Soto is likely to reach Super Two status and a big pay day.
MLB proposes that minor league teams upgrade their facilities.
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The Arizona Coyote renounce the rights to a draft pick once his history of racism and assaults surfaces.
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Netflix prices are going up again.
What to know about Daylight Savings and “falling back” this weekend.
Your song of the day is Queens of the Stone Age with You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire.