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Weekend Rumblings - News for February 8, 2020

Who will man first base?

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First baseman Ryan O’Hearn #66 of the Kansas City Royals in action against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Weekend Rumblings - News for February 8, 2020

Alec Lewis of The Athletic did a chat and addresses the fifth spot in the rotation.

I truly don’t believe the Royals have a front-runner for the fifth starter spot at the moment. The competition this spring will likely lead to the Royals’ answer there. I will say, the Royals don’t need a fifth starter until April 8. So they have some flexibility early on. From conversations I’ve had with folks inside and out of the organization, I think many believe Brady Singer is the readiest, and that’s really from a mental standpoint That’s also no knock on Jackson Kowar, Daniel Lynch and Kris Bubic, all of whom have really come along. I also think candidates to grab that fifth starter spot could be Foster Griffin, Chance Adams or others. It’s a very open spot right now, I believe.

Jeffrey Flanagan previews the battle at first base between Ryan O’Hearn and Ryan McBroom.

“I do feel like I finished strong,” O’Hearn said, “and that gave me something positive going into the offseason.”

O’Hearn admits that he let an early-season slump, and the fact he was hitting into some bad luck, get to him emotionally.

Matheny said he can relate.

“I was like that as a player,” Matheny said at the Winter Meetings. “It’s a game of failure, and you have to be able to forgive yourself for failure. I see a lot of myself in Ryan O’Hearn.”

Flanagan also writes about the development of young pitchers.

Moore cautions, though, that the club isn’t going to force any of its young pitchers onto the Opening Day roster.

“The truth is, we make many advance decisions on our young players,” Moore said. “We don’t necessarily let Spring Training results dictate our decisions. If we have them scheduled to go to Triple-A, that’s probably where they’re going to go. But certainly you have to keep an open mind and see how it plays out.”

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