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Weekend Rumblings - News for April 11, 2020

We’re at the point where we’re remembering Luke Hochevar.

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Weekend Rumblings - News for April 11, 2020

Alec Lewis talks to Dayton Moore, asking him why they added Trevor Rosenthal, but not Greg Holland.

We needed to be safe rather than sorry. We felt, at the time, Trevor had certainly separated himself as one of the better relief pitchers in our camp. We didn’t want to take a chance of losing him.

Holland performed very well also. It was just, we felt Trevor really separated himself. We needed to make that move. To a man, we all felt that way. The way (Major League Baseball’s agreement with the MLB players’ association) played out, we would’ve probably been fine regardless, but we didn’t want to take any chances. I didn’t want to look back and feel we were taking a chance when we knew before the stoppage Trevor was going to be on the team.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy takes a look past the first round of the draft.

After that, the Royals should be looking to add position players though and one that I find pretty interesting that is likely to be available at their second or third spot is Arizona State third baseman, Gage Workman. A very athletic third baseman who could probably play shortstop on a team that didn’t have Alika Williams. Last year he hit eight home runs for the Sun Devils and had already hit three in his first 17 games this year before the season had ended.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter remembers Luke Hochevar.

Hochevar didn’t have a bad career by any means, but the Royals did him no favors in his development Desperate to see their only No. 1 pick in history succeed, Hochevar was rushed to the rotation after only 34 appearances in the minors. Hochevar struggled initially when he joined the rotation full time as a 24-year-old in 2008: he posted a 6-12 record with a 5.51 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 22 starts and 129 innings pitched. However, there were some signs that he could put it together over time and live up to his hype: his FIP was regularly better than his ERA from 2008-2012 (when he was a starter), and he ended up having his best year in 2011 as the Royals ace, going 11-11 with a 4.68 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over 31 starts and 198 innings of work.

Jordan Foote writes that the Royals will emphasize pitching if rosters expand.

Cody Rickman at KC Kingdom looks at the 2025 World Champion Royals.

Brett Phillips will represent the Royals in a player’s tournament for MLB: The Show 20 for charity.

Sluggerrr wants to crash your classroom Zoom call.

Could a shortened season resurrect the four-man rotation?

Who are the best #1 prospects in baseball history?

Team values rose 4 percent last year, according to Forbes.

A season without baseball could crush minor league teams.

Fans aren’t happy that baseball teams haven’t refunded tickets for games yet.

Which teams would benefit the most from the plan to play games in Florida and Arizona?

White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon is on track in his rehab from Tommy John surgery.

Nearly three out of four Americans say they won’t attend a game without a vaccine.

Veteran Mark Reynolds announces his retirement.

Former MVP Josh Hamilton is indicted on a charge of injury to a child.

The XFL shuts down.

Charles Davis replaces Dan Fouts in the booth for CBS.

The plans to re-open the economy probably involve a lot of things we don’t want to do.

World of Warcraft experienced a pandemic in 2005, and that may help researchers today.

If no movies come out this year, who will win the Oscars in 2021?

Your song of the day is Miles Davis with Pinocchio.