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Weekend Rumblings - News for April 25, 2020

Who has the best hit tool for the Royals?

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Weekend Rumblings - News for April 25, 2020

Jayson Jenks at The Athletic writes about Jarrod Dyson’s unlikely road to the big leagues.

His name was Jarrod Dyson. Rhees had never heard of him. He was not, in even the fringe sense of the word, a prospect.

And Rhees wasn’t exactly blown away by Dyson’s approach his first time up: “Dyson stuck his rear end in one dugout, his head over the plate over in the other and looked like he was swinging a purse at the ball.” Dyson tapped a ball between second and third and beat out the throw to first. Rhees still had his stopwatch out and looked down. Shame on me, he thought, because no one runs that fast. He hadn’t been paying close attention. Later, Dyson floated a ball between the left fielder, shortstop and third baseman and ended up on third. This time, Rhees was ready.

His stopwatch had not lied. looks at who has the best hit tool for each team, and Jeffrey Flanagan writes it is Whit Merrifield for the Royals.

Merrifield has a knack for using the whole field. He can hit inside pitches or drive outside pitches the other way. In fact, in 2019, Merrifield pulled 32.2 percent of his batted balls, hit 37.3 percent straight away and hit 30.5 percent the opposite way.

“That’s what makes all good hitters good,” Hall of Famer George Brett once said of Merrifield. “You just go with wherever a pitch is pitched. If you just try to pull everything, you can be an easy out at times. But Whit can drive it anywhere in the park. That’s why he’s such a consistent hitter.”

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