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Weekend Rumblings - News for June 13, 2020

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Weekend Rumblings - News for June 13, 2020

Dayton Moore is pretty pleased with his draft class this year, writes Jeffrey Flanagan.

“We felt pretty good when our heads hit the pillow Wednesday night,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “They’re not signed yet, but we are very excited to get them into the organization.”

In a draft roundtable, ESPN writers think Asa Lacy was the best pitcher in the draft, and Alden Gonzalez loves what the Royals did.

What is one draft class you look at and immediately love?

Gonzalez: The Kansas City Royals, particularly for what they did on Day 1. They got Lacy at a spot they probably didn’t expect him to fall to, then were able to land Nick Loftin — the Baylor shortstop with a high contact rate and an equally high floor — with the 32nd pick. That’s two steady college performers for an organization that has seemingly shifted away from the raw, toolsy high school prospects in its approach to the draft. Two steals, it seems.

Eric Longenhagen at Fangraphs has some notes following the draft.

I think Kansas City probably overpaid Nick Loftin but I like every player they picked, and it sounds like Will Klein was at or near the top of most teams’ pref lists as a $20,000 UDFA had they not drafted him.

Dayton Moore says he has approval to sign as many undrafted free agents as he can beginning on Sunday.

“Mr. Sherman told us to be as aggressive as we think we need to be,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said, referring to KC chairman and CEO John Sherman. “He said, ‘I trust (assistant GM/amateur scouting) Lonnie (Goldberg). I trust (assistant scouting director) Danny (Ontiveros). I trust our scouting staff,’ and if they believe a player has a chance to play in the major leagues and he’ll take $20,000, he told us to sign as many of those guys as we can.”

Moore also expressed frustration with the shortened draft.

Sam Mellinger reacts to Dayton Moore’s comments and the shrunken draft.

The Royals should have drafted 41 or so prospects this week. Instead, just six. In the next few days they’ll offer no more than $20,000 (and a college scholarship, for high school prospects) to more.

Those kids will have a hard decision to make, but the Royals know many won’t sign....

The people in charge talk a lot about growing the sport, and to be sure there are real efforts to do so beyond the usual talking points of pitch clocks and pace of play. Kansas City’s Urban Youth Academy is one of the country’s best examples.

But for a group of presumably smart people who claim they want their sport to grow, they sure are making a lot of decisions to shrink.

This is a particular problem at the moment, and a specific problem for baseball.

Alec Lewis at The Athletic did a Q&A after the draft.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter reviews the Royals’ draft class.

Pete Grathoff writes that Lorenzo Cain loved the ‘Cainholio’ memes fans made after 2015 Royals-White Sox brawl.

The best players that went undrafted this week.

Baseball America has an early look at a 2021 mock draft.

The latest owner proposal is reportedly a 70-75 game schedule with 80-85 percent of pro-rated pay.

Do baseball’s labor battles keep fans away?

The 30 for 30 on the 1998 home run chase seems to sidestep the issue of PEDs.

The KBO’s Hanhwa Eagles make some unfortunate history.

How the MLS plans to return this summer.

Will the NBA pay players who decide to sit out over health concerns?

A judge rules bankrupt Hertz is allowed to sell their worthless stock.

The HBO Go app is going away.

Disney’s Artemis Fowl is getting some pretty awful reviews.

Your song of the day is Dizzy Gillespie with Manteca.