Royals Rumblings - News for June 9, 2020
Alec Lewis of The Athletic looks at who the Royals could select in the draft this week.
Why the Royals will take him: Because a top-five pick calls for upside, and Veen has about as much of it — if not more — than any other player in this draft. The swing is the tool so many discuss, but he also has speed (as evidenced by his statistics). And an arm. And the right perspective. Veen has grown close with Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays. The two have worked out for a couple of years, including as of late. Even Hays, who recently spoke with The Athletic, marveled at Veen’s projection, in body and in the way baseballs will one day bounce off Veen’s bat. The Royals have had loads of success with high school bats at the top of the first round under Moore. Two names that come to mind: Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas.
Jeffrey Flanagan lists the top relievers in Royals history, and Brandon Maurer did not make it.
But consider this: Of Quisenberry’s 238 saves, over half (120) required six outs or more. And for his career, Quisenberry averaged 1.73 innings per save, second only all time to Hoyt Wilhelm’s 1.85.
What’s also remarkable about Quisenberry’s career was his pinpoint accuracy. He had only 92 unintentional walks over his entire career, which consisted of 1,043 1/3 innings. He threw a grand total of four wild pitches in his career.
Yet for someone around the plate that often, Quisenberry did not surrender many home runs – 0.5 per nine innings as a Royal.
“When you look at Quiz’s numbers,” Montgomery said, “they are incredible.”
Ralph Lifshitz and Joe Doyle at Prospects Live break down what the Royals may do in the draft.
Mark Schremmer at Kings of Kauffman is critical of Lonnie Goldberg’s draft record.
Whit Merrifield makes Dan Szymborski’s All Late-Round Draft team.
Where baseball stands after the latest proposal from owners.
Baseball isn’t working with local public health officials on the return of the sport.
MLB accuses umpire Ángel Hernández of eavesdropping on a phone call.
Torii Hunter says he had a no-trade clause that kept him from going to Boston due to racial abuse there.
A look at baseball’s mental skills coaches.
Top draft prospect Spencer Torkelson is friends with Food Network star Guy Fieri.
How a shortened 2020 season could impact the 2021 draft.
Billionaire NBA and NHL owner Josh Harris is considering a bid on the Mets.
What the NFL is doing to start the season on time.
MLS may have won negotiations with players, but at a long-term cost.
A look at the racism problem on the Nextdoor app.
The search for the simplest animal in the world.
The search for the “Billy tree-climbing safety” commercial that ran in Kansas City in the 1980s.
Your song of the day is John Lennon with Nobody Told Me.