Royals Rumblings - News for January 7, 2021
Alec Lewis ranks the Royals pitching prospects by tiers.
Jonathan Bowlan, RHP — The Royals have stressed the importance of drafting power arms over the past few years, and Bowlan is quintessentially that. He’s 6-foot-6 and weighs 248 pounds (his weight is down from past measurements, a sign of his strides). In 2019 at High-A Wilmington and last season at the Royals’ alternate site in Kansas City, Kan., Bowlan proved his ability to throw strikes with his fastball and slider. He has been projected as a back-end starter, but an improved changeup could help him become more than that.
Buster Olney ranks the top infielders at each position, with Salvador Perez #4 among catchers, and Carlos Santana #9 among first basemen.
He needs just nine more walks to reach 1,000 for his career, and 10 more home runs to achieve 250.
Whit is willing to play wherever it takes.
All of em. Except catcher. I particularly like my thumb.— Whit Merrifield (@WhitMerrifield) January 6, 2021
The real answer is wherever Coach Mike asks me to play. (Minus catcher. I’m serious about the thumb thing.) https://t.co/g5NxpR2ZSn
The Yankees acquire outfielder Greg Allen from the Padres.
The White Sox and Dodgers are among the suitors for Brad Hand.
The Red Sox have interest in Jake Odorizzi.
What are the top five pitching rotations in baseball?
Baseball America looks at success stories in trading for ace pitchers.
Former manager Tommy Lasorda is released from the hospital after a seven-week stay.
Former pitcher Tommy John is hospitalized with COVID-19.
DeVonta Smith is the first receiver to win the Heisman Trophy in awhile.
A new theory suggests that perhaps all the intelligent life in the universe killed itself off.
On another note, I debated even doing a Rumblings today in the wake of yesterday’s events. I think ultimately, we are a community and having each other can be very therapeutic in frustrating times, and a chance to escape reality for a bit. As always, please keep things civil, and let’s all hope for better days soon.
Your song of the day is Elvis Costello with (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding.