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Royals Rumblings - News for October 11, 2021

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Royals Rumblings - News for October 11, 2021

Lynn Worthy writes that the improvement of the young pitching has the Royals optimistic about next year.

Asked what made him feel differently about the club’s outlook compared to recent years, All-Star second baseman Whit Merrifield didn’t need more than a split second to reply. “Young pitching talent, and a lot of it,” he replied with a grin.

“A lot of it. We haven’t really had that since I’ve been here. “We did what we had to do back in ‘14 and ‘15 to get pieces to win the World Series. That’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re supposed to go for it, and we did. It took us a little while to reload, for lack of a better term.”

Jordan Foote at Inside the Royals writes that Adalberto Mondesi’s season leaves more questions than answers.

Mondesi’s approach at the plate has always been an issue, and his plate discipline remains very poor. A 4.4% walk rate is minuscule and when combined with a 31.6% strikeout rate, the totality is near-catastrophic. He’s struck out below 30% before, but that came in 2018 (26.5%) and 2019 (29.8%). His career-high walk rate is 5.0%, which came in Mondesi’s 25-game 2017 season.

A combination of power, speed and defense can get players by but if they aren’t on the field daily to display the power, it’s a suppressed point. Mondesi doesn’t get on base nearly as often as he should, so the eliteness of the speed could be significantly greater in volume. He’s been bumped away from shortstop and is discouraged from diving after balls, so is his defense as impactful as it can be? Almost surely not.

The game didn’t turn out well, but Salvador Perez had a blast as the drum honoree at the Chiefs game.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter highlights the Royals players that need to have a strong performance in the Arizona Fall League.

The Royals ranked 21st in MLB in attendance this year.

Conner Becker thinks an off-season will benefit Jackson Kowar.

Former Kansas City Athletics infielder Tom Carroll died at the age of 85.

The Red Sox win Game 3 thanks to a ground rule double for the Rays.

Why more and more starting pitchers are pitching in relief this post-season.

Giants Director of Pitching Brian Bannister talks a bit about their process.

A look at this year’s centerfield free agent class.

A look at minor league ballpark park factors in 2021.

What would a Juan Soto contract extension look like?

The Rays’ president says it is ”next to impossible” to play a full season in Tampa Bay next year.

How did baseball’s seventh-inning stretch originate?

A signed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson goes for $1.47 million at auction.

The Chiefs may no longer be the king of the AFC after a loss to the Bills.

The Lakers are trying to bring back size in the NBA.

Fish poop could be a bulwark against climate change.

What happens to clothes you return after ordering them online?

The legacy of Daniel Craig’s James Bond.

Your song of the day is Bob Dylan with A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.