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Royals Rumblings - News for October 14, 2021

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How far are the Royals from playing in the post-season?

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Royals Rumblings - News for October 14, 2021

Alec Lewis writes about Asa Lacy in his Arizona Fall League debut on Wednesday.

Lacy, who turned 22 this summer, pitched two scoreless innings for the Surprise Saguaros, one of the league’s six teams, all of which feature some of the game’s top prospects. Lacy allowed only one hit, struck out four, walked one and threw 25 pitches (17 strikes).

One scout summed up the outing succinctly: “Pretty freaking good.”

In his Mellinger Minutes, Sam looks at how far the Royals are from being a playoff team.

The Royals have a lot of promising pieces. They have athleticism and versatility. They have power and speed. They have the framework of what might-could-maybe-possibly be one of the best defenses in baseball. They have arms stacked on arms, which are also stacked on arms. They have three minor-leaguers who will be on every Rookie of the Year watch list you might see between now and opening day.

All of that is true, but so is this: The Royals do not currently have a player who will be 30 or younger on opening day and has made an All-Star team.

David Lesky at Inside the Crown looks at some arbitration-eligible players on other teams that could be trade targets for the Royals.

Athletics - Chris Bassitt ($8.8MM) , Sean Manaea ($10.2MM) or Frankie Montas ($5.2MM)

I’ve written so much about trading for A’s starters that I’m repeating myself, but any of these three would be at the top of a 2022 Royals rotation. Bassitt and Manaea are both free agents after the 2022 season, so the deal might not be that expensive for the Royals to pick either up while Montas has two years of control left. Bassitt is a bit older while Manaea and Montas will be heading into their age-30 and age-29 seasons respectively. The A’s are bereft of pitching talent in their system, so this does seem to be a match. Would the Royals trade Jackson Kowar for any of these?

Craig Brown at Into the Fountains looks at the Royals offense by the numbers.

Watch any Royals broadcast and you’re certain to hear the announcers extoll the virtues of the productive out. It would appear the Royals take that to heart. Their Productive Out % (the percentage of successful opportunities converted) was 32.6 percent. The Royals were the only team in the majors with a Productive Out percent greater than 30 percent.

I guess a productive out is better than a non-productive out. (Say, a strikeout with a runner on third with less than two outs.) But at the end of the day, a team only gets 27 outs. (Unless it’s a Rob Manfred special doubleheader. Those come with six fewer outs. But I digress.) Their 52 sacrifice flies were second-most in the majors, behind only the Astros with 54. Their 31 sacrifice bunts were the most in the AL. And then there were the other advances that come with the general aggressive base running the Royals employ.

Why did Alex Gordon’s name come up in an online spat between Darren Rovell and Keith Olbermann?

Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman wonders if Pedro Grifol will finally get hired to manage a club this off-season.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter ranks Royals rivalries with divisional opponents.

Royals minor league outfielder Brewer Hicklen writes about the mental anguish of being a professional athlete.

All-Star catcher Ray Fosse dies at the age of 74.

The Braves/Brewers game reveals another flaw in the replay system.

The Astros fire back after sign-stealing allegations.

A look at who may be up for the Mets managerial job.

The secret to Atlanta’s defensive turnaround.

The Cubs hire Cleveland executive Carter Hawkins to be their new general manager.

Billy Beane is reportedly interested in the Mets GM job.

The Rays are out of the playoffs, but their influence remains.

The Tigers sign a new multi-year TV deal with Bally Sports Detroit.

Rays pitcher David Hess will begin chemotherapy for a tumor in his chest.

Rob Manfred says he’s not sure he sees a “path to success” for a new stadium in Oakland.

A look back at the San Francisco Crazy Crab, the most hated mascot in baseball history.

NFL reporter Adam Schefter admits he shouldn’t have sent a story to Washington executive Bruce Allen to be edited.

The NHL back on ESPN was a hit on its first night.

Is videoconferencing better than meeting in person?

Amazon is planning to open a retail store in Kansas City on the Plaza.

Jaime Costa posts five minutes of himself as Robin Williams, and now fans want a biopic.

Your song of the day is Joy Division with Disorder.