Royals Rumblings - News for February 19, 2021
Anne Rogers writes that Daniel Lynch is already turning heads in camp.
“Daniel looks completely different 365 days later than what we saw him last year,” Matheny said. “And part of that is a little bit of edge. He wanted to be a part of what we were doing last year. Part of that is our development team, and our pitching development did a really good job. Stuff’s been there. It’s been fine-tuning some of the idiosyncrasies and some even away from the ball as far as his demeanor, as far as his presence. Things that do start relaying into consistency.
She also writes about Brady Singer looking to build on last year’s performance.
“That changeup has a potential to be a really good pitch,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “Especially when you start talking about third time through the order — he’s got an above-average breaking ball that is going to be in everybody’s mind. They know it now. They know that he locates down in the zone. It’s that next step, next level.”
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David Lesky at Inside the Crown thinks the Royals may be able to focus on defense less with the pitching they have.
This isn’t to say that the Royals should just punt on defense or strive to punt on defense. They have a big park with a lot of ground to cover and even the team that struck out hitters at the highest rate didn’t strike them out 71.1 percent of the time. This is just to say that getting those strikeouts will give them the option to not worry about it so much at every single position and to be able to maybe actually go for the masher who isn’t quite as adept in the field.
Eric Longenhagen and Kevin Goldstein at Fangraphs discuss prospects who could make next year’s top 100 list.
Jonathan Bowlan needs to show consistent velocity over the course of a whole season, though his early-career track of record of missing bats while throwing strikes is very encouraging.
A Dutch newspaper profiles Royals outfield prospects and native sons Darryl and Darnel Collins.
Kansas City Royals already had Darnel Collins in their sights when his brother Darryl, 19, signed a contract with the Major League Club in 2019. ”He is stronger than I was when I was sixteen, but first let’s see how he will be in three years,” says Darryl. “I am very proud of my brother. Darnel traveled to America with me at the time and the club saw him play baseball there. He has also performed well with the Dutch under-15 team at foreign tournaments. ‘’ (via Google Translate)
Josh Vernier talks to Whit Merrifield on 610 Sports.
The Royals Farm Report podcast talks to a former Angels scout.
Former Royals reliever Trevor Rosenthal signs a one-year, $11 million deal with Oakland.
The Athletics also sign first baseman Mitch Moreland to a one-year deal.
Former Twins second baseman Brian Dozier retires.
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto breaks his thumb and could miss a few weeks.
Indians ace Shane Bieber tests positive for COVID-19.
What do the projections say about how Fernando Tatis, Jr. will fare over his contract?
Blake Snell pens a piece at the Player’s Tribune about being pulled in the World Series.
Who is the next player to sign a mega-extension?
Miami-Dade County settles a lawsuit with former Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.
LeBron James and Kevin Durant will serve as All-Star captains.
The Ivy League won’t play spring sports this year.
Here are the first images of Mars taken by NASA’s Perseverance Rover.
A salute to the “casually R-rated movies” of the 80s.
Your song of the day is David Bowie with Life on Mars?