Royals Rumblings - News for February 8, 2021
Anne Rogers looks at who the Royals could still be looking to add to the roster.
Left-handed utility man Brad Miller (.895 OPS with the Cardinals in 2020) is still on the free-agent market, as is outfielder Matt Joyce (.351 OBP with the Marlins in ’20). Right fielder Nomar Mazara struggled last season, but he has shown power numbers in the past, including 20-home-run seasons from 2016-18. If Whit Merrifield moves to left field and the Royals are confident they can tap into the talent Mazara has showed before, he could be a good fit with Kansas City for ‘21.
Clint Scoles at Royals Academy gives the Hanser Alberto signing a thumbs up.
The price tag was an excellent value signing who offers above-average defense and a quality bat versus left=handed pitching. The signing at that value makes for a suitable replacement for Maikel Franco, who put up a .830 OPS vs. lefties while offering less defensive value than Alberto is likely to provide. At the low price of around $2m, this is a fine acquisition for a team trying to keep payroll low, looking to move a player at the break without taking on a long-term commitment.
Michael Ajeto at Pitcher List writes about Brady Singer’s strike-throwing abilities.
In all counts, except for two-strike counts, Singer ranks in the 98th percentile. When looking solely at two-strike counts, though, Singer drops to the 40th percentile in CSW. That’s because he doesn’t have much in the way of an out-pitch. You would think his slider could be that pitch, but his slider’s 15.1% two-strike CSW is even worse than his sinker’s 21.1%. That’s a significant, significant problem. Singer gets to two-strike counts better than almost any other pitcher, but his lack of a chase pitch renders him mortal in two-strike counts.
MLB.com lists each team’s top non-100 prospect, with Jackson Kowar for the Royals.
Kowar split his first full season in 2019 between Class A Advanced Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas, making 13 starts at each level while compiling an overall ERA of 3.52 in 148 1/3 innings. The 6-foot-5 right-hander already features a pair of impact pitches in his fastball and well-above-average changeup, and he reportedly made progress refining his curveball in 2020.
Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman looks at what the Dexter Fowler trade says about Dayton Moore.
Marcell Ozuna returns to the Braves on a four-year, $64 million deal.
The Rangers send shortstop Elvis Andrus to Oakland for slugger Khris Davis.
Texas lands pitcher Mike Foltynewicz on a one-year, $2 million deal.
Mike Fiers returns to Oakland on a one-year, $3.5 million deal.
The Mets sign outfielder Albert Almora, Jr.
Carlos Correa and the Astros avoid arbitration with a one-year deal.
ESPN baseball reporter Pedro Gomez dies unexpectedly at the age of 58.
Russell Easom looks at the psychology of the infield shift.
What Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady could have been like as MLB players.
At ESPN Insider, Buster Olney writes about how baseball could still have an expanded playoff this year.
Amanda Lee at Lookout Landing writes about Lanny Moss, the first female general manager in professional baseball.
Yogi Berra will be honored with a stamp from the US Postal Service.
The Chiefs fall just short of their goal to “run it back.”
Super Bowl commercials leaned heavily on nostalgia.
How did West Virginia become the best state at administering the COVID-19 vaccine?
TVs and entertainment systems have become needlessly complicated.
What does the latest reveal in WandaVision mean for the MCU universe?
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