Royals Rumblings - News for March 16, 2021
Danny Duffy looked sharp in four perfect innings on Monday.
“It’s obviously important to get quick outs,” Duffy said. “I was able to get — I had a couple of good sinkers that I threw to righties today that they either mishit or hit right at people. And there were a couple of balls that were hit pretty well, one of them being a changeup to a lefty that just about left the yard. Still trying to work to harness that and get that down to where I need to get it, and that’s why we throw it out here. That’s why we’re doing it. It was quick, it was efficient, and I got through it.”
Josh Staumont reveals he was battling a COVID-19 infection, writes Anne Rogers.
“It was not a light case,” Staumont said. “I lost a ton of weight, lot of muscle, things like that. We’re working back into it. Realistically, my health right now is completely normal. But if we’re comparing it to the other incredible athletes on this field, it’s just not where it needs to be at this moment. But we got two, three weeks left. I am extremely encouraged as to what we’ve gotten back so far, so with a little bit more time and effort, we can gain back that energy.
“But at the end of the day, we fall asleep pretty easy.”
Alec Lewis writes about who has looked impressive in camp, such as pitcher Jakob Junis.
Junis’ newest weapon, the cutter, has proven effective against big-leaguers this spring. His slider’s history speaks for itself. Comfortable with his arsenal, Junis focused Saturday on a developing change-up and two-seam fastball. So the results of that session don’t tell the whole story.
Taking spring training as a whole, Junis has received rave reviews from club officials and scouts alike. The cutter, many believe, will be dangerous against hitters. Now it’s a matter of role. He’s built up to three innings, which has always been the plan. Will the Royals keep him going? Or will they have him back off, leaving him fitting best for the bullpen?
Lynn Worthy writes that Brad Brach is looking for a career renaissance.
“His stuff continues to just develop,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said after Brach worked around a walk and threw a scoreless inning on Saturday. “He’s still trying to show us what he has got and how he is going to potentially fit in with us. He’s got some funky stuff, so I was happy to see him get back out there and work through a couple of things.”
The Royals were on MLB Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” last night.
David Lesky writes up his top 15 Royals prospects.
The Royals make some more moves.
#Royals optioned infielders Lucius Fox and Kelvin Gutierrez, and outfielder Nick Heath to Triple-A Omaha.— Lynn Worthy (@LWorthySports) March 15, 2021
Royals players gush over Bobby Witt, Jr. on Twitter.
Flanny tweets that Witt has his supporters on the club.
And one final thing before I return to my retirement/man/cave, hearing there is a very strong sentiment, judging from my messages, that the Royals clubhouse believes the team would be way better off with Bobby Witt Jr. on the Opening Day roster, damn the service time issues.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) March 15, 2021
Clint Scoles at Royals Academy looks at parallels between Witt and Fernando Tatis, Jr. in 2019.
Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter looks at Nick Loftin, Nick Pratto, and Seuly Matias.
Ben Lindbergh makes the case for moving the mound back.
Ryan Braun is leaning towards retirement, but has not yet made a decision.
Clayton Kershaw will get the Opening Day start for the Dodgers.
Yankees catcher Robinson Chirinos will miss 4-6 weeks after wrist surgery.
Former Royals outfielder Brett Phillips will miss 3-4 weeks with a hamstring strain.
MLB will give YouTube exclusive rights to 21 games this year,
Francisco Lindor wants to save baseball one smile at a time.
Former Tigers pitcher Eulogio de la Cruz dies at the age of 37.
Two Rangers employees express concern about Opening Day at full capacity.
Iowa State fires basketball coach Steve Prohm.
What if we just buried carbon emissions in the ground?
Your song of the day is Roxette with Joyride.