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Royals Rumblings - News for March 17, 2021

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Top o’ the mornin, Royals fans

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A white and tan akita dog, sitting nicely on a brown floor.
My fancy shelter friend, Akira.
Minda Haas Kuhlmann named their Top 30 Royals prospects. You may have guessed that Bobert Witt, Jr. is #1! New to the rankings is Noah Murdock:

Jump: Noah Murdock, RHP (2020: NR | 2020: No.16) — An imposing presence on the mound at 6-foot-8, Murdock showed significant strides in his strength, arsenal and control when he got to the Royals’ fall instructional program in Kansas City last year. The right-hander can now touch 100 mph with his fastball while sitting comfortably in the mid-90s, and his extension gives him added deception on the pitch. A new grip on his high-spin curveball makes the pitch a different-looking pitch than what it was in 2020.

Jim Bowden has high praise for Witt along with other prospects around baseball, at The Athletic:

I rank Bobby Witt Jr. as the second-best prospect in baseball behind only Wander Franco of the Rays. Witt profiles as a 40-home-run hitter when his power is developed. He is an elite athlete with great instincts, feel and tools for the game. He plays with passion and positive energy. He’s a beast and has quick feet and hands. Combine that with his impact middle-of-the-order bat and you’ll know why I love this player so much.

Witt has advanced pitch recognition, can hit high velocity, and makes consistent (and loud) sweet-spot contact. His swing is simple, and he has an excellent approach. His work ethic and thirst for learning are off the charts. He’s the most exciting player the Royals have had since Hall of Famer George Brett.

GM Dayton Moore: “Bobby is one of the few players I’ve seen with elite tools and elite skill and an advanced understanding of how to play. Above all, he’s a wonderful person.”

At Kings of Kauffman, Mike Gillespie writes that two winter transactions made the optioning of Kelvin Gutiérrez and Nick Heath to Omaha inevitable.

Kevin O’Brien takes a look at who will fill the long relief/spot starter role for Kansas City.

A couple of former Royals have new homes: Maikel Franco with the Orioles, and Billy Hamilton with the White Sox.

Larry Bernandez Félix Hernández left a start with some elbow soreness.

The Chicago Bears finally have a new quarterback, and it’s Andy Dalton.

Tiger Woods is back home in Florida recovering from his car crash.

Awful: 8 people are dead following a trio of shootings at massage parlors in the Atlanta area. A 21-year-old man is in custody.

Can your stimulus be taken away by debt collectors?

Related to absolutely nothing (really!), here is a video of a Missouri man shooting an anvil into the air like a hundred feet.

How girls can become Eagle Scouts, a rank within the Boy Scouts organization.

Audi has ceased development of new combustion engines.

Suddenly it is St. Patrick’s Day! Anyone have any good stories?

Dog of the day: an old shelter pal, Akira the akita. Reader dogs will return next week!

Song of the day: Less Than Jake - All My Best Friends Are Metalheads. A classic.