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Can Scott Barlow become Wade Davis 2.0?

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 4, 2021

Carlos Hernández had a rough start in a win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

“We’re just trying to get him consistent,” Matheny said of Hernández. “I’ve been really impressed with how coachable, teachable he is with anything we give him. He’s got good body awareness to where you can throw something at him he can figure out what that should feel like, look like. I anticipate the next time we see him out there he’ll be a little bit more consistent.”

Lynn Worthy writes that Scott Barlow is learning from one of the best - Wade Davis.

“I’ve watched many videos of him, especially in the postseason,” Barlow said. “Not only the mechanics, but the big thing is you can see the intensity in their eyes. It’s almost like in the movies. And just how locked in he was and into every single pitch.

“People get lost in the mechanics side of what makes them good. That intensity. That focus on every pitch and never veering from that. Always, you could just tell he had one goal in mind — that was just get that guy out. That was something I picked up on.”

Anne Rogers talks to Mike Matheny about the delay in the Triple-A season that will mean players at the alternate site the first month.

“We’re going to get as many looks at the guys that we have, because we’ll need some innings from the arms that we have,” Matheny said. “So all things considered it doesn’t change our plans that much right now. If we ever got to the point with some of the young pitchers that we know are a ways from competing, and they start to look like they’re getting a lot of work, we’d obviously slow things down. But really whether it’s a secondary site or the Triple-A season did start, they’re going to keep pitching. Let’s just build on what they’ve done this winter.”

She also writes about Kelvin Herrera’s legacy.

“He meant so much,” Francisco said. “He was small in stature, but had a big heart. His changeup was devastating. Just the aggressiveness, the lack of fear that he had on the mound. He’s fearless. He was always fearless on the mound.”

In his Mellinger Minutes, Sam talks about Dayton Moore caring about his players.

“Dayton Moore’s biggest problem is he’s the only one of 30 general managers who gives a (expletive) about players.”

The veteran meant that in half-jest, but only half. The point was that Moore and the Royals genuinely care about players as humans in a way that other clubs simply do not.

But the point of operating like this isn’t to attract big name free agents. Nobody is pretending the Royals can get a discount because Mike Matheny remembers the names of a player’s kids.

Moore and other club officials would tell you they operate this way primarily from a responsibility about making the game better. They care deeply about growing baseball, as corny as that sounds to many, and believe that treating the game with honor and respect is the best way forward.

Tyler Kepner at the New York Times writes about how the Royals want to improve.

“Dayton’s not there to sit around and wait,” said Minor, an All-Star for Texas in 2019. “They didn’t have a whole lot to work with, but they went after guys and made their best offers right away — and when you look at it, it’s a sneaky strong team. I think we’re going to compete, and that’s what Dayton’s there for. The rebuilding thing, I don’t think Dayton buys into that. He wants to put a good product on the field.”

Royals players are expecting about 30 percent capacity at games this year, and they are excited for fans to return, writes Pete Grathoff.

“It would mean everything,” third baseman Hunter Dozier said. “Fans are a huge part of this game and that’s what part of being in the big leagues is about. Going out there, running out into Kauffman, I remember when I got called up, it was a packed house.

“I mean just the emotions and the adrenaline that the fans create for players, you can’t replace that. So we’re super excited to get fans back. I know everyone’s looking forward to it, and we can’t wait to see them.”

Craig Brown looks at what the Royals can expect from Jarrod Dyson.

In the grand scheme of payrolls and playing time, the decision between a veteran and a minor leaguer who isn’t a top prospect isn’t going to make or break the 2021 version of the Royals. But it’s just bizarre that Moore makes the same kind of miscalculations again and again. This doesn’t—and shouldn’t—erase the positive moves the general manager has made this offseason. It’s a minor move that won’t have a major impact. Let’s just characterize it as a head-scratcher.

Dyson’s return prompts many fans to make Blues Brothers jokes.

David Lesky continues his roster projection by looking at the pitchers.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter thinks Dyson is an odd fit for the Royals.

Darin Watson at UL’s Toothpick gives his Royals Hall of Fame picks.

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