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Mike Matheny wanted Nick Pratto to get more at-bats in the minors.

“[He] just needs at-bats, and [needs] the consistency,” Matheny said. “I know that he believes in himself. We believe in him and that’s part of the conversation. I believe that he’s a championship-caliber player and he needs to go get the opportunities, just keep swinging the bat and learn more about himself. The consistency that will come, normally that comes from one, the repetitions and two, some of the adversity and learning the lessons you need to learn and moving past them.”

Kevin O’Brien writes that the Pratto demotion raises questions.

It’s one thing if Matheny is saying “Hey, Nick’s process is out of whack, and he needs to work with our guys to fix it in Omaha.” But saying “Well, he just needs more at-bats because there aren’t enough to go around right now in Kansas City?”

That’s harder to stomach as a Royals fan and further shows that Matheny and his staff continue to prioritize short-term success over long-term gains.

Matheny and the Royals coaching staff (and probably the front office) seem to be more concerned about trying to avoid 100 losses, probably in a last-ditch effort to save their jobs.

Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman writes why the Pratto demotion isn’t an outrage.

Matheny liked what he saw from the rookie hitters in Sunday’s finale.

“That’s what we’re always looking at, those good at-bats, the hard contact, the situational hitting,” manager Mike Matheny said. “We’re seeing guys taking some good at-bats, fighting through some counts. Seeing everything that we want to see from all of them. … Overall, they’re putting together good at-bats and those are gonna pay off in the long run.”

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