Matt Beaty smacked two home runs Sunday and may be playing his way into a roster spot.
“He’s squared the ball up from Day 1 in Spring Training. He’s come in here and swung the bat really well, and his versatility is a big plus,” Royals manager Matt Quatraro said of Beaty, who played first base Saturday and left field Sunday. “He’s primarily a first baseman, but we’re going to see where he feels comfortable in other positions.”
Veteran Matt Duffy is also having a strong camp, writes Steve Stockmar.
He still does the work he’s always done on conditioning and mechanics, taking over 100 swings in the batting cage every day. But the 32-year-old has found a new way to get inside his own swing, embracing the analytics that have taken on an increased role across baseball.
“It was really fascinating,” Duffy said. “And the more I learn about it, and the way it was presented to me, I think a lot more people would be on board with the newer-age way of thinking. That was a quest that I went on this offseason. It’s hard to argue.”
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Picollo being a longtime part of the Royals front office makes this scenario a little awkward, but there are plenty of past instances of a new GM parting ways with a younger player favored by the old regime.
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