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My View: JC Sulbaran

(Photo Red Legs Baseball http://redlegsbaseball.blogspot.com/ ) I'd like to begin this report by reminding the reader that I'm not a professional scout, nor did I stay at a Holiday Express last night. Now that that's cleared up, here's a quick glance at my report on Royals RHP JC Sulbaran. Date: Sept. 2, 2012 Opponent: Tulsa Drillers (AA) Location: Arvest Ballpark (Springdale, Ark.) Fastball velo: 86-90 Bre ...

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*Insert Bad Pun* – The Will Smith Report

Five runs, three homers, six hits, 3 1/3 innings and 2,499,621 bad puns later, the big league debut for Royals prospect Will Smith is in the rear view mirror. After retiring his first batter, Derek Jeter, on a grounder to short, things got out of hand for Smith rather quickly. For someone who has a hard time seeing past the immediate results on the field, it will be difficult to sell that Smith is anything ...

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Marks sharp, but Naturals fall to Cardinals

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Less than 24 hours after the Springfield Cardinals snapped a 10-game losing streak by defeating the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Cardinals made it two wins in a row by dropping the Naturals 2-1 at Hammons Field. With the game going scoreless until each team traded a home run in the seventh inning, the Cardinals pushed across what turned out to be the winning run on a passed ball in t ...

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Naturals Avert Disaster, Down Travelers

SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- There were some scary moments in Saturday night’s Northwest Arkansas Naturals vs. Arkansas Travelers game at Arvest Ballpark. But once the dust cleared and the Naturals came away with a 4-3 victory, it seems those scary moments left nothing more than a few bumps and bruises on a pair of the Royals’ top prospects. Wil Myers started in center for the Naturals, and had a very solid, albeit ...

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Plenty of Positives As Naturals Pound SpringBirds

SPRINGDALE, Mo. -- On a very warm day with a stiff wind blowing out towards center, the pitchers certainly had their hands full in Wednesday’s Double-A Texas League showdown between the Springfield Cardinals and Northwest Arkansas Naturals at Arvest Ballpark. The Naturals, however, won not only what felt like a home run derby of sorts, but the game as well, 10-6. Kansas City Royals right hander Felipe Pauli ...

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My Report: Talent Display At Kane County

Well folks, the party is over. Now before you start getting all uptight on me, the party I’m referring to is the unforgettable, four-day baseball trip I just returned from with some buddies and NOT the Kansas City Royals season. Though, let’s face it, some of you already feel that’s over as well. Let’s talk about happy times, shall we? I could not make this trip without squeezing in some Royals coverage. So ...

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Mateo’s Triple Keys Kane County Comeback

GENEVA, Ill. -- Kane County Cougars second baseman Danny Mateo went 1-for-5 in Thursday’s series opener against the Fort Wayne TinCaps, but that one hit was a big one as his three-run triple keyed the Cougars to an 8-5 come-from-behind victory at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. Mateo, who also turned in a nice defensive play in turning a double play in the ninth inning, stepped in the eighth inning with the base ...

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Pitching To Contact: Explaining My Side of the Debate

I would like to preface this post by saying that I do not in any way expect to change anyone’s mind regarding pitching philosophy. I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel or anything major here. Many of you will likely finish reading this article with the same feelings as you came into it with -- that I’m an idiot. That’s fine, and I respect everyone’s opinions. Remember this: no two pitching philosophies are ...

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Broxton Blows It In 12th

It was a game that the Royals and their fan base would love to soon forget. After taking a lead in the top of the 12th inning, Royals closer Jonathan Broxton melted late and Kansas City fell to Oakland, 5-4. The demise came after Billy Butler drove a double into the left field corner to score Eric Hosmer from first with the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th to take a 4-3 lead. But Broxton, who had wobbled ...

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Bullpen Falters On Opening Night

Well, this was not how the Royals envisioned their Opening Day ending. Bruce Chen dazzled through six innings, the offense could do little against Angels starter Jered Weaver and the bullpen faltered late in a depressing 5-0 loss at Anaheim. Aaron Crow replaced Chen to start the seventh inning and promptly struck out Howie Kendrick, Albert Pujols and Torii Hunter with ease. Manager Ned Yost sent Crow back t ...

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Minor League Opening Day Preview

While Royals fans may not feel it’s truly Opening Day until the boys in blue take the field on Friday in Anaheim, several of Kansas City’s full season minor league affiliates are kicking off their seasons tonight. Class-A Kane County is on the road tonight at Quad Cities, Northwest Arkansas opens at Corpus Christi and Omaha entertains Albuquerque at Werner Park. Meanwhile, Hi-A Wilmington opens its season o ...

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I’m So Excited, I Just Can’t Hide It

Now that Opening Day is finally upon us, my excitement for the 2012 baseball season has peaked at an all-time high. Of course, I’m stoked about being able to sit and watch professional baseball again. I’m giddy to see how these young Royals players progress in what many project to be the first winning season in KC since 2003. But there are other reasons why I’m unable to temper my excitement. You see, this ...

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Young Pitchers Must Step Up

While young sluggers like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez have entrenched themselves as the faces of the Royals youth movement, aka “The Process,” the real tell-all that will decide the fate of the Royals’ future lies within the development of the organization’s top pitching prospects. While the young hitters have boomed with success and already began making an impact on the big league club, ...

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Reviewing the Royals: MLB2k12 Style

By Matthew Holloway aka @OSBmatthew (Special contribution to PineTarPress) Being a mid-20’s single man has its benefits. I don’t have to change any diapers, I can stay out all night long, and outside of a Monday-Friday job, I don’t have many responsibilities. With lack of responsibility comes great power. Typically, you’ll catch me spending this free time fishing, playing disc golf, or playing venues around ...

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Royals Have Issues Boiling

I have both good and bad news for you all to start this dreaded Monday. The bad: It’s Monday. The good: The Royals play today. So be happy and hug someone, will ya? Alright, now that I’ve gotten that disastrous lede out of the way, I’d like to let you in on a poorly kept secret -- the Royals have some big issues boiling in the front office. It’ll all come out to the public in a few weeks, and some of the st ...

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Like him or not, Dayton Moore is forthcoming with fans

General Manager’s are like quarterbacks. They often get too much or too little credit for the things they do and the decisions they make. Some of it is fair, some isn’t. Regardless, they get paid to sit in the big boy chair and call the shots. So when Dayton Moore’s interview with Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star went live this week regarding the Royals’ reasons for standing pat in the free agent pitching ...

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BREAKING NEWS: I Love Baseball

It was 30-degrees outside Thursday morning. I know that to be fact due to the windburn my face sustained when it was violently slapped by the brisk morning wind as I stepped outside to survey the day. News flash: it's winter. So can someone explain why all I can think about is baseball? With the countdown nearing 30 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training all I can think about is sitting ...

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Ranting, Raving and Rambling: The Long Overdue Version

So it’s been a little while since I’ve made a post here at Pine Tar Press, and the Royals news in that time has been about as busy as I’ve been. For those of you who follow me on Twitter @LeviPayton, you probably already have an inkling of my opinions on many of these topics. But if you don’t follow me, (if you don’t, what the heck are you thinking?) then prepare yourself for some quick-hit points on severa ...

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CBA Has Its Flaws

As excited as I’ve wanted to be with today’s official announcement that a Collective Bargaining Agreement has been reached by MLB and the MLBPA, ensuring at least five more years of labor peace, I’d be lying if I said I was completely happy with this deal. There are things to like, no doubt. I love the fact that the signing deadline for draft picks will be a month earlier now, and the expansion of instant r ...

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