Morning Coffee: Royals Offensive Problem Isn’t the Hitting Coach

Morning Coffee: Royals Offensive Problem Isn’t the Hitting Coach

For the second consecutive year, the Kansas City Royals have gotten off to a slow start offensively. It's been frustrating because the team was supposed to be much improved offensi ...

Diamonds in the Rough 04.22.14

Diamonds in the Rough 04.22.14

Home runs and good pitching performance would highlight a 3-0 day for the Affiliates. HR Call: Carlos Peguero (2), ¬†Lane Adams (1), Mark Threlkeld (3), Chad Johnson (1)   ...

This Date In Royals History–April 22, 1983

This Date In Royals History–April 22, 1983

1983: The Royals exploded for five runs in the second inning, then John Wathan drove in the game-winning run in the eighth in a 6-5 win over Toronto at Royals Stadium. Blue Jays st ...

Money Match Up of the Day: Billy Butler vs Danny Salazar

Money Match Up of the Day: Billy Butler vs Danny Salazar

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pi ...

The Kansas City Royals Need Ned Yost

The Kansas City Royals Need Ned Yost

Gigabytes upon gigabytes have been devoted to how terrible a manager Ned Yost is. Blogs and podcasts and newspapers parse every word of Yost’s twice-daily press conferences. Domes ...

2014 MLB Draft Profile: Trea Turner

2014 MLB Draft Profile: Trea Turner

Trea Turner, SS 6‚Äô1‚ÄĚ, 171 lbs. Bats/Throws: R/R College: North Carolina State University Statistics as of 4/20/14 2014 NCSU: 37 G, 147 AB, .299/.387/.476, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 6 2B, 1 3B, ...

2014 MLB Draft Profile: Max Pentecost

2014 MLB Draft Profile: Max Pentecost

Max Pentecost C 6'1 190 lbs Kennesaw State B/T R/R Stats thru 4/21 .387/.447/.572 15-2b, 1-3b, 5 HR 36 RBI 18/19 BB/SO Defense 14/29 CS/SBA '13 Cape Cod 35 G .346/.424/.538 7-2b, 6 ...

2014 MLB Draft Profile: Braxton Davidson

2014 MLB Draft Profile: Braxton Davidson

Braxton Davidson 1B/OF 6'3", 220 lbs. T.C. Roberson High School, Arden, NC B/T L/L Braxton Davidson is a senior in high school and he's already 6'3", 220 lbs. which might lead you ...

Struggling Career Comparison: 2014 Mike Moustakas v. 2011 Alex Gordon

Struggling Career Comparison: 2014 Mike Moustakas v. 2011 Alex Gordon

A lot of people are freaking out that Mike Moustakas is a bust.  Like, a COLOSSAL bust.  Many are saying that he needs to be cut loose from the Royals if he isn't producing by June ...

Diamonds in the Rough 04.21.14

Diamonds in the Rough 04.21.14

Another rough day for the Affiliates as they dropped all 4 games of the day. HR Call: None¬†   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Glenn Sparkman 2.2 IP ¬† 1 H ¬†0 R ¬†O BB ¬†3 K ...

This Date In Royals History–April 21, 1969

This Date In Royals History–April 21, 1969

1969: Mike Marshall did it all, collecting two hits, two RBI, and shutting down the Royals’ offense for 8 2/3 innings as Kansas City dropped a 4-1 decision to their expansion breth ...

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Morning Coffee: Royals Offensive Problem Isn’t the Hitting Coach

For the second consecutive year, the Kansas City Royals have gotten off to a slow start offensively. It's been frustrating because the team was supposed to be much improved offensively. They had filled two of their big offensive holes by signing Norichika Aoki and Omar Infante and stabilized the top of the order in the process. Eric Hosmer would continue to grow after this second half last year, Billy Butle ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 04.22.14

Home runs and good pitching performance would highlight a 3-0 day for the Affiliates. HR Call: Carlos Peguero (2), ¬†Lane Adams (1), Mark Threlkeld (3), Chad Johnson (1)     Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Sugar Ray Marimon ¬†6.1 IP ¬†6 H ¬†1 R ¬†0 BB ¬†7 K   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Mark Threlkeld 2-3 ¬†R ¬†HR ¬†RBI¬†   Omaha Storm Chasers 5 ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Nashville Sounds 1 *Clint was at th ...

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Money Match Up of the Day: Billy Butler vs Danny Salazar

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days Kansas City Royals game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD Stats thru 13 games: 17 for 47 3-2b, 4 HR, 5 BB, 8 R, 12 RBI . ...

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The Kansas City Royals Need Ned Yost

Gigabytes upon gigabytes have been devoted to how terrible a manager Ned Yost is. Blogs and podcasts and newspapers parse every word of Yost’s twice-daily press conferences. Domes and ball boys and bullpen phones all receive their just scrutinization as they have all been named by Edgar Yost as excuses for one thing or another. As a Major League manager, Yost has a .472 winning percentage (750-839). He was ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Trea Turner

Trea Turner, SS 6‚Äô1‚ÄĚ, 171 lbs. Bats/Throws: R/R College: North Carolina State University Statistics as of 4/20/14 2014 NCSU: 37 G, 147 AB, .299/.387/.476, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 6 2B, 1 3B, 22 BB, 18 K, 14-17 SB 2013 NCSU: 56 G, 228 AB, .368/.455/.553, 7 HR, 42 RBI, 13 2B, 4 3B, 38 BB, 31 K, 30-36 SB 2012 NCSU: 63 G, 259 AB, .336/.432/.459, 5 HR, 43 RBI, 13 2B, 2 3B, 41 BB, 38 K, 57-61 SB Trea Turner is all about sp ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Max Pentecost

Max Pentecost C 6'1 190 lbs Kennesaw State B/T R/R Stats thru 4/21 .387/.447/.572 15-2b, 1-3b, 5 HR 36 RBI 18/19 BB/SO Defense 14/29 CS/SBA '13 Cape Cod 35 G .346/.424/.538 7-2b, 6 HR 16/22 BB/SO '13 Ken St. .302/.374/.410 14-2b, 3 HR 22/27 BB/SO '12 NE College Lg .303/.376/.424 7-2b, 3-HR 15/35 BB/SO '12 Ken St. 56 G .277/.364/.393 16-2b, 3-3b 21/32 BB/SO Want a true catcher with some upside at the plate? ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Braxton Davidson

Braxton Davidson 1B/OF 6'3", 220 lbs. T.C. Roberson High School, Arden, NC B/T L/L Braxton Davidson is a senior in high school and he's already 6'3", 220 lbs. which might lead you to believe that he's an elite power prospect. While he's still obviously very young and the power could (and I think will) develop, right now he's more of a hitter than a power hitter, and there's nothing wrong with that. He curre ...

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Struggling Career Comparison: 2014 Mike Moustakas v. 2011 Alex Gordon

A lot of people are freaking out that Mike Moustakas is a bust.  Like, a COLOSSAL bust.  Many are saying that he needs to be cut loose from the Royals if he isn't producing by June 1, 2014. His batting average is atrocious.  He puts too much pressure on himself.  He looks lost at the plate.  He needs to go to AAA Omaha to regain his confidence and also learn that he has to perform at the major league level. ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 04.21.14

Another rough day for the Affiliates as they dropped all 4 games of the day. HR Call: None¬†   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Glenn Sparkman 2.2 IP ¬† 1 H ¬†0 R ¬†O BB ¬†3 K   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Jack Lopez 3-5 ¬†R ¬†2 2B ¬†2 RBI¬†   Omaha Storm Chasers 0 ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Nashville Sounds 7 For the second time this season John Lamb and Jimmy Nelson would face off and once again the game wou ...

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Money Match Up of the Day: Lonnie Chisenhall vs Jeremy Guthrie

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD Stats thru 12 games: 15 for 43 2-2b, 4 HR, 5 BB, 8 R, 12 RBI .349/.429/.674 An 0 ...

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Blind Spots in Baseball

In 1991, I was 11 years old and able to watch what was probably the best World Series of all time (or at least in my lifetime) as the Minnesota Twins held off the Atlanta Braves. In that series, I was pretty impressed by a young infielder named Mark Lemke who just hit all series. Against the Twins, Lemke hit .417/.462/.708, and while all I really ever knew was the batting average part of that line at the ti ...

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Series Preview: Royals at Cleveland Indians, April 21-24

The Kansas City Royals travel to Cleveland to take on the Indians for the first time in 2014 in a four-game series that I think will tell us a lot about the Royals. The Royals struggled in Cleveland last year, going just 6-3 (6-4 at Kauffman Stadium). Even though the Indians have gotten off to a somewhat slow start this year, the Royals are going to need to win in Cleveland to have a shot at the playoffs th ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 04.20.14 by Shawn Rebman

AN exciting game in for Omaha gave the Affiliates a 1-1 record today as Manaea struggled in his 3rd start. HR Call: None¬†     Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: ¬†Chris Dwyer ¬†3.0 IP ¬†1 H ¬†0 R ¬† 0 BB ¬†2 K¬†   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Johnny Giavotella ¬†3-4 ¬†2 R ¬† 2B ¬† 2 BB ¬†     Omaha Storm Chasers 7 ¬† ¬† ¬†Nashville Sounds 6 ¬† ¬† F/10 Thanks to the Chaser's offensive patience a ...

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Royals Ride Already in Full Swing

I made it out to Kauffman Stadium for the first time this season yesterday to see the Kansas City Royals.  It may not have been perfect weather for a chamber of commerce ribbon cutting (too much wind blows the politicians' hair around and ruins the photo op) but it made cavernous Kauffman a little more reachable with the wind blowing out to left.  Unfortunately, none of our Royals got it over the fence, but ...

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Money Matchup of the Day: Alex Gordon vs. Phil Hughes

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD stats through 11 games 15 for 39 2-2b, 4 HR, 5 BB, 8 R, 12 RBI .385/.467/.744 Tod ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 04.19.14 by Shawn Rebman

A bad day for the Affiliates as the dropped all 5 games played. HR Call: None Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: P.J. Walters 7.0 IP  7 H  3 R  1 BB 4 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Mauricio Ramos 3-4  2 2B  RBI   Omaha Storm Chasers 1   Nashville Sounds 5 The Chasers offense was shutdown was shutdown by Sounds' pitcher Mike Fiers. They would only get 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 12 times against ...

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Money Matchup of the Day: Mike Moustakas vs. Kevin Correia

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD stats through ten games 15 for 37 2-2b, 4 HR, 4 BB, 8 R, 11 RBI .405/.476/.784 To ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 4.18

Omaha would get some big hits and solid pitching while a NWA had a nice surprise from a much maligned starter. The affiliates combined to go 2-1 with a rainout.  HR Call: Francisco Pena (3), Carlos Peguero (1) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: J.C. Sulbaran 6.0 IP  5 H 1 R  2 BB  4 K Your browser does not support iframes. Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Carlos Peguero  2-3  R  HR  RBI Omaha Storm Chasers ...

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Mixed Bag

#RoyalsFreeOut - We all know about the troubling number of double plays the Royals have hit into but they've given away plenty of other outs.  Checkout more in Flanny's Five via FoxSportsKC  Duffman - We have went up and down and around with Duffy's development but if the past two appearances are an indication then he will likely stay in the bullpen until Chen pitches his way out of it.  Another hiccup coul ...

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Money Matchup of the Day – Eric Hosmer vs Ricky Nolasco

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD stats through nine games 13 for 33 2-2b, 4 HR, 4 BB, 8 R, 10 RBI .394/.474/.939 T ...

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