Diamonds in the Rough 04.16.14

Diamonds in the Rough 04.16.14

It was a rough day for the affiliates as they only came away with 1 win. HR Call: Francisco Pena (2)     Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Miguel Almonte 6.0 IP  2 H  0 ...

This Date In Royals History–April 16, 2010

This Date In Royals History–April 16, 2010

2010: The Royals’ bullpen imploded, allowing a five-run eighth inning that turned a close game into a 10-3 laugher in favor of the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis. T ...

Money Matchup of the Day: Jason Castro vs. Jeremy Guthrie

Money Matchup of the Day: Jason Castro 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 Pi ...

Pine Tar Podcast with Michael Engel of Kansas City Baseball Vault

Pine Tar Podcast with Michael Engel of Kansas City Baseball Vault

Michael Engel talks about his joining the Pine Tar Press team, the Royals bullpen, Mike Moustakas and much more. Also David, Clint and Michael talk about some of the problems the R ...

Don’t Panic, But You Can Worry About The Royals

Don’t Panic, But You Can Worry About The Royals

Heck yes, it’s time to worry. Not panic, but worry. It’s just 12 games, but the way the Kansas City Royals have started the season has to worry you if you’re a Royals fan (or playe ...

Diamonds in the Rough 04.15.14

Diamonds in the Rough 04.15.14

Omaha pitched a shutout, NW Arkanasas stuggled to score in 20 innings, and Lexington's bullpen couldn't hold a lead as the Affiliates went 1-2 today. HR Call: Francisco Pena (1) ...

This Date In Royals History–April 15, 1972

This Date In Royals History–April 15, 1972

1972: After a 13-day players’ strike delayed the start of the season, the Royals kicked off the 1972 campaign with a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox in 11 innings at Municipal S ...

Money Matchup of the Day – Omar Infante vs Lucas Harrell

Money Matchup of the Day – Omar Infante vs Lucas Harrell

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 ...

Royals Hall of Fame Is Great, Should Be Better

Royals Hall of Fame Is Great, Should Be Better

After last year’s debacle of trying to get the Royals fans included in the Hall of Fame voting - which is generally a good idea - so far there has been little news of who, if anyon ...

Watch: Royals Video Highlights

Watch: Royals Video Highlights

Hosmer RBI Double Your browser does not support iframes. Aoki Sac Bunt Your browser does not support iframes. Escobar Basket Catch Your browser does not support iframes. Gordon 3 R ...

2014 MLB Draft Profile – Kyle Schwarber

2014 MLB Draft Profile – Kyle Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber 1b/C 6' 240 lbs Indiana University B/T L-R  Stats as of April 11 21 yo Junior  .342/.451/.567 6-2b, 3-3b, 5 HR 22/13 BB-SO '12 Cape Cod 44 G  .343/.432/.564 10-2b, 2 ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 04.16.14

It was a rough day for the affiliates as they only came away with 1 win. HR Call: Francisco Pena (2)     Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Miguel Almonte 6.0 IP  2 H  0 R  2 BB  7 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day:  Raul Mondesi (2 game)  4-8  2 R  3B    Omaha Storm Chasers 2           Round Rock Express 8 After throwing a shutout yesterday, the Chasers' pitchers today struggled keeping the ...

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Money Matchup of the Day: Jason Castro 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 through seven games: 11 for 26, 2 2B, 3 HR, 3 BB, 7 R, 8 RBI; .423/.483/.84 ...

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Don’t Panic, But You Can Worry About The Royals

Heck yes, it’s time to worry. Not panic, but worry. It’s just 12 games, but the way the Kansas City Royals have started the season has to worry you if you’re a Royals fan (or player, or coach, or front office type). It’s still early of course, and all the small sample size caveats apply, but there are plenty of things to be concerned about. First, the bullpen has been mostly terrible. Collectively, they’ve ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 04.15.14

Omaha pitched a shutout, NW Arkanasas stuggled to score in 20 innings, and Lexington's bullpen couldn't hold a lead as the Affiliates went 1-2 today. HR Call: Francisco Pena (1)   Pine Tar Press Pitchers of the Day: Aaron Brooks, Justin Marks, and Buddy Baumann 9.0 IP  4 H  0 R  2 BB 7 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day:  Fred Ford 2-3  2 R  RBI  BB   Omaha Storm Chasers 6          Round Rock Expr ...

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Money Matchup of the Day – Omar Infante vs Lucas Harrell

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. Stats thru 6 games 10-23 2-2b, 2 HR, 2 BB .435/.480/.783 Today's Matchup Omar Infante ...

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Royals Hall of Fame Is Great, Should Be Better

After last year’s debacle of trying to get the Royals fans included in the Hall of Fame voting - which is generally a good idea - so far there has been little news of who, if anyone, is nominated for induction this year. While obviously the candidates from the last 20 years are slim - there should be no slam dunk until Sweeney’s eligible - there are definitely some things the Hall of Fame can look at and so ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile – Kyle Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber 1b/C 6' 240 lbs Indiana University B/T L-R  Stats as of April 11 21 yo Junior  .342/.451/.567 6-2b, 3-3b, 5 HR 22/13 BB-SO '12 Cape Cod 44 G  .343/.432/.564 10-2b, 2-3b, 8 HR 24/30 BB-SO '12 Indiana 19 yo Frosh 60 G .300/.390/.513 15-2b, 5-3b, 8 HR 30/24 BB-SO '13 Cape Cod 9 G .432/.475/.541 1-2b 1 HR 3/6 BB-SO '13 Indiana 20 yo Soph 61 gms .366/.456/.647 10-2b, 1-3b, 18 HR 42/37 BB-SO Long a ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile – Jacob Gatewood

Jacob Gatewood SS 6'5", 190 lbs. Clovis, CA High School B/T R/R As far as current shortstops go, Jacob Gatewood is one of the top two or three prospects in the 2014 MLB draft. The first thing that stands out to you, though, is that he is 6'5" which doesn't mean he can't stick at shortstop, but it does make it somewhat difficult. Alex Rodriguez was thought to be potentially too tall for the position at 6'3" ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Michael Chavis

Photo courtesy of perfectgame.org. Michael Chavis, 3B/OF 6’0” 205 lbs. Bats/Throws R/R High School: Sprayberry High School (Marietta, GA) Statistics as of 4/12/14: 2014 SHS: 17 G, .627/.698/1.156, 7 HR, 6 2B, 18 R, 19 RBI, 14 SB Chavis is an interesting draft prospect in that he could be moved to almost any defensive spot on the field once he is in a minor league system. His nominal position is third base, ...

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Crapping the Bed: 2014 Kansas City Royals Edition

The Kansas City Royals left Kauffman Stadium after a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays with a record of 4-4.  They had just won 2 straight home series after losing 2 close games at Detroit to start the season.  While their offense hadn't been great, Wednesday's series finale against Tampa Bay saw a 7-run outburst and showed encouraging signs.  Despite starting 0-2, the Royals went 4-2 in their next 6 game ...

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Series Preview: Royals at Houston Astros, April 15-17

The Kansas City Royals, coming off one of the worst weekends they've had in awhile, head to Houston to take on the Astros who are improved, but still not good. Offensively, they can look good at times, but that's only because they do have some home run power on their squad, though a lot of that can be attributed to their ballpark. I do like the trio of Jason Castro, Jose Altuve and Dexter Fowler in their li ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 04.14.14

Manaea continued Wilmington's streak of good pitching performance while the Legends' offense broke out. The Affiliates would go 2-0 with 2 postponements. HR Call: Michael Antonio (2)    Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Sean Manaea  5.0 IP  4 H  0 R  1 BB  5 K  Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Michael Antonio 3-5  3 R  2B  HR  3 RBI  BB      Omaha Storm Chasers    Nashville Sounds  PPD The ...

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Morning Coffee: Royals Simply Must Beat the Beatable

The Kansas City Royals are coming off one of the most frustrating and, I'll say it, embarrassing series they've played since their terrible month of May last year. I know that seems like a relatively short amount of time, but for this team to have gone nearly a year without embarrassment in a series is actually quite long considering where the franchise has been. When they began their series against the Twi ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 04.13.14

A rough day for the Affiliates dropping all 4 games today. HR Call: Mark Threlkeld (2)   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Daniel Stumpf  5.2 IP  6 H 1 R  1 BB 5 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Brett Eibner 4-5  R     Omaha Storm Chasers 3          Nashville Sounds 5 The Chasers' offense would struggle against Sounds' starter Mike Fiers to drop them below .500.  On the other side P.J. Walters ...

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Money Matchup of the Day- Kevin Correia vs Mike Moustakas

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. Stats thru 5 games 9-20 2b, 2 HR, BB Today's Matchup Kevin Corriea vs Mike Moustakas T ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 04.12.14

Pitching in Wilmington and Lexington saved the day for the Afilliates as they ended with a 2-2 record. HR Call: Justin Trapp (1)   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Christian Binford 7.0 IP  2 H  0 R  0 BB  10 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Daniel Rockett 2-4  R  Omaha Storm Chasers 2         Nashville Sounds 5 Brett Tomko was not as good in his second start as he was in his first as the Chasers ...

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Fans Will Complain, Worry When They Stop

It’s already happened. Less than 10 percent of the way through the season and a Royals announcer went on the air to complain about people complaining. The quote I saw attributed to Royals radio announcer - and sometimes TV announcer - Steve Physioc was, “It doesn’t help in today’s world of social media where everyone has an opinion.” To be 100 percent honest and upfront before we get going, I’ll admit I was ...

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Royals Roster Move: Danny Duffy Called Up, Giavotella Optioned

The Kansas City Royals continued their run of early season roster moves by supplementing their bullpen by calling up Danny Duffy to serve as the left-hander out there and sending second baseman Johnny Giavotella to Omaha. Giavotella was called up before Wednesday's game to handle second base while Omar Infante was recovering from being hit in the jaw by a pitch from Heath Bell. Giavotella went 1 for 3 with ...

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Silver linings: the fun side of injuries

When you're the injured, there's not much fun to injury, so my apologies to Omar Infante (AKA the Crimson Chin) and Tim Collins and Francisley Bueno. Infante is just one lucky dude: if the pitch hits him an inch higher, he probably doesn't see out of his left eye for a while; an inch lower and they might have to perform a trache.  (Warning: No actual medical training behind that analysis.)  Bueno has a spra ...

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Money Matchup of the Day – Norichika Aoki 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. Stats through 4 games 9-16 2 HR, 2b, BB Today's Matchup: Nori Aoki vs. Ricky Nolasco I ...

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