Diamonds in the Rough 04.23.14

Diamonds in the Rough 04.23.14

Another good day for the Affiliates as starting pitching and youth lead them to a 3-0 record. HR Call: Whit Merrifield (2),  Raul Mondesi (1),  Elier Hernandez (1)     Pi ...

This Date In Royals History–April 23, 1999

This Date In Royals History–April 23, 1999

1999: The Royals surrendered three runs in the ninth inning to drop a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Angels at Kauffman Stadium. Anaheim started the rally against Royals rel ...

Money Match Up of the Day: Jason Vargas vs Nick Swisher

Money Match Up of the Day: Jason Vargas vs Nick Swisher

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 ...

U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1982 Royals

U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1982 Royals

The Kansas City Royals don’t really have a lot of near-misses when it comes to division titles. Not counting the strike-shortened 1994 season, only four times in franchise history ...

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 6’1”, 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 ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Trea Turner

Trea Turner, SS 6’1”, 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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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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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Sean Newcomb

photo courtesy of www.greenwichtime.com Sean Newcomb Throws: Left/Bats: Left 6'5", 240 lbs. University of Hartford Newcomb had a nice season for Hartford in 2013 with a 3.75 ERA in 72 innings. He struck out 92 while walking 37 and he attracted some scouts as a big lefty with a lot of velocity. It wasn't until he pitched in the Cape Cod League, though, that scouts began drooling as he just looked excellent d ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Cameron Varga

(Pic via NPR.org) Cameron Varga Throws R 6'4 205 lbs High School Cincinnati Hill Christian Academy At 6'4 and 205 lbs Varga has a good size while showing a fast arm and the needed athleticism to look the part of a major league starter down the road. Already hitting 93-96 mph on the regular with his fastball not much projection is needed to believe that he cold be a mid or higher rotation starter down the li ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Aaron Nola

Photo courtesy of Baseball America Aaron Nola 6’1” 196 lbs Bats/Throws R/R College: Louisiana State University Statistics as of 4/5/14 2014 LSU: 6-1, 57 IP, 0.47 ERA, 71 K, 11 BB, .141 BAA 2013 LSU: 12-1, 126 IP, 1.57 ERA, 122 K, 18 BB, .188 BAA 2012 LSU: 7-4, 89 2/3 IP, 3.61 ERA, 89 K, 7 BB, .251 BAA Like Luke Weaver, whom I wrote about last week, Nola is a fairly compact right-handed college pitcher with ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Michael Conforto

Photo courtesy of NCAA.com Michael Conforto 6-2 217 lbs Bats/Throws L/R College: Oregon State University Statistics as of 3/31/14 2014 Oregon State .389/.544/.548 7-2b 2-3b 1-HR 12/29 K/BB 2013 Oregon State .328/.447/.526 14-2b 1-3b 11-HR 47/41 K/BB 2012 Oregon State .349/.437/.601 14-2b 1-3b 13-HR 37/24 K/BB The first thing that jumps out to me when I look at Conforto's numbers is the patience he displays ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Bradley Zimmer

Pic via Through The Fence Baseball.  Checkout more on Zimmer and others at throughthefencebaseball.com Bradley Zimmer 6-5 205 lbs Bats/Throws L/R College: University of San Francisco Statistics as of 3/26/14 2014 San Fran .419/.471/.710 5-2b 2-3b 6-HR 14/5 K/BB 2013 Cape Cod Cotuit .281/.324/.406 3-2b 1-3b 1-HR 17/2 K/BB 2013 San Fran .320/.437/.512 12-2b 3-3b 7-HR 31/29 K/BB 2012 San Fran .242/.274/.314 9- ...

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MLB Draft Profile: Luke Weaver

Luke Weaver looks to be an intriguing pitching prospect in this year’s MLB draft. Weaver was actually selected out of DeLand (FL) High School in the 19th round of the 2011 draft by Toronto, but chose to go to college and pitch for the powerhouse Florida State program instead. It looks like a smart move, as he is likely to be taken somewhere in the teens in the first round of the 2014 draft. Weaver is a 6’2” ...

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Royals Could Catch a Prospect in the Draft

The Royals are well positioned to add plenty of talent to an already deep farm system this draft and international signing period with or without the Ervin Santana comp pick thanks in part to MLB's addition of the competitive balance draft.  With at least two and maybe three picks in the first 45 picks of the draft and international spending money available to them the Royals should look at drafting or sign ...

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College Baseball Top 40- #32 Oklahoma

#32 Oklahoma   43-21 (13-11 Big 12)   Head Coach: Pete Hughes 1st year   2013 MLB Draft Picks: RHSP Jonathan Gray (1st round Rockies 3rd overall), LHSP Dillon Overton (2nd round A’s), 1B Matt Oberste (7th round Mets), LHRP Billy Waltrip (12th round Rockies), LHRP Ethan Carnes (21st round Yankees), LHRP Jake Fisher (22nd round Dodgers) SS Jack Mayfield (NDFA signed Astros)   Key Offensive ...

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College Baseball Top 40-#33 USD (San Diego)

#33 San Diego   37-25 (15-9 West Coast Conference)   Head Coach: Rich Hill 15th year   2013 MLB Draft Picks: 3B Kris Bryant (1st round, #2 Cubs), RHSP Dylan Covey (4th round A’s), C Austin Green (13th round Tigers), RHP Michael Wagner (15th round Cubs), C Dillon Haupt (20th round White Sox), RHRP Trevor Bayless (22nd round A’s), LHP Max Homick (32nd round Orioles),   Key Offensive Losses ...

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College Baseball Top 40- #34 Wichita State

Collegiate Baseball Rankings #34 Wichita State   Head Coach Todd Butler (1st year)   2013 MLB Draft Picks: RHRP Brandon Peterson (13th round Twins), LHRP Albert Minnis (25th round Astros)   Key offensive losses: 1B/DH Johnny Coy (3, 36, .275/. 325)   Offensive Contributors Lost: OF Taylor Doggett (0, 9, .295/. 336, 10 SB)   Key Pitching Losses: LHRP Albert Minnis (24 G, 1 GS, 3-2, 3 ...

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College Baseball Top 40- #35 Liberty

#35 Liberty 36-29 (13-11 Big South Conference)   Collegiate Baseball Rankings   Head Coach: Jim Toman 6th year   2013 MLB Draft Picks: OF Ryan Cordell (Rangers 11th rounder), C Trey Wimmer (White Sox 23rd rounder), RHP Josh Richardson (Padres 26th rounder), RHP Danny Grauer (Reds 38th rounder *Did not Sign)   Key Offensive Losses: CF Ryan Cordell (6, 40, .261/. 310, 28 SB), 2B Bryan Aand ...

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2014 College Baseball Top 40- #36 Tennessee Tech

#36 Tennessee Tech 40-17 (24-6 Ohio Valley Conference)   Collegiate Baseball Ranking   The Big Plus: Balance in line up...The Golden Eagles have solid on base guys like Zarzour and Bosheers, power with Stephens, Miles, and Thomasson, and speed so 1-9 will be an offense to take seriously this season   The Big Minus: Pitching...Not enough of it unless a few of the JUCO transfers can solidify a ...

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2014 College Baseball Top 40-#37 New Mexico

Collegiate Baseball Ranking   #37 New Mexico 37-22 (25-5 Mountain West)   The Big Plus: Offensive Balance- The Lobos lost some quality bats last June including 1st round pick DJ Peterson. But, the starting 9 offers speed, pop, and plate awareness to score plenty of runs this year   The Big Minus: Pitching! Where is going to come from? The Lobos score a mess of runs so the bar isn’t real high ...

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2014 College Baseball Top 40- #38 East Carolina

    Collegiate Baseball Ranking   #38 East Carolina 31-26 (14-10 Conference USA)   The Big Plus: Jeff Hoffman…anytime Hoffman is on the mound you can expect plenty of scouts at the games. He is considered by most to be one of the two biggest college players in the 2014 MLB draft   The Big Minus: SS and 2B has to be a concern. SS is coming down to 2 freshman while 2B has 4 players in ...

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