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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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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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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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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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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Royals Moves: Coleman off DL, Gio Up, Joseph and Brooks Down

The Kansas City Royals have made a few roster moves prior to the series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays in activating reliever Louis Coleman off the disabled list and optioning pitcher Aaron Brooks back to Omaha. That move was expected, but in the moderately surprising move of the day, the Royals have recalled infielder Johnny Giavotella and corresponded that move by sending Donnie Joseph back to Omaha. O ...

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Kansas City Royals: Musings and Superhappyawesomefuntimes from 1st week

I wish I had some great take from the first week of Kansas City Royals action that would make the interwebs buzz once I posted it.  But nothing all that exciting happened.  64.7% of the Royals fan base about had a stroke after they lost their first two games in Detroit.  You can see the entire spread of reactions here.  Then they won 2 out of 3 from the White Sox (as they should have), including a nice win ...

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Royals Place Collins and Bueno on Disabled List

Today, the Kansas City Royals made a series of roster moves that began by placing Tim Colins and Francisley Bueno (the only two  left-handed relievers on the roster) on the disabled list. In their place, the Royals have called up lefty Donnie Joseph and right-handed reliever, Michael Mariot. Joseph got into six games with the Royals during the 2013 season, but Michael Mariot will be making his big league de ...

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Traditionally the Royals Try Too Hard for Tradition

Tradition is an extremely tricky thing. When you hit on something and it works, it can be an awesome thing. But when you’re so desperate to have a “tradition” that you try to force it, well, that’s when bad things can happen. The Royals are in that latter camp trying too hard to mess with tradition. And it’s a bad look. A little history. The Royals tried to make tradition a few years ago by videotaping Gart ...

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The Starting 9 (April 3rd-6th)

Our weekly look at the top performances in the Kansas City Royals minor league system. An abbreviated week with multiple rainouts in the system but none the less the Royals had a couple excellent showings from Wilmington.  Also included a few Storm Chasers got their season off to outstanding starts.  Remember age, level matter when considering the performances of each week.         1. Za ...

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Minor League Opening Day for Royals Affiliates

Thursday marks the first day of the minor league season for all four Royals affiliate clubs. Here is a quick rundown of the pitchers that will be taking the mound and a list of the prospects to watch at each level. Omaha Storm Chasers - Chris Dwyer - the lefty starter had a solid season last year after battling a thyroid problem the previous two that caused him to lose an extreme amount of weight. With his ...

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Royals Fans, We’ve Been Here Before

An opening day highly disappointing loss, aren't we used to this yet?  Every year we as Kansas City Royals fans get all worked up thinking this year is going to be different, the Royals are going to be different, luck will turn our teams way.  Not only do we expect all of that to happen as fans but it seems we expect it to happen right away.  Is it 2003's fault?  We do remember that season even though ten s ...

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I’m A Royal

Tim Scott, former in-game emcee for the Royals posted this video on YouTube from Opening Day 2009. If you were there, you probably remember it. I do. It hasn't been shown in the stadium since, but I just think it's a great video. On Opening Day, a baseball fan's holiday, I thought it would be great to have it up here. Happy baseball, everyone! ...

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Infante Ready, Royals Roster Set

Omar Infante's shoulder held up in his last test in Arizona and is seemingly ready to go, finalizing the roster for the Kansas City Royals just in time for opening day. With the health of the free agent second baseman secured the Royals moved Jason Donald down to AAA Omaha. Manager Ned Yost indicated to Andy McCullough that he was unsure if Infante could play everyday but will have him in the 2 spot on open ...

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Minor League Roster Breakdown

Omaha Storm Chasers Pitchers (13) Chris Dwyer, Aaron Brooks, Danny Duffy, Brett Tomko, John Lamb, Justin Marks, Buddy Baumann, Cory Wade, PJ Walters, Ramon Troncoso, Spencer Patton, Michael Mariot, Donnie Joseph Catchers (2) Jesus Flores, Francisco Pena Infield (5) Matt Fields, Christian Colon, Johnny Giavotella, Brian Bocock, Jimmy Paredes Outfield (4) Brett Eibner, Brian Fletcher, Paulo Orlando, Gorkys He ...

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Video Samir Duenez

Here is some video of the Kansas City Royals 1b prospect Samir Duenez from Spring Training. Look for the massive 17 year old (turns 18 in June) to play in Lexington this season where he could play 1b and LF. Originally signed for $425,000. Follow me @ClintScoles ...

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Royals Have A Chance For Something Special In 2014

Confession time: three weeks ago, I claimed that I had traveled ahead in time and found that the Kansas City Royals had made the playoffs. Then two weeks ago, I claimed that I had traveled ahead in time and found that the Royals had suffered through a “Murphy’s Law” season and had failed to even finish .500. Well, I didn’t really time-travel, you know. I simply imagined what the best- and worst-case scenari ...

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Royals Minor Moves

The Kansas City Royals made a few moves yesterday moving players in and off their minor league clubs. AAA Johnny Giavotella to Omaha - If you would have asked me prior to spring if this was a surprise I would have told you emphatically no but considering Omar Infante's injury I am a tad shocked they didn't wait.  After all Gio has had a good spring, Jason Donald is without options and exposing him after Inf ...

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Kansas City Royals Add Possible Situational Lefty

(Pic via MLB.com) The Royals have claimed Patrick Schuster a rule 5 pick from the San Diego Padres and previous minor league prospect of the Arizona D-Backs organization.  Some of you may remember Schuster's high school days in Florida when he threw four consecutive no-hitters at his Tampa high school prior to being drafted in the 13th round of the 2009 draft. At 6'2 185 lbs Schuster is a less than imposing ...

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Kansas City Royals Top 25 Prospect List

After a week in Arizona I have updated my Kansas City Royals prospect list after talking to scouts, front office personnel and watching the players myself.  Slight change from things I've done in the past include working more from the BP and BA models with innings and plate appearance limitations that put Yordano Ventura and Chris Dwyer back in the list.  I did this mainly to show that Ventura is far and aw ...

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Royals Option Danny Duffy and Donnie Joseph

As the season gets closer, the Kansas City Royals continued to craft their 25 man roster that will take the field against the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day on March 31. After some somewhat controversial statements regarding the future of Danny Duffy and his 2014 role, the Royals have decided that he will start the season in the minors along with Donnie Joseph. Additionally, Cory Wade and P.J. Walters were r ...

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