Royals Ride Already in Full Swing

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 cut ...

This Date In Royals History–April 20, 1970

This Date In Royals History–April 20, 1970

1970: Bob Oliver hit a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth to tie the game, then added a solo home run in the 11th to ice a 4-2 comeback win over the Athletics at the Colis ...

Louie, Louie vs. Minnie the Moocher

Louie, Louie vs. Minnie the Moocher

Bon Jovi’s prayer was answered and the glam metal classic moves on. We now begin the third quadrant of the bracket with two of the oldest songs in the bracket going up against each ...

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

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 Pi ...

Diamonds in the Rough 04.19.14 by Shawn Rebman

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 th ...

This Date In Royals History–April 19, 1996

This Date In Royals History–April 19, 1996

1996: The Royals fell into an early 5-0 hole and could not recover, as Milwaukee delivered an 8-2 pounding at Kauffman Stadium. The Brewers got three runs in the first against star ...

Kansas City Here I Come vs Livin’ On A Prayer

Kansas City Here I Come vs Livin’ On A Prayer

Gloria Gaynor’s disco classic did NOT survive against The Beatles singing a tribute to Kansas City. So to close out the second quadrant of the bracket, we get another version of Ka ...

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

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 Pi ...

Diamonds in the Rough 4.18

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 ...

This Date In Royals History–April 18, 1984

This Date In Royals History–April 18, 1984

1984: Jorge Orta blasted a three-run homer to tie the game in the eighth inning, but the Royals surrendered an unearned run in the 10th and dropped a 4-3 loss to Detroit at Tiger S ...

Mixed Bag

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 Fo ...

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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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2014 College Baseball Top 40- #39 UCSB

39 UC Santa Barbara   Collegiate Baseball Ranking   #39 University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) 35-25 (17-10 Big West Conference)   The Big Plus: Upperclassmen experience...UCSB tasted baseball success last season and looks to build on that in 2014. They have a solid group of junior and senior players who will all play a pivotal role this year. They also have a terrific closer in Hecht. ...

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College Baseball Top 40: #40 Coastal Carolina

Collegiate Baseball Rankings used:   #40 Coastal Carolina (37-23) (18-6 Big South Conference)   The big plus: Starting Pitching for the Chanticleers with Ben Smith, Tyler Poole, and Seth Lamando returning. The unknown is the health of Tyler Herb and Alex Cunningham. But, both could be huge for Coastal if healthy.   The big negative: Offense, losing the bats of May, Blackmon, and Bucilli hurts ...

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EARLY LOOK 2014 MLB DRAFT

I appreciate the offer from PTP to allow me to write for you and share my thoughts about what I see in the baseball world. My first offering will be the 2014 MLB draft. My personal top 50: (Team that could select them *these are in order of my personal rankings and not in order of where they go in draft) 1- LHP Carlos Rodon NC State 12/10/92: Clear-cut #1 player in the 2014 MLB draft. The lefty has dominate ...

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