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Kansas City Royals Spring Training Notes

The Kansas City Royals have something special folks ! Yordano Ventura - What can be said?  The guy was outstanding spotting his fastball and curveball, throwing effortlessly hitting both insides of the plate and then using his change up in the late innings.  I've never seen someone who can run a pitch up to 101 look so like he is just playing catch when he's throwing in the high 90's.  He made two extremely ...

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Mixed Bag

A mixture of my opinions along with links from other quality baseball sources. Changing the Message - The Royals front office has changed their tune this spring in regards to expectations of the players at the top and even towards the bottom of the organization.  For years we have heard about development, being patient and remembering these guys were young.  That song has changed from Ned Yost telling the m ...

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Position Rankings – Outfield

In past years I’ve ranked the Royals minor league prospects by position but this year I thought I’d change things up. I’ve already got my Top Prospects List out so it’s pretty apparent where I value each guy but I will be taking an open mind to Arizona with me from March 16-21. During that time the Royals have and off day and two night games so I will have ample time to take in the minor league fields and g ...

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Big Development Season for Bubba

The $7.5 million dollar 1st round price tag, the local boy following and the football highlights that he performed in high school morphed Bubba's expectations into the next Royals Hall of Famer.  To say he hasn't lived up to those huge expectations would be an understatement as he's fallen in the ranks on most prospect rankings significantly while the buzz around the fan base has cooled.  his stock has fall ...

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Clint Scoles Royals Top 20 Prospects

I decided to lower my rankings amount this year as going 40 deep just turns into a bit of noise at the bottom of the group.  With that said the Royals still have a deep farm system with plenty of talent that one could go deep naming off possible contributors down the line.  Remember in our rankings at PTP we eliminate guys as soon as they make it into a MLB game so unlike BP and BA Yordano Ventura isn't eli ...

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Scouting the Minors; Early season hitting report by CJ Wittmann

Early Season Hitters Report (prior to May 7th, 2013) Wilmington Blue Rocks (13-17) 3B Cheslor Cuthbert     11/16/1992   R/R    .250/.305/.343       Home to 1st: 4.51, 4.59, 4.55 Outlook: limited range at 3B; has trouble with balls hit to his right/ down the line; above average arm; below avg runner; high maintenance body now and for the future; Future 60 arm/50 glove Hitting: flashes good discipline and sol ...

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Royals Prospect Report: Bubba Starling

During my trip to Lexington I was able to see quite a few of Bubba Starling's plate appearances in the three games that he played in. In that time it was evident that Bubba still has a couple of elite tools in his power and speed however I came away wary if he'll be able to unlock those tools with enough contact to make a difference. The Video   I'm just an amateur scout but it definitely seems like th ...

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The Process; Week 1 of the Minor League Season

The first week of the season has been full of ups and downs for Royals fans (would we expect anything different) but there has been plenty to look at and in most cases hope for different results. Good Cam Gallagher - The Royals catching prospect had a solid weekend with the stick going 5 for 10 with a pair of doubles.  I haven't seen Gallagher for a while (instructs last year) but what I saw then was a quie ...

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The Five Most Important Questions of the Royals Minor League Season

1. Bubba Starling, baseball player or athlete playing out a contract. The Royals invested a tremendous amount of money in Starling after missing out on getting Bauer, Hultzen and Bundy and while they knew it would take some time for him to develop his skill I doubt they want to wait a whole season in Single A on him.  Does that mean he'll fly through the system?  No it doesn't but I'm sure they would like t ...

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The Process – Comping Bubba’s Season

Last night MLB tabbed Bubba Starling the Royals top prospect and the 26th best prospect in all of baseball.  If you like prospects like I do then Bubba has it all in terms of potential.  After all he's a potential five tool player with a uber amount of talent that if unleashed could evolve into the most explosive athlete in Royal blue since Carlos Beltran and before him Bo Jackson. Last season was a test fo ...

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The Process: Most Valuable Royals Under 25

On the surface an exercise like this can look rather easy, grab all the players under 25, rate them dependent on talent and toss in but it isn't in my DNA to not weigh risk along with ceiling to make such a list.  When you toss in a player's current level, possibility of not reaching their ceiling and then add in positional scarcity, in the majors and the org, my list turns out much different than that of J ...

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The Process: Lexington To See an Abundance of Royals Talent in 2013

Of all the minor league squads that the Royals could be putting together this season none will be as closely watched as the first team they will be putting together in the South Atlantic League. The talent on this squad will run directly through the middle of the field where the Royals will put together probably their greatest combination of upside talent on any minor league team that I can remember.  That ...

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The Prospect Depth Chart – Outfielders

1. Wil Myers - It takes virtually no time in deciding who the Royals top prospect is, that is something that different from previous seasons and shows the separation in usable talent between Wil and others in the system.  Coming off a disappointing 2011 minor league season the young converted outfielder went to Arizona in the fall of that year and corrected a couple of things, putting together an impressive ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 9.3

Photo Minda Haas An ugly 0-6 day for Royals affiliates to end the Regular season and a bullpen implosion that cost the org an Appy League championship. ¬†HR Roll Call¬†Kenny Swab (2) Bubba Starling (13) Mark Threlkeld (13)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Derrick Robinson 3-4 2b, R Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Miguel Almonte 3 IP 1 H 0 R 0 BB 4 K Playoffs Elizabethon Twins 10 Burlington Royals 6 F ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 9.1

Affiliates went 5-1 tonight. Home Run Roll Call  Wil Myers (37) Brian Fletcher (15)  Brett Eibner (15)  Matt Fields (17) Justin Trapp (12) Mark Threlkeld (12) Ethan Chapman (1) Pine Tar Press Hitter of the day Wil Myers 4-6 2R 1HR 4RBI  Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the day  Jason Adam 6IP 2H 1ER 2BB 4K  CO-Pine Tar Press Pitcher of  the Day John Lamb 4IP 2H 0ER 0BB 4K Pine Tar Press Rookie of the Day Bubba Sta ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 8.30

2-3 day for Royals affiliates despite a playoff clinching win by the Blue Rocks.  HR Roll Call Wil Myers (36) Julio Aparicio (4) Bubba Starling (11) Terrance Gore (1) Diego Goris (12) Adalberto Mondesi (3) Nick DelGuidice (2) Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Brett Eibner 3-4 2b, 2 R, 2 RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Leondy Perez 7.1 IP 5 H 1 R 0 ER 1 BB 3 K Rookie League Player of the Day Adalberto M ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 8.20

4-4 record for Royals affiliates on Monday.  HR Roll Call Chris Elder (2) Bubba Starling (10) Alexis Rivera (3) Johan Santa (2) Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Paulo Orlando 3-4   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Angel Baez 5 Ip 4 H 1 R 0 ER 3 BB 6 K Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Ariel Estades 2-3 3 RBI  Nashville Sounds 9 Omaha Storm Chasers 1 The Chasers offense couldn't get much going ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 8.16

4-2 record by Royals affiliates. ¬†HR Roll Call¬†Diego Goris (6) Patrick Leonard (13)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Derrick Robinson 3-5 2b, 3 R, RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Andy Ferguson 6 Ip 4 H 1 R 1 ER 2 BB 9 K¬† Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Patrick Leonard 3-4 2b, HR, 2 RBI   Omaha Storm Chasers 7 Las Vegas 51s 6 F/11¬† Starter Chris Dwyer couldn't back up his com ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 8.15

2-6 record by Royals affiliates Wednesday.¬†HR Roll Call¬†Max Ramirez (14) Manny Pina (5) Michael Antonio (5) Mark Threlkeld (8)¬†   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Yem Prades 3-5 2b,3b, 2 R, RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Jason Adam 6 IP 4 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 5 K Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Patrick Conroy 7 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 2 BB 4 K¬†   Las Vegas 51s 3 Omaha Storm Chasers 2 New ...

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