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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 FoxSportsKC  Duffman - We have went up and down and around with Duffy's development but if the past two appearances are an indication then he will likely stay in the bullpen until Chen pitches his way out of it.  Another hiccup coul ...

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Mixed Bag

  A mixture of Kansas City Royals news, opinion and links from other quality baseball sources. Danny Duffy Down (to Omaha) but Not Out- It has been an up and down road for Danny Duffy going from undersized kid to the first Royals starting pitching prospect to graduate to the pros from the "greatest group of prospects ever" to back to Omaha. ¬†The one constant in this road that has included quitting the ...

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Not Just Throwin’ Fire

(Photo via Minda Haas Flickr) It's is just spring training but Ace Ventura flashed just that yesterday in his 4.1 innings versus the A's. From reports at the field and people in the know it sounds like Yordano looked just like many of us have hoped.   101-102 mph is just plain ridiculous and while I know most every hitter can hit a good straight fastball if they are sitting on it you gotta remember tha ...

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Pine Tar Podcast Spring Training Edition

David and Clint talk this week about how some of the Royals have performed thus far in spring training. They also breakdown Danny Duffy's home/road splits and ponder a question. Other discussed include James Shields contract and MLB Field F/X.   Follow us @DBLesky and @ClintScoles ...

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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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Changing Pitcher

From the time he arrived we have heard nothing but praise in regards to James Shields, the leadership, the pitching ability, the attitude, the change up we have all heard the praise of Shields from the front office and  many of the players in the Royals organization.  One player who has praised him more than most was Danny Duffy who seemed to latch onto Shields the second he met him in the locker room and i ...

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Quick Saturday Stat

Last night I was looking at the stats of Miguel Almonte to compare his K/BB ratio of the recent big name Royals that have pitched at Single A.  As you can see Almonte fairs very well to the Big Names that have ran through recently: 2013 Miguel Almonte Age 20 - 25 GS 130.2 IP 3.67 K/BB 2011 Yordano Ventura Age 20 - 19 GS 84.1 IP 3.67 K/BB 2010 John Lamb Age 19 - 8 GS 40 IP 2.53 K/BB 2009 Mike Montgomery Age ...

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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 Royals Mid-Season Tune Up

If you haven't checked it out yesterday take a second to listen to the spot Soren Petro had with Danny Duffy yesterday.  It was good stuff as Danny seemed very pumped about the Royals chances this season and his chances of giving them a big mid-season boost.  While Danny should contribute late this season there is another pitcher who could contribute more to the Royals in 2013. Bob Dutton gave someon the in ...

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Comparing Numbers; Royals Kyle Smith vs Royals Prospects of the Past

Sometimes numbers can deceive a tad leading one to conclusions that they otherwise shouldn't be making.  When it comes to Kyle Smith and his 2012 performance it is as impressive as we've seen in the Royals system since Dayton Moore took over. Midwest League K Rate Danny Duffy 31.4% 2008 Kyle Smith 31.1% Danny Gutierrez 27.7% 2010 - 2nd trip John Lamb 26.9% 2010 Yordano Ventura 25.1% 2011 Ed Cegarra 25% 2008 ...

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Tommy John and The Arms of Today

Since when did the arm of a major league pitcher become such a fragile thing.  Guys in combat sports have been labeled as having a glass jaw when they get put to sleep easily.  Maybe the new pitcher has the equivalent with a glass arm.  Long removed from the days when Nolan Ryan would man the bump for a pitch count that most today don't even come close to approaching.  He threw the ball hard really hard for ...

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Pitching To Contact: Explaining My Side of the Debate

I would like to preface this post by saying that I do not in any way expect to change anyone’s mind regarding pitching philosophy. I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel or anything major here. Many of you will likely finish reading this article with the same feelings as you came into it with -- that I’m an idiot. That’s fine, and I respect everyone’s opinions. Remember this: no two pitching philosophies are ...

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Series Wrap-Up: Royals at Athletics

Series Wrap-Up: Royals @ Athletics  Game 1:  Luis Mendoza vs. Tommy Milone Tommy who?  Tommy Milone.  Not only did the Royals lineup know nothing about him, they decided to attack Milone by leaving their bats at the hotel.  No, he wasn’t blowing batters away, as he failed to register a single strikeout.  Instead, he just scattered 3 hits, 0 runs on 93 pitches.  Royals batters 1-4 were a combined 1 for 13, a ...

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Spring Arms Race

Friday and Saturday saw outstanding starts from Luis Mendoza and Danny Duffy two of the three fighting for a spot in the Royals starting rotation. Duffy started things off on Friday mowing down all six Reds he faced while striking out the last five with so few pitches that he needed to throw a side session after his two innings were complete.  Duffy introduced his new cut fastball that he has been working o ...

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Royals Link Up

Duffy Excellent Start Your browser does not support iframes. Frenchy shows off the Surprise facilities Gordon talks about his comfort in LF and the 2012 season Royales with Cheese has put a different spin on Stop KONY with a #STOPYUNI campaign. Nick Scott of Royals Authority examines all the feelings that Yuni stirs up among the fanbase, scouts and Royals FO. Will McDonald of Royals Review takes a look at t ...

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Royals Link Up (VIDEO)

Goldberg and Dutton breakdown the Rotation possibles Video: Royals pitching breakdown Yost talks about pitching and defense in the 2nd intramural game Your browser does not support iframes. Royals lock up their 21 yrs old catcher for up to 8 years Your browser does not support iframes. Jeff Zimmerman of Royals Review delved into Sal's plate approach. The Kansas City Star has been great as usual with the sta ...

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Spring Multimedia Fever

It's getting close folks so so close and I'm sure you all are every bit as excited as I am for the upcoming season. Sunday is the first spring training game for the Royals and I can't honestly tell you who is more excited us fans or the Royals players themselves. Last night for those of you not on Twitter (why aren't you) Danny Duffy sent Royals Nation a buzz with a couple terrific tweets. Danny Duffy ‚ÄŹ @dd ...

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