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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 Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. Stats thru 6 games 10-23 2-2b, 2 HR, 2 BB .435/.480/.783 Today's Matchup Omar Infante ...

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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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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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Kansas City Royals and Others Spring Training Notes

No big league game scheduled for Tuesday for the Kansas City Royals meant a early morning scrimmage with a Canadian All Star team for the minor leaguers. Jason Adam - Adam looked solid against an group that was significantly overmatched showing a 91-93 mph fastball and a tight late breaking offspeed pitch.  I'll talk with Jason about the transformation of this breaking pitch as it has the same appearance as ...

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Position Rankings – Starting Pitchers

(Photo Miguel Almonte via Bill Mitchell) 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 ...

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Royals Invite 16 Players to Major League Camp

The Royals announced Thursday that they have invited 16 non-roster members to major league camp.  Lets take a quick look at those players that were invited, their chances of making the 25 man roster and what we could possibly expect out of them past this year. C - Ramon Hernandez - Chances 50% - Hernandez has looked well past his prime the last couple of years but his competition is just Brett Hayes which g ...

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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 Prospect Depth Chart – Right Handed Pitchers

Pitching hasn't been a bright spot in the Royals system for quite sometime with the team struggling to develop the homegrown arms needed to compete in the AL Central.  While things haven't been good the current crop of right-handed arms in the system are looking deeper than they have in quite sometime.  One of things you may notice with this group of twelve is that many of them are from Latin America which ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 9.6

(Photo Jake Rose Photography) The roles reversed on Thursday as Omaha lost and Wilmington won their playoff games while Idaho Falls dropped their season finale. ¬†HR Roll Call¬†Max Ramirez (18) Matt Fields (18) Jared Schlehuber (5) Nick DelGuice (3)¬† Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Cheslor Cuthbert 3-5 2-2b, 2 R, RBI   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Jason Adam 7 IP 5 H 2 R 1 ER 3 BB 4 K   Albuqu ...

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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 8.26

(Photo Minda Haas) Bad day for the Royals¬†affiliates¬†as they went 3-6.¬†HR Roll Call Carlos Testa (15)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Rey Navarro 1-2 2R 2RBI 2BB Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Jason Adam 6.0IP 5H ¬†0R ¬†0ER 1BB 5K Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Alex Hudak 2-4 2B Omaha StrornChasers 7 ¬†New Oreleans Zephyrs ¬†2 Chris Dwyers up and (mostly) down season continued as he c ...

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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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Diamonds in the Rough 8.10

Royals affiliates had a very good day going 7-2. HR Roll Call Anthony Seratelli (17) Brian Fletcher (14) Matt Fields (15,16) Patrick Leonard (12) Mark Threlkeld (3) Pedro Gonzalez (2)¬†¬†   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Matt Fields 5-5 2 HR, 4 R, 2 RBI   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Kyle Zimmer 6.2 IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 10 K Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Nick Delguidice 3-4 2 ...

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Royals Prospect Reports: Jason Adam and Elisaul Pimentel by Zach Mortimer

Follow Zach @Baseballspects Jason Adam RHP 6’4 220 lbs 8/4/91 2010 Draft 5th Rd ($800,000) Fastball: 91-93 mph have seen it touch 94. Gets good plane by using his natural long levers. Will need to improve command in to Righties. Grades out as an average pitch. (50) Curveball: 75-78mpH. 11-5 shape with sharp downward movement. Throws it to glove side and lets it break down out of the zone for his out pitch. ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 7.19

Royals affiliates went 5-2 on the strength of the lower levels Thursday.¬† HR Roll Call¬†Clint Robinson (12) Johnny Giavotella (9) Adam Moore (4) John Whittleman (15) Brian Fletcher (11) Jin-Ho Shin (4) Nic Cuckovich (2) Bubba Starling (3)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Tony Abreu 3-4 2-2b,BB, R, RBI¬† Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Jason Adam 7 IP 2 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K Pine Tar Press Rookie League Pla ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 7.13

Royals got solid starting pitching to go 5-2 on the day. ¬†HR Roll Call¬†Paulo Orlando (3)¬†   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Angel Baez 6 IP 2 H 1 R 0 ER 2 BB 10 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Paulo Orlando 2-3 2b, HR, RBI, 2BB Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Sam Selman 5.1 IP 5 H 2 R 1 ER 1 BB 7 K   Omaha Storm Chasers 4 Iowa Cubs 3 Will Smith seems to be getting the hang of A ...

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The Halfway Point Prospects of Note: Wilmington Blue Rocks

5: Brian Fletcher 6’0 190lbs 1b/LF .289/.353/.411, 5 HR, 25RBI, 15 2B, 51K/19BB Brian Fletcher is the son of former Major Leaguer Scott Fletcher. Brian relies on his bat solely to maintain prospect status. He is a well below average defender in the OF, and struggles at 1st defensively. At the plate he has a violent swing with good bat speed. Brian really enjoys swinging hard if he sees a pitch he likes he’s ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 6.14

Royals affiliates went 3-1. ¬†HR Roll Call¬†Wil Myers (23)¬†     Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Jorge Bonifacio 2-4 2b, R, RBI   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Sam Runion 2.1 IP 0 H 0 R 1 BB 4 K¬†   Omaha Storm Chasers 4 Nashville Sounds 2¬† The Chasers put up 3 early runs in the first game of their series in Nashville then leaned heavily on pitching to stretch win streak to nine games. ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 5.30

The Royals affiliates went 1-2 with an Omaha rainout. ¬†HR Roll Call Eric Duncan (2) Jorge Bonifacio (4) Jin-Ho Shin (1)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Jorge Bonifacio 3-5 2b, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day None     Midland RockHounds 7 NW Arkansas Naturals 6 F/11 A back and forth game didn't go the Naturals way in Midland. ¬†The top four hitters in NW Arkansas did plenty ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 5.25

3-1 day for Royals affiliates on Friday. ¬†HR Roll Call Wil Myers (16) Anthony Seratelli (7) John Whittleman (8) Carlo Testa (6) Yem Prades (3)¬†   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Christian Colon 1-2 2b, 3 BB, 3 R Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Roman Colon 3 IP 1 H 0 R 0 BB 2 K   Omaha Storm Chasers 2 New Orleans Zephyrs 1 The Chasers used some muscle to win a pitching duel on Friday. ¬†Vin Mazza ...

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