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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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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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What They Say – Comparing Prospect Analyst Royals Rankings

(Photo via Jake Rose Photography) With the release of Baseball America's Top 10 List Monday Royals fans now have the basic opinions of the three main prospect sites out there.  Most of these list are pretty similar to one another but you can find a few small differences in terms of ceiling that make each interesting to read.  Below I tried to highlight the similarities and differences from each of BA, BP an ...

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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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View from First Base

Kyle Zimmer:¬† I first met Kyle in Spring Training 2013.¬† The first thing I noticed was a physical stature more like a strong safety than a pitcher.¬† Judging by looks, Kyle was going to be a horse on the mound.¬† I broke camp with Wilmington, as did Kyle.¬† This was really my first opportunity to watch him ‚Äúpitch.‚Ä̬† Kyle was dominant with his fastball when facing young hitters who couldn‚Äôt adjust to the veloci ...

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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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Minor Questions

Here are a few questions that the Royals should want to get answered this season. Can Kyle carry the load? Words are out that Ervin Santana is seeking $100M.  That seems high but it illustrates that the Royals need their young pitching to lead the way for them and leading that pack is Kyle Zimmer.  Zimmer has all the makings of a #1 starter when you talk about size and pitching repertoire but the results we ...

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Some Notes on Kyle Zimmer and Chris Dwyer

The Royals promoted Kyle Zimmer, their 1st round pick (5th overall) in 2012, to AA, where he made his debut on Saturday. Watching on MiLB.tv, this was my first time seeing Zimmer, so I decided to take some notes and turn it into a post. Zimmer is listed at 6-2 but I really like his size, with a full well built body that looks like it can handle a large workload. Reports on Zimmer's velocity in college seeme ...

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Kyle Zimmer Report vs Frederick via CJ Wittman

#30 RHP Kyle Zimmer: 2012 1st Round Draft Pick, 5th overall The line: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO. * height: 6‚Äô2‚ÄĚ weight: 217 lbs * big frame; thick lower half; good posture and momentum; innings eater type¬†body * traditional 3/4 slot release; mechanics very smooth; very repeatable;¬†effortless delivery; has no problem repeating perfect mechanics; works from¬†1B side The Stuff: Fastball 93-97 MPH (T97) * ...

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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 Process: Wilmington Rotation Reminiscent of 2010

A few weeks ago I took a look at a possible team the Lexington Legends could put together and oh boy was it loaded.  What does that mean for the team up a level from them?  Will they have a down squad?  Lets take a look at another possible roster. Lineup 1. Justin Trapp 2b - Took off in 2nd half of '12 can he build on that? 2. Orlando Calixte SS - Possibly gets a AA bump. 3. Jorge Bonifacio RF - Big power p ...

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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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Who Replaces Wil Myers?

Following the Shields/Davis for Myers/Odorizzi trade, the first question on Royals’ fans minds was as follows: Did this trade make the team a contender in 2013?  David has covered that territory both on the pitching and upside components, while Paul has analyzed the question as a whole.  If you require additional analysis of that singular transaction, please feel free to utilize your preferred search engine ...

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Pine Tar Press Top 40 Royals Prospects

#1 Wil Myers - The crown jewel of the organization shouldn't have qualified for this list but will instead wait his turn in 2013 for another Frenchy flop. ¬†As a Royals player I believe Wil could be a major impact player, if they choose to trade him they should do so for no less than Matt Moore. ¬†The gap between he and #2 is quite large.       Kyle Zimmer (2) -¬†Some of the best raw stuff in th ...

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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 8.21

3-4 record Tuesday by Royals affiliates. ¬†HR Roll Call¬†Paulo Orlando (5) Kevin Kouzmanoff (2) Orlando Calixte (13) Geulin Beltre (5) Diego Goris (11)     Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Orlando Calixte 3-5 HR, 2b, 2 RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Edwin Carl 2.1 IP 0 H 0 R 5 K Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Diego Goris ¬†2-5 Walkoff HR, 2 RBI   Nashville Sounds 7 Omaha S ...

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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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Scouts View-The Kansas City Royals 2012 Draft from the eyes of the scouts that signed them By Greg Schaum

2012 draft:  Area Scout Reports for the Kansas City Royals (Photo Bill Mitchell) Kyle Zimmer RHP 6’3: 210 The University of San Francisco Area Scout: Max Valencia Region:Northern California What were your thoughts the first time you Kyle Zimmer? My first thought was I am looking at a future Big Leaguer How did you follow Zimmer  from first time until the draft? I followed his starts at the school he attende ...

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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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