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Pine Tar Podcast with Michael Engel of Kansas City Baseball Vault

Michael Engel talks about his joining the Pine Tar Press team, the Royals bullpen, Mike Moustakas and much more. Also David, Clint and Michael talk about some of the problems the Royals may be encountering in development with players and their advisors. Listen to the show or download it here or also at: RoyalsPodcast.com iTunes Soundcloud Stitcher ...

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Money Matchup of the Day- Kevin Correia vs Mike Moustakas

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 5 games 9-20 2b, 2 HR, BB Today's Matchup Kevin Corriea vs Mike Moustakas T ...

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Pine Tar Podcast with Steven St. John of The Border Patrol

Clint and David were joined by Steven St. John of 810WHB's The Border Patrol to discuss Yordano Ventura's first start, the Royals struggling offense, Mike Moustakas, Sal Perez and more. Also on this podcast David and Clint discuss the big day in Omaha by Brett Eibner while Clint added a couple interviews from Omaha with Eibner and Omaha manager Brian Poldberg. ...

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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 Kansas City Royals news, opinion and links from other quality baseball sources. With Ventura, Eiland is unsure if such restraint is possible. When he talks about the velocity, his voice quiets. He almost whispers. He cannot ask Ventura to dial back, as that would upset his mechanics and risk injury. Eiland’s only instruction is to stay within his delivery, keep himself balanced and let his arm ...

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Revisiting the 2011 BA Prospect Handbook

The prospect rankings are out and the Royals have placed a handful or so players on most Top 100 list that are available to seamheads. That is a testament to the talent in the Royals scouting staff here in the US and across the globe. The fact that they have graduated so many players to the pros but continue to develop or acquire prospects that interest scouts and analyst throughout baseball is impressive. ...

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Pine Tar Podcast Offseason Edition with Rex Hudler

Rex Hudler drops by to give his knowledge on the Royals upcoming season, what happened to Mike Moustakas last season, details on the Ervin Santana saga and what to look for out of the rotation. To listen you can click play on the picture above, listen via our Stitcher app or download us on iTunes Music from the Talbott Brothers ...

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How Good is Alcides Escobar’s Defense?

Alcides Escobar was considered a great defensive shortstop as a prospect and when he was acquired by the Royals. In the Majors, I think the general consensus is that he is a good shortstop (just based off comments by announcers and mainstream baseball writers). I really enjoy MLB Scouting Reports and they rate him as a 70 defender (in the 20-80 scale), saying he is a glove glove contender ever year. However ...

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The Royals and Hitting with Two Strikes

It is trendy to talk about "two strike approach" these days, perhaps because of the rise of strikeouts in the Major Leagues. MLB league average with two strikes is .177/.246/.271. The Royals are hitting .199/.246/.287 with two strikes, meaning that they walk a little less, though are hitting for a little bit better average (same OBP), and a touch more power than an average MLB team with two strikes. So the ...

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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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Offensive Improvement Will Key Success In 2013

Although the discussion over the last two weeks has revolved around the rotation, if the Royals expect to catch the Tigers next season they are going to have to see as much (if not more) improvement from their lineup. The Royals, as a team, finished 8th in the AL in pitching WAR, due in large part to the strength of their bullpen. A bullpen which, with the exception of one three-hundred pound individual, re ...

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Looking At The Royals’ 2013 Payroll

I think we can all agree (and have) that the Royals will need to add at least one, probably two, good starting pitchers in the offseason if they want to contend in 2013. The last week or so has shown what this team can do if the starting pitching is good, and I feel reasonably certain the offense will do well enough to win next year. I think we can expect, with varying degrees of certainty, a bounce-back ye ...

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Royals Recap: Royals at Blue Jays 7.2.12

Royals Recap: Royals at Blue Jays (Everett Teaford vs. Ricky Romero) After a disappointing series versus the Twins, in which they treated Royals pitching like it was homerun derby, the last thing you’d want the Royals to do is face the team leading all of baseball in homeruns—the Blue Jays.  If you’re looking for the silver-lining, take solace in the fact that the Royals batters will be facing perhaps the o ...

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Series Preview – Oakland A’s, June 1-3

The Royals return home after another successful road trip to face the A's who are heading in the opposite direction. They have lost eight in a row by a combined score of 36-12. To add insult to injury, the last three games have been losses to the lowly Minnesota Twins. Before the A's began this streak, they were actually a game over .500 and hanging in there in the tough American League. Now, not so much. I ...

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The Royals’ Stage Is Set

“I’ve got something good for you,” he says. “Wait and see where we are at the end of May. That’s my quote.”--Jeff Francoeur, to the Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger, 4/23/2012. Well, Jeff, don't mind if I do. The Royals are now two months and roughly 1/3 of the way through the 2012 campaign. Seems like a perfect time to take a step back and see what we've got. Frenchy's quote above was fairly bold, given th ...

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Royals Expectations

This post is both to take a look back and a look forward. You may recall my post on Tuesday looking at the contenders and the pretenders of the first roughly third of the season. You may also recall that the Royals were nowhere to be found on that list. The Royals, of course, sit at 21-28 and seven games behind the first place White Sox (that's one of the real shockers of the early part of 2012). Looking at ...

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Royals Recap 5.30; Royals down Indians behind Chen, Pen and Gio

Things weren't looking good for Bruce Chen Wednesday after struggling in the opening innings of the series finale with Cleveland. Chen's biggest problem came in the second where the Indians started the inning off with singles allowed to Shelly Duncan and Michael Brantley.  Casey Kotchman who seemingly always runs into a big hit versus the Royals would come through with a soft single into right that got down ...

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Royals Recap: Royals at Indians 5.29.12

Royals Recap: Royals at Indians 5.29.12 (Will Smith vs. Justin Masterson) I'm sure there were plenty of eyerolls and here-we-go-agains uttered after the first inning tonight throughout the Royals' fanbase. Just like yesterday, the Royals scored two runs in the first, this time on a Mike Moustakas homer. Unlike yesterday's game, the Royals wasted no time giving up the lead, with Will Smith surrendering two w ...

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Royals Recap: Royals at Yankees 5.21.12

Royals Re-cap: Royals at Yankees 5.21.2012 (Felipe Paulino vs. Hiroki Kuroda)   On display tonight at Yankee Stadium was approximately $268 million of professional baseball talent, and a combined 28 World Series titles.  Of course the Yankees accounted for about $198 million of that figure, and 27 World Series titles.  Simply put, the only thing that separates the Yankees from the Royals is $137 million in ...

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Series Preview – Chicago White Sox, May 11-13

The Royals take their moderately winning ways on the road for their first series of the year against the division rival White Sox. Before the season started, many were picking the White Sox to bring up the rear of the division along with the Twins, but resurgent beginnings to the season from Jake Peavy and Adam Dunn have helped them to sit around a .500 record with a little more hope than expected by the ex ...

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