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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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Mixed Bag

  A mixture of Kansas City Royals news, opinion and links from other quality baseball sources. Throwin' Change - What else can be said about Ventura's first start other than marvelous, superb, brilliant and whatever else you want to say. The best part of it was that he was so willing to throw his change up. He dominated the offense the way a guy with his talent has the ability to dominating righties wi ...

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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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Pine Tar Podcast with Joel Goldberg 4.1.14

Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City joined David and Clint to talk about the Royals first game, projections on the upcoming season and the Royals 6th Inning Song bracket. Clint and David also discussed the first game and filled out their own 6th inning Song bracket. Listen to us via Stitcher Download the Podcast on iTunes (Please Rate and Review us there) Or you download the Soundcloud App and listen to ...

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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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Pine Tar Podcast Royals Spring Training Edition

Clint briefly spoke with Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore and Scott Sharp front. Also Clint and David discussed the announcement that Yordano Ventura won the last starting rotation spot as well as his outstanding spring training start versus the Texas Rangers. In addition Clint spoke about what he's seen at spring training thus far.   ...

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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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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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Mixed Bag

The Royals are days away from going to arbitration with Greg Holland something Dayton Moore hasn't done with any player since taking over the job with the Royals.  Both sides appear to be open to a longterm extension. Via KC Star “It’s our desire to keep many of our good players here long-term, if we can do that,” Moore said last week. “Greg’s no different. Every negotiation has its own set of circumstances ...

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Mixed Bag

Josh Vernier ‏@JoshVernier That would have taken the #Royals to let Hoch walk for nothing, try and find a trade partner for Wade & pray that Ventura is ready. Pray that Ventura is ready?  This is a sentiment that has floated around from Josh and many others in the Royals fandom that confuses me.  Everyone does realize the Royals on September 17th were 2.5 games out of the wildcard, playing the Cleveland ...

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Nothing Minor About His Season - If I was to bet on any minor league pitcher to have a monster season that money would go down on Miguel Almonte.  This is for a couple reasons but the main reason is Frawley field fits perfect to his skillset.  The right-handed starter gave up slightly higher numbers (.242 to .225 BA) to right-handed hitters last season due to his slightly lagging breaking ball.  Considering ...

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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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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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Ventura and Almonte Pitch in the Futures Game

The Kansas City Royals had two pitchers in the Futures Game, giving us a Pitch F/X look at Yordano Ventura (currently with AAA Omaha)and Miguel Almonte (currently with Class A Lexington). Ventura was ranked as the 4th best prospect in the Royals system by this site, while Almonte was ranked as the 9th best prospect in the system. Unfortunately, flamethrower Yordano Ventura threw just one pitch, but it was t ...

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The Process: NW Arkansas Front Three Leads a Talented Pitching Staff

After taking a look at the lower two levels in the system it is time to take a swing at the AA squad. Lineup 1. Yem Prades RF 2. Whit Merrifield 2b 3. Brian Fletcher LF - He needs to find a position to move up. 4. Brett Eibner CF - Can he make more contact? 5. Ian Gac DH 6. Matt Fields 1b 7. Matt Sweeney 3b 8. Julio Rodriguez C 9. Alex McClure SS Bench - Juan Graterol C, Angel Franco INF, Carlo Testa OF Thi ...

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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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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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