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Royals Review

Minda Haas Kuhlmann

TWitM: Salvy and Gordo rehab

This Week in the Minors, the farm system was bolstered by visits from Major League veterans Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon, who were each rehabbing injuries.

This is our weekly look at notable performances from all over the system, from big-name prospects and less heralded guys alike. The mission is to answer this simple question: “Who had a good week?”

Today, we’ll cover results from Monday, April 16 through Sunday, April 22.

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for April 24, 2018

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Royals Rumblings - News for April 24, 2018

Rustin Dodd writes about how much the Royals have been missing Salvador Perez.

In 20 games, Drew Butera and Cam Gallagher have combined to bat .190 with a .506 OPS. In 2017, Pérez hit a career-high 27 home runs while posting a .792 OPS, his highest since 2012.

“Not to say that the guys that have been filling in haven’t been doing a great job,” Moustakas said. “Those guys are doing a phenomenal job fighting every day,...

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Mashin’ Moose

This has become an annual exercise in this segment of bandwidth. For the third year running, it’s time to celebrate the hitting transformation of one Michael Christopher Moustakas.  Let’s just get this out of the way: Moustakas is absolutely punishing the baseball. According to data from Statcast and Baseball Savant, Moustakas is barreling a pitch once every 13.6 plate appearances. (For the uninitiated, a “barrel” in Statcast parlance is a batted ball, in terms of exit velocity and...

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Diamonds in the Rough 4-23-18

HR Roll Call: Samir Duenez (2), Erick Mejia (1)  BPKC Hitter of the Day: Erick Mejia 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, SB (4) BPKC Pitcher of the Day Jacob Bodner 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GO-FO, 16p/12k Springfield Cardinals 6, NW Arkansas Naturals 5 Starter Foster Griffin didn’t fool the Cardinals hitters much in his time on the hill Monday before bowing out at 5.2 innings. The line is serviceable at four runs allowed, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. He gave up eight hits, two of which...

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Kansas City Royals: Potential Moves Monday Might Bring

The Kansas City Royals are going to be active tomorrow. They have a lot of players returning from injury and others who are struggling and should be moved. It’s just a matter of who and if right now. The Kansas City Royals could have an interesting Monday. With Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon set to […] Kansas City Royals: Potential Moves Monday Might Bring - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Inbox: How will Salvy's return impact Royals?

What is Salvador Perez's value to the Royals? Beat reporter Jeffrey Flanagan answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.

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Matthew LaMar

The Royals should rip a page out of the Chicago Cubs’ draft strategy

Not in tanking, but in strategy.

There is an acronym for a certain part of player development that gets converted into a gangly made-up word that nevertheless is terrifyingly potent. That word is ‘TINSTAAPP.’ There Is No Such Thing As A Pitching Prospect. TINSTAAPP. Essentially, TINSTAAPP refers to the unstable and unpredictable nature of pitching prospects.

Part of that is the utter insanity of the biomechanics required to fling a ball at 90+ miles per hour. Even a single scientific...

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Max Rieper

A ranking of Royals prospects by combining all the rankings

Who’s #1?

The experts seem to agree, the Royals have one of the worst farm systems in baseball. That doesn’t mean we can’t unearth a few gems, however, and already we have seen a few Royals prospects get off to hot starts.

Who are the prospects to look for in the system? There is not a consensus top prospect as there has been in past years. Some evaluators prefer 2017 first-round pick first baseman Nick Pratto, others prefer the power of outfielder Seuly Matias, while others like the...

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Alex Duvall

What should the long-term plan be for Jorge Soler?

The Royals outfielder is finally hitting, but with only two more years left on his deal, what’s the plan here?

The second I heard about the Wade Davis for Jorge Soler rumors, I was confused. The move didn’t make much sense from jump street. It appeared to be a move that was too in-between for what the Royals wanted to do. The Royals were still planning on competing in 2017, yet they traded their All-Star closer before the season ever started. The Royals knew they were going to be...

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Catching up with Royals Hall of Famer Leonard

Right-hander Dennis Leonard, a Royals Hall of Famer, was one of the greatest pitchers in club history.

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Kansas City Royals: The Royals Bats are Showing Signs of Life

Everyone wants to be optimistic. Well, almost everyone. Hope springs internal and there was no shortage of hope in Spring Training. Maybe the Kansas City Royals could be sneaky good this season, despite some key losses in free agency. There was also the thought that the Kansas City Royals could end up at the bottom […] Kansas City Royals: The Royals Bats are Showing Signs of Life - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for April 23, 2018

Is it Salvy day?

Royals Rumblings - News for April 23, 2018

Abraham Almonte talks about his big day on Sunday.

“I’m getting more confident, seeing the ball better,” said Almonte, whom the Royals claimed off waivers from the Indians at the beginning of April and brought into the fold when Alex Gordon was placed on the disabled list a week on April 10. “I feel like I stay more focused in the approach that I take to the plate every at-bat.”

It sounds like Salvador Perez is on his...

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Diamonds in the Rough 4-22-18

HR Roll Call Nick Dini (3), Sebastian Rivero (1), Cal Jones (1) BPKC Hitter of the Day Cal Jones 2-5 2R, 2b, HR, 3 RBI BPKC Pitcher of the Day Nolan Watson 5 IP 4 H 1 R 0 ER 2 BB 5 K 4-4 GO-FO 88p/55k Transactions – Lexington placed on injured reserve Dennicher Carrasco and Ricky Aracena. In their spots, they added Matt Morales and Brewer Hicklen. Omaha added Clay Buccholz while optioning Zach Lovvorn to NW Arkansas and placing Seth Manness on the Idaho Falls roster.   Lexington Legends...

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Kansas City Royals: The Battle for the Fourth Outfielder

The Kansas City Royals will have a dilemma once Alex Gordon gets back from his rehab assignment. Some guys are shining brighter than others, but could the choice may be harder than we as fans think? Right now the outfield for the Kansas City Royals consists of Abraham Almonte, Jon Jay, Paulo Orlando, and Jorge […] Kansas City Royals: The Battle for the Fourth Outfielder - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Ryan Landreth

Big homers help Royals beat Tigers, 8-5

Abraham Almonte and Mike Moustakas come through in the clutch.

It was a back-and-forth, wild affair on Sunday afternoon, but the Royals used two big home runs to beat the Tigers, 8-5, and salvage a split in the four-game series.

The Tigers jumped to a 2-0 lead on Erik Skoglund, and Francisco Liriano held the Royals scoreless through the first five innings.

Then came the sixth inning - the Sonic Slam inning.

Whit Merrifield cranked a line-drive homer to put Kansas City on the board and make...

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Kansas City Royals: Royals Draft Flashback, Part 5 (1988-1992)

We have been looking through the Kansas City Royals draft history since the inception of the franchise in 1969. Here is Part 5. Major League Baseball was dramatically affected by the explosion of free agency and multi-million dollar contracts in the late 80s and early 90s. The new economics of the game, one that benefited […] Kansas City Royals: Royals Draft Flashback, Part 5 (1988-1992) - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Moose hits go-ahead HR in win; hit streak at 14

Mike Moustakas, needing a hit to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, did so dramatically, blasting a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning, propelling the Royals to an 8-5 win over the Tigers on Sunday at Comerica Park.

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Almonte's slam caps Royals' 5-run 6th inning

The Royals went into the sixth inning on Sunday against Tigers starter Francisco Liriano looking for their first hit.

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AL Injury Notes: Rangers, Royals, Mariners, Orioles

The Rangers activated center fielder Delino DeShields from the DL prior to their game Sunday and sent fellow center fielder Carlos Tocci to the DL with a bruised left hip. This represents a quick return for DeShields, who suffered a broken left hamate bone March 31 and was expected to miss four to six weeks. Neither Tocci, a Rule 5 pick, nor Drew Robinson effectively grabbed the reins in center during DeShields’ absence. Rangers center fielders have hit a league-worst .148/.242/.193 in 100...

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What the hell happened to the Royals bullpen?

It was not long ago that the Royals had the best bullpen in baseball, spearheaded by their backend, which was historic, in fact – the B-BOAT. Fast forward three seasons to this one, and the Royals, just three seasons removed from a World Series and one from the End of an Era, are 4-14. The bullpen is the worst in baseball…AND ITS NOT CLOSE. What a long fall it’s been. The bullpen results are not surprising when you see who the dudes are in the pen. But, the construction of the...

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