Camp Cuts, Right Field, And A Big Announcement



This week, we covered the Royals’ recent cuts to whittle down the number of players in big league camp. We talked about the addition of Dillon Gee to the 40 man roster, the role of Danny Duffy, Christian Colon‘s missed opportunity, and – oh – a big opportunity for this podcast.

On Monday, March 21, Baseball Prospectus will be launching a local site catering to the Kansas City Royals fanbase. This new site will combine two you probably follow: Royals Authority and Pine Tar Press. We’ve been invited to join them on this project and have accepted. All BP Kansas City content will be free at BaseballProspectus.com. We’ll have more updates on Twitter in the coming days.

This podcast will still be on the same feed you receive it from now, whether that’s iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, or any other podcast app. We’ll still be doing the same kind of show, though we may try a few new things here and there. The only change will be moving under the BP umbrella, which is a nice place to be, I think.

In the second segment of the episode, we broke down the different combinations that might make up the Royals outfield bench. With Jarrod Dyson on the DL, it probably gives Paulo Orlando the opening day nod, but will Travis Snider, Reymond Fuentes, Terrance Gore, or Whit Merrifield back him up? We discuss and come up with the more likely ways it may end up.

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AND — we’re back on iTunes! Here’s where you need to go to find us. Of course, you can also follow the podcast on SoundCloud or via Stitcher depending on your podcast app of choice.

EVENT: Royals Spring Training Watch Party – March 19 at Kelly’s Westport Inn

It’s about time to shake off the rust and get back into the best game-watching shape of our lives.

You are cordially invited to join us from the Kansas City Baseball Vault and other Royals fans at Kelly’s Westport Inn on March 19, 2016.

The Royals take on the Rangers at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Kansas City. We’re hoping to meet up with many Royals fans ready to get back to watching baseball together while enjoying reasonably-priced drinks and some of the best pizza in town.

Who: Royals fans (ages 21 and up) – longtime or brand new, all are welcome

What: Watch Party slash Tweet-up

When: March 19, 2016 – 2 p.m. (though I bet many will start up a couple hours earlier than that, so feel welcome to stop by)

Where: Kelly’s Westport Inn – 500 Westport Road

Why: Because you’re a Royals fan who likes to watch baseball with other like-minded fans, and Kelly’s is the best place in town to watch a game (other than the K)

Sal’s Contract, Bubba’s Contact, Zimmer’s Opening Act, and Dyson Got Hurt…Fact



As spring training games started up, the Royals started making a little bit of news. And Jeff returned to help host (after his first few weeks adjusting to parenthood).

The Royals signed Salvador Perez to a contract extension, so we talked about the money, the risks, and what it means for the organization.

We also talked briefly about Jarrod Dyson‘s oblique injury, Bubba Starling‘s rising hope, and we shared some thoughts about Kyle Zimmer‘s solid spring debut.

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Also check out No Halftime.com – No Halftime is daily fantasy with a twist. Now you can pit individual players against each other, challenge friends, set up leagues, and have a lot of fun winning prizes. Sign up with Promo Code ROYALS at NoHalftime.com or download the app on iTunes.

AND — we’re back on iTunes! Here’s where you need to go to find us. Of course, you can also follow the podcast on SoundCloud or via Stitcher depending on your podcast app of choice.

Roster Math and the Extensions



The Royals are in camp at spring training. Games are approaching on the calendar. A World Series title defense is about to begin. Pretty awesome, right?

This week, Craig Brown of Royals Authority fame joined Mike to discuss some of the roster decisions ahead, pitching depth (after the additions of Ross Ohlendorf, Brian Duensing, and Mike Minor), and the contract extensions of Ned Yost and Dayton Moore … and perhaps a future re-working of Salvador Perez‘s deal.

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And give our sponsor, Kelly’s Westport Inn, a follow at @KellysBarKC. If you have any group events or party planning to do, Kelly’s is happy to help. With drink specials and food options, they can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 200 people. Just send them a message at info@kellyswestportinn.com to inquire.

Also check out No Halftime.com – No Halftime is daily fantasy with a twist. Now you can pit individual players against each other, challenge friends, set up leagues, and have a lot of fun winning prizes. Sign up with Promo Code ROYALS at NoHalftime.com or download the app on iTunes.

AND — we’re back on iTunes! Here’s where you need to go to find us. Of course, you can also follow the podcast on SoundCloud or via Stitcher depending on your podcast app of choice.

Considering Some Royals Spring Training Questions



Spring training approaches, so this week Mike invited Hunter Samuels (@huntersamuels on Twitter) on the show to discuss some questions ahead of the players reporting.

The theme was position battles, and featured thoughts on Omar Infante vs. Christian Colon, Drew Butera vs. Tony Cruz, and who will round out the bullpen. In the second segment, the focus shifted to what might play out with right field and the vast number of options on the 40 man roster and free agent market. Hunter provided some scouting reports on outfielders Brett Eibner, Jose Martinez, and Reymond Fuentes, and pitcher Miguel Almonte.

Follow us at @KCBaseballVault
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And give our sponsor, Kelly’s Westport Inn, a follow at @KellysBarKC. If you have any group events or party planning to do, Kelly’s is happy to help. With drink specials and food options, they can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 200 people. Just send them a message at info@kellyswestportinn.com to inquire.

Also check out No Halftime.com – No Halftime is daily fantasy with a twist. Now you can pit individual players against each other, challenge friends, set up leagues, and have a lot of fun winning prizes. Sign up with Promo Code ROYALS at NoHalftime.com or download the app on iTunes.

AND — we’re back on iTunes! Here’s where you need to go to find us. Of course, you can also follow the podcast on SoundCloud or via Stitcher depending on your podcast app of choice.

Looking Way Too Far Ahead – Opening the post-2017 Window



If you look at the Royals’ financial commitments past 2017, it’s pretty obvious that a lot of guys on the team today won’t be around two years from now.

Many of the contracts on the team will expire after 2017, so we tried to assess the situation and think of what the fate of the bigger likely-to-depart names might be, weighing the cases of Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Wade Davis, specifically.

Joining Mike this week as guest co-host is Ben Nielsen, formerly of the Walkoff Talk podcast and various KC sports blogs. You can follow him on Twitter at @BenThereBro.

NOTE – Part of the conversation referenced future free agents, comparing current Royals to that crop. Unfortunately, we were going off a list of free agents for the year AFTER this class, which does change the equation a bit, at least so far as comparing potential Royals free agents to other free agents. Cain in particular won’t have as star-studded a cast to contend against when he’s a free agent, and Moustakas won’t have Donaldson or Machado to fend off. To me, the general conclusion is the same – that Moose and Cain are probably most likely to stick and have situations best-suited to find something now if they can – even if the steps to get to that point are slightly different. Thanks to Hunter Samuels for catching our error. The responsible parties have been sacked.

(Today’s short music clip: “Achilles” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Follow us at @KCBaseballVault
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And give our sponsor, Kelly’s Westport Inn, a follow at @KellysBarKC. If you have any group events or party planning to do, Kelly’s is happy to help. With drink specials and food options, they can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 200 people. Just send them a message at info@kellyswestportinn.com to inquire.

Also check out No Halftime.com – No Halftime is daily fantasy with a twist. Now you can pit individual players against each other, challenge friends, set up leagues, and have a lot of fun winning prizes. Sign up with Promo Code ROYALS at NoHalftime.com or download the app on iTunes.

AND — we’re back on iTunes! Here’s where you need to go to find us. Of course, you can also follow the podcast on SoundCloud or via Stitcher depending on your podcast app of choice.

Discussing Royals Prospects with Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline

One side effect of following a winning baseball team we’ve discovered is that the “wait until ___ when the prospects arrive” (ah, 2011, we missed you, sort of) isn’t really a thing anymore, so Jeff and Mike have lost track of the fine details of the Royals’ farm system.

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Jim Callis

Thankfully, there are experts out in the world who can help us catch up. Jim Callis of MLBPipeline.com was kind enough to lend his insight to us and we talked about the Royals depth in the minors, the star power in the system, and how some of the familiar names like Kyle Zimmer, Raul Mondesi, and Bubba Starling might turn out as well as Ashe Russell, Scott Blewett, Foster Griffin, and Matthew Strahm.

He also shared his thoughts about some of the risers in the system and who the surprises of 2016 might be. We’ve owed you a show about prospects for a while, and this one will help you get caught up along with us. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @jimcallisMLB.

Follow us at @KCBaseballVault
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And give our sponsor, Kelly’s Westport Inn, a follow at @KellysBarKC. If you have any last minute holiday party planning to do, Kelly’s is happy to help. With drink specials and food options, they can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 200 people. Just send them a message at info@kellyswestportinn.com to inquire.

AND — we’re back on iTunes! Here’s where you need to go to find us. Of course, you can also follow the podcast on SoundCloud or via Stitcher depending on your podcast app of choice.