Sizing Up the American League Contenders


This week on the Vault we took a look at some of the key players on this Royals team. We discussed the breakout seasons of Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain, as well as talked about the performances of Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura lately.

Then we discussed other AL contenders, taking a look at which teams might be the toughest matchups in October and compared a few records – in one-run games, at home, on the road, etc. – to make our choice. Tell us which team you least want to face in the comments or email your thoughts to

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Pine Tar Podcast with Jim Callis of

Jim Callis talked with the Pine Tar Podcast about the Brady Aiken draft signing debacle, Mark Appel‘s development and perception of the Houston Astros around the league. He also discussed the Royals Top 20 prospects and the process that goes into creating the MLB Top 100. Also on this episode Lexington Legends broadcaster Keith Elkins and Idaho Falls announcer Chris Lewis discussed their teams performance up to this point in the season. David and Clint also discussed Billy Butler, Danny Valencia and Christian Colon.

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Triple Play Podcast 26 – Brady Aiken, Hosmer, Top-50 Prospects

Hunter Matt and Reese talk about the situation with Brady Aiken and the Houston Astros. What a mess.

They get into Royals talk and hit several subjects. Hosmer is hitting well. The Royals may want to upgrade at one of the weaker hitting positions, if possible. Or not. They’re dangerously close to being out of the race. Also, what if Jarrod Dyson was a second baseman?

The group reviews the mid-season top-50 prospects list and takes a look at the Royals’ prospects on the lists.