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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.
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.
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The Royals finished May with some weak offense, and it’s led to a slight downturn, but we started out tonight talking about instant replay in baseball, focusing on the call that impacted the Royals in their loss against Cleveland on Tuesday, but expanded to talk about it generally and how it can improve.
But the Royals didn’t lose on Tuesday because of the replay call. They lost because they’ve had trouble scoring runs lately. Jeff and Mike talked about the slide and how worried it might make us, but also identified one opportunity for improvement: swapping Omar Infante with Christian Colon.
After break, we talked about some progress from John Lamb and Kyle Zimmer, and a brief guess at the path ahead for rehabbing Kris Medlen. Then we finished up talking about attendance, fan enthusiasm, and the voting for the All-Star Game that has seen Royals doing well at every position on the diamond.
With spring training starting up, we got caught up on the latest news out there, but mostly talked about prospects and minor leaguers. Every team needs depth and the Royals are no different.
We discussed which players might get the call this year, which ones might have an impact, and which prospects are the most intriguing for the next season and beyond. The usual suspects were brought up (Kyle Zimmer, Raul A. Mondesi, Sean Manaea) but we picked out some lesser known names too.
And then at the end Jeff wanted my take on the Oscars, I talked about an upcoming bet I have in Westport, and general hilarity was had.
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A new format to the Pine Tar Podcast after a week off. This week David and Clint talked with JJ Picollo about player development in the Royals system. When does the organization know when a player is ready for the next level and they view a few players within the organization. A few players that were talked about include John Lamb, Kyle Zimmer and Lane Adams. Prior to that J.J. interview Clint spoke with Adams about his season to date and whether he thinks he is ready for the jump to AAA and the major leagues. Also included in this podcast David and Clint discuss the Boston Red Sox series and what they think the upcoming strategy should be for the major league club at the deadline.
After the Royals were swept by the Houston Astros, there wasn’t a lot to be happy about on this week’s Kansas City Baseball Vault (presented by Kelly’s Westport Inn).
In the past week, the offense has tanked, Mike Moustakas was demoted, Yordano Ventura got rocked and came out of a game in the middle of an at bat, and Kyle Zimmer was shut down for weeks.
We tried. We really tried to be upbeat, but sometimes, there’s just not much joy to be had.
Nonetheless, we powered through it and talked about the rough stretch, then we brought in Kevin Scobee, former pitcher at Park University and pitching instructor at Regal Athletic to talk about the kinetics of pitching and how that relates to what the Royals do in their training and how it may relate to the Ventura and Zimmer injuries.
We also discussed resistance to change, the Royals approach to swing paths, and there was even a cameo from Jeff’s dog (dogs always make things better).
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Mike Boddicker talked this week about all things Royals including mechanics of hitters and pitchers, the possible greatness of Yordano Ventura and so much more. In addition David and Clint discuss the recent articles of Jeffrey Flanagan of Fox Sports Kansas City and Sam Mellinger of the KC Star.
The Royals are finally hitting the field and after Monday’s intrasquad game there was a little bit of information to process.
But before we got into that, we talked about the potential problem facing the Royals if Ervin Santana doesn’t sign with another team. He’s reportedly willing to hold out until after the draft to sign – which would mean the Royals wouldn’t get a compensation pick for him. We discussed the implications for the Royals and for MLB and what might be down the line for the next CBA.
Back to the intrasquad game. Nobody was terribly worried about any of the performances, nor was anyone raving about anybody’s results. Some buzz is developing about Carlos Peguero, so we discussed his status and potential. We also talked about Yordano Ventura “laboring” (as 610’s Josh Vernier described it).
And then we brought in Kevin Scobee (@scobes15) to talk about the Royals pitching development in light of their plans for Kyle Zimmer‘s 2014 workload, Ventura’s offseason, and prospect Sean Manaea.
We finished up dissecting some of the factors Jeffrey Flanagan stated would put the Royals into the playoffs.
Bonus: March is coming, and it’s one of the best months for, well, anything. The weather starts to change, there’s March Madness (and other events), and baseball gets going. So we talked a bit about college hoops and fan expectations. And finished up with some nonsense because we wanted to make sure you knew it was really us.