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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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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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.

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WalkOff Talk Episode 41: Audra’s Getting Hitched

*Editorial Note: This is a late post, obviously spring training is over. We neglected to post upon publication, so this is for posterity. Apologies for any confusion.*

In Episode 41, Ben and Audra get silly about Audra’s upcoming wedding during the first half, but the second half is all-serious, all-Royals, all-spring-training. No Tim Collins discussion because that news had not yet broken at the time of recording. Happy nuptials and cheers for love and all that. We’re ready for spring training to be over.

Kansas City Baseball Vault – 2/9/15 – Shields Signs and Some Spring Training Thoughts

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So James Shields finally signed. After a week where we talked about how the Royals might have a slim chance to re-sign him, Shields agreed to a deal with San Diego.

We looked at the fallout now that it’s official and talked about the comparisons to the players the Royals signed ahead of Shields, as well as presented a theory on why two Royals starters – Shields and Ervin Santana – have had to play the waiting game in each of the past two offseasons.

Then we discussed the bullpen and some of the factors in play in Spring Training. The primary roster is pretty well set, but the bullpen can have some intrigue to it.

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Camp Cuts, Dreaming on Pitching, and Bullpen Chatter

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We had a lot to cover this week and jumped right into talking about the first cuts of camp, including sending John Lamb, Chris Dwyer, Kyle Zimmer, and others to minor league camp. None of the cuts were that surprising, but some – like Dwyer and perhaps Zimmer – may end up in the majors sooner than later.

That led us to dreaming a bit on the pitching prospects in this wave. Buoyed by impressive scouting reports on Sean Manaea, and a strong start for Yordano Ventura, we tried to project a Royals rotation for next year and beyond.

Then Troy talked about his trip to Surprise and what he saw from Lane Adams, Jason Adam, and Lorenzo Cain.

We shifted gears to talk about Luke Hochevar‘s UCL tear and resulting decision to undergo Tommy John surgery. As a result of losing Hochevar, Wade Davis shifts to the bullpen, and we talked about his viability there. Speaking of the bullpen, we talked about the strange hate for Kelvin Herrera by a chunk of Royals fans, Kansas City fandom, and David Glass – all the good KC topics.

BONUS: Since the whole Ervin Santana saga has unfolded very much like a soap opera, Mike imagined what would happen if it was reported like a 1930’s radio serial drama. Santana reportedly came to agreement with Atlanta on Wednesday morning, ending our long national nightmare.

Royals Spring Training, Ervin Santana, and Pitching Development on the Vault

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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.