Minor League Minutes: 3/5/18

Our Drew Osborne puts up a Prospect Watch on Royals left-handed pitching propsect Eric Skoglund

Skoglund throws from a three-quarter arm angle.  It’s not as low as some of the lefties the Royals have been targeting in the past but it isn’t high either.  There were some comparisons to Sale when he was first drafted being the tall and lanky lefty but Sale throws from a lower slot.  Skoglund does release the ball at a more extreme angle than the normal LHP however, which can lead to it being tougher to pick up the ball and square him up.  At 6’7” it would be tough for him not to.

The Royals reportedly offered Neil Walker Walker a minor league deal. Nobody knows why.

The door may not be closed on a Mike Moustakas reunion.

Even though Moustakas’ agent, the infamous Scott Boras, may find the Kansas City Royals offer underwhelming – the fact is, it is an offer. It appears at this point as if those are things that are not rolling in for Moose.

David Lesky of KC Baseball Prospectus looks at the key role of Jorge Bonifacio.

One such player that I want to highlight and have been thinking about for a little while is Jorge Bonifacio. I wrote about this before, and I still believe the Royals did a big-time disservice to him last season in his development, especially considering the overtures from the organization about him, even comparing him to Moises Alou, you know, without the pee hands. Even so, Bonifacio is a player who I think could have a really big season in 2018. I know that people make fun of stories of players in the best shape of their lives, but he looks really good, and that’s a nice thing to see from a young player. Dedication to getting into better shape doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but it’s certainly a good sign for the work ethic.

Also over at KC Baseball Prospectus, Darin Watson continues the top 50 moments in Royals history.

Baseball America updates their top 300 rankings for the 2018 MLB Draft.

Liberatore’s jump, combined with the injury status of Forsyth Central High (Cumming, Ga.) righthander Ethan Hankins has moved the southpaw into the top high school slot, as well as the top 5 overall on our current rankings. By most accounts, Hankins’ shoulder injury does not warrant a major slide at this point, as the flamethrowing righthander could be back on the mound in the next few weeks. Additionally, some front office executives believe that even if Hankins were to miss the entire spring, he wouldn’t fall much further than the middle of the first round, thanks to arguably the best fastball in the class, as well as his feel for pitching and athleticism.

The University of Missouri baseball team pitched a no-hitter on Friday, mostly coming from a gem from Bryce Montes De Oca.

Electric 6-foot-7 righthander Bryce Montes De Oca shouldered most of the load, striking out 12 and walking two in his seven hitless frames. With his ace at 98 pitches, Mizzou head Steve Bieser elected to turn to the bullpen, and relievers Giovanni Lopez and Nolan Gromacki finished the job with a hitless inning a piece.

Then over at the University of Kansas, RHP Ryan Zeferjahn continued the dominant start to his season, striking out a career-high 14 batters.

“I thought it was his best (start) of the year,” KU baseball coach Ritch Price said after the game. “I was hoping that he would take another jump forward after having a really good outing last weekend, and I thought that’s the best he’s thrown his breaking ball and his changeup, and (he was) able to command his fastball.”

David Laurila of Fangraphs interviews young Mariners lefty Marco Gonzales.

“The strides have been both [mental and physical]. Physically, finding a more natural groove in my arm slot, and just building strength, is a huge factor. Mentally, having a healthy season under my belt, plus a restful offseason, helps give me confidence going forward.”

Staying over at Fangraphs, Sung Min Kim looks at the American knuckleballer over in Korea.

“As far as my career, you can always say ‘What if?’” Feierabend said. “If I had starting throwing it earlier, I may still be in MLB or I may be retired. You can choose the path you do and live with the results. For all I know, this is a resurgence of my career and I will be pitching for some time now that I have that pitch.”





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