Minor League Minutes: 3/6/18

Travis breaks down Andres Machado in our most recent Prospect Watch.

In his first professional season Machado pitched 9.2 innings with 7 SO and 11 BB over 7 games with 1 start and a 4.66 ERA.  He stayed with the DSL Royals in 2012 and moved up to the Rookie Leauge Burlington Royals in 2013 and 2014.  Due to injury and Tommy John surgery he did not play in 2015.  After returning from Tommy John surgery in 2016 his career started to take off.  He spent all of 2016 with the Idaho Falls Chuckers where he pitched 58.2 innings with 64 strike outs and only 14 walks with a 3.99 ERA over 13 starts.

ICYMI: Drew broke down Eric Skoglund recently as well.

Skoglund is still a really good prospect.  He had a little taste of the big leagues with immediate success and then being crushed.  This is going to give him a mentality that he has something to prove when he comes back up.  And it should be fuel to drive him.  If you look back at his pedigree it is solid.  Skoglund has been in the top prospects for the Royals for a few years now.

Max Rieper explains what it means for a player to be out of options, and which Royals fit the bill.

Foster Griffin is sharpening his mental mechanics in Royals camp.

We need to be better as fans:

Could Mike Moustakas really make a return to KC?

Thanks, but no thanks.

In 2017 Moose’s Offensive Runs Above Average (Off) was 4.6 according to FanGraphs. That ranked as 81st best in the MLB last year. Here’s a list of some players that were listed ahead of Moose in Offensive Runs Above Average, and the number of HRs that player hit in 2017:

  • Joe Mauer, 7
  • Cesar Hernandez, 9
  • Jean Segura, 11
  • Whit Merrifield, 19
  • J.T. Realmuto, 17
  • Josh Harrison, 16
  • Xander Bogaerts, 10
  • Andrelton Simmons, 14

What do the Royals spend on players in relation to their revenue?

Fastest MLB teams.

One group of women is marrying trees…no, seriously.

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