Royals Minor League News:
Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 39th round, Travis Jones opted to go to school and earn his degree instead. Three years later, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 29th round from the university of Texas. At 6’4″, 210 lbs, Jones showed the ability at Texas to play at multiple spots in the infield. After being drafted by the Royals, he saw most of his time in right field
Our Prospect Watch Index has been updated to include LHPs Eric Skoglund & Eric Stout, RHPs Miguel Almonte, Andres Machado, Dillon Drabble, & Yunior Marte, and 1B Frank Schwindel. Plus so many other that were already there, Go take a look!
The Royals have signed outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year deal. The 32-year old left-handed hitter batted .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances for the Cubs last year, and was a 1.6 WAR player, according to Fangraphs. He has had an eight-year Major League career with the Cardinals, Padres, and Cubs, batting .288/.355/.383.
Perhaps no single player embodies that hope and this team’s unique approach more than infielder Whit Merrifield, a late-bloomer who quietly became one of the team’s best players. Given their current stance, the Royals shouldn’t be opposed to considering long-term deals with key players. But is Merrifield a worthwhile target?
After Danny Duffy faced Eric Hosmer last Friday, I wrote that Duffy went right at him; Duffy didn’t try to trick Hosmer, he just wound up and threw three fastballs. Hosmer swung at all three, popped up the third one and Duffy won that battle.
But it’s rare for a pitcher to go right at a hitter, so here are some of the pitcher’s tricks you might see when the Royals and Padres play each other tonight.