Royals Minor League News:
It remains unclear what possible role will play for the Royals, as it isn’t even guaranteed he sees time with the big league club. With the 2016 and 2017 seasons being thoroughly disappointing for the 33-year-old righty, the hope is that he would be able to capture at least a portion of his 2015 season, in which 3.26 ERA and 2.68 FIP in 18 starts.
Nos. 66 and 69 on the Royals’ roster have been doing a number on opposing pitchers in the Cactus League lately.
First basemen Ryan O’Hearn and Frank Schwindel won’t be cracking the Opening Day roster, but the cracks off their bats have been plentiful in recent days.
Q: You’ve been compared to Mike Napoli in the past, but over the years have you started to look up to any other catchers?
A: “Salvador Perez, Buster Posey.”
Play-by-play baseball broadcasting is now Tiedemann’s passion. Her ultimate goal, similar to all Minor League Baseball broadcasters, is to call games at the Major League level. Tiedemann recently took a significant step toward that goal; last Friday, the Class A Lexington Legends revealed she will serve as their primary play-by-play broadcaster in 2018. She will serve as the first female play-by-play broadcaster in the South Atlantic League, joining Kirsten Karbach of the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers as the only female lead broadcasters in Minor League Baseball.
The Royals have signed reliever Justin Grimm to one-year deal, according to Rustin Dodd of The Athletic. Grimm was released last week by the Chicago Cubs because he was out of options, but will earn $1.25 million with the Royals. To make room for Grimm on the roster, the Royals designated pitcher Sam Gaviglio for assignment.
Fans will flock to all 30 of MLB’s ballparks from Opening Day until the dog days of summer shift into fall. While taking in baseball is a bonding experience for friends and family over the summer, not all ballparks in the league are created equal.