Minor League News:
As stated on the back of each ticket stub, a Royals Exhibition Game ticket may be exchanged in-person at the Werner Park Ticket Office for a ticket to any 2018 Storm Chasers home contest for equal or lesser ticket value. Exchanges must be made in-person at the Werner Park Ticket Office, and may not be exchanged online or by phone.
The Kansas City Royals find themselves in an interesting situation. Eric Hosmer has held down the position for years, so it really did not matter who was in the minors. Now that Hosmer is in San Diego that mindset has changed.
Alex Gordon walked into an indoor batting cage Monday inside Werner Park, wearing a blue hoodie and Nike tennis shoes. He stretched one foot on each side of home plate, a wide base for his first several warmup swings. They did not include any steps, the focus of the drill simply on timing the baseball’s arrival to the plate.
While Jirschele talked, Salvador Perez sneaked up behind the group of reporters and raised his hand to ask a question. “What happened to your hair?”
Jirschele rubbed his head, which is newly free of hair. “This is from managing Salvy down here a few years ago and then putting up with him at the major league level.”
You don’t have to look far to find someone or even a large group of someones who think the Royals will be bad this year. They’ve all got solid enough reasoning, too. But you don’t have to look too far for reasons why the Royals might not be so bad, either. This Royals team has something that most of the Royals teams many of us watched while growing up did not have – a recent history of being winners.
We’ve known for a few years that 2018 would signal the start of the rebuild. The team has been bleeding talent for a couple of years now trying to maximize the window. However, there just aren’t enough good pieces in the high minors (or low minors, for that matter) to restock quickly. This team is going to take a step back on the field.
This rotation as a whole is going to be something of a wildcard. Will the Royals get good Danny Duffy for most of the season? Can Ian Kennedy return to 2016 form? What about Jason Hammel? Can Jake Junis resemble the pitcher we saw during his second stint in the big leagues last season? That’s a ton of question marks for the rotation of a team that signed Jon Jay, Mike Moustakas, and Lucas Duda to one-year deals this offseason.