Minor League Minutes: 4/11/18

RoyalsCollector gives a recap of the opening weekend for the Omaha Storm Chasers.

The Storm Chasers were scheduled to play a five game series over five days against the Brewers AAA affiliate the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.  That did not happen as two games were moved to the second game of a double header and the fifth game was postponed to a later date, all because of weather.

Alex Duvall still thinks a Danny Duffy trade is a possible thing.

Getting rid of Duffy would really suck. Danny Duffy is one of my all-time favorite Royals and has been a ton of fun to watch. But the Royals are still on the hook for $60M with Duffy and he isn’t getting any younger. Duffy, while being incredibly talented, is also expendable, and Kelvin Herrera is in his last year of team control. The Royals have replacements for Herrera ready and waiting in Omaha, and can piece together the rotation in Duffy’s absence. Especially if Peralta (or Burnes/Woodruff) is part of the return. Shedding $60M is also a big win for a rebuilding team, which shouldn’t be under looked in this trade.

Then across the pond over at Royals Review, Alex also writes that Eric Skoglund presents an opportunity for the Royals to develop starting pitching.

My findings actually favored the Royals a bit more than I expected, but the reality of the situation isn’t as optimistic. The Royals actually rank tied for 15th when it comes to the number of starting pitchers on 2017 Opening Day rosters that they had developed. Right in the middle of the pack. Thanks to Zack Greinke, the Royals finished 11th in total fWAR accumulated by said starting pitchers, putting them in the top half of the league.

Alex Gordon is heading to the disabled list with a left hip labral tear.

A hip labral tear “involves the ring of cartilage (labrum) that follows the outside rim of the socket of your hip joint”, according to the Mayo Clinic. Gordon had surgery on his right hip labrum back in 2009 that caused him to miss three months. Devin Mesoraco missed most of the 2015 season with a labrum injury in his hip that he never had surgery on, and Troy Tulowitzki missed the final six weeks of the 2014 season with a similar injury.

Craig Brown of BP Kansas City had a really interesting piece on some trends with the Royals offense.

This year, despite hitting the ball on the nose and in the air, the Royals have the third lowest BABIP in baseball, ahead of only Cleveland and the Dodgers. See where this is going? Ah, yes… the frigid temperatures of the first full week of the season. Maybe there’s something to that, after all. It’s damn difficult to barrel the baseball in sub-freezing temperatures. Their batting average on balls in play was .238 heading into Monday. Again, after the Royals bats came out of cold storage into not-as-cold storage they bumped up on spot on the leaderboard to a .263 BABIP.

John Sickles of Minor League Ball looks at local draft prospect Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State.

The thing that stands out most to me, having watched him develop over the last couple of years, is the very significant improvement in his approach. He was very aggressive as a freshman and while he was still productive, I felt his swing mechanics could get choppy and longish. He didn’t strike out that much but his strength didn’t always translate into game power.

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