Royals Minor League News:
Weathers carries a semi-famous name. His dad David Weathers was a big league pitcher, and the polish of being a big leaguer’s son is apparent in Weathers’ game. Like his dad, Weathers doesn’t wow anyone with his athleticism, but he has a fairly simple delivery with a three-quarter arm slot. Like many young pitchers, he gets in trouble when his tempo gets too quick, complicated by a high leg kick that will be an issue with runners on base.
After making a joke of the AZFL, Lopez had continued success in Spring Training this spring with the big league club. He’d hit so well, in fact, that I kinda wondered if he wouldn’t start the 2018 season with AAA Omaha. He didn’t, he’s currently back with NWA, but he’s starting to hit his way out
Veteran right-hander Clay Buchholz was promoted from Double-A Northwest Arkansas to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday, and then went out and threw 6 1/3 strong innings in his debut with Omaha against Nashville on Sunday.
Buchholz earned the win, giving up five hits and one run while walking one and striking out three. He threw 84 pitches, 54 for strikes.
According to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, Royals 2015 1st round pick Ashe Russell has begun a throwing program at the Royals facility in Surprise, AZ, and will hopefully be pitching in Extended Spring Training games sometime soon.
Right now the outfield for the Kansas City Royals consists of Abraham Almonte, Jon Jay, Paulo Orlando, and Jorge Soler. With Alex Gordon returning soon, one of these guys will have to go.
Jay and Soler are likely safe so it appears to be between Orlando and Almonte. When looking at them, one seems to be shining brighter than the other. Therefore, let’s dive in and see if the choice really is as simple as it seems. Or perhaps we are missing something.
No doubt, the offense struggled out of the gate. Hitting in the clutch just was not happening on a consistent basis. Not to make any excuses but it can be very difficult to get into a groove at the plate when the elements do you no favors. Most of your early season games were played in the cold. They also mixed in with a few postponements due to “inclement weather”. Not the best way to start out on the journey.