Film Study: Alec Marsh 5/8/21

Alec Marsh did some things over the extended break and offseason to make him a better pitcher. I want to check those out first hand but have been unable to get to a game in which he has started so far this season, so I’m using the film room. Marsh won the first ever Double-A…

A photo of Kauffman Stadium

Where did all the Center Fielders go?

Uh, we may have a problem. Recently, I was looking through this excellent draft rankings comparison from Alex Duvall and day dreaming about who I want the Royals to draft when it occurred to me that the Royals’ system might be light on outfielders … specifically center fielders. I thought I must be forgetting someone…

Cord-cutters vs. Sinclair is a lose-lose-lose

In the broad scope, this is as much a debate of old media ideas versus new ones. Traditionally, media companies maximized profits through vigorous and rigid control of access to their content, but young people grew up in a world of flexible and free media content. And they aren’t going back. Most of them will give up on baseball and find something else before they give up on cheap, flexible media.

The Curious Case of Kowar

To be clear, most people are wrong about Jackson Kowar.  They try to fit him into a well-worn narrative about pitcher development that contradicts every bit of information we have on him. As is the narrative for so many young pitchers, the conventional wisdom on Kowar holds that an underdeveloped breaking ball is all that…

Film Study: Ronald Bolanos MLB Debut

Last week, the Royals traded LHP Tim Hill to the Padres for RHP Ronald Bolanos and OF Franchy Cordero.  Bolanos was the Padres 13th ranked prospect and actually made his major league debut last season rising all the way from high-A ball to the majors. I saw Bolanos make a start in Northwest Arkansas last…

Royals are able to keep Stephen Woods, Jr.

The Royals decided not to keep Rule 5 pick Stephen Woods, Jr. on their active roster.  Because he was a Rule 5 selection, the Royals had to place him on waivers and then after he was unclaimed, offer him back to the Rays.  However, the Royals and the Rays were able to work out a…

2020 Shadow Draft

I got the idea to do a shadow draft from John Sickels. He always did a shadow draft over at Minor League Ball which was part of SBNation focusing on the minors. The goal is to pick along with your team and follow the guys you “bring” to your system. You have to pick real…

MLB Draft Day Two Recap

The Royals made four selections to go with the Day One picks Asa Lacy and Nick Loftin.  The Royals did not disappoint immediately making a splash with the selection of RHP Ben Hernandez from De La Salle HS in Chicago.  Hernandez pitched very well on the showcase circuit and on national television in the Under…

Royals select RHP Will Klein at #135

I love this pick for the Royals!  He is a big RHP that throws up to 100.  Here is the Draft Profile I wrote up on him earlier this spring. Will Klein was not a guy that would have gone high in the draft last year.  He might not even have been taken.  The problem…

The Royals select LHP Christian Chamberlain at #105

Christian Chamberlain is the next player selected by the Royals at 105th overall.  He is a shorter pitcher at 5’10” weighing in at 170 pounds.  Most people see him as a reliever in professional baseball but the Royals often give pitchers the chance to start until they can’t. Chamberlain had a fantastic start to the…

The Royals Select Tyler Gentry at #76

The Alabama Crimson Tide OF was off to a great start this spring hitting .429/.554/.750.  Gentry had six double and four home runs providing power from the Alabama four-hole.  Scouts really like his power giving him a 60 grade.  Gentry has a strong arm and profiles in one of the corner outfield spots.  His running…

A More In-Depth Scouting Report on Ben Hernandez

Ben Hernandez was someone I admittedly was not looking at for the Royals at 41.  I was really expecting a college pitcher or possibly college bat like Cabrera or DeLoach.  However, this is a good pick. By taking a high school kid at 41 after an overnight break, the Royals and Hernandez must already have…