Interviewing RHP prospect Alec Marsh

I was perhaps more excited to watch Alec Marsh pitch this season than any other prospect in the system. Marsh tweeted a video of himself earlier this year pumping 97 mph, which certainly piqued my interest: Three digits coming soon… pic.twitter.com/mgoWzJsBzT — Alec Marsh (@AlecMarsh8) May 21, 2020 Coming out of college, Marsh was a…

A Conversation with Chris Hall About Ben Hernandez

On Day Two of the MLB Draft, I got the chance to have a conversation with Chris Hall.  Hall is the head baseball coach for De La Salle Institute in Chicago.  Royals second round pick, Ben Hernandez, went to De La Salle Institute and played for Hall.    It’s every head coach’s dream to have a…

At Home With The Marklunds-Part Two

It should be noted at this point that Marklund wasn’t exactly a mystery as a prospect; coming out of St Thomas Aquinas HS in Vancouver in the Class of 2014, he had been scouted during his appearance in the 2013 Northwest Showcase. Among these notes, scouts mentioned that his fastball peaked at 85, and that…

At Home With The Marklunds-Part One

(This is part one of a two-part interview with Brandon and Joe Marklund, recorded at their home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, as Brandon had just recently returned from the Premier-12 Tournament in Japan.) Twenty-seven kilometers east of Vancouver, on the north bank of the Fraser River in British Columbia, sits Port Coquitlam, a town…

Interviewing Charlie Neuweiler

Charlie Neuweiler had a really interesting 2019 season for the Royals Low-A affiliate, the Lexington Legends. Neuweiler had a dominant start to 2019, had a weird 7-start rough patch in May and June, and then was really really good again to close out 2019. Neuweiler, a 5th round pick back in 2017, has always piqued…

Amid Struggles, Vallot Continues to Push Forward-Part Two

(This is Part Two of a three-part series on former Top-30 Royals prospect Chase Vallot, documenting his time with the Wilmington Blue Rocks and his 2019 return to the Lexington Legends.) When Vallot advanced to Wilmington for 2017, he continued to follow his familiar pattern at the plate: lots of strikeouts (127), but an .818…

Brad Keller Interview #2

Brad Keller has been one of the best Rule 5 picks in recent memory. People love to get caught up in how many strikeouts Keller doesn’t record on a daily basis, but they often forget how good Brad Keller really is, ESPECIALLY for a Rule 5 pick: I don’t think people realize how good Brad…

Prospect Watch: Malcolm Van Buren

The core of pitching prospects between A-ball and AA gets a lot of attention. Jackson Kowar, Brady Singer, Kris Bubic, Daniel Lynch, etc. The Royals, however, have a long line of viable pitching prospects that extends all the way down to rookie ball for the first time in a long time. Seemingly every night, one…

Interview with Naturals GM Justin Cole

I met Justin Cole at the Naturals Luncheon not too long ago and he agreed to do an interview with RFR.  Cole has been with the Naturals since the beginning when the team moved from Wichita.  The Naturals should be an exciting team to watch this year and I feel have a chance to compete…

Interviewing Royals prospect DJ Burt

DJ Burt is one of the more interesting prospects in the Royals system. He’s a utility man that can play all over the infield and the outfield, he runs like hell, and gets on base at premium clips. The Royals have an obvious infatuation with guys who can run and play good defense, and DJ…