Notes from JJ Picollo’s media session

With the release of the Royals minor league rosters yesterday, Royals Assistant General Manager of Player Personnel JJ Picollo met (virtually) with members of the Royals media to answer some questions about certain players and teams as we approach MiLB Opening Day next Tuesday. Here are some brief notes that I took down from the…

Interviewing Royals UDFA Kale Emshoff

The term “Undrafted Free Agent” (UDFA) used to carry with it very little in terms of expectations. When the MLB Draft had 50 rounds, any undrafted free agents left were usually fliers that teams would take on a guy who was either really fast, really strong, or could throw the ball really hard without any…

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…