Minor League Minutes: 9/10/19

A few weeks ago, Alex had the pleasure of interviewing Royals assistant GM JJ Picollo and Brad Keller: Interviewing Royals Assistant GM JJ Picollo Brad Keller Interview #2 Q: Favorite BBQ restaurant in KC?“Joes BBQ in the gas station is absolutely the best.” Advertisements

Minor League Minutes: 9/6/19

MLB Debut: Ryan McBroom McBroom made his MLB Debut on September 3 against the Detroit Tigers in Kansas City.  The first pitcher he faced was Tigers LHP Daniel Norris.  The first pitch McBroom saw was a 93 mph fastball down the middle which he took for a strike. One year ago, Joel looked at how…

Minor League Minutes: 8/24/19

2019 Shadow Draft: Part Two First of all, let’s take a look at my signings.  In real life, 4 of the 16 guys I drafted did not sign.  Bryce Osmond, Jake Rice, Ross Carver, and Spencer Jones did not sign.  Rice was dealing with an injury and didn’t even get drafted.  I drafted Jones in…

Minor League Minutes: 8/3/19

Chasing the Storm: Omaha Week in Review July 17th – July 31 This will be a two-week update.  The Storm Chasers finished up their series with the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins) with back to back wins, and take the series 3-1.  The Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) then came to town for a three game series…

Minor League Minutes: 7/29/19

Royals Trade Diekman to A’s for Two Saturday afternoon brought a flurry of moves from the Royals. Jake Diekman was traded to the Oakland A’s for OF Dairon Blanco and RHP Ismael Aquino, Ryan O’Hearn recalled and Lucas Duda released, Nick Heath promoted to Omaha, and Kyle Zimmer recalled to KC. I may have missed…

Minor League Minutes: 7/22/19

Ryan O’Hearn is on fire in Omaha To say that Ryan O’Hearn has been struggling in Kansas City this season would be an understatement. Remember July 31, 2018 when he was called up to make is MLB debut? In his second MLB at bat, O’Hearn hit his first home run, and didn’t seem to slow…

Film Study: Nick Pratto 2018 Playoff Edition

Nick Pratto had a solid season hitting .280/.343/.443 at Lexington.  Pratto had an even better South Atlantic League Playoff hitting .333/.481/.667 in 6 playoff games.  This is a small sample but perhaps it’s enough to give us a sense that Pratto may be a clutch player.  Pratto was 7-21 with 2 HRs, a double, 4…