Royals Rumblings – News for August 19, 2019
Danny Duffy will throw another simulated game on Tuesday, writes Lynn Worthy.
âEverything is right on schedule,â Royals manager Ned Yost said on Saturday. âIt was less than two weeks ago. His effort, according to the Rapsodo, on his sides is game-like. We just need to get him up to around 60 pitches and then heâll be ready to go.â
Yost said sending Duffy on a rehab assignment was a consideration, but it didnât make a lot of sense with both the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates on the road.
Sarah Langs breaks down how Jorge Soler is having a career season.
So, how is he doing all of this? It sounds simple — heâs absolutely crushing the ball. But letâs dig into that concept a little further.
He has 52 barrels this season — thatâs batted balls with an optimal combination of launch angle and exit velocity, which typically result in extra-base hits. Thatâs the most by any Royals player in a season tracked by Statcast (since 2015). The prior most was 48 by Kendrys Morales in 2016. And for Soler, itâs still August.
Howâs this for a career arc? Soler has 314 batted balls this season, and 52 have been barreled. From 2015-18, he had 629 batted balls, and 62 barrels.
The Royals may want to see all their pitchers in high-leverage situations this year.
Cal Eldred would like to start using all #Royals pitchers in high-leverage situations before the 2019 season comes to a close: “We can put them in those situations, change them around a bit and see how they react.” #AlwaysRoyal pic.twitter.com/qVbO6C6UGV
â FOX Sports Kansas City (@FSKansasCity) August 18, 2019
In his Friday notes, David Lesky writes about all those home runs.
It really seems like the Royals give up a lot of home runs. But the problem is that everyone gives up a lot of home runs. Most teams hit a lot too, but I think the Royals not hitting that many (outside of that crazy road trip) makes it seem like theyâre giving up a ton. In reality, theyâve allowed nine fewer than league average and only four American League teams have given up fewer. It also probably doesnât help that only one of their starting pitchers has been actually good at limiting the home run ball, but the bullpen, if they do one thing well, is just that. Ian Kennedy, Scott Barlow, Kevin McCarthy, Tim Hill and Richard Lovelady have all been above average at limiting home runs. So it actually seems that the strategy in building the staff might have been not so bad given the 2019 offensive environment, but the pitchers just havenât really executed beyond limiting home runs.
Marc Hulet at Fangraphs writes that the Royals have the second-best minor league pitching depth.
I wonât delve too much into this team because Iâve already written about the Royalsâ outstanding 2018 draft but the team continues to see unprecedented results from the arms selected just over a year ago. The club could have a starting rotation made up entirely of arms selected in the 2018 draft by the end of 2021 â and some might even have to start out in the bullpen. Like the Tigers, the Royals organization could be very interesting in the next couple of years if it can get some hitting.
The Red Sox are charging $5, with kids admitted free, for the Thursday suspended game against the Royals.
Nearly every free agent reliever from last winter has been a disaster.
Is this a golden age for young hitters in baseball?
Ronald AcuĂ±a Jr. is benched for a lack of hustle.
The Tigers may be historically bad.
Carlos Carrasco faces live hitters for the first time since being diagnosed with leukemia.
Breaking down Aaron Judgeâs slump.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone thinks a mercy rule in MLB is worth exploring.
MLB options can be a bit of a headache.
Yasiel Puig imitates a bizarre hitting stance from a kid in the Little League World Series.
Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias gets a 20-game suspension for domestic abuse.
Rocker Jack White catches a few innings of a baseball game, has a concert, then returns for extra innings.
The rock band Slayer is denied a NASCAR sponsorship.
A look at the worldâs only bobblehead museum.
A contractor with Facebook reportedly pressured counselors to leak information on sessions with employees.
A lot of futuristic sci-fi stories are set in our past.
The end of the Game of Thrones television series has been freeing, says writer George R.R. Martin.
Your song of the day is Grouplove with Ways to Go.