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A Few Questions with Royals Pitching Prospect Sean Manaea

(Photo Jake Rose Photography) At this point last year Sean Manaea was a left-handed pitcher with an injured hip wondering where he would land in the 2013 draft. His stock after sailing near the top of the draft even being talked about at the #1 slot had taken a hit after injuring his hip and seeing his velo drop down a tad while at Indiana State during his junior year. Today it's a different story but thing ...

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The Wil Myers story (Part 5) Rise of the Redneck from Thomasville

2012 was a big year for Wil Myers. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout graduated to the big leagues leaving the mantle of top minor league talent up for grabs. After a disappointing 2011 Myers followed up with a terrific performance in the Arizona Fall League and a far from intimidated approach to big league spring training. He leaned on the person he trusted best with his future, himself.   “I knew I needed ...

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The Five Best “Batting Fourth” Seasons In Royals History

With a week to go before the winter meetings, it’s time to resume ranking the best seasons by batting order spot in Royals’ history. There are plenty of trade rumors, but I’m not going to worry about the Royals making a bad trade until it actually happens. That might be good advice for you, too. This week, we’ll look at the cleanup spot. You can find the previous three rankings here, here and here. ...

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The Wil Myers story (part 4) Moving past 2011 and becoming part of Baseball’s Odd Couple

The 2011 season was a tough year for Myers and after the season the Royals told Myers he could stay home if he wanted. But, he knew he had to finish the year on a positive note so, after skipping instructs in Surprise he went to play in the Arizona Fall League where he had an excellent season.   Myers “The slump in 2011 had nothing to do with my leg. I wanted to go to Arizona because I wanted to stay ...

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The WIl Myers story (part 3) “simple but ultra competitive”

Wil began to build a bond with several teammates during the Arizona instructs after his first full season. Ben Theriot became one of his closest friends. Theriot says “in a year and a half he had gotten so much better. He enjoyed the game and he always made things fun.”   Wil Myers was no different from any other 19-year-old kid trying to learn his way as an independent person. Theriot recalls “a ...

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The Wil Myers story (part 2) The draft leads to the Tools of Ignorance

(Top Photo Minda Haas)   When Wil Myers was drafted in the 3rd round by the Royals the organization had to be ecstatic. After all, several in the front office wanted to take him with their first round pick. But, the baseball Gods shined on Kansas City for once and now they just needed to sign him.   This is how KC landed Wil as told by the Royals Director of Scouting Lonnie Goldberg:   “Our ...

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Pine Tar Press Royals Store

I have created a link on our menu to a new Royals Fan Store that links to Amazon. Now you can go to the store page and either click one of the links to browse Royals Apparel, Books about the team or Just check out the Fan Shop. Each purchase made through our store helps us with what we need to make this site better, so if you are looking for Royals gear and want to purchase through Amazon.com, do it through ...

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Three Possible Upgrades Acquired in the Royals Broxton Deal

The Royals completed a trade of Jonathan Broxton in return acquiring two minor league pitchers, one of whom is likely ready to contribute at the big leagues and one with some upside to be a #3 starter at the major league level.   Juan Carlos Sulbaran - As David Lesky pointed out Sulbaran is a former teammate of Eric Hosmer in high school, drafted out of the 30th round the right-hander was given a signi ...

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9 innings with Chris Lubanski

1st inning- Chris, I don't think people realize how hard it is to play baseball in college or on the professional level. Certainly you have to have god given ability or you could believe the great Ted Williams who said "great hitters aren't born they're made" Do you favor one of the above statements? And what is it about you that made you become the 5th overall selection in the country?   I believe bot ...

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The Starting 9

A weekly list of the top performances in the Royals minor league system. We take in account age, level and experience in regard to these rankings.     #1 Brett Eibner .417/.500/.875  10-24 5-2b, 2 HR, 7 R, 7 RBI, 3/5 BB/K       #2 Cam Gallagher .417/.563/1.083  5-12  2-2b, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI 4/0 BB/K         #3 Angel Baez 2-0 2 GS 12 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 13 K ...

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9 innings with Denver Bundy (father of Bobby and Dylan)

1st Inning- Talk to me about the role sports has played in your life before you became a father? My father was 34 years old when I was born and he was somewhat a tragic victim of World War II. He never spoke of himself prior to the war and to this day I’m not really sure why. My mother told me he was a really promising pitcher prior to the war. From what I understand he pitched on weekends for the tidy su ...

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The Starting 9

A weekly list of the top performances in the Royals minor league system. We take in account age, level and experience in regard to these rankings.       #1 Kyle Smith 2 GS 9 IP 0.00 ERA 3 H 0 R 0 ER 2 BB  11 K - A tremendous start to his pro career for the 2011 4th round pick and this doesn't even include his 11K in 5 inning first start.               ...

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The Broxton Debate – Is the Royals Closer Lucky, Good or Both?

If you've had the opportunity to watch the Royals  at any point this season, it's hard to argue that Jonathan Broxton walks a very fine line when pitching with the game on the line. More often than not, he makes things interesting. More often than not (okay, way more often than not), he gets the job done and picks up the save. Regardless, he's going to cause many of us to have gray hair before the season i ...

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Talking Rehab and More with John Lamb

  Last spring training your velocity was down but some thought it was a groin problem.  Did you encounter elbow problems at that point? I actually didn't have any groin issues until mid way through my rehab, I was battling a lat injury that happened warming up for my first and only big league camp game versus the Dodgers. I didn't experience any elbow pain or stiffness until I felt it go on a curv ...

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The Starting 9

June 10th thru June 16th A quick review of the weeks top performances in the minors.             #1 Irving Falu .333/.500/.625 8-24 2HR, 2b, 8 BB, 3 SB               #2 Jorge Bonifacio .367/.387/.667  11-30 2 HR, 3 2b, 14 RBI                   #3 Wil Myers .240/.424/.640  6-25, 3 HR, 2b, 8 BB, 7 R ...

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Fathers day 9 innings with Doug Adam and James Lamb

 A Royals Fathers Day Question and answer with the fathers of Royals prospects Jason and John Lamb.  Doug Adam: 1st Inning- Talk to me about the role sports has played in your life before you became a father? Prior to being a father, other than a fan of all spectator sports, my sports activities were pretty much limited to tennis, recreational basketball and softball teams ( probably, much more social, th ...

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Idaho Falls and Burlington Roster taking shape

Quick breakdown of the 2012 rookie rosters Pitchers Bryan Brickhouse 2011 Draftpick paid $1m+, first assignment Dave Middendorf - 2011 draft pick had a difficult season last yr w/ 8.06 ERA in 17 gms Chase Hentges -2008 draftee who hasn't pitched since '09 Clayton Schulz - appeared in 4 games for rookie level Arizona in 2011 Kyle Smith - 2011 Draftee, first assignement Alec Mills - 2012 draftee John Killen - ...

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Royals Recap: Royals at Pirates, 6.9.12

Royals Recap: Royals at Pirates, 6.9.12 (Vin Mazzaro vs. James McDonald) Yuck. Just yuck. I can handle losing (somewhat). I understand this team has been hit hard by injuries. I can usually even understand that strategies don't work or backfire. But I can't accept losing because of bad fundamental baseball. The Royals' 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh tonight can be chalked up to a lousy job of properly playing the g ...

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Royals sign 3rd Rd Pick

The Royals announced the signing of 3rd round pick Colin Rodgers.  Reportedly the signing is worth $700k which is $223,500 over what the draft slot is worth according to the MLB.  To compensate the Royals will have to undersign others slots in the top 10 rounds. ...

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Dylan Bundy… the man… the myth… the legend By Zach Mortimer

“ A day late a dollar short” For me it all started on a Friday. The Friday forecast had potential severe thunderstorms which go hand in hand with Dylan Bundy. I can only imagine Dylan Bundy’s stuff as “Severe”. The first glimpse I got of this mythological creature they refer to as “Bundy”. My first thought was that I totally understand why he didn’t go 1-1. Gerrit Cole had the dominating bod ...

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