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Clint Scoles

I grew up on the mean gravel roads of Iowa where I started my love for baseball from the age of 2. George Brett and the voice of Denny Matthews deepened my love even more for the Royals as my father and I spent summers listening to the team on our deck or in the car on our way to or from my little league and high school games. Sports was always the common bond that my father and I enjoyed and the Royals were in the center of that. I currently live in La Vista with my wife, two sons, two dogs and a pair of gross cats where we are grinding through until we can move somewhere warm when we retire. I own Casino Cab Company and Bluffs Affordable Auto Repair in Council Bluffs trying to build my 1% empire. If you are in the area you can find me at Omaha Storm Chasers games on most nights or just follow me on twitter @ClintScoles.

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    No mention of Edwin Carl? He had a great season with Wilmington and now is doing very well in the Arizona Fall League against some pretty phenomenal hitters. Why no love?

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    Clint Scoles

    Under Bill Fischer it was Fastball, Curve, Change up only. I believe that stunted some pitchers who used a slider in high school and didn’t allow some pitchers to find a different breaking ball that would work better for them. When Knapp came in that changed and pitchers were allowed to use a slider or cutter if they wanted (Melville, Billo, Zimmer). I’m unsure of what the new guy is doing and whether pitchers are allowed to throw other things.

    I’m sure there are a couple other organizations that are hard line on this sort of thing but doubt it is the correct way to go about development.

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    Great write and read! I have never understood “The typical Royals repertoire”. Do they just draft pitchers that have found success with the CB, CU, and FB?? Or do they force the pitchers they draft to learn to pitch this way? You would think they would allow their pitchers to continue having success with the pitches that got them there. Are other organizations this way?? If the Splitter or Slider is what got you drafted, then shouldn’t they be developing that pitch early on? I understand there is some research that shows arm damage if they are thrown too much. But don’t they need to be developed just like other pitches??

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