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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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    Glad to hear the note on Monty dumping the curve for a slider/cutter. Overdue IMO. The slider is much easier to command and if a guy already has a good offspeed pitch (Monty with his change) the curveball won’t be missed much.

    No mention above of Will Smith. I know he doesn’t have the same stuff as Duffy/Monty/Lamb/Dwyer/Odorizzi but he seems like a good candidate for the bullpen at some point this season.

    The Royals have been pretty consistent in saying that they like to see their pitching prospects get at least 400 IP in the minors before considering a MLB promotion. Here’s where the following stand (Duffy had 350, btw, when promoted):
    W Smith – 513 IP
    Montgomery – 396
    Odorizzi – 335
    Dwyer – 252
    Lamb – 251

    I’m anxious to see how John Lamb rebounds from TJ this season. If he had stayed healthy last year he’d be squarely in the mix for a rotation job with the big team this spring.

    There’s an awful lot of talent in the list above. I’m really glad DM has resisted the urge to trade some of it for a veteran starter.

    Great column btw.

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    Greg Schaum

    We have had some fun topics in the past like the year of the card, great moments (or even random games) in royals history…..stuff like that

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    I mean what categories…..

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    oh wow congrats….


    Can you expand on this as well….”I want to add another writer to pick on some of the more fun categories of the site.”

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    Greg Schaum

    We signed a deal to be a part of Blackoutsportsmedia.com


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    What do you mean by…..”Make sure our new network we will be a part of kicks off smoothly”…..

    Great post…..Clint for Prospect “hard on” shows again for Bonifacio :o)

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    I like the Bubba sections. There seems to be a common theme between them that Bubba will struggle and perhaps needs to. I find it interesting to note that those who seem to bust most often struggle overcoming adversity, and I wonder how Bubba will handle his when it inevitably comes. I’m guessing he’s never struggled with any sport he’s ever played. What happens when he hits .250/.280/.350? Will he have the resolve to turn that into a positive? I think the only way he busts is if he can’t handle struggling, if he can’t take those obstacles and turn them into learning experiences.

    Great posts!

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    I will definately Subscribe to milb.tv this season!

    Good work boys!

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    Excellent post. Really enjoy the projection and where you see some of the well known guys. Favorite part is the break out performers – easy to project a guy like Myers or Montgomery. When we start talking Antonio, Mateo, Parades, et.al – that is what I love about reading this site.

    I too am a big fan of Kyle Smith. Think getting him in 4th round will look really good down the road. He is the type of guy that will be going to college during new CBA. I also like Antonio to play for Kane County and settle in at 3B. With KC’s depth at SS in lower minors, Antonio will move sooner or later. I am excited about a potential Kane County OF of Starling and Bonafacio.

    I live in Colorado so I am hoping to catch Idaho Falls when they play the Rockies in Grand Junction. I would expect more draft picks to play Rookie League with signing deadline moved up.

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    jim fetterolf

    Great post, guys.

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    Clint Scoles

    Thank you Shogun

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    my favorite post of the year! :)

    i love these type of conversations….royals minor league growth, projections and roster/callup predictions. very detailed and exactly what i’ve been waiting for.

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