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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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    Kyle, I thinks a lot of ppl are antsy about Bubba’s progress….that said I don’t believe the top 5 is reserved for fast movers…. I believe the top 5 is for the highest possible ceiling players that you believe can actually reach their ceiling…..if Bubba reaches his ceiling the age in which he reaches the MLB won’t matter……Most high ceiling college players are drafted @ age 21 & therefore don’t reach the majors until age 24 or later & can & have gone onto have huge careers….I hope Bubba gets their soon rather than later but more importantly I want him to be ready when the “Bubba Knows Show” arrives in KC…..

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    My point on Bubba, was more to the fact with why wasn’t he playing on this night?? Are they trying to bring him back cautiously?? He is already 19, right? I know he is a raw athlete, but shouldn’t they consider moving him along? If he goes a level at a time, he might be 24 before he debuts. That seems like a really late bloomer, not a guy you take #5 overall.

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    I agree about the rankings in comparison to actually being drafted, but you have to have thought very highly of Barnes, JBJ, & Springer to take them 5th & I don’t recall reading anywhere where there was high ceiling projections for that trio just fast moving safe picks….On the other hand A Bradley was widely considered worth the selection bc of his projected ceiling. I personally rather of had Bundy too, but what I’m just not understanding is how did Seattle effect the O’s taking Bundy….it seems like the O’s wanted Bundy period unless you know that they preferred Hultzen over Bundy…..I think everyone was shocked Bubba was there….Does Eibner have a chance of being a SP?

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    Greg Schaum

    I am saying that I know for a fact they wanted Bundy and everyone (even the Bundy camp) was surprised when Baltimore took him…it is not always about who a team wants…the politics of the draft do exist…and they really existed last year

    I am not saying they were top 5 guys according to rankings but if you believe a player’s ceiling those should not maatter … they are certainly very polished players who I think will both be very good in the majors

    I am saying I don’t think the Royals expected him to be there or wanted the pressure of saying no to the local boy but I absolutely believe if it was Bubba or Bundy they take Bundy

    Ps Dayton is a salesman…not disrespecting salesman because I am one…but, what did you expect him to act like?

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    I get the luxury of posting while Bubba is goiong 3-5 w/ 2HRs, 6RBIs & 3Rs as we speak so slow the roll fellowaz…..anywho Greg, who would the O’s have taken over Bundy….im not following….they liked Hultzen more than Bundy????….wow I didn’t….I didn’t think most did……also are you saying You don’t believe the Royals wanted Bubba to be there??? GMDM had a ton of adrenaline in the press conference moments after the 1st rd & really seemed like he was pumped about drafting Bubba….GMDM luvs CFs & has said his ideal CF is Adrew Jones which Bubba falls in that projection line…..3rdly are you saying JBJ & Springer where in the mix @ 5?….I hope they weren’t, that would have been a reach…..Lastly I thought Ebiner projects as a RP or does he have a shot as a SP???……I can’t justify RPs in my personal top 10 even High Leverage guys……thx in advance

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    Kyle, you want doom & gloom; J Sanchez actually is making Kyle Davies look respectable! Geez, 6 BB’s and 5 SB’s in 4 1/3 – that’s 11 freakin free bases and he only retired 13 batters. A lefty that now has an average fastball, no command, and can’t hold runners or cover home plate just serves to put pressure on the offense and the bullpen. I’m not saying “bring back Davies” (no, I would never say that, unless it was to pitch to a Royal batter in the HRD at a future All Star Game so that our player would have a decent chance of winning!) – just get rid of Sanchez. He might buy his own plane ticket; looks like he wants to pitch in KC about as much as Juan Cruz did!

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    Greg Schaum

    I think that the 2011 draft is going to be an interesting one to look back on in 5 years

    I know the Royals were set to draft Dylan Bundy and give him record dollars around 11.50 million dollars

    But, the Mariners drafted Hultzen and the chain reaction began….The Orioles surprised many when they took Bundy and the Royals had the local star fall into their lap….I am positive (and I said this last year) this is not something I believe the Royals wanted to happen

    They had Archie Bradley and one of my personal favorites close to MLB ready college righty Matt Barnes to pick

    They had 2 college ready CF in Jackie Bradley JR and George Springer available…at the time I said these were 2 players that Bubba could become in 3 years…meaning the 2 of them were safer picks…I am not saying Bubba was the wrong choice…But this was one of the deepest and best drafts in a long time….so time will tell

    As far as Eibner is concerned I would imagine there was an agreement inside to a time if/when they needed to move him to the mound. I have always guessed 2014….Eibner is a special talent who wanted to hit. I really like his arm and the moment he decides (if he does) to move to the mound he becomes a top 10 Royals prospect…94 fastball with a ton of movement and solid off speed stuff will get you that respect.

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    I hate to be all doom and gloom on a Monday morning, but what’s the plan with Bubba?? Is the quad/hammy alright? Also, when are they moving Eibner to the mound?? I like the 10hrs, but come on. The guy strikes out every other at bat, literally!!

    Myers now, please! And W.Smith deserves a few more starts. He has shown pretty good numbers in AAA, and can’t be any worse than Sanchez, Mazzaro, Mendoza, or Hoch. I would also like to see Odorizzi for the 2nd half. Maybe they can start piggybacking the starts. That works in the lower level minors.

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