Diamonds in the Rough 7.1 Reviewed by Momizat on . A good day for Royals affiliates with 5 wins and just 1 loss.  HR Roll Call Wil Myers (27) Julio Rodriguez (1)  Brett Eibner (10) Jose Bonilla (2) Matt Field A good day for Royals affiliates with 5 wins and just 1 loss.  HR Roll Call Wil Myers (27) Julio Rodriguez (1)  Brett Eibner (10) Jose Bonilla (2) Matt Field Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 7.1

Diamonds in the Rough 7.1

A good day for Royals affiliates with 5 wins and just 1 loss.  HR Roll Call Wil Myers (27) Julio Rodriguez (1)  Brett Eibner (10) Jose Bonilla (2) Matt Fields (1) Jorge Bonifacio (7) Dean Espy (2) Adalberto Mondesi (1) 


Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Wil Myers 2-3 HR, BB, 3 RBI

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Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Will Smith 6 IP 3 H 0 R 1 BB 9 K

Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Adalberto Mondesi 3-5 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI


Omaha Storm Chasers 6 Albuquerque 0

Lets just say the Chasers had the Wil(l) to win Sunday against the Isotopes.  Of course I’m speaking of Will Smith and Wil Myers who lead Omaha to a 6-0 defeat with a second consecutive impressive start by Smith and another home run by Myers.  The Chasers young starters haven’t been too impressive this homestand but that didn’t slow down Smith who backed up a stellar start last time out with six more shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits and a walk while striking out a season hight 9.  The Omaha left-hander wasn’t the only one pumping zeroes on the board as Isotopes starter matched him out inning for inning through the first five innings, allowing just one hit in the that time.  Luckily for Omaha Fife would run into some problems in the sixth hitting Anthony Seratelli with a pitch and then giving up a one out single to Johnny Giavotella.  With that one out, runners on first and second Fife couldn’t work around Myers and it cost him as the minor leagues leading home run hitter took a 2-1 pitch out to left field for his 27th home run of the season giving Omaha a 3-0 lead.  Those runs would be enough for the Chasers bullpen who worked 3 scoreless but the offense would tack on 3 more runs for good measure.



W: Smith (3-4, 3.81) L: Fife (6-5, 4.88)

Albuquerque Isotopes
Trent OeltjenCF400000003.273
Alex Castellanos2B400000000.355
Josh Fields3B402000001.324
Jerry Sands1B300000012.252
Tim FederowiczDH402000001.290
Brian Cavazos-GalvezLF401000002.360
Josh BardC301000001.284
Tyler HensonRF300000003.247
Joe BeckerSS300000001.215
TB: Fields 2; Federowicz 2; Cavazos-Galvez; Bard.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Federowicz; Cavazos-Galvez; Henson.
GIDP: Becker, Jo.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 6.

SB: Fields (3, 2nd base off Smith, W/Ramirez, M).

DP: (Castellanos-Becker, Jo-Sands).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Lorenzo CainDH401000200.182
Johnny Giavotella2B411000000.305
Wil MyersCF312001310.317
Clint Robinson1B401000001.317
Tony AbreuSS300000000.313
David LoughRF401000000.288
Derrick RobinsonLF410000002.300
Max RamirezC311000001.310
    Cody ClarkC000000000.183
Anthony Seratelli3B221000100.285
HR: Myers (14, 6th inning off Fife, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Cain; Seratelli; Robinson, C; Giavotella; Myers 5; Lough; Ramirez, M.
RBI: Myers 3 (41), Seratelli (46), Cain 2 (4).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez, M; Robinson, C.
Team RISP: 3-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.

DP: (Smith, W-Abreu, T-Robinson, C).

Albuquerque Isotopes
Stephen Fife (L, 6-5)5.13331314.88
Michael Antonini1.01110005.43
Ramon Troncoso0.24220008.80
Josh Wall1.00000104.63
Omaha Storm Chasers
Will Smith (W, 3-4)6.03001903.81
Brandon Sisk (H, 4)1.02000202.97
Jeremy Jeffress1.00000104.79
Ryan Verdugo1.01000203.89
HBP: Abreu, T (by Fife), Seratelli (by Fife).

NW Arkansas Naturals 2 Corpus Christi 1

New Naturals starter Sugar Ray Marimon fought his usually tight control walking four in his second AA start but he limited the damage to earn his first AA win.  The right-hander got out of a little bit of trouble in the first thanks to poor base running by the Hooks when the Naturals performed a pitch out to get lead off man Jonathan Villar on an attempted steal and later picking off Austin Wates.  From there Marimon encountered little trouble allowing just one more single to avoid the walks from causing any problems.  With solid pitching the Naturals two runs they scored, one on a solo home run from Julio Rodriguez and another on a RBI single by Nick Van Stratten was enough to win the game.

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W: Marimon (1-0, 0.77) L: Seaton (5-5, 3.93)
S: Dennick (3)

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yem PradesCF401000000.262
Rey Navarro2B402100001.255
Brian FletcherLF400000001.152
    Paulo OrlandoLF000000000.272
John Whittleman1B300000012.244
Eric DuncanDH412100001.291
    1- Carlo TestaPR-DH000000000.270
Mario Lisson3B400000001.231
Nick Van StrattenRF401000100.287
Alex McClureSS300000001.333
Julio RodriguezC312001100.259
1-Ran for Duncan in the 9th.
2B: Duncan (6, Seaton), Navarro (8, Seaton).
HR: Rodriguez, Jul (1, 3rd inning off Seaton, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Rodriguez, Jul 5; Duncan 3; Van Stratten; Prades; Navarro 3.
RBI: Rodriguez, Jul (17), Van Stratten (11).
2-out RBI: Van Stratten.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Duncan 2; Fletcher.
GIDP: Fletcher 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
Team LOB: 5.

SB: Prades (10, 2nd base off Zeid/Wallace).
PO: Van Stratten (1st base by Seaton).

E: Rodriguez, Jul (8, pickoff).
Pickoffs: Marimon (Wates at 1st base).

Corpus Christi Hooks
Jonathan VillarSS301000011.265
Austin WatesCF200000011.303
Jose Martinez2B200000010.311
    1- Andrew SimunicPR-3B100000001.307
Jonathan Singleton1B301000011.262
Drew LockeRF401000000.238
Jake GoebbertLF400000001.273
Adam BaileyDH100000010.237
    a- Kody HinzePH-DH200000000.231
Chris WallaceC311001101.209
Brandon Wikoff3B-2B300000000.250
a-Flied out for Bailey in the 7th.
1-Ran for Martinez, J in the 6th.
HR: Wallace (5, 7th inning off Baumann, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Villar, J; Locke; Wallace 4; Singleton.
RBI: Wallace (22).
2-out RBI: Wallace.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wallace; Goebbert; Locke; Singleton.
SAC: Wates.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.

CS: Villar, J (7, 2nd base by Marimon/Rodriguez, Jul).
PO: Wates (1st base by Marimon).

E: Seaton (1, missed catch).
DP: 2 (Wikoff-Martinez, J-Singleton, Villar, J-Martinez, J-Singleton).
Pickoffs: Seaton (Van Stratten at 1st base).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Sugar Ray Marimon (W, 1-0)5.22004400.77
Buddy Baumann (H, 3)2.12111113.38
Ryan Dennick (S, 3)1.00000104.40
Corpus Christi Hooks
Ross Seaton (L, 5-5)7.06221513.93
Josh Zeid1.01000205.79
Kevin Chapman1.01000002.57
WP: Baumann.


Wilmington Blue Rocks 8 Frederick Keys 7

Something has got into the Wilmington offense in the second half and I think I like it.  The Rocks offense punched out sixteen hits including seven that went for extra bases to key a Blue Rocks victory.  Three different Rocks, Cheslor Cuthber, Lane Adams and Angel Franco had three hits while another three Brett Eibner, Jose Bonilla and Matt Fields hit one out.  It was a full offensive effort with only Geulin Beltre unable to get a hit.  A couple of the  Rocks pitchers didn’t fair quite as well allowing 7 runs on 10 hits but Matt Ridings was solid tossing 3.1 scoreless while Sam Runion finished off the game by pitching the final 2/3 for the save.


W: Ridings (2-0, 1.29) L: Baker (0-1, 9.95)
S: Runion (3)

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Angel Franco2B503100000.288
Orlando CalixteSS521100000.268
Cheslor Cuthbert3B503000100.228
Matt Fields1B421001111.161
Lane AdamsRF513100102.158
Brett EibnerCF422101211.192
Jose BonillaC212001210.279
Roman HernandezDH501000102.222
Geulin BeltreLF400000000.198
2B: Calixte (2, Copeland), Franco (12, Baker, D), Eibner (15, Baker, D), Adams (1, Berry, R).
HR: Eibner (10, 2nd inning off Copeland, 0 on, 0 out), Bonilla (2, 2nd inning off Copeland, 0 on, 0 out), Fields, M (1, 5th inning off Baker, D, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Bonilla 5; Eibner 6; Calixte 2; Hernandez; Cuthbert 3; Adams 4; Fields, M 4; Franco 4.
RBI: Cuthbert (34), Eibner 2 (33), Bonilla 2 (8), Adams (6), Fields, M (5), Hernandez (12).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Adams; Hernandez 2.
SF: Bonilla.
GIDP: Hernandez.
Team RISP: 6-for-12.
Team LOB: 9.

CS: Hernandez (7, 2nd base by Baker, D/Oliveira), Franco (2, 2nd base by Baker, D/Oliveira).

DP: (Cuthbert-Franco-Fields, M).

Frederick Keys
John RuettigerCF422000011.254
Travis Adair3B411000011.273
Ty Kelly2B411001311.327
Aaron Baker1B312001420.256
Michael FlaccoDH400000011.237
Jeremy NowakRF401000011.281
Steven BumbryLF400000002.209
Joe OliveiraC412100001.176
Garabez RosaSS411000000.221
2B: Oliveira (5, Pounders).
HR: Kelly (6, 3rd inning off Pounders, 2 on, 2 out), Baker, A (15, 9th inning off Sample, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Rosa; Kelly 4; Ruettiger 2; Adair; Baker, A 5; Nowak; Oliveira 3.
RBI: Kelly 3 (27), Baker, A 4 (53).
2-out RBI: Kelly 3; Baker, A.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bumbry 3; Flacco 2.
GIDP: Flacco.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 8.

SB: Nowak (3, 2nd base off Pounders/Bonilla).
CS: Ruettiger (3, 2nd base by Pounders/Bonilla).

E: Adair (3, fielding).
Outfield assists: Bumbry (Franco at home).
DP: (Rosa-Baker, A).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Brooks Pounders3.27445515.57
Matt Ridings (W, 2-0)3.10001101.29
Tyler Sample1.13331115.96
Sam Runion (S, 3)0.20000102.70
Frederick Keys
Scott Copeland4.09430325.99
David Baker (L, 0-1)4.06442319.95
Ryan Berry1.01001003.66
WP: Pounders, Copeland.
HBP: Bonilla (by Berry, R).


Kane County Cougars 7 Peoria Chiefs 2

The bigger bodies on the Cougars team lead to a win in the first game of their series with the Chiefs.  The Cougars 1b/Dh combo of Murray Watts and Dean Espy combined for 3 hits, 3 runs and 4 RBI in the game as Watts knocked a RBI double and scored a run in the 2nd and Espy put the game out of reach in the 9th with a 3 run home run that scored he and Watts.  Around those big hits by the big men the Cougars got a sac fly by Michael Antonio and a solo home run from Jorge Bonifacio to help the team towards seven runs.  Starter Jason Mitchell earned the win with the run support working around 7 hits and a walk in his 5 innings while being capably relieved by Jonathan Dooley and Malcom Culver.  Kane County is in a three way tie with Burlington and Clinton for a second place in the division with all three teams standing at 6-4, a game back of Quad Cities.

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W: Mitchell (3-4, 4.83) L: Peralta (1-3, 3.77)

Kane County Cougars
Alex LlanosCF401000000.268
Jack LopezSS400000001.200
Daniel Mateo2B411100000.304
Jorge BonifacioRF311001100.305
Michael Antonio3B300000100.226
Julio AparicioLF321000000.375
Murray WattsDH221100120.221
Dean Espy1B412001300.219
Kenny SwabC400000001.265
2B: Watts (12, Peralta, S), Mateo (15, Suarez).
HR: Bonifacio (7, 4th inning off Peralta, S, 0 on, 0 out), Espy (2, 9th inning off Suarez, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Mateo 2; Espy 5; Aparicio; Bonifacio 4; Watts 2; Llanos.
RBI: Watts (28), Bonifacio (45), Antonio (40), Espy 3 (14).
2-out RBI: Watts; Espy 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Swab.
SAC: Bonifacio.
SF: Antonio.
Team RISP: 2-for-3.
Team LOB: 2.

SB: Aparicio (1, 2nd base off Suarez/Cabezas).
CS: Llanos (4, 2nd base by Peralta, S/Cabezas).

DP: (Antonio-Mateo-Espy).

Peoria Chiefs
Zeke DeVoss2B301000110.241
Taiwan EasterlingCF303000000.240
Dustin GeigerDH302000000.325
Paul Hoilman1B400000001.274
Javier BaezSS311000000.299
Wes Darvill3B200000110.226
Yasiel BalaguertLF400000002.234
Yaniel CabezasC310000010.206
Oliver ZapataRF401000001.256
TB: Geiger 2; DeVoss; Baez; Easterling 3; Zapata.
RBI: DeVoss (21), Darvill (21).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hoilman 3.
SF: Darvill.
GIDP: Hoilman.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 7.

SB: Easterling (15, 2nd base off Mitchell/Swab).
CS: Easterling 2 (7, 2nd base by Mitchell/Swab, 2nd base by Dooley/Swab), DeVoss (7, 2nd base by Mitchell/Swab), Zapata (9, 2nd base by Mitchell/Swab).

E: DeVoss (13, throw).

Kane County Cougars
Jason Mitchell (W, 3-4)5.07221204.83
Jonathan Dooley (H, 2)3.01001103.57
Malcom Culver1.00001105.08
Peoria Chiefs
Starling Peralta (L, 1-3)8.04321213.77
Larry Suarez1.03441017.23
WP: Mitchell 3.


Idaho Falls Chukars 9 Ogden Raptors 4

The Chukars exploded for seven runs in the first two inning Sunday and then cruised home from there for an easy win.  The day before the international signing period it was a group of international signees that lead the way for the Royals affiliate as Adalberto Mondesi (2011), Rainier Bello (2008) and Ysmelin Alcantara (2009) enjoyed big days at the plate.  The still sixteen year old Mondesi scored in the first inning as part of Bello’s three run double that put Idaho Falls up 4-0 after one inning.  Following the only run starter Andrew Ferguson would allow Mondesi was back at in in the 2nd hitting a three run home run to dead center field to give the Chukars a 7-1 lead.  For Mondesi it was his first professional home run and his fourth extra base hit in twelve games played.  Those runs would be plenty but just for good measure Alcantara would double in a run in the eight later scoring on a Ogden error.  Starter Andrew Ferguson earned the win going 6.2 innings while allowing just six hits and two walks keeping his ERA at 1.62.

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W: Ferguson (2-0, 1.62) L: De Aza (0-2, 8.31)

Ogden Raptors
Malcolm Holland2B411000010.242
Devin ShinesLF511001303.227
Jesus ValdezDH402100000.451
Tae-Hyeok Nam1B400000003.220
    Devon Ethier1B000000000.125
Justin BoudreauxSS400000000.204
Jeremy RathjenCF411000000.275
Kevin Thompson3B400000001.238
Pat StoverRF212000120.333
Jose CapellanC401000001.409
2B: Valdez, J (2, Ferguson).
HR: Shines (3, 9th inning off Hall, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Stover 2; Capellan, J; Rathjen; Valdez, J 3; Holland; Shines 4.
RBI: Stover (3), Shines 3 (14).
2-out RBI: Stover; Shines 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nam; Shines 3.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 8.

SB: Rathjen (6, 2nd base off Ferguson/Lane), Holland (7, 2nd base off Hall/Lane).

E: Holland 3 (5, fielding, fielding, throw).
DP: 2 (Thompson, K-Nam, Nishijima-Boudreaux-Nam).

Idaho Falls Chukars
Ethan ChapmanCF523000000.415
Adalberto MondesiSS523001301.340
Elier HernandezRF510000002.250
Nicholas Cuckovich2B200000110.300
Jin-Ho ShinDH310000012.256
Rainier Bello1B401100300.288
Nick DelGuidice3B310000011.227
Ysmelin AlcantaraLF323100110.333
Travis LaneC300000012.100
2B: Bello, R (6, De Aza), Alcantara (2, Campbell).
HR: Mondesi (1, 2nd inning off De Aza, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Mondesi 6; Alcantara 4; Chapman 3; Bello, R 2.
RBI: Cuckovich (10), Bello, R 3 (12), Mondesi 3 (7), Alcantara (5).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lane; Cuckovich; Hernandez 2.
SF: Cuckovich.
GIDP: Hernandez, Bello, R.
Team RISP: 3-for-13.
Team LOB: 6.

CS: Bello, R (2, 3rd base by De Aza/Capellan, J).

Ogden Raptors
Carlos De Aza (L, 0-2)3.06742318.31
Kazuki Nishijima4.03001304.66
James Campbell1.012122016.20
Idaho Falls Chukars
Andrew Ferguson (W, 2-0)6.26112601.62
Cory Hall2.12331214.26
WP: Campbell 2.
HBP: Valdez, J (by Hall).

Danville Braves 7 Burlington Royals 3

The Royals couldn’t convert with runners in scoring position while the Braves cashed in their opportunities in the opening game of their series.  The Royals went just 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position limiting them to just 3 runs on the day.  Their 3-5 hitters accounted for 12 of the Royals 27 outs with an 0 for 11 day at the plate that included 4 strikeouts and a double play off Patrick Leonard’s bat.  The older players Henry Moreno and Kenny Diekroeger were the only players having a decent day at the plate as the pair combined for 5 of the 9 Royals hits.  The Braves took advantage of the Royals not cashing in their opportunities scoring a run in the 6th off reliever Daniel Stumpf, his first earned run allowed in four appearances.  With the score 4-3 the Braves cashed in 3 more runs on another Royals reliever who hadn’t allowed a run prior these runs on John Walter as the Braves used a three singles and a Royals error to score 3 to put the game out of reach.

W: Perez (1-1, 3.86) L: Stumpf (1-1, 1.13)
S: Garcia (1)
Burlington Royals
Terrance GoreCF511000001.356
Kenneth DiekroegerSS502000000.244
Patrick LeonardDH500000003.229
Fred FordRF300000011.179
Cameron GallagherC300000010.214
Chris ElderLF411100000.306
Henry Moreno1B313100000.400
    1- Cameron ConnerPR000000000.200
    Mark Threlkeld1B000000000.250
Adrian Morales3B301000100.150
Jose Rodriguez2B401000000.176
1-Ran for Moreno in the 8th.
2B: Elder (3, Lafreniere), Moreno (4, Perez, C).
TB: Diekroeger, K 2; Gore; Moreno 4; Elder 2; Rodriguez, Js; Morales, A.
RBI: Morales, A (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gallagher; Rodriguez, Js; Elder; Diekroeger, K; Leonard.
GIDP: Leonard.
Team RISP: 2-for-14.
Team LOB: 9.

SB: Diekroeger, K (1, 2nd base off Lafreniere/Elander).
CS: Conner (1, 2nd base by Garcia, B/Elander).

E: Diekroeger, K (2, throw).
Outfield assists: Ford 2 (Alcantara, A at 3rd base, Elander at 3rd base).
DP: (Rodriguez, Js-Diekroeger, K-Moreno).
Pickoffs: Stumpf (Brown, B at 1st base).

Danville Braves
Levi Hyams2B411000000.225
Kurt FlemingLF310000011.200
Carlos Franco3B422010100.278
Josh ElanderC321010110.333
Aris Alcantara1B403200301.342
Blake BrownRF401000101.182
Troy SnitkerDH300000011.412
Eric GarciaSS301000001.200
Logan RobbinsCF210000010.091
2B: Alcantara, A 2 (3, Rodgers, Rodgers).
3B: Franco, C (2, Rodgers), Elander (1, Stumpf).
TB: Franco, C 4; Hyams; Garcia, E; Brown, B; Alcantara, A 5; Elander 3.
RBI: Alcantara, A 3 (10), Brown, B (6), Franco, C (3), Elander (4).
2-out RBI: Alcantara, A 2; Brown, B.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Snitker 2.
GIDP: Robbins.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 3.

SB: Robbins (3, 2nd base off Edelen/Gallagher), Alcantara, A (4, 2nd base off Walter/Gallagher).
CS: Brown, B (1, 2nd base by Stumpf/Gallagher).
PO: Brown, B (1st base by Stumpf).

E: Lafreniere 2 (2, pickoff, pickoff), Franco, C (5, fielding).
DP: (Garcia, E-Alcantara, A).

Burlington Royals
Colin Rodgers3.24222002.08
Brian Edelen1.10111109.00
Daniel Stumpf (L, 1-1)2.02110201.13
John Walter1.03321202.57
Danville Braves
Frank Lafreniere4.25312301.84
Carlos Perez (W, 1-1)2.12000103.86
Bryam Garcia (S, 1)2.02000100.00
WP: Edelen, Lafreniere.
HBP: Moreno (by Lafreniere), Morales, A (by Lafreniere).


About The Author

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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Comments (8)


    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…..

  • Kyle

    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.


    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?

  • 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?


    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

  • mungakc

    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!

  • 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.

  • Kyle

    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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