Here is a quick link to many good Royals podcast, chats and articles over the last week.
Kevin Goldstein had a chat at Baseball Prospectus, here are some of his Royals quotes: Salvador Perez will be a .280/.320/.400 type catcher with plus D. Â That’s one hell of a player he said. Â There were plenty of questions in the chat about Lorenzo Cain, John Lamb, Jorge Bonifacio and D’Andre Toney who he saidÂ has some potential. He’s tiny, but he can fly and he can hit a little bit. Â Link to BP Chat
If you want great podcast info about the Royals and the rest of the AL Central then the Baseball America Podcast from 1/13/12 is a can’t miss. Â Royals info starts around 50 minutes in. Â Baseball America Podcast
MLB.com released a video with Mike Montgomery from 1/14/12, checkout what Montgomery has to say about last year and the upcoming season. Â MLB.com Chat
Here at Pine Tar Press we’ve added plenty of new writers in the last few months in anticipation of our addition to the Blackout Blog Network (please checkout other blogs on the network). Â Here are some of the articles by the new guysÂ Ty Youngfelt, Marcus Ruiz and Paul York’s work as well as Levi’s great new piece about his love of baseball.
Thursday we continued our Fan Chat series here are a few of the quotes that came from Kyle Smith and Bryan Brickhouse:
Brickhouse:Â I had a set number and if they offered it i knew i would go pro. Â IÂ would be going to college with the new CBA.
Their personal scouting reports and what they need to work on:
BBrickhouse:Â I think i have good stuff just need to figure a few things out to be great. Â BBrickhouse:Â pitch more down, need to figure out change up. Â A change up is something you really have to trust. throwing it like a fastball is honestly the hardest part for me to trust in it
KyleTSmith:Â Wow, good question haha, I pound the zone with my fastball, have good secondary, but still need to learn to control a 3rd pitch better. Aslo learn a little more about the mental game of it
Comment From PREGNANT ROLLERSKATEÂ Were you Long Tossers in High School (how far) & what are the Royal’s stance on you Long Tossing?
BBrickhouse:Â I long tossed 2 days before i pitched. about 150 to 200 ft,Â Knapp encourages to do long toss.
KyleTSmith:Â I was a long tosser, i love it, and would throw from the fence to the foul line, the Royals do long toss to but only up to 180 feet or soÂ but if you want to, they allow you to go further if you want.
Which is your preferred grip on the fastball. Two or four seam and why?
BBrickhouse:Â Two seam for me. It has movement and i actually throw it harder and control it better than my 4 seam
KyleTSmith:Â Four seam, i have great control of it and throw it to both sides well
Checkout more of the interview here
Other Good Royals Links
Michael Engel Kings of Kauffman – “Our Time, Indeed”
Craig Brown Royals Authority – 40 Man Roster Review Johnny Giavotella Â
Jeff Zimmerman Royals Review – Interview with Royals VP Mike Swanson
Lee Warren Yahoo Contributor Network – Getz, Betancourt and Kouzmanoff Signings are Telling for Royals
Look for another Prospect Fan Chat next week