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Open Letter to Dayton Moore

Dear Dayton, Congratulations on your eighth-year anniversary of being hired as general manager of the Kansas City Royals. I can still remember the article written about you in the Kansas City Star after you took the position. There was a feeling of relief that the organization was headed in a new direction, and a sense of optimism with the experience you brought over from your work with Atlanta. There is no ...

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Pitching Development Problems: Ego and Injury

Pitching Development; we have all heard those words and we have also, as Royals fans, heard about how bad the Royals are at it.  For whatever reason GMDM and his crew have yet to develop an impact starter through seven amateur drafts and international signing periods. We've heard a couple reasons for this from other writers, even some of our own here at PTP as to why the Royals have fared so poorly at this ...

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Revisiting the 2011 BA Prospect Handbook

The prospect rankings are out and the Royals have placed a handful or so players on most Top 100 list that are available to seamheads. That is a testament to the talent in the Royals scouting staff here in the US and across the globe. The fact that they have graduated so many players to the pros but continue to develop or acquire prospects that interest scouts and analyst throughout baseball is impressive. ...

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Pine Tar Podcast 16.0 w/ Rex Hudler

0 - 14:32 Intro Priming the show with an email answer and previewing the guest and Guthrie discussion. Email the show at Podcast@Pinetarpress.com 14:32 - 59:30 Rex Hudler - Royals Color Analyst and former major leaguer @RexHudler1 - Rex goes over the Royals 2012 season, optimism for next year and his personal life, career and plenty more. "Look at the talent they have, I see the trend turning." 59:30 to E ...

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Should They Stay or Should They Go

Big day for  minor league prospects in the league today as players signed in 2008 or drafted out of college in 2009 have to be placed on the 40 man roster today or become eligible for the upcoming Rule V Draft. The Process biggest draft to place in 2008 so it should come as no shock that there are a few players that the Royals must decide on today. 1. John Lamb - Tommy John surgery was a setback in 2011 bu ...

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Prospect Depth Chart – Lefthanded Pitchers

(Photo Minda Haas) If the Royals and the people of Kansas City don't get to see a winning record under the Dayton Moore regime the one position group that could have the biggest hand in that is the the left-handed pitching group.  Whether it is Mike Montgomery's fall, Danny Duffy and John Lamb's injuries or Chris Dwyer's ineffectiveness the once promising group of lefthanders has seen just one starter brea ...

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The Roster Crunch – Rule 5 and the Royals

It is August 21st 2012, Wil Myers currently leads the minor leagues in home runs with 34 and has put up a combined batting average in the neighborhood of .313 with a .390 on base percentage.  The future right fielder has dominated the minors while the Kansas City Royals current right fielder, Jeff Franceour, has struggled mightily.  Why isn't he up?  The answer may be as simple as the Royals are feeling ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 8.9

Just a Burlington Royals win to show for the days action.  HR Roll Call Paulo Orlando (4)    Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Nick Van Stratten 3-4 2b, RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Jason Mitchell 5 IP 4 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 4 K Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Mark Threlkeld 3-4 3b, R, 3 RBI   Midland RockHounders 4 NW Arkansas Naturals 3 Another dud of an outing by Mike Montg ...

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Royals Stock Watch

The minor league season is in its twilight with less than a month worth of games for teams that miss the playoffs.  With that being the case lets take a quick look at players have improved or hurt their stock prior to the year end rankings. Up Orlando Calixte - Just 20 years of age Calixte has showed off his wiry strength in putting 12 home runs up and showing respectable ISO rates in both the Midwest and ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 8.3

2-5 day for Royals affiliates. HR Roll Call Brett Eibner (12) Murray Watts (1) Adalberto Mondesi (2)    Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Brian Fletcher 1-2 3b, 2 BB, 2 R Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Mike Montgomery 7 IP 5 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 5 K  Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Adalberto Mondesi 3-5 HR (2) Inside the Park, 2 R, 2 RBI   Reno Aces 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 3 Diamondb ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 7.29

Solid day for Royals affiliates.  HR Roll Call Yem Prades (7) Tim Ferguson (5) Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Tim Ferguson 3-3 3b, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI  Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Aaron Brooks 9 IP 8 H 1 R 0 ER 0 BB 2 K Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Ramon Torres 3-4 2b, 2 HR, 2 RBI   Omaha Storm Chasers 11 Oklahoma City RedHawks 1 The Chasers offense came alive again knocking out ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 7.19

Royals affiliates went 5-2 on the strength of the lower levels Thursday.  HR Roll Call Clint Robinson (12) Johnny Giavotella (9) Adam Moore (4) John Whittleman (15) Brian Fletcher (11) Jin-Ho Shin (4) Nic Cuckovich (2) Bubba Starling (3)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Tony Abreu 3-4 2-2b,BB, R, RBI  Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Jason Adam 7 IP 2 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K Pine Tar Press Rookie League ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 7.14

Royals affiliates went 3-2 Saturday evening.     HR Roll Call Wil Myers (28) Carlo Testa (11) Matt Fields (9) Jorge Bonifacio (8) Justin Trapp (7)     Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Matt Fields 2-3 HR, BB, 2 R, RBI  Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Elisaul Pimentel 7 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB 7 K      Omaha Storm Chasers 7 Iowa Cubs 1  Jake Odorizzi was forced to battle through 6 in ...

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Royals Minor League Notes

Down and to the Left The Royals made the move yesterday to promote Chris Dwyer while also moving Mike Montgomery down to AA. via Bob Dutton KC Star “Everybody felt it was the right thing to do for a brief period of time,” Moore said. “We want to get him back on the attack, loading up throwing downhill at 95-96 instead of trying to make pitches at 90-92 and hitting spots. “We need to get him back on ...

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Royals Prospects and The Art of the Deal

Theo Epstein walks on the Royals lot thinking he's got the prize piece that he thinks he's going to be able to unload and pick up a nice return for.  Unfortunately the General manager Dayton Moore is on a coffee break and a young slick JJ Picollo is running the ship.  You see JJ is just the assistant and he knows if he passes on a deal he won't get berated by the owner at the end of the day about just sel ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 6.28

3-4 day by the Royals affiliates with plenty of disappointing pitching by some of their top prospects.  HR Roll Call Murray Watts (9) Patrick Leonard (6) Kenny Diekroeger 2(2,3) Henry Moreno (1) Fred Ford (1) Parker Morin (1) Diego Goris (1)      Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Kenny Diekroeger 3-5 2 HR, 5 RBI, BB   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Yender Caramo 6 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 4 K ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 6.23

Royals affiliates had a tough day at the office going 1-8.  HR Roll Call Max Ramirez (9) David Lough (6) Brett Eibner (9) Lane Adams 2(6,7) Cheslor Cuthbert (4) Jin-Ho Shin (2) Rainier Bello (1) Carlos Garcia (1)    Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Jack Lopez 2-3 2b, 2 BB, 3 R, RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day None   Oklahoma City RedHawks 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 3 Left-handed starter Mike M ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 6.17

Just one win in four tries for the Royals affiliates.  HR Roll Call Orlando Calixte (10) Eric Duncan (4) Yem Prades (4)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Wil Myers 4-5 2b   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Chris Dwyer 7 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 6 K   Nashville Sounds 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 1 The Chasers couldn't cash in much on their 10 hits scoring just 1 run during their nine innings while co ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 6.5

Just two games for the Royals affiliates and both ended in Royals farm wins.  HR Roll Call Wil Myers (20) Anthony Seratelli (9) Jason Bourgeois (2)      Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Jason Bourgeois 3-4 HR   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Sugar Ray Marimon 7 IP 3 H 0 R 2 BB 5 K 10-3 BB-FO     Omaha Storm Chasers 5 Memphis Redbirds 4 One top Royals prospect continues to shine whi ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 5.31

1-3 results for the Royals with the Storm Chasers getting the only win in the second game of their doubleheader.  HR Roll Call Wil Myers (17) Kurt Mertins (1) Bret Eibner (7) Whit Merrifield (5)   Your browser does not support iframes. Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Wil Myers (2 gms) 3-7 HR, 4 RBI, BB   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Mike Montgomery 7 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 2 K 11/5 GO/FO   G ...

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