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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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    The critical words in your story, Clint, are…Ventura has the best two pitch combination in the Royals minor league system.

    The Royals seeming reliance on prospect pitchers mastering just two pitches has been a major suggested cause for the lack of development in their minor league system. And a good reason why Crow has been unable to get past one inning in the majors.

    The only pitcher to spend time in the Royals minor leagues and show solid progress as a starter in the majors is Mendoza. And he came with more than two pitches in his repertoire. Duffy, Smith and Odorizzi have been average at best and the highly touted prospects (Monty, Lamb, Dwyer and Arguelles) have gone more backwards than forwards.

    I hope that Ventura turns that history around (or his change up finds devastation in its slight of hand) but have a feeling he will struggle as his predecessors did as he reaches playing levels that require more than a high speed fastball and good breaking ball to get batters out.

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