1:02 PM EST, Mon January 24, 2022
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Royals sign reliever Colten Brewer to a minor league deal

Royals sign reliever Colten Brewer to a minor league deal

Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via More bullpen depth. The Royals announced they have signed right-handed reliever Colten Brewer to a minor league deal. Teams can still sign players that did not end the season on the 40-man roster to minor league contracts during the transaction freeze. The 29-year old has pitched in parts of four big league seasons with the Padres and Red Sox with a 5.04 ERA and 8.7 strikeouts-per-nine innings in 91 career innings. Last year he pitched just one inning in the big leagues, and spent 18 innings in Triple-A with a 4.00 ERA for...
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The Royals Review 2022 Hall of Fame ballot

The Royals Review 2022 Hall of Fame ballot

Photo by Nick Laham/ Who should be in Cooperstown? The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2022 class of inductees on January 25 on MLB Network. Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz are the biggest names among the first-time Hall of Fame candidates. This will be the last Hall of Fame ballot for controversial candidates Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Curt Schilling who all received over 60 percent of the vote last year. Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame tracker suggests they may have a chance to get in this year, and there is growing support for candidates like Scott Rolen,...
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Royals Rumblings - News for January 24, 2022

Royals Rumblings - News for January 24, 2022

Photo by Ed Zurga/ Pretty good weekend for Royals owner Patrick Mahomes! Vahe Gregorian writes about the five-year anniversary of Yordano Ventura’s tragic death. That’s why when Moore met with Ventura at the end of the 2016 season, he told him he loved him, that “we needed to help him” and encouraged him to stay in Kansas City that offseason. He even told Ventura he could live in his home. Or with Rene Francisco, now the Royals’ vice president of international operations who had signed the 17-year-old Ventura for $28,000 in 2008. Ventura didn’t want to do...
Jan 22, 2022
Prison Playbook (2017) - Ep. 6 - Does it hold up?

Prison Playbook (2017) - Ep. 6 - Does it hold up?

A super friendly hug between two guys An episode of schemes. Just SO MANY schemes. This episode actually had three different plot threads to follow, so let’s not waste any time and jump right in, shall we? Captain Yoo is scary Last week’s episode ended with the revelation that Je-hyuk and company were getting a new cellmate: “Demon Captain” Yoo. Sentenced to three years for murdering one of his subordinates in the Korean army. The episode immediately opens with his trial. One of his other subordinates tells a tale of how Yoo constantly bullied Private Park and...
Jan 22, 2022
Weekend Rumblings - News for January 22, 2022

Weekend Rumblings - News for January 22, 2022

Bobby Witt, Jr. in the dugout for the Omaha Storm Chasers in 2021 | Photo by Minda Haas Kuhlmann Baseball Prospectus names Bobby Witt, Jr. the top prospect in baseball. Weekend Rumblings - News for January 22, 2022 Baseball Prospectus names Bobby Witt, Jr. the top prospect in baseball. Witt is the top prospect in baseball because he has as much upside as anyone and functionally can’t be nitpicked. He jumped straight from the complex to Double-A and mashed, then mashed more at Triple-A. Back in those halcyon complex days of 2019, we had some concerns about his ability...
Jan 21, 2022
Sporcle Friday: Name the 2021 Royals

Sporcle Friday: Name the 2021 Royals

Manager Mike Matheny #22 of the Kansas City Royals looks on from the dugout during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 26, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. The Royals defeated the Tigers 2-1. | Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Do you remember the players you just saw? This week’s Sporcle Friday is simple, at least if you were paying attention last summer. How many of the 2021 Royals can you name? One played in all 162 games, one made just a single appearance - how many of the 48 Royals players from the 2021 season can you name?
Jan 21, 2022
Lesky’s Notes: Top prospects and free agents are almost like baseball news

Lesky’s Notes: Top prospects and free agents are almost like baseball news

USA TODAY NETWORK The Royals will have their pick of some decent options once they’re allowed to sign guys. Plus, some prospect lists! At some point, the lockout is going to end and the 314 players who are still listed as free agents will get the chance to sign with big league clubs. Many of them will either not sign or will be brought in on minor league deals, but there’s a lot of offseason that will need to be crammed into a couple weeks whenever this whole thing gets settled. I thought Ken Rosenthal had a great article in The Athletic earlier this week about the...
Jan 21, 2022
Royals Rumblings - News for January 21, 2022

Royals Rumblings - News for January 21, 2022

I looked up “Royals” and “sunglasses” and this was one of my pics. It’s Salvy so it’s bound to be good. | Photo by Brian Davidson/ MLB Owners Lockout: Day 50* Boy am I glad for Craig, or else we probably wouldn’t have a lead story today. Though... I do have a bone to pick with him and it’s about that asterisk on the subtitle. This was from yesterday: Today is the 48th day of the lockout. So that would make today the 49th day. Only, I was at 51 by my count. So I had to go and look where we were off. I went to wikipedia to get the official date of the...
Jan 20, 2022
Royals Review Radio: Alec Lewis talks Bobby Witt, Jr. and the young pitchers

Royals Review Radio: Alec Lewis talks Bobby Witt, Jr. and the young pitchers

Alec tries to warm up a cold hot stove. Alec Lewis and Jeremy “Hokius” Greco are joined by Alec Lewis of The Athletic to talk about the new Royals’ minor league housing facility, whether Bobby Witt, Jr. can make the big league squad to begin the year, the young pitchers, and outfield options. You can follow Alex Duvall on Twitter at @RoyalsFarm and Hokius at @hokius.You can also read Alex Duvall’s work at Royals Farm Report. You can follow Alec Lewis on Twitter at @alec_lewis and you can read his work at The Athletic. Royals Review Radio is available on iTunes.
Jan 20, 2022
Three Royals players who need to bounce back in 2022

Three Royals players who need to bounce back in 2022

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports We need a rebound. Every season there will be players who break out and players who disappoint, it’s a tale as old as time. Nearly all athletes have at least one ‘off year’ in their career (especially in a sport as technical as baseball) but having back-to-back disappointments could result in a trade or limited playing time for these three players. In 2022, we desperately need to see several bounce-back seasons, especially if the team is looking to compete sooner rather than later. If these few Royals can prove themselves once...
Jan 20, 2022
Royals Rumblings - News for January 20, 2022

Royals Rumblings - News for January 20, 2022

Photo by Ed Zurga/ The Royals add to their front office. Royals Rumblings - News for January 20, 2022 Jeff Montgomery recalls the 1994 work stoppage. The strike began on Aug. 12. The players’ initially thought by striking in August it would leave time to reconcile and still have a postseason. Instead, the season never resumed and the World Series didn’t take place for the first time since 1904. MLB became the first major American professional sports league to lose an entire postseason because of labor struggles. “It’s a hard one to sell publicly,”...
Jan 19, 2022
Baseball America ranks Bobby Witt, Jr. as the #3 prospect in baseball

Baseball America ranks Bobby Witt, Jr. as the #3 prospect in baseball

Bobby Witt, Jr. warms up for the Omaha Storm Chasers | Photo by Minda Haas Kuhlmann The Royals place three in the top 50, but no others. Bobby Witt, Jr. is the third-best prospect in all of baseball, according to the Baseball America off-season 2022 rankings. They named him 2021 Minor League Player of the Year, but ranked him behind Orioles catcher Adley Rustchman at #1 and Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez at #2. It is the second-highest ranking for a Royals prospect ever, behind Alex Gordon’s #2 ranking in 2007. The Royals placed two other prospects in the top 50...
Jan 19, 2022
2021 Season in Review: Brad Keller

2021 Season in Review: Brad Keller

Photo by Abbie Parr/ Which Brad Keller will we see in 2022? Brad Keller was a diamond in the rough, plucked from obscurity in the Rule 5 draft after toiling away in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. The Royals didn’t have high expectations for him, but he surprised everyone by showing good poise and a terrific ground ball rate, posting the most WAR on the pitching staff. Keller dispelled any notion his rookie season was a fluke by putting together a solid 2.2 fWAR season in 2019. In 2020, he looked even more impressive, although he was limited to just nine...
Jan 19, 2022
Royals Rumblings - News for January 19, 2022

Royals Rumblings - News for January 19, 2022

A shelter pup in one of the indoor/outdoor suites at Hearts United for Animals. The special fencing between animals lets them interact with each other without anyone getting their snoots chomped. | Minda Haas Kuhlmann It’s late January now. We’re getting there. Bobby Witt, Jr. is among the three players who Baseball America might crown as top prospect. A clear top three emerged when putting together the Top 100 ... each with a case for #1. Julio Rodriguez, Mariners: https://t.co/1jmoIqsdXxAdley Rutschman, Orioles: https://t.co/tMBYtbbUGaBobby Witt Jr., Royals:...
Jan 18, 2022
History repeats itself

History repeats itself

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports again and again... While the current Royals team is in a much better position than the team of 2010 in the win-loss column, there are still several similarities regarding the players. Over a decade ago when that last glorious wave of prospects was on the rise and waiting to come up, most of the big-league roster was secured by what we will call placeholders. First base, shortstop, third base, left field, and the catching position were all held by players who either wouldn’t be the answer long term or would have to switch positions very...