David Lesky at Contained in the Crown has his tackle the pitching coach search.
A number of days in the past on Twitter, we get the eyeballs emoji from Brian Bannister. It wasn’t in response to something. It was simply there. That, after all, made individuals speculate. It additionally got here proper when USC defeated UCLA in soccer, so the sensible cash is on that, however I hadn’t realized that within the second as a result of I noticed the tweet a day later and it made me ask round a bit bit and, sure, the Royals are nonetheless all for Bannister from what I’ve heard. And sure, Bannister continues to be within the Royals from what I’ve heard. A holdup may very well be that MLB had a rule final 12 months that with out an exemption, unvaccinated coaches couldn’t be with their groups (bear in mind final 12 months’s rule, I couldn’t care much less about your ideas on Covid or the vaccine, this text is about baseball). Bannister isn’t vaccinated. So my concept, primarily based on nothing anybody has informed me, is that they’re ready to seek out out if that rule will nonetheless exist in 2023.
Who have been the high defenders in line with Statcast this 12 months?
Utility: Nicky Lopez, Royals
+14 Outs Above Common
Baseball’s high total fielder in 2021 as a shortstop, Lopez break up his time between brief and second for Kansas Metropolis in 2022 and was nonetheless wonderful as a middle-infield hybrid. Lopez’s +14 OAA made him a top-10 fielder total in MLB.
MLB.com highlights some prospects faring properly in winter ball.
Maikel Garcia, SS, Tiburones de La Guaira (VZ)
After making a pair of Main League cameos in July and August — he was a stable 7-for-22 with a double and two RBIs — Garcia joined the Tiburones (Sharks) for the third winter in a row. The LVBP is undoubtedly a hitters’ league, however the 22-year-old has been among the many circuit’s greatest, rating first in runs scored and second in RBIs (behind MLB veteran Hernán Pérez) to complement a .316/.422/.526 slash in 24 video games. Throughout 71 video games within the three seasons he’s performed for La Guaira, Garcia is hitting .332 with 43 RBIs.
Carlos Collazo at Baseball America has his Royals draft report card.
Greatest Fastball: The Royals have quite a lot of pitchers within the 2022 draft class with intriguing fastball traits: RHP Mack Anglin (7) has one of many more durable fastballs, touching higher 90s commonly, along with having excessive uncooked spin charges on the pitch; LHP Ryan Ramsey (13) doesn’t have the speed—he pitches 88-90 mph and touches 94—however he will get tons of driving life and round 20 inches of induced vertical break that enables the pitch to play up; RHP Mason Barnett (3) has a 93-95 mph fastball with a flat strategy angle; and RHP Brandon Johnson (9) sat round 94 mph with 20 inches of induced vertical break in a quick professional debut.
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The Pirates signal former Royals first baseman Carlos Santana to a one-year, $6.7 million contract.
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The Rays are all for Oakland catcher Sean Murphy and free agent outfielder Brandon Nimmo.
Former Royals farmhand Blake Perkins will get a MLB contract from the Brewers.
The Mets and Yankees are cleared in MLB’s collusion inquiry over Aaron Choose’s free company.
Some under-the-radar free brokers that may very well be a discount.
An early take a look at subsequent 12 months’s free agent class.
Dan Szymborski has further early ZIPS projected standings with the Royals at 74 wins.
The Pirates are attempting to remodel their infield.
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