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Old 04-06-2018, 09:18 PM  
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2018 MLB Draft Picks
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#33 - Compensation (Eric Hosmer)
#34 - Compensation (Lorenzo Cain)
#40 (Competitive Balance Round A)

018 Draft Names to Watch

RHP Kumar Rocker, N Oconnee HS, Georgia.
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OF Jarred Kelenic, Waukasha West HS, WI
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1B Triston Casas, American Heritage HS (FL).
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RHP Carter Stewart, Eau de Gallie HS (Ga).
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ANY Any, Any (Any). Any current top projected pick who slides for injury concerns. Includes current top prospect prospect SP Brady Singer, U of Florida.

Current Prospects to Watch:

OF Seuly Matias - Huge tools. Hit 2 HR in Lexington (A) season opener.

1B Nick Pratto - Top pick in 17 has advanced approach and good glove; needs to start tapping into power in first full year in minors. Also at Lexington.

OF Michael Gigliotti - Good defender in CF, good OBP skills, plus baserunner. Next mainstay in CF for KC, IMO. Advanced college bat also starting at Lexington.

OF Khalil Lee - Probably has highest upside in Royals' system. Could hit 30 HR in majors, could steal 30 bases. Plus defensive ability in RF. Nice test at Wilmington this year.

3B Emmanuel Rivera - Really nice approach and good contact skills. Power is still developing. Also getting a good test at Wilmington.

SP Foster Griffin - Made nice strides in 2017. Needs to continue to progress in 2018. Could be a lefty version of Jakob Junis (good breaking ball that he can really manipulate, OK fastball, good command).

1B Samir Duenez - Duenez still is intriguing, hoping for a step forward in his power production this year at Northwest Arkansas, which would turn him into a legit prospect.

Others to keep an eye on:
SP Gerson Garabito (Wilmington), OF Marten Gasparini (Lexington), C MJ Melendez (Lexington), RP Tyler Zuber (lexington), RP Richard Lovelady (Omaha), SP Dan Tillo (Lexington), SS Nicky Lopez (NWA), SP Scott Blewett (NWA), OF Brewer Hicklen (Idaho Falls),

In general, Lexington and Wilmington are the most interesting spots to watch. Nice depth and a lot of interesting pieces at both.
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:16 PM   #886
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It's getting seriously difficult to maintain any sort of interest. They are lifeless and the lineup is punch less. Gordon had shown signs of life and now is reverting to 2017 form. Players are coming up injured and starting pitching is terrible.

Trying to remember 2014 and 2015...
Gordo’s been solid the last two games. As hard as it is, losing like this is the best case scenario. GMDM needs to be absolutely convinced that our only option is to sell our assets this year.

Herrera + Moose to the Braves is something we should all hope for.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:13 PM   #887
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I love Baseball, so I’ll keep watching. I obviously didn’t see this kind of collapse coming. Still surprised they’re this bad.

Still see the positives in Merrifield and Herrera and Moustakas developing max trade value for themselves, Soler emerging, Junis, Jason Adam, Brad Keller.

I’m excited to see Mondesi later this year, and possibly Staumont and Lovelady. And to see what happens in the draft.

They’ve been connected a lot recently to Jordyn Adams, a dynamic athlete with a football commitment to North Carolina (WR). He’s a crazy athlete win Buxton/Trout like physical skills.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:26 PM   #888
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When's the earliest we can put Kennedy on an iceberg and send him out to sea?
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:45 PM   #889
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When's the earliest we can put Kennedy on an iceberg and send him out to sea?
October 2020.
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:20 AM   #890
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When's the earliest we can put Kennedy on an iceberg and send him out to sea?
Anytime.
But, it would be an expensive iceberg before Oct 2020.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:51 PM   #891
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Anytime.
But, it would be an expensive iceberg before Oct 2020.
Much worse than the Gordon contract.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:52 PM   #892
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Much worse than the Gordon contract.
AND he cost us a pick. Allard Moore makes some great decisions.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:59 PM   #893
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Much worse than the Gordon contract.
Tend to agree.
At least Gordon is batting .275.
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:23 PM   #894
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Can anyone point to many moves by Moore that have worked out in recent years? It seems to me that anytime he does something, the exact opposite turns out to have been a better choice.
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Can anyone point to many moves by Moore that have worked out in recent years? It seems to me that anytime he does something, the exact opposite turns out to have been a better choice.
Re-signing Mike Moustakas for $6 mil
Trading for Jorge Soler
Development of Whit Merrifield
Development of Jake Junis
Trading for cash for Brad Keller as a Rule 5 pick.
Salvador Perez is still on a very team friendly contract and will be for this year and the next 3 years.
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:47 PM   #896
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Re-signing Mike Moustakas for $6 mil
Trading for Jorge Soler
Development of Whit Merrifield
Development of Jake Junis
Trading for cash for Brad Keller as a Rule 5 pick.
Salvador Perez is still on a very team friendly contract and will be for this year and the next 3 years.
Those are alright I suppose, but to me the failures far outweigh the successes.

- Giving away Jose Martinez for nothing.
-Not trading Duffy
- Signing Gordon and Kennedy
- Horrible in the draft

I really hope I'm wrong, but despite having 4 top 40 picks I have absolutely no faith in any substance coming from this draft. I also have little faith in getting any substantial return at the trade deadline.
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Kennedy’s winning percentage with the Royals is .378. That would be 61-101 for a season. I’m not able to see what KC’s winning percentage is in games that he has started, but I’d imagine it is a little higher. He seams to be really bad early. Did he really only face 4 batters last year after throwing 60 pitches?

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Those are alright I suppose, but to me the failures far outweigh the successes.

- Giving away Jose Martinez for nothing.
- Not trading Duffy
- Signing Gordon and Kennedy
- Horrible in the draft

I really hope I'm wrong, but despite having 4 top 40 picks I have absolutely no faith in any substance coming from this draft. I also have little faith in getting any substantial return at the trade deadline.
Remember that they traded away 5 minor league pitchers in 2015 for Zobrist and Cueto. They also traded away AJ Puckett, another Royals draft pick, last year for Melky Cabrera when they were trying to put together another playoff run. Even though Manaea is the only one that's really panning out, they were still mortgaging the future with those trades and now the Royals are getting the receipt for that with an empty farm system.
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