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Old 12-11-2012, 09:59 AM  
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2013 Kansas City Royals Repository Thread

Proposed 2013 Slogan: Tigers: They're what's for dinner
Actual 2013 Slogan: Come to Play
A better, more accurate, or alternative slogan: All in, no panic, we promise.

Dayton Moore has pushed all his chips in and is riding on King/Jack suited, hoping it comes together, he gets some good luck, and he hits the nuts by the river card. There's potential, oh yes, there's potential. There's also risk.

At the midway point, Dayton is left counting on the river card. The flop and turn didn't help him, and he's looking at the Tigers holding a pair of Queens and the Indians holding a pair of 9s. His 2013 plan hasn't failed - yet - but the odds are not in his favor.

Burning questions updates below.

Burning Questions for 2013:

1) Will the improve rotation be improved enough? Does James Shields pitch like a fringe No. 1 away from Tampa Bay? Does Ervin Santana pitch to his highest upside in his walk year? Can Jeremy Guthrie build on his strong performance as a Royal in 2012? Can Wade Davis bring his new mentality- and velocity - back to the rotation?

Midseason check-in: Yes, the rotation is certainly improved enough. Shields has pitched like a fringe No. 1 and Santana is having his best season. Guthrie has horrible peripherals but has continued to perform well at his home park and eat innings on the road. Davis brought neither his kick-ass mentality or improved velocity back to the rotation and is in Luke Hochevar/Hiram Davies territory.

2) When will Luke Hochevar be shown the door?
Midseason check-in: It appears, never, at this point. Hochevar has been solid in non-leverage situations, though pretty much every time he has been used with men on base in an inning, it has been a disaster.

3) Does Hosmer bounce back?
Midseason check-in: It took some time, but Hosmer's performance from June 1 on is probably the most encouraging thing about the 2013 season so far.
4) Can Moustakas hit for a whole season like he did in the first half of 2012?
Midseason check-in: Nope. Moustakas was god-awful, then great for about 3 weeks, then god-awful again. He has been better since he started working with Brett and Grafol but still has a long way to go.
5) Who regresses?
Midseason check-in: Welp, Alicides Escobar is not a surprising name here (though Yost's stubborn insistence on hitting him second is ridiculous). Billy Butler is a surprise. He isn't having a terrible year - still contributing a lot to the offense - but he's not hitting for the average or power he has displayed over the past several years.
6) Who plays 2B?
Midseason check-in: A whole bunch of people, and not that great. Gio is at least getting a shot, though he once again is not doing much with it.
7) Can Jeff Francoeur be at least replacement level, rather than epic horrible level?
Midseason check-in: Hahahahahahahahahahaha
8) Will Dayton Moore survive to see 2014?
Midseason check-in: Outlook uncertain. Probably still around, unless the team completely tanks in the second half and he does something foolish. My guess - he sacrifices Ned Yost this offseason and gets one more shot with a new manager in 2014.
9) Will Danny Duffy come back healthy? And if he does, is he the same, better or worse?
Midseason check-in: Yes. Velocity looks the same, and it looks likely he is the same guy as before.
10) And the big one: Has KC added enough to run down the big-money Detroit Tigers?
Midseason check-in: Doesn't look like it, does it?

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Old 07-25-2013, 10:43 AM   #7546
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The team is loaded with guys that are small and hit singles. They don't need any more of them. If they are going to look for someone to add in the OF, then David Lough is going to be the guy that goes every time. They aren't getting a lot of power from adding a guy at 2B and I don't think Gordon, Moose or Hosmer are going anywhere anytime soon.
The team is loaded with guys who are supposed to hit for power. Faulting Lough for their lack of production is silly, given he has been pretty consistent. But that is besides the point and is really just an opinion on how to build the team.

You said Lough isn't an everyday RF. What are you basing that off of? If you mean simply because THIS team needs more power, then fine, but that is really what I said initially, to which I would disagree that Lough is not an everyday RF. He obviously isn't proven yet, but he has earned a chance to prove it.
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:43 AM   #7547
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But our self-constructed window closes after next season, thanks to Dayton ****ing Moore.

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I am speculating on what I think should be done for the betterment of the franchise (I'm here for life), not what I think GMDipshit will do.
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:45 AM   #7548
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The Dodgers (Joe Pederson) make some sense, as does Nick Castellanos of the Tigers. The Marlins also have an OF logjam and might be willing to move Justin Ruggiano. The only other team with position player logjam (the Rangers) probably just took care of a big piece of it.

The Royals Brett Eibner also bears watching... since June 1, he is:

.268/.333/.541

with 11 HR, 6 3B and 8 2B

It's the first time he has really succeeded as a hitter. It's possible the light has gone on for a guy with huge upside and RH power. It's also possible it's just a hot streak that doesn't mean anything.
I was surprised how slow a start Eibner had in the Minors system, given he was coming from college. At 24, his light needs to keep coming on if he wants to have a legit shot at the MLB level.
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:46 AM   #7549
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At this point is Eibner going to be a ML Thirdbaseman or is he gonna be making a position switch before he gets here?
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:49 AM   #7550
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The team is loaded with guys who are supposed to hit for power. Faulting Lough for their lack of production is silly, given he has been pretty consistent. But that is besides the point and is really just an opinion on how to build the team.

You said Lough isn't an everyday RF. What are you basing that off of? If you mean simply because THIS team needs more power, then fine, but that is really what I said initially, to which I would disagree that Lough is not an everyday RF. He obviously isn't proven yet, but he has earned a chance to prove it.
If they bring in another OF, who gets replaced?

What team brings in David Lough to replace one of their outfielders?
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:57 AM   #7551
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I was surprised how slow a start Eibner had in the Minors system, given he was coming from college. At 24, his light needs to keep coming on if he wants to have a legit shot at the MLB level.
He can hit for power, but I thought they should see if he can still pitch not too long ago. Hope this hot streak sticks.
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Eibner's bat has been slow to progress because he was a two-way player at Arkansas. A lot of times, those guys take more time to develop. He is starting to hit, and it was at pretty much the last minute. He had few chances left.

RH power like his is rare, especially when packaged with a guy who plays a GREAT CF/RF.
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Eibner's bat has been slow to progress because he was a two-way player at Arkansas. A lot of times, those guys take more time to develop. He is starting to hit, and it was at pretty much the last minute. He had few chances left.

RH power like his is rare, especially when packaged with a guy who plays a GREAT CF/RF.

He's also been hurt off and on, hasn't he?
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If they bring in another OF, who gets replaced?

What team brings in David Lough to replace one of their outfielders?
Lough is doing better than Cain. But before we worry about throwing money or prospects at the outfield, we have much bigger concerns in 2B and most likely starting pitching.

I am not going to look through every team's roster, but you can't try to tell me with a straight face that there are teams out there that couldn't use Lough right away and replace either their LF or RF. He is batting nearly .300, plays good defense, has speed, and has a WAR of 2.1 or 1.2 (depending on the sourece) on the season.
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