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Royals Links: Ned Yost, Wilmington's Prospects, TV Schedule, & More

Other than the start of spring training games, this last week wasn’t all that eventful. The Royals didn’t make any moves, and the biggest news out of camp was the retirement announcement of a guy who wasn’t going to make the big league roster anyway. Even with a lack of news, there are always neat things to read on the internet, so let’s do that now.

- Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star wrote an excellent piece on Ned Yost, going into detail on Yost’s personality, his past failures, and how he’s had to adapt his managing style to fit this current crop of players. Yost takes a lot of heat from fans (probably too much), and I’m certainly not saying he’s without fault, but I did enjoy reading this to get a better understanding of who he is.

- FOX Sports Kansas City’s Jeffrey Flanagan outlined a handful of big-name prospects who will be playing at High-A Wilmington this season, including 5 of the team’s top 10 prospects. Needless to say, if you get a chance to head to Frawley Stadium this summer, do it.

- Speaking of Wilmington, another guy who will be playing there this season is Terrance Gore. Gore’s not a top prospect, because he can’t do too much with the bat. What he can do, however, is run really, really, ridiculously fast. See: this video, posted by Nathaniel Stoltz, who writes for Fangraphs. He goes from home to third on that triple in about 11 seconds. That’s what 80 speed looks like.

- Flanagan wrote another article at FSKC, but this one detailed the news that a franchise record 156 games would be televised on either FSKC or FOX Sports 1. Of the 6 non-televised games, none will come after August 14, meaning any potential push to the playoffs will be televised for Royals’ fans all over the region. I’m not that old, and I remember a time when less than 50 games were on TV, so the fact that I’ll get to watch nearly every single game this year makes me absolutely giddy. Plus, MLB Network could possibly pick up any of those games not currently on the television schedule. For a guy who lives three hours away from Kauffman Stadium, this is simply fantastic news.

- Some other fantastic news broke over the weekend regarding a new system MLB Advanced Media has developed for tracking individual plays. It won’t be fully operational in every ballpark until 2015, but they will be using technology to track things such as a fielder’s route to a fly ball, the batted ball’s arc, and the acceleration of the fielder. The full story, including a video of an example of this technology, can be found here. This is huge, and there are so many areas in which this advancement will be useful. I’m very excited to see if the data will be for public use, because if so, we’ll have access to even more information that can help in player evaluation. More information is always good.

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  • jimfetterolf

    Wilmington is interesting, probably the best predictor for position success in the majors. Moose didn’t do well there, as I recall, while Hosmer destroyed it.

    • moretrouble

      No offense intended, but there isn’t one place that predicts success more than any other. The Royals, like many MLB teams, run only one team at each level beyond rookie ball. I think the Royals ran four rookie teams last year. What fans don’t see are the extraordinary number of cuts between the Rookie and A level to accommodate the draft.

      Different organizations have differing philosophies about how to manage their minor league system, but the two most important promotions are the first one — from rookie to A ball, and the last one — from AAA to the MLB . In between, it’s a numbers game of how many players they want to keep versus open roster spots available.

      • jimfetterolf

        Wilmington has a grown-up sized park that develops good habits in minor league hitters. Bat boys hit .300 at Omaha and many hitters get bad habits there. Royals would be better off with their AAA club in Wilmington, I think.

        • moretrouble

          I don’t think the park has anything to do with developing good hitting habits.

          • jimfetterolf

            For a little league park like Springdale or Omaha, the natural tendency is to elevate swing and go for the fences. Take the swing to the bigs and you get Gio going back to the dugout saying, “That would have been out in Omaha.” The K is built for a Ted Williams swing and hitting line drives where the ball is pitched,

          • moretrouble

            You’re entitled to your opinion and it probably plays well with people who don’t know much about ball. But, I’d be careful saying that stuff around people who know what the pro scene actually is like.

            I mean, they’ll listen to you and be polite, of course; they won’t tell you flat out you’re wrong. But, it will be a very short conversation, LOL.

          • jimfetterolf

            If you don’t understand swing adjustments for parks and hitters’ abilities, you probably shouldn’t pretend to be a coach and try to patronize me. All due respect :) Moose is just the latest example of a Werner monster being retooled into a Seitzer hitter. Hosmer went through that last year, Gordon in earlier years, transitioning from a moon-shot highlight reel hitter to a Charlie Lau hitter whose homers are accidents. Ted Williams wrote a book on swing plane. Frenchy never read it.

          • moretrouble

            Whoa, big guy. I guess I struck a nerve. Ease up just a bit. Hey…say whatever you want here, but let’s be real honest here.

            You read, “The Science of Hitting,” — Great! You read, “The Art of Hitting .300,” — Great! Does that mean you know what you’re talking about — No, it doesn’t.

            But, let’s be factual here: None of KC’s minor league parks are “little league.” NONE.

            Kauffman Stadium was not built for a Ted Williams swing. FACT.

            No one in a KC dugout says, “That would have been out in Omaha.” Especially someone like Giavotella. Do you know what players actually say in dugouts? NOT MUCH. They shut the “F” up.

            And, just so you know — in the minor leagues, players do whatever they’re told to do — nothing else. It’s a job; it’s a career; they’re being paid to play. They do whatever they’re asked to do or they’re released.

            Just stop with the fantasy stuff, ok?