The Royals will be making a pretty major decision today. The move they make could have a pretty sizable impact on the team’s chances this season, so I’m sure most of you will be glued to your computer screens all morning, until the Royals officially announce if they’ll be calling up Francisley Bueno or Spencer Patton from Omaha. Oh, and I guess everyone will probably be curious to find out if Mike Moustakas gets demoted or not. Until that announcement comes, here are some links from around the electronic pages of the internet.
- Over at the Royals’ team site, there is a terrific article from Dick Kaegel on Jarrod Dyson and his long journey to become a big league ball player. As a 50th round pick and a guy that is one of the more entertaining players to watch, it’s impossible not to root for Dyson. His speed is obviously incredible, but he’s made so many strides in other aspects of his game, and for him to be in the position he’s in today is quite an impressive feat.
- Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs wrote an article on Eric Hosmer and his baserunning gaffes this season. Hosmer’s made 7 outs on the bases this season, and Sullivan goes over each play individually. While Hosmer isn’t a particularly good baserunner, the author makes an argument that some of those baserunning outs have been the result of bad luck, and that they should balance out a bit more as the season progresses.
- Baseball Prospectus has been publishing scouting reports on several top prospects around the game, and CJ Wittman happened to write one on Hunter Dozier (there are others in the link, but Dozier’s is near the bottom). Wittman is a big fan of Dozier’s ability, and despite a slow start to the season, he still has a lot of potential in this organization.
- In other prospect news, Grading on the Curve’s Shaun Kernahan has a nice little report on Orlando Calixte from a few days before Calixte’s season debut for Northwest Arkansas. His first couple of games have been terrific, and with R.A. Mondesi nipping at his heels, Calixte will need to continue to develop.
- At The Hardball Times, Dan Farnsworth did some excellent research on swing mechanics from a handful of different players, looking for similarities and differences. Part of the comparison involved small players like the Royals’ Nori Aoki, and breaking down his swing next to players like Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout. There are some terrific slow-motion .gifs in the article to help illustrate the author’s findings.