A collection of links for you this evening including some AL Central previews, the Twins, Brian Anderson, Jose Guillen, the Omaha Royals, and two articles related to the Royals Opening Day loss.
Big League Stew: AL Central Preview: Will a third straight tiebreaker be needed?
Baseball Musings: AL Central Preview
Ben Badler of Baseball America: Which Prospects Have Impressed: AL Central
Sweetspot by Rob Neyer: Twins thrive without sabermetrics
Royals Review: What is Brian Anderson Doing?
Baseball Musings: Players A to Z, Jose Guillen
MiLB.com recently did a quick preview of the Pacific Coast League which included this nugget.
"The Royals rotation likely will be anchored by Gaby Hernandez, who was claimed off waivers in early March. The 23-year-old right-hander went 10-9 with a 5.23 ERA in 26 starts for Tacoma last season."
I know that it’s not breaking news that the upper levels of the Royals system lacks talent, but reading those two sentences made me feel like I had been slapped in the face. A guy that they just claimed off waivers, with a 5.84 in 211.1 Triple-A innings, is going to “anchor” the Omaha rotation.
Some quick reactions from today’s game:
FanGraphs’ dropped That Was Quick and Will with Royals Review provided, Same Old Bumbling Royals Fall to Tigers on Opening Day.