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Royals Rumblings – News for February 6, 2020
Royals Reporter writes that Danny Duffy could be a key for the Royals in 2020.
However, Duffy’s advanced metrics hint that Duffy was starting to develop a better feel on the mound in 2019, which could bode good things for 2020. His second-half 4.52 FIP was better than 4.97 FIP in the first half, and he also posted a better second half K/BB ratio in the second half (3.18) than the first half (2.10), highlighted by a nice bump in strikeout rate (18.9 to 23.2, respectively). This was mostly helped by a solid last month of play, where he posted a 2.37 ERA and 3.61 FIP over 30.1 IP in September/October.
Clint Scoles at Royals Academy profiles prospect Daniel Tillo.
The move to the bullpen should fast forward his career as he will be able to lean primarily on the two pitches that are near 60 grade. The stuff looks more dominant in that relief role, getting the fastball to 96-97 mph while using the slider effectively next to the increased velocity. It wouldn’t shock me if he found even more velo in the future. The slider as seen in the video above is mirrored extremely well with the fastball, back footing right-handed hitters while sliding away from lefties. Both pitches are used well low in the zone and should have no problem inducing ground ball contact while also beating hitters in and out of the zone.
Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman has questions before spring training begins.
The latest Royals Farm Report podcast features Burlington Royals GM Mikie Morrison.
The city of Burlington, North Carolina passes a resolution opposing MLB’s proposal to eliminate minor league teams like the B-Royals.
Royals first base prospect Vinnie Pasquantino talks about his first pro season on the Old Dominion Baseball podcast.
The Rockies sign Ubaldo Jimenez and former Royals pitcher Tim Collins to minor league deals.
Why Red Sox fans shouldn’t be angry about the Mookie Betts trade.
Even rich teams are trying to operate like the Rays.
Has a great team ever upgraded as much as the Dodgers did this winter?
Pete Rose uses the Astros saga as a rationale to apply for reinstatement.
USA Today predicts the 2020 standings, with the Royals at 65 wins.
How the American League went from a minor league to a Major League.
It is NBA trade rumor season.
Spotify buys The Ringer.
Doctors try to go viral on TikTok.
Disney doesn’t seem concerned about putting out the amount of content Netflix does.
What was the weirdest Oscars ever?
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