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Surprises From Surprise (BP Kansas City Episode 48)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2017/03/16/surprises-from-surprise-bp-kansas-city-episode-48.mp3 This week, a look at some surprising performers in Royals spring training. From Raul Mondesi to Jorge Bonifacio and Scott Alexander to Yender Caramo. These guys are putting themselves on the radar for opening day, or at least another look later in the year. We also talked about the injury to Salvador Perez in […]

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It’s Never Too Early to Discuss the Draft, Garrett Mitchell Edition

During the Royals playoff run in 2014, they needed to supplement their major league roster with a college player to help lengthen their bullpen. The draft of Brandon Finnegan did just that while also simultaneously giving them some product to flip the next year for an eventual trade which would help them close the deal […]

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The World Baseball Classic and Royals Camp Cuts (BP Kansas City Episode 47)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2017/03/09/the-world-baseball-classic-and-royals-camp-cuts-bp-kansas-city-episode-47.mp3 The Royals’ big league camp is thinning out this week, as they made their first big cut, sending numerous players to minor league camp. Along with that, others are joining their countrymen for the World Baseball Classic. Jeff and Mike discussed both topics in this episode, including thoughts about the importance of the WBC, […]

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MLB Draft Nine Innings with Jacob Heatherly

In the latest of our interview series at BPKC, I had a chance to interview Alabama High School pitcher Jacob Heatherly, a player I highlighted earlier this year in our It’s Never Too Early draft series. The young lefty has made himself into a top draft prospect after competing at a high level in a […]

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Regarding Quite a Lot of Pitchers (And Hosmer!) – BP KC Episode 45

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2017/02/23/regarding-quite-a-lot-of-pitchers-and-hosmer–bp-kc-episode-45.mp3 After two weeks off, we have returned to talk about a slew of signings that add depth and intrigue to the Royals’ pitching staff this spring. We discussed Seth Maness and his miracle surgery, Jason Hammel and his value, Travis Wood and Nathan Karns and the starting rotation battle, as well as youngsters Matt […]

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Predicting Minor League Breakout Performers

Before we know where players will be assigned, let’s take a quick look at who may be on the verge of a breakout based on their performances one season ago. Not really a breakout candidate after last year but I expect Storm Chaser’s Hunter Dozier to improve on his solid season at Triple-A. Look to a […]

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It’s Never Too Early to Discuss the Draft, Jacob Heatherly Edition

LHP 6’3 200 lbs  5/20/1998 Perfect Game All-American Cullman HS; Cullman, AL It’s no secret the Dayton Moore led Royals have had difficulties developing high school pitchers from the MLB Draft. Developing major league pitching from the prep ranks is one of the most difficult things to do via the draft for any team, but […]

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It’s Never Too Early to Discuss the Draft, Michael Gigliotti Edition

The announcement of Danny Duffy’s contract on Monday has positioned the Royals in decent shape going forward in terms of their pitching rotation, having Yordano Ventura, Duffy and possibly Ian Kennedy inked through 2020. With three-fifths of the rotation in place, the Royals hopefully can develop the last one or two pieces to keep future cost down. […]

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Shaking Up The Band (BP Kansas City Episode 41)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2017/01/12/shaking-up-the-band-bp-kansas-city-episode-41.mp3 So after a pretty quiet offseason, the Royals started to make a few moves. In the last week, the big move was trading longtime Royal Jarrod Dyson to Seattle for right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns. As a fan, it’s a tough move because Dyson has been in the organization so long and has had so […]