Jacob Heatherly

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 […]

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Small Moves, Big Impact? (BP Kansas City Episode 40)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2017/01/05/small-moves-big-impact-bp-kansas-city-episode-40.mp3 The Royals were a little busier over the last week, reportedly signing pitchers Bobby Parnell and Jonathan Sanchez – yes, that Jonathan Sanchez – to minor league deals. Then they traded a minor league pitcher for catcher-turned-outfielder-slash-likely DH Peter O’Brien. We talked about how likely any of these moves are to impact the 2017 […]

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Deck the Halls (of Fame) – (BP KC Episode 39)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2016/12/22/deck-the-halls-of-fame–bp-kc-episode-39.mp3 While the hot stove cools off for the holidays, the baseball world seems preoccupied with Hall of Fame ballots. So we discussed our views on baseball’s Hall of Fame and who on this year’s ballot deserves to make it and how we’d vote. In our second segment, we pivoted to discuss the Royals Hall […]

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Prospecting the Royals, Tier 3 (Mining The Diamonds)

After checking out a few of the higher profile players in the system (here’s Part One and Part Two), now it’s time to review  a few others that need to fine tune some things to reach the bigs. These nine guys currently in the system have multiple tools to lean on, but either need to switch […]

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How Do You Spell Relief? (BP KC Episode 38)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2016/12/15/how-do-you-spell-relief-bp-kc-episode-38.mp3 The rumor mill has stopped churning out tidbits for now, so Jeff and Mike made a wishlist of three relievers each who they’d like to see the Royals go after this offseason. We weighed some pros and cons for each and wondered if the payroll freed up by the Wade Davis trade would allow […]

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Hasta La Vista, Wader (BP KC Episode 37)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2016/12/08/hasta-la-vista-wader-bp-kc-episode-37.mp3 It was hinted and suggested and assumed, and then it was finalized. Wade Davis was traded for Jorge Soler. We discussed the way the market developed, the implications of the move, Soler’s potential, Davis’s history, and where it leaves the Royals. Then we continued to talk about some Jarrod Dyson rumors and his sneaky […]

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The CBA and You (BP KC Episode 36)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2016/12/02/the-cba-and-you-bp-kc-episode-36.mp3 Baseball avoided another work stoppage and agreed to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and while it’s not dramatically different, there are notable differences from the system you may have gotten used to over the past five years of the current agreement. So we covered those details and ins and outs, and related them to […]