Rafael Soriano: The Last Man Standing

At this point, it only makes sense to talk about Rafael Soriano. That’s not something you hear every day, but it makes sense to talk about Rafael Soriano because these are the remaining names that currently populate our free agent depth charts: Ryan Doumit Brett Hayes Lyle Overbay Rafael Furcal Chris Nelson Scott Hairston Tony […]
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Catchers

In 2014, there was a lot of confusion behind the plate on days that Yan Gomes didn’t start. The Indians began the year with none but Carlos Santana, who was also the starting third baseman, available as the reserve catcher, but it didn’t take long for that plan to fail. In addition, George Kottaras, Roberto Perez and Chris Gimenez picked up starts down the line with Perez eventually...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians sign four to minor-league deals

The Indians have signed four players to minor-league deals with non-roster invitations for spring training. All of the signings are likely to end up at Triple-A Columbus. Two are catchers. Brett Hayes spent most of last season in Kansas City before going to Triple-A Omaha for the final month. Hayes has appeared in 175 games in the majors over the past six seasons and has a .209 career...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough AAA Championship edition.

HR CALL: Cheslor Cuthbert (3) , Brett Hayes (4) Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Brett Hayes 2-4  2 R  2B  HR  2 RBI  Omaha Storm Chasers 4                   Pawtucket Red Sox 2One pitch into the Christian Binford's first AAA start it looked bad as Rusney Castillo hit it over the wall in left center, but Binford and the team would settle in and pick up...
Via Pine Tar Press
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough – AAA Championship Game

Photo Minda HaasOmaha Storm Chasers hottest starter, Aaron Brooks took the hill for Omaha in the deciding fifth game of the AAA championship game Sunday versus the Reno Aces. The Chasers right-handed starter had caught fire during the past month winning his last six starts with slightly over a 1.40 ERA to pace the Chasers through the playoffs and finish to the regular season. On...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 09.13.14

HR CALL: Brian Bocock (1,2), Pedro Ciriaco (1), Brett Hayes (1), Brett Eibner (1)  Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Brian Bocock 3-4   2 R  2 HR  3 RBI  Omaha Storm Chasers 11          Reno Aces 2            Series tied 2-2The Chasers offense slugged their way to a series tie. Fallin behind 1-0 in the 3rd, the Chasers would score 9 unanswered runs in...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 09.09.14

HR CALL: None Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Aaron Brooks  7.0 IP  4 H  2 R  1 BB  5 K  Omaha Storm Chasers 6                  Reno Aces 2                Chasers lead series 1-0Aaron Brooks once again pitched great as the Chasers jumped out to a series lead.  The offense jumped on Aces' starter Clayton Richard and chased him out of the game...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 09.04.14

Despite some late hitting and strong pitching Omaha saw their series tied up while Idaho Falls finished off their season.HR CALL: Whit Merrifield (2), Marten Gasparini (1), Luis Valenzuela (2)  Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Clayton Mortensen 5.0 IP  1 H  1 R  0 ER  0 BB  8 K   Omaha Storm Chasers 3                   Memphis Redbirds 4        ...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 08.30.14

While Omaha kept their playoff hopes alive, Wilmington and Idaho Falls saw their playoff dreams falter. The Affiliates would go 2-5.HR CALL: Whit Merrifield (3), Matt Fields (26, 27), Cheslor Cuthbert (2), Brett Hayes (3), Brian Fletcher (5), Brett Eibner (1), Kenny Diekroeger (5) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Luis Santos 5.1 IP  3 H  0 R  0BB  4 K Pine Tar Press Hitter...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 08.28.14

The Affilaites would go 3-4 as the season winds down.HR CALL: Johnny Giavotella (6), Brett Hayes (2), Orlando Calixte (11), Humberto Arteaga (1), Kenny Diekroeger (4), Joshua Banuelos (3), Mike Hill (3) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Aaron Brooks 7.0 IP   2 H  0 R   1 BB  7 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Johnny Giavotella  3-4  2 R  2B  HR  3 RBI [caption id...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 08.08.14

A good day for the Affiliates going 5-3.HR Call: Justin Maxwell (8), Brett Hayes (1),  Zane Evans (4), Raul Mondesi (3), Leland Clemmons (2) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Glenn Sparkman 6.2 IP  5 H  1 R   1 BB 10 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Cheslor Cuthbert 4-7 R  2 2B  RBI  BB  SB  Omaha Storm Chasers 6               Colorado Springs Sky Sox 2  ...
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals' hack-first-ask-questions-later approach simply not working

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It is well documented that the Royals are baseball's most impatient offensive team. Though the Royals don't hit for power (last in baseball with 62 homers) and therefore need all the baserunners they can get to score runs, they simply refuse to walk. They are last in all of baseball in walks (256) and walk percentage (6.2 percent). And if you go deeper into the...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals trade Valencia, designate Hayes for assignment

BOSTON -- The Toronto Blue Jays have traded right-hander Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Kansas City Royals for infielder Danny Valencia. The deal between playoff contenders was announced as the Blue Jays were starting their game in Boston on Monday night. The 29-year-old Valencia hit .282 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 36 games for Kansas City. He also has played for...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Ride Big Seventh Inning, Win Game 5-2

Round one of Verlander vs. Chen goes to Yordano Ventura. Technically, Yordano Ventura got the win, but Bruce Chen gave us 5.1 innings of decent work. In his first start off the DL, Chen only allowed two earned runs, and struck out two batters. While this does not qualify as a quality start, for Bruce this was certainly quality. Royals pitchers haven’t quite figured out Austin Jackson...
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July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers at Kansas City Royals: Series Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers are catching the Kansas City Royals at just the right time. Having just won 10-straight, the Royals have regressed, and are now on a streak of a different kind. Kansas City will look to get back on track with this upcoming series against the Dodgers. Game 1: Jeremy Guthrie (4-6. 3.86 ERA) vs. Zach Grienke (9-3, 2.57) Welcome back, Zach. Long time, no see....
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays hammer Royals' 'B' squad, 12-2

This would be acceptable. If it was March. And this one indeed had all the markings of a bad spring training game: The Royals started a rookie pitcher, and followed him with another rookie pitcher, neither of which figure into the Royals' plans in 2014. Oh, and throw in a classic spring "B" lineup as manager Ned Yost needed to rest center fielder Lorenzo Cain, catcher Sal Perez and...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

As Astros complete sweep of Royals, fans left to wonder ‘What’s Next?’

Just nine days ago, the Kansas City Royals were coming off a thrilling comeback win over the Baltimore Orioles and were in search of their third straight win. With the Chicago White Sox coming to town, at least two out of three wins seemed to be a lock. In the series opener, the Royals quickly jumped out to a 5-0 first-inning lead and they appeared primed to climb up to two wins...
Via Royals Blue
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals' ship keeps sinking but hey, it was a nice day at The K

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Manager Ned Yost is a man searching and almost begging for answers these days. Yost's team just got swept by the lowly Astros, the latest a 9-3 dud on Wednesday afternoon. Asked if his team was a little embarrassed, Yost said, "Yeah, they outplayed. That's why I was so frustrated (Tuesday) night." The Royals have lost seven of nine and have fallen to a season...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Much Needed Lineup Changes

After yesterdays embarrassing display of offense, Ned Yost has made a few much needed changes to his lineup. Alcides Escobar is no longer batting 2nd. In the last 7 games, Esky has batted .200, while going 5-25 in that span. Overall, it seems that Escobar is far more productive in the 8/9 spot. Batting 2nd tonight, Eric Hosmer. In the last 7 games, Hos is batting just .125. During...
Via Royals Blue
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Mixed Bag

  Execs Scouting - ESPN's Keith Law tweeted out that the White Sox contingent was in heavy force Aaron Nola's last outing at the SEC tourney. You'll tend to hear a lot of that type of stuff as the draft approaches and it gives you a decent interpretation of who teams may draft. With that said I am fairly certain I saw one upper management level Royals brass member at the Indiana...
Via Pine Tar Press
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Put Down a Moose

  Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports If any one word describes the Royals front office over the course of my lifetime, it’s “inept”. They will quite often wait too long to make a move that everybody sees as right (see the eventual DFA’s of Jeff Franceour and Chris Getz). Thursday, though, when I woke up and checked my phone, I came across news that shocked me...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Bizarro Superman and the Kansas City Royals

You know what the Kansas City Royals need?  Some freaking consistent offense!  In other news breaking news, water is........WET!  (Thanks to the interwebs for this information that I would not have otherwise gotten.  YAY INTERNET!!!!!) Here today, finally using his superpowers for good, is Bizarro Superman.  We go way back (he used to date my cousin in Jersey when she was...
Via Pine Tar Press
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Roster Moosetake

At what point does the debate stop? How long do the Royals need to look at Mike Moustakas to figure out that he's playing at well below major league average? We debated all offseason about the failure of this roster construction and now we are seeing it firsthand. And it doesn't just stop at Mike Moustakas as the Royals made a mistake at pretty much every bench position on the team...
Via Pine Tar Press
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Players Position Prediction

Ed Zurga/Getty Images This is my prediction for the starting and bench players for the Royals this upcoming season barring any injuries or acquisitions.   C- Salvador Perez 1B- Eric Hosmer 2B- Omar Infante SS- Alcides Escobar 3B- Mike Moustakas LF- Alex Gordon CF- Lorenzo Cain RF- Norichika Aoki DH- Billy Butler   I’m pretty confident that there won’t be any surprises with...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Hayes, Royals agree to $630,000, 1-year contract

Catcher Brett Hayes has agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, avoiding salary arbitration. The 29-year-old hit .278 with three doubles and a home run in five games for the Royals last year and made $600,000. He batted .233 with 17 homers and 44 RBIs in 78 games for Triple-A Omaha. Kansas City claimed Hayes off waivers from the Miami Marlins in November...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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