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Rangers Sign Former First-Overall Pick Matt Bush

In a rather surprising move, the Texas Rangers signed 29-year-old relief pitcher Matt Bush to a minor league contract last week. Yes, the same Matt Bush who the Padres took first overall in the 2004 amateur draft. Bush had previously spent 34 months in prison for DUI charges stemming from a hit-and-run incident that took place in March of 2012. The recent history of first overall...
Via Fangraphs
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Dansby Swanson and the History of Trading No. 1 Picks

As the reader has certainly heard, the Arizona Diamondbacks sent an impressive collection of talent to Atlanta on Tuesday night in exchange for right-hander Shelby Miller. As Jeff Sullivan has already noted here, the benefits of the deal for the D-backs aren’t particularly easy to identify. They acquire three years of Miller, yes, but at the cost not only of three promising young...
Via Fangraphs
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals Get Another Ninth-Inning Guy for the Seventh Inning

If you’d made your way over to the “relief pitchers” tab of our team depth charts section lately, there’s something peculiar that may have caught your eye. It didn’t seem to get past Twitter user Brad Shapiro, operating under the moniker @Big_Hebrew: @BtBScore HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, that’s hilarious. Best bullpen in baseball last 2 season means nothing, got it — Brad Shapiro...
Via Fangraphs
December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Small town Fowler’s Luke Hochevar wins on baseball’s biggest stage

Rewind to this time one year ago  and life looked very different for former Fowler High School (Colo.) Grizzlies standout Luke Hochevar. On Oct. 30, 2014, following a full year off from playing baseball after tearing his UCL during spring training, Hochevar was a free agent. The team he’d spent his entire professional career with, the Kansas City Royals, had just given him the...
Via Mile High Sports
November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

World Series Preview: Bullpens

As I do not have to tell you the World Series begins tomorrow with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets. The strength of the Royals team is its bullpen lead by all-world reliever Wade Davis. The Mets’ bullpen going into the 2015 season was expected to be a weakness of the team and was hit by a number of different speed-bumps including injuries to guys like Bobby Parnell...
Via Baseball Essential
October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Same bunch of Royals heading to World Series? That's half right

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Luke Hochevar was a member of the Kansas City Royals who advanced to the World Series a year ago. He was in the dugout for every playoff game, took part in all the champagne celebrations, got an American League championship ring after the season.He never threw a single pitch, though.That makes this year's return to the Fall Classic so much sweeter. Now recovered...
Via AP on Fox
October 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Same bunch of Royals heading to World Series? That's half right

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Luke Hochevar was a member of the Kansas City Royals who advanced to the World Series a year ago. He was in the dugout for every playoff game, took part in all the champagne celebrations, got an American League championship ring after the season. He never threw a single pitch, though. That makes this year's return to the Fall Classic so much sweeter. Now recovered...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
October 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Same bunch of Royals heading to World Series? Think again

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Luke Hochevar was a member of the Kansas City Royals who advanced to the World Series a year ago. He was in the dugout for every playoff game, took part in all the champagne celebrations, got an American League championship ring after the season. He never threw a single pitch, though. That makes this year's return to the Fall Classic so much sweeter. Now recovered...
Via AP on Fox
October 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Little hit, big win: Royals top Blue Jays for 2-0 lead in ALCS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ben Zobrist's easy fly that somehow fell in for a hit began a five-run rally against David Price in the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals rolled to a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.Wade Davis survived a shaky ninth for Kansas City after Luke Hochevar and Danny Duffy were solid in relief...
Via AP on Fox
October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Little hit, big win; Royals beat Jays for 2-0 lead in ALCS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Ben Zobrist's easy fly that somehow fell in for a hit began a five-run rally against David Price, and the Kansas City Royals rolled to a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series. Wade Davis survived a shaky ninth for Kansas City after Luke Hochevar and Danny Duffy were solid in relief of Yordano Ventura...
Via AP on Fox
October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Little hit, big win: Royals top Blue Jays for 2-0 lead in ALCS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ben Zobrist's easy fly that somehow fell in for a hit began a five-run rally against David Price, and the Kansas City Royals rolled to a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series. Wade Davis survived a shaky ninth for Kansas City after Luke Hochevar and Danny Duffy were solid in relief of Yordano Ventura. Kelvin...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals fall to Rays 3-2, miss out on season sweep

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Brandon Guyer and Kevin Kiermaier homered, and the Tampa Bay bullpen held the Kansas City Royals to one hit over five innings Sunday in the Rays' 3-2 win. Kiermaier's sixth-inning homer off Luke Hochevar (1-1) broke a 2-2 tie. It was Kiermaier's second homer in two games and sixth of the season. Xavier Cedeno (3-1) got the win in relief while Brad Boxberger...
Via AP on Fox
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals fall to Rays 3-2, miss out on season sweep

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Brandon Guyer and Kevin Kiermaier homered, and the Tampa Bay bullpen held the Kansas City Royals to one hit over five innings Sunday in the Rays' 3-2 win. Kiermaier's sixth-inning homer off Luke Hochevar (1-1) broke a 2-2 tie. It was Kiermaier's second homer in two games and sixth of the season. Xavier Cedeno (3-1) got the win in relief while Brad Boxberger...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals complete sweep of Reds with 4-3 win

CINCINNATI (AP) Lorenzo Cain had a tiebreaking RBI single in the second inning, Ben Zobrist had four hits, and Kansas City benefited from a Cincinnati baserunning gaffe as the Royals beat the Reds 4-3 Wednesday night to complete a two-game sweep. Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie left in the fifth with the 4-3 lead and the bases loaded and one out. Luke Hochevar (1-0) got Jay Bruce...
Via AP on Fox
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals complete season sweep of Reds with 4-3 win

CINCINNATI -- Lorenzo Cain had a tiebreaking RBI single in the second inning, Ben Zobrist had four hits, and Kansas City benefited from a Cincinnati baserunning gaffe as the Royals beat the Reds 4-3 Wednesday night to complete a two-game sweep. Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie left in the fifth with the 4-3 lead and the bases loaded and one out. Luke Hochevar (1-0) got Jay Bruce to...
Via AP on Fox
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals complete season sweep of Reds with 4-3 win

CINCINNATI -- Lorenzo Cain had a tiebreaking RBI single in the second inning, Ben Zobrist had four hits, and Kansas City benefited from a Cincinnati baserunning gaffe as the Royals beat the Reds 4-3 Wednesday night to complete a two-game sweep. Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie left in the fifth with the 4-3 lead and the bases loaded and one out. Luke Hochevar (1-0) got Jay Bruce to...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals Drop Wild Opener Against the Pirates

Kansas City has played some wild, whacky, and long ballgames in the last week. On Friday, they played a day-night doubleheader, and on Saturday they played a thirteen inning marathon. Today’s game was wild, whacky, and long, but the Royals would not come out on top in a match that would last three-and-a-half hours.   Yordano Ventura started this game way back in the first...
Via Royals Blue
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Pick Ashe Russell in 2015 Draft

KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 17: After signing with the Kansas City Royals, number one draft pick Ashe Russell meets with Luke Hochevar #44 of the Kansas City Royals prior to a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Kauffman Stadium on June 17, 2015 in Kansas City.(Getty Images) The Kansas City Royals are playing some good baseball this year. Their pitching staff is pretty solid as only...
Via The Sports Journal
June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Catching up with a decade's worth of No. 1 picks

The baseball draft doesn't draw the type of obsessive interest from fans that, say, its NFL counterpart does. Perhaps that's because it takes place in the middle of the season, when there are actual games to focus on. Or maybe it's because even the very top picks will need a bit of seasoning in the minors before making an impact. But expectations should definitely be high for whoever...
Via AP on Fox
June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Swing and a miss: the five worst number one picks of the last twenty years

You may not be aware of this, but the MLB Draft is widely considered to be a crapshoot. I know, that’s shocking to hear. You’d think drafting amateur players and predicting which ones would become superstars would be fool proof, but it’s not. Sometimes, draft picks just don’t work out. And while it’s easy for a rational person to understand that most of your favorite team’s...
Via Bloguin Best
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Swing and a miss: Worst number one picks of last 20 years

You may not be aware of this, but the MLB Draft is widely considered to be a crapshoot. I know, that’s shocking to hear. You’d think drafting amateur players and predicting which ones would become superstars would be fool proof, but it’s not. Sometimes, draft picks just don’t work out. And while it’s easy for a rational person to understand that most of your favorite...
Via The Outside Corner
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Are the Royals and their B-BOAT (Best Bullpen of All-Time) re-inventing the game?

The end of the dead ball era and the rise of the homerun – thanks to Babe Ruth – slowly changed bullpen usage. It maxed out between 1974-1984 where five relief pitchers won a Cy Young. These men essentially pitched whenever a game was on the line, averaging 73.4 games, a whopping 133 innings (twice what a closer might throw today), 9.8 wins and 28.8 saves. Things began...
Via Royals Blue
May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals acquire Butera from Angels, activate Hochevar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have acquired catcher Drew Butera from Los Angeles Angels for minor league infielder Ryan Jackson. Butera, 31, hit .190 (4 for 21) in 10 games with the Angels this season. He batted .188 for the Los Angeles Dodgers last year following four years with Minnesota. Jackson, acquired in November from the Dodgers, has an .083 average in 20 big league games...
Via AP on Fox
May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Duke’s Michael Matuella to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Keith Law of ESPN.com is reporting on Twitter that Duke University right-hander Michael Matuella has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will undergo Tommy John Surgery. Duke RHP Mike Matuella, a potential first overall pick in June, tore his UCL and will have Tommy John surgery — keithlaw (@keithlaw) April 1, 2015 Matuella had been viewed in baseball circles as a potential...
Via Baseball Essential
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

What if Luke Hochevar is “fixed”?

Spring Training!!!  The time of year when your team loses 14-1 and you jokingly say to your buddy, “We’re not going to the World Series this year.”  The REAL joke between you and your buddy is that your team lost 100 games a couple of times and was a running joke in MLB and on […]
Via Pine Tar Press
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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