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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
19 days ago  |  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
29 days ago  |  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

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

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

Royals largely settled as spring training opener nears

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) For decades, the Kansas City Royals headed to spring training full of uncertainty. They would hope their young first baseman would be ready for the big leagues. Or their next big pitching prospect would earn a spot in the rotation. Or some other longshot project would play so well that there was no way the front office could keep him off the club. But after...
Via AP on Fox
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

The Butterfly Effect: Luke Hochevar

“Some of God’s greatest gifts are [unsigned Hochevars].” — Garth Brooks *** In the 2005 draft, the Dodgers did not have a true first-round pick, having lost their pick (number 26 overall) to the Boston Red Sox as compensation for signing free agent Derek Lowe. Their first pick came at number 40 overall, a compensation pick for losing free agent Adrian Beltre to the Seattle...
Via Baseball Essential
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Friday Notes

Do you remember a couple weeks ago when people were lamenting the lack of moves made by the Kansas City Royals this off-season? That seems like ages ago. Pushing aside the Jason Frasor and Luke Hochevar transactions were a flurry of moves that appear to have the Royals roster pretty well set for the 2015 season. Signing Kendrys Morales, Alex Rios, Edinson Volquez and now Kris Medlen...
Via Pine Tar Press
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Thinking Aloud About the 2015 Royals

Barring a blockbuster trade that shakes up the foundation of the Royals, it looks like the 2015 version of the team is shaping up right before our eyes. With the free agent signings of Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios, the Royals two big needs on offense have been taken care of, and with re-signing Jason Frasor and Luke Hochevar along with reaching a one-year deal with Yohan Pino, it...
Via Pine Tar Press
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals May Have to Play Waiting Game

The joke around the Kansas City Royals in previous years has been that the club typically has the first deal of the winter wrapped up around the time the World Series ends. Of course, this year, the Royals were playing in that game, so they needed a little time to recover and get moving on the off-season. They've made some minor moves early in the off-season, re-inking Jason Frasor...
Via Pine Tar Press
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: where does Luke Hochevar fit?

  An already very well staffed Kansas City Royals bullpen will be adding yet another weapon to their arsenal for the 2015 season. Luke Hochevar recently signed a two-year deal with Kansas City worth $10 million dollars CBSSports.com reports. Hochevar has the option to gain an extra $1 million dollars if he performs to the best of his abilities. However, analysts are skeptical of...
Via isportsweb.com
December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals' Hochevar to begin throwing off mound soon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar hopes to begin throwing off a mound later this month as he continues to rehab from Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss all of last season. Hochevar, who signed a $10 million, two-year deal to remain in Kansas City this week, had the surgery after feeling a twinge in his pitching elbow in spring training. He wound up...
Via AP on Fox
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals' Hochevar: 'This is the place I wanted to be'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The real reason right-hander Luke Hochevar re-signed with the Royals this week? "I didn't want to miss out on any fun next season," Hochevar said Friday in a conference call. Hochevar, who signed a two-year deal worth $10 million, said it was difficult watching the Royals' amazing playoff run without being able to contribute. Hochevar had Tommy John surgery last...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals give Luke Hochevar two-year deal

Getty Images The Royals have signed relief pitcher Luke Hochevar to a two-year contract which carries a mutual option for 2017. Hochevar will earn $10 million over the course of the next two seasons giving the Royals a right hander who had a 1.92 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 82/17 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings in 2013. Coming off of Tommy John surgery it is questionable as to when the former...
Via Tireball.com
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals announce two-year, $10M deal for reliever Hochevar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Luke Hochevar and the American League champion Kansas City Royals completed a $10 million, two-year contract Thursday that includes a mutual option for 2017. The right-hander will earn $4 million next season and $5.5 million in 2016, and the option includes a $500,000 buyout, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition...
Via AP on Fox
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals announce two-year, $10M deal for reliever Hochevar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Luke Hochevar and the American League champion Kansas City Royals completed a $10 million, two-year contract Thursday that includes a mutual option for 2017. The right-hander will earn $4 million next season and $5.5 million in 2016, and the option includes a $500,000 buyout, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals announce 2-year deal for reliever Hochevar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Luke Hochevar and the American League champion Kansas City Royals have completed a $10 million, two-year contract that includes a mutual option for 2017. The team announced the move Thursday. Hochevar will earn $4 million next season and $5.5 million in 2016 with a $500,000 buyout, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press. The person spoke...
Via AP on Fox
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Bullpen Depth Could Be Used in Multiple Ways

The reported re-signing of Luke Hochevar by the Kansas City Royals has done exactly what the organization said it was going to do this off-season, and that's restore some depth in the Royals bullpen for the 2015 season. On the surface, the Royals 2014 bullpen was quite good. And if you dig deeper, the bullpen was quite good, but it wasn't nearly as good as it was in 2013. While it...
Via Pine Tar Press
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Royals, Luke Hochevar agree on $10M, two-year deal

  Right-hander Luke Hochevar and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a $10 million, two-year deal that should give the defending American League champions even more firepower in their bullpen. Hochevar will make $4.5 million this season and $5.5 million for the 2016 season, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity...
Via AP on Fox
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

AP source: Royals, Hochevar agree to 2-year deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Right-hander Luke Hochevar and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a $10 million, two-year deal, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press. Hochevar will make $4.5 million this season and $5.5 million for the 2016 season, the person said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because Hochevar must pass a physical to complete...
Via AP on Fox
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Re-Sign Hochevar on Two-Year Deal

The Royals have added to what was already the best bullpen in baseball by agreeing to retain the services of reliever Luke Hochevar with a two-year, $10 million deal, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. luke hochevar signs FA deal back with royals: $10M, 2 years. kc enhances baseball’s best pen. http://t.co/JMtdaiSFEY — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 3, 2014 The number...
Via Baseball Essential
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals close to signing Hochevar, won't shift Davis back to rotation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Wednesday that the Royals are close to signing right-hander Luke Hochevar to a two-year deal reportedly in the $10.5 million range, but that the Royals were not yet ready to make an announcement. Hochevar, 31, made $5,210,000 last season, though he didn't pitch after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. The...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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