Kansas City Royals right fielder Nori Aoki (23) Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Around The Kingdom: Nori Aoki, Alcides Escobar, 2014 NFL Draft, and Game of Thrones


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David Hill of Kings of Kauffman discusses how Kauffman Stadium seems to be a perfect fit for Nori Aoki and his slap style of hitting. Perhaps the Kansas City Royals should be exploring a way to keep Aoki in Kansas City past this season.

With two more hits yesterday, Aoki now has a .448/.484/.655 batting line with two doubles and two triples at home. The wide open spaces at Kauffman have truly played to Aoki’s strengths with the bat thus far, as he has had great success slapping the ball down the line or sending it into the gaps in the outfield.

Lyle Graversen of Arrowhead Addict discusses the wide receiver options for the Kansas City Chiefs in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. Wide receiver seems like the best bet, seeing how badly the Chiefs need another play maker to take pressure off Jamaal Charles in the offense, but it wouldn’t surprise me if General Manager John Dorsey goes rogue with the 23rd pick overall.

If you’ve been reading my thoughts on the NFL draft every Monday, you already know that I believe that defensive line is the most likely choice for KC and one that I have fully embraced. That having been said, I’m not SO stubborn as to ignore the fact that the Chiefs need a WR and that there could be some elite WR talents available in the first round.

More from Kings of Kauffman – Hunter Samuels points out that the Royals best hitter so far this season has been – Alcides Escobar (gulp)! It is amazing the Royals have the record they do. Thank you Jason Vargas, James Shields, Jeremy Guthrie, and Yordano Ventura! I predict right now that is Escobar is Kansas City best hitter at the end of the season, there will not be a post season.

the Royals’ best hitter through 17 team games is Alcides Escobar, because of course he is. After going hitless through his first 4 games, Escobar has bounced back to hit .395/.413/.674 in his last 46 plate appearances. For the season, Escobar has a wRC+ of 117, which leads all Royals’ regulars. His .439 slugging percentage is the highest among the starters.

Can’t get enough of Game of Thrones (who can)? Don’t miss the excellent recap on WinterIsComing.net. Fair warning: if you haven’t the episode yet, you may want to hold off until you do. Serious spoiler alert.


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