KC Royals News: Down On The Farm And Team MVP Talk


KC Royals news this weekend focused on minor league action and some Major League moves as well. It wasn’t good on the field, as Kansas City lost five of six last week, but there is still optimism as the Royals sit just one half game out of first place.

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The KC Royals had their first bad week of the season, getting swept by the New York Yankees and splitting a rain-shortened, two-game series with the Chicago Cubs.

Even so, the Royals made news this past week by starting the early All-Star voting occupying five of the nine starting positions.

However, Eric Hosmer, who many consider the team MVP so far, wasn’t even among those five.

The Royals’ farm system also made some news this past week with pitching performances from some players hoping to make an impact in the future on the big team.

Kyle Zimmer, who has battled injuries during his career, didn’t allow a run in 1 2/3 innings Friday during his season debut with the Class A Lexington Legends.

Brandon Finnegan, who has bounced between the majors and minors the past two seasons, was roughed up in his outing as the team starts to transition him from reliever to starter.

In other minor league news, MLB.com has the Royals drafting high school short stop Cornelius Randolph out of Griffin, GA with the 21st overall pick in its latest mock draft.

What could have been the most interesting news of the past week, is old-school-as-they-come Ned Yost came out and said he believes the DH should be used for both teams in interleague play. Most likely it is because he is the manager of an AL team, but hey, it’s a step in the right direction for those who want to see baseball progress.

Here’s what’s buzzing on Fansided.com. 

KC Royals Should Consider Trading Kyle Zimmer [Kings of Kauffman]

"Kyle Zimmer made his 2015 debut on Friday night. There, the highly touted KC Royals prospect pitched 1.2 innings in relief, allowing a hit with two walks and a strikeout for the Lexington Legends. As far as debuts go, it was mediocre, but just getting Zimmer on the mound is a step in the right direction."

KC Royals: Brandon Finnegan Struggles for Omaha [Kings of Kauffman]

"It was a rough night for the Omaha Storm Chasers pitching in the 9-5 loss. Brandon Finnegan started the game and struggled, allowing three runs, two earned, in his five innings of work, despite striking out five batters. Clayton Mortensen followed and did not fair any better, allowing six runs in his four innings of work, as Omaha found themselves in a 9-2 hole through five innings. The Storm Chasers fought back, scoring twice in the sixth as Jose Martinez tripled in a run and scored on Casey Kotchman‘s groundout. Erik Kratz homered in the top of the ninth, but Omaha was unable to closethe gap any further."

Royals Take Short Stop in MLB Mock Draft [KC Kingdom]

"The KC Royals are currently atop the American League Central almost two full months into the 2015 season. That being said, the MLB Draft isn’t necessarily on many Royals’ fans minds.The Royals hold the 21st overall pick in this year’s MLB Draft and the most recent MLB Mock Draft, courtesy of Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, has the boys in blue taking shortstop Cornelius Randolph out of Griffin High School in Griffin, Georgia."

KC Royals: Who Has Been the MVP so Far

"It would be hard to pick a team MVP so far, and actually a little meaningless because things will shake out after 162 games and there will most likely be one player who put the team on his back.But for now, it’s fun to talk (or argue) about who has been the most valuable up to this point."

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Royals Make Some Roster Moves Prior to Saturday’s Washout [Fox Sports]

"The Royals optioned Paulo Orlando on Saturday, a move dictated by outfielder Alex Rios’ return from the disabled list. Orlando was shipped to Triple A Omaha, while Rios was inserted into Kansas City’s starting lineup for the postponed game against Chicago."

Royals’ Yost Says DH Should be Used in All interleague Games [Fox Sports]

"Yost, who managed the NL’s Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, said he would like to see designated hitters throughout interleague play, regardless of the game’slocation. Currently, the home team’s league determines whether the game is played with or without a DH."

Zimmer Returns to Mound With Legends [MILB.com]

"Kyle Zimmer was nervous before taking the mound Friday night. One can hardly blame him. It’s been a long, difficult road back to that mound.In his first appearance since shoulder surgery ended his 2014 season, the Royals’ No. 3 prospectallowed one hit over 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief as Class A Lexington rolled to a 10-3 win over Greenville at Whitaker Bank Ballpark."

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