Cole Ragans Day is becoming almost as big as Rex Manning Day for the Royals.
As you probably know by now, I think Isbel can be a solid player for the Royals. What do you make of them sitting him all weekend. Do you think they have made a decision on him? I was in Springdale over the weekend, Cayden Wallace can flat out hit the baseball. I was excited to see Champlain pitch, but he had a really bad game.He gave up 5 runs and didn't get out of the 2nd inning. I enjoyed the Ballpark experience down there. Thanks for what you do.
Any surprise they sent down Taylor? I know he hasn’t been playing a lot but I see more of a future for him here than Olivares. Possible they don’t see it that way yet?
Your second bullet near the end is a key for me... JJ and the gang have made some nice moves mining the minor leagues of other teams in trading spare parts for promise. Now, if they can continue to do that *and* sign some free agents with the same mindset, the future will definitely look brighter.
Ragans looks like a #1 starter to me for 2024! Singer’s whole season, in my opinion, was screwed up by sitting on the bench for team USA in the World Baseball Classic. The Royals need to find 3 more starters and rebuild their bullpen. The young core is there for the everyday players headed by Bobby Witt, Jr. who is rapidly turning into a 5-tool player. Garcia has been a great find and finally has stabilized the 3rd base defense! They have speed to burn in the outfield which is an absolute necessity for the big field at the K. Getting a healthy Vinny back for 1B or DH will be great for 2024. Fermin has been great to further Salvy’s career by taking over 50% of the catching load! Looking forward to a much better 2024 but the Royals have to get some more starting pitchers behind the top two!!!
Cole Ragans Day should be a citywide holiday. With his velocity and his ability to throw 5(!) pitches effectively, the key question about Ragans is whether he can stay healthy. I would love to read a deep dive into the success rate of guys with 2 TJ surgeries. Do we have any reason to hope he will be able to do this for 2, 3, or more years?
How many ABs do we need to declare that Velazquez is the real deal? Is he doing something differently now that explains why he's a better hitter in the majors than he ever was in the minors?
Singer has looked dominant at times but relies too much on a slider that does not consistently break. Of course, I was spoiled by watching Randy Johnson pitch with the Diamondbacks who had one of the best sliders I have ever seen! Singer needs a consistent third pitch!!!
I think they will solve there hitting deficiencies from within....now the pitching is another matter....
So much fun watching Cole Ragans pitch. I wish it would be mandatory that Royals pitchers watch films of him pitching. Then have them watch videos of whomever as to what it's like to challenge batters and not nibble nibble nibble.