Outfielder Wil Myers struggled for much of 2011, and this article written by Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star details why: While running in the rain, Myers slipped and basically met a slab of concrete head-on with his left knee. Ouch. Members of the Royals front office insist they pushed Myers to Double-A so he’d have to struggle for the first time, but it’s hard to believe anybody wanted it to be for that reason.
Myers is one of the most interesting Royals prospects to watch this winter. It certainly looks like he’s healthy. Myers is playing well so far in the Arizona Fall League (.348/.464/.826) and is on his way to re-establishing himself as a premier hitting prospect.
This could make him an attractive trade chip for Dayton Moore in the coming months. Myers’ trade value is probably down from where it was a year ago, when he was coming off a season in which he dominated Single-A as a teenager. However, when packaged with other pieces, he could be part of a deal that brings the Royals a coveted starting pitcher.
The Royals interviewed former Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland for the same job in Kansas City. Eiland seems to have few ties to Kansas City, but a quick glance at his player similarity scores on Baseball-Reference.com shows that his top comparison is former Royals pitcher Wes Obermueller. If Eiland is the pick, the Royals must hope he provides more than Obermueller did: 7.2 innings and being traded for Curtis Leskanic in 2003.
Eric Hosmer and Jeremy Hellickson tied for first in AL Rookie of the Year voting by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, a decision that should be reflected when the official award is announced after the World Series. Hosmer and Hellickson appear to be the two strongest candidates for the award.
Despite not receiving much attention, Hosmer is deserving after an impressive showing in the second half of his first season. After hitting just .268/.317/.431 in his first 58 games, Hosmer blasted away after the All-Star break, posting an .842 OPS in 70 games. It was a weak class for rookie hitters. Only Hosmer and Mark Trumbo of the Angels qualified for the batting title. However, Hosmer’s overall .799 OPS was bested only by Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings among rookies with at least 200 at-bats.
In case you’re curious, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance has correctly named three of four Rookies of the Year since voting began in 2009: Neftali Feliz and Buster Posey (2010) and Andrew Bailey (2009).
After making news before the NLCS by calling out Chris Carpenter, Zack Greinke continued to spout Greinkeisms today:
On hitters: “I think Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter in baseball. Sorry to everyone else who is really good.”
On the strike zone: “It’s as good as I’ve ever seen.”
I always knew Zack would be a joy to watch in postseason play. You’re welcome, baseball world.
This from Dave Holtzman (@HoltzyKC), the Royals director of media relations: 2011 Idaho Falls Pitcher of the Year Edwin Carl strikes out 8 in a 3.0-inning stint yesterday in Advanced Instructional League.
Striking out a ton of hitters continues a trend for Carl, a right-handed reliever, who has K'd 17.8 batters per nine innings in 52.2 innings of work in the minor leagues. Yes, nearly two hitters per inning, with a grand total of 11 walks. Carl throws a fastball in the low-90’s, a curveball and a changeup. As a 22-year-old in Single-A, there certainly is reason to be cautious about his future, but he’ll be fun to watch. You can’t help but root for a player who’s posted video game numbers.