A few of RC's impressions from the game:
In fact, Kniginyzky is still recovering from the lat strain he suffered last month, and he was on a strict 75-pitch count in tonight's game. After the game, he told RC that he's feeling no lingering effects from his earlier injury, and that tonight was really the first time that his velocity was back to normal. Kniginyzky is essentially a three-pitch pitcher.
Tonight he showed us a four-seam fastball that ranged from 89-92, but sat right at 91 most of the night. His power curve ranged from 75-79 mph, and his change-up – which we only saw him throw twice for sure (we might have missed one or two in innings 5-6) – came in at 82 mph. He showed an ability to throw both the curve and fastball for strikes, and his curve generated some silly swings when he threw it out of the zone or in the dirt. In fact, two of his four strikeouts came on curveballs out of the zone, and another was a dandy backdoor called third strike. We spoke with Kniginyzky after the game, and you can read the interview here.
Sweeney signed autographs for the Burlington faithful before the game
Sweeney didn't appear to be playing in any pain, and he left the ballpark after his seventh inning fly out to left in order to drive back to KC, and he will resume his rehab assignment with the Wranglers on Friday in Arkansas. Sweeney finished the night 1-for-4, and he hit two balls hard (the HR and a sixth inning lineout to right).
Yes, Jose Duarte is fast.
That's it for today. RC will be back tomorrow night with another recap, and hopefully another interview or two. Also be sure to check out Scout.com's Top 300 prospect list, which was released on Wednesday. The Royals have two prospects included in the Top 15, but you'll have to visit the list to see who ranks where.
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