It doesn't happen often, but RC messed up. We had anticipated providing you with our look ahead at the 2006 season, but we forgot about the minor league game we had already decided to attend. The game was 50 miles north of RC's Eastern Command, so we did not get back in time to create anything insightful. We'll work on it this weekend, and hopefully we'll be able to solve all the Royals problems sometime next week.
As for the game we went to, it was a real stinker. We were interested in getting our first look at the Washington Nationals' 2005 preseason #1 prospect (according to Baseball America), Mike Hinckley:
Hinckley has been nothing short of dreadful all season, and he wasn't any better tonight, surrendering seven runs and ten hits in five plus innings against a pretty weak Frederick lineup. RC thinks Hinckley just may have Chris Georgitis, although his career is imploding at an even earlier juncture. OK, enough about the stupid Nats and their horrible prospects...
There is nothing to be worried about. Alex Gordon is NOT going to go to class. Alex Gordon is NOT stupid enough to risk losing at least $4 million by waiting another year to sign with a team -- at least not in August. This is purely a negotiating move designed to put pressure, public and otherwise, on the Royals, and it will probably work. It sucks that Gordon and his agent are driving such a hard bargain, but it will all be worth it when we finally get that man into a Royal blue uniform.
Here's a sample (from yesterday's edition) of what you will receive:
Royals Corner Daily Prospect Update
August 18, 2005
Compiled by RC staff
Today on Royals Corner:
Tomorrow night, check out our first installment of RC's plan for the coming
offseason. Why do we remain so optimistic in the face of such miserable
failure on the diamond? You'll have to stop by Royals Corner to find out.
Organizational scores (8/17/05):
Omaha 6 @ New Orleans 2 - (W)
Wichita 13,5 vs. San Antonio 5,4 - (2W - doubleheader sweep)
High Desert 5 vs. Stockton 5 (game tied at press time)
Burlington 10 vs. Wisconsin 2 (W)
Idaho Falls - No game tonight
Arizona Royals 4,7 vs. Arizona Angels 0,9 (split doubleheader 8/16)
News and Notes:
10-run sixth inning in the first game of their doubleheader. On the
night, Butler was 2-for-7 with 4 RBI.
seven beautiful innings. Cota took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, and only
allowed 2 hits overall.
of the sixth inning with a 5-2 lead, one out, and the bases loaded. Nunez struck
out the first batter he faced, and induced a harmless groundout to first to
record the third out, thus keeping the three-run lead in tact. Wichita's
announcer said he's never seen Nunez pitch better. Of course, Nunez struggled in
the following inning, surrendering a two-out, two-run HR before closing the game
out and collecting the save. Both runs were unearned because of an error on Mike
Aviles, which was his 36th of the season.
Arizona Royals on Tuesday. The Royals 7th round pick in the 2005 draft, Fisher
just turned 18 years old less than two weeks ago, and the lefty is absolutely
dominating Arizona League competition thus far -- 11.8 K/9 ratio, 1.18 WHIP,
2.60 ERA, 6.56 K/BB ratio. He's definitely someone to keep an eye
(8). Current BA: .377
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