Off-day notes...

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...

  • When RC was in the official shower this morning at 8:10 AM, we got a frantic call from a source who had just read this article in the KC Star about Alex Gordon. Seems Gordon has registered for classes at the University of Nebraska, and if he goes to class on Monday, the Royals will lose their rights to him, and he will reenter the draft in 2006.

    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.

  • RC's Daily Prospect Update is off to a great start. The response thus far has been very good, but we still estimate that only one-quarter to one-third of our regular readers have signed up for it. What the heck are you people waiting for? RC is offering you something that could potentially change your life! No longer do you have to count on the Royals website or the KC Star to provide you day-old news about what happened in the minor leagues. No longer will you be forced to search like an animal through the endless maze of minor league websites to get your daily news and stat updates about Royals prospects. We now do all that for you, and then we compile it into an e-mail and send it off to your inbox EVERY MORNING! It could not be any easier for you, so if you don't sign up, you're probably just an idiot, and we don't want you here anyway. Just kidding (sort of).

    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:

  • Royals drop 18th straight.
  • 25th anniversary of George Brett going over .400 on August 17,

  • 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:
  • #1 prospect Billy Butler drilled his first double-A homerun, a grand slam in Wichita's
    10-run sixth inning in the first game of their doubleheader. On the
    night, Butler was 2-for-7 with 4 RBI.
  • #5 prospect Luis Cota got the win for Burlington, pitching
    seven beautiful innings. Cota took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, and only
    allowed 2 hits overall.
  • #10 prospect Leo Nunez entered Wichita's second game in the top
    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.
  • #17 prospect Brent Fisher had another stellar outing for the
    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
  • Matt Diaz (OMA) went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, a triple (4), and a SB
    (8). Current BA: .377
  • Ruben Gotay (WCH) went 2-for-4 with 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B, and 3

  • ----- Daily update for key Royals farmhands - 8/17/05 ------

    What are you waiting for? To sign up, simply send a blank e-mail to and follow the instructions, which will require you to send a confirmation e-mail (Editor's note: you do NOT have to sign up for a yahoo ID).


    At 8/19/2005 12:31 PM, Anonymous Eric said...

    Any news on Bianchi? How serious his back injury is, how soon he'll be back, anything?

    He was looking like an incredibly inspired pick, here's hoping he gets back soon.

    At 8/19/2005 3:48 PM, Blogger Dave said...

    It's frustrating, because so little news comes out of Arizona, but I have someone who said he will try to look into the matter, so hopefully I'll be able to provide a Bianchi update soon.

    Stay tuned.

    At 8/19/2005 5:08 PM, Anonymous FuriousB said...

    Love the Daily Emails - Thanks. I get the one from Baseball America and the only time I would get Royal news was if they had a day worth mentioning, so getting news on the Royals everyday is great.

    At 8/20/2005 9:33 AM, Anonymous Marbotty said...

    Dave - I just signed up for the daily emails. Checked out the archive and have to say they look very good.

    I've actually got some ideas on how you could really improve the email. Something fantastic that perhaps you hadn't considered...

    At 8/20/2005 3:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Don't be suprised if the Royals (led by David--I'm not gonna spend alot for this muffler--Glass) don't wind up going cheap and never signing Gordon.

    I say this to hopefully jinx them into signing him, but I wouldn't be suprised if they never did and instead, blamed agents for unaffordability of players--ala JD Drew.

    At 8/20/2005 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


    Change in the sign-ins Dave or is it my cpu?

    Brian S.

    At 8/21/2005 1:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Baird is 100 times worse than anything Glass can do to this club (other than move it). He allowed Baird to spend more this year, but people forget that Baird said No, his young players were ready, and he didn't want to sign any FAs to take their spots.

    Oh, and how you don't have Nicoll and Christensen on your top-20 is beyond me. Chad Blackwell... Kiel Thibault... Mike Aviles? And Maier is much better than 14th.


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