Last Year’s Records
Texas – 90-72
Oakland – 81-81
Los Angeles – 80-82
Seattle – 61-101
Last Year’s Records
Texas – 90-72
Oakland – 81-81
Los Angeles – 80-82
Seattle – 61-101
With Spring Training well under way and the first games already in the books, I figured it was a good time to take a look at my own predictions for the league, and the changes the respective teams have made. Today’s group is the American League Central.
Last Year’s Records
Minnesota – 94-68
Chicago - 88-74
Detroit – 81-81
Cleveland – 69-93
Kansas City – 67-95
Cleveland – Orlando Cabrera
Minnesota – Tsuyoshi Nishioka
Cleveland – NONE
If the Playoffs Started Today
Tampa Bay Rays (59-38) vs. Texas Rangers (58-41)
Chicago White Sox (53-44) vs. New York Yankees (62-35)
San Francisco Giants (56-43) vs. Atlanta Braves (57-41)
St. Louis Cardinals (55-44) vs. San Diego Padres (58-39)
To the Disabled List: Ben Sheets, Aaron Laffey, Luis Atilano, David DeJesus, Ryan Doumit, Manny Ramirez, Andy Pettitte, Dustin Nippert, Scott Kazmir, Ryan Sweeney, Orlando Hudson, Carlos Guillen, Magglio Ordonez,
Return from the Disabled List: Mat Latos, Ryan Ludwick, Sergio Mitre, Brian Roberts, Josh Beckett, Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo, Yovani Gallardo, Ramon Hernandez, Kevin Millwood, Nate McLouth, Jed Lowrie, Will Venable, Mike Gonzalez, Oliver Perez, Clay Buchholz, Luis Castillo, Luke Scott, Maicer Izturis, Matt Wieters,
Top Stories and Weekly Links
From the Twitter Followers and Friends
If you aren’t yet, you can follow me over at Twitter here. These are some of the better reads I found from the previous week.
From the Hall of Very Good: HOVG posted a series of articles looking at the next group of players to be eligible for the Hall of Fame voting in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 (so far). Excellent reads from all of them.
From the Daily Something: Bill had a guest post from Jeff Polman which went ahead and played out the remainder of the 1994 season via Strat-o-Matic baseball. It’s a really interesting read, and Strat-o-Matic is something I keep reminding myself that I might enjoy when I have some more time.
Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: A series I had not finished up from earlier in the month, the Original Draft Series, is a group of posts where I look at what an organization’s major league team could have looked like had they held onto every player that they either drafted or signed to their first professional contract. There may be 3 posts this week on this, or there may be 6 if I am feeling ambitious.
Friday: Trade Retrospective of Johan Santana to the Mets. This one’s a bit newer than a lot of the trades I have reviewed previously, but the players in the deal have pretty much finalized what their value in the trade is going to be, so it’s ready to be looked at I believe.
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Team #28: Kansas City Royals
General Managers(since 1994)
Herk Robinson (1994-2000): 489-576
Allard Baird (2001-2006): 386-586
Dayton Moore (2006-Present): 209-277
While this team has not seen success on the field, there are more players than I would have imagined who achieved success in the Majors after being drafted or signed by the Royals. I think that what put them ahead of the White Sox to me was the caliber of the top players listed on this team, and the performance that they gave while still in a Royals uniform. You have a Rookie of the Year award winner (Beltran), and of course last season’s Cy Young Award winner (Greinke). All information is drawn from Baseball Reference.
|Position||Name||Acquired||Years with Org.
||Stats with Organization
|C||Paul Phillips||1998 – 9th Rd||9||58 gm, .258/.271/.364, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 18 R||Released 12/12/07|
|1B||Billy Butler||2004- 1st Rd (14)||6||438 gm, .297/.353/.457, 46 HR, 235 RBI, 1 SB, 191 R||Currently with Org.|
|2B||Mark Ellis||1999 – 9th Rd||2||No Major League Appearances with Organization||Traded to OAK – 1/8/01|
|3B||Alex Gordon||2005 – 1st Rd (2)||5||346 gm, .249/.331/.413, 38 HR, 142 RBI, 28 SB, 165 R||Currently with Org.|
|SS||Mike Aviles||2003 – 7th Rd||7||172 gm, .295/.323/.424, 13 HR, 65 RBI, 9 SB, 98 R||Currently with Org.|
|LF||Johnny Damon||1992 – 1st Rd (35)||9||803 gm, .292/.351/.438, 65 HR, 352 RBI, 156 SB, 504 R||Traded to OAK – 1/8/01|
|CF||Carlos Beltran||1995 – 2nd Rd||9||1999 Rookie of the Year, 1 All-Star Appearance
795 gm, .287/.352/.483, 123 HR, 516 RBI, 164 SB, 546 R
|Traded to HOU – 6/24/04|
|RF||David DeJesus||2000 – 4th Rd||10||847 gm., .288/.360/.429, 61 HR, 383 RBI, 47 SB, 489 R||Currently with Org.|
|DH||Mike Sweeney||1991 – 10th Rd||16||5 All-Star Appearances
1282 gm, .299/.369/.492, 197 HR, 837 RBI, 50 SB, 700 R
|Free Agency – 10/30/07|
|SP||Zack Greinke||2002 – 1st Rd (6)||8||2009 AL Cy Young Award, 1 All-Star Appearance
52-61, 3.75 ERA, 828 K, 243 BB, 977 IP, 1.265 WHIP
|Currently with Org.|
|SP||Luke Hochevar||2006 – 1st Rd (1)||4||18-30, 5.68 ERA, 240 K, 125 BB, 362.2 IP, 1.45 WHIP||Currently with Org.|
|SP||Jeremy Affeldt||1997 – 3rd Rd||9||17-22, 4.77 ERA, 281 K, 178 BB, 399.2 IP, 1.519 WHIP||Traded to COL – 7/31/06|
|SP||Billy Buckner||2004 – 2nd Rd||3||1-2, 5.29 ERA, 17 K, 16 BB, 34 IP, 1.559 WHIP||Traded to ARI – 12/14/07|
|SP||Tim Byrdak||1994 – 5th Rd||6||0-4, 8.27 ERA, 26 K, 24 BB, 32.2 IP, 2.204 WHIP||Free Agency – 12/21/00|
|RP||Carlos Rosa||Int’l FA – 2001||9||0-0, 3.21 ERA, 7 K, 3 BB, 14 IP, 1.143 WHIP||Traded to ARI – 5/1/10|
|RP||Chad Durbin||1996 – 3rd Rd||6||11-22, 6.01 ERA, 140 K, 106 BB, 262 IP, 1.573 WHIP||Free Agency – 12/21/02|
|RP||Kiko Calero||1996 – 27th Rd||6||No Major League Appearances with Organization||Free Agency – 11/21/02|
|RP||J.P. Howell||2004 – 1st rd (31)||2||3-5, 6.19 ERA, 54 K, 39 BB, 72.2 IP, 1.541 WHIP||Traded to TAM – 6/20/06|
|RP||Brian Sanches||1999 – 2nd Rd||4||No Major League Appearances with Organization||Traded to SD – 8/26/03|
|CL||Mike MacDougal||1999 – 1st Rd (25)||7||10-14, 50 SV, 3.88 ERA, 162 K, 76 BB, 174 IP, 1.437 WHIP||Traded to CHW – 7/24/06|
|BN||Kila Ka’aihue (1B)||2002 – 15th Rd||8||14 gm, .280/.357/.400, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R||Currently with Org.|
|BN||Mitch Maier (OF)||2003 – 1st Rd (30)||7||217 gm., .252/.330/.335, 5 HR, 63 RBI, 9 SB, 73 R||Currently with Org.|
|BN||Dusty Hughes (P)||2003 – 11th Rd||7||1-3, 4.03 ERA, 31 K, 18 BB, 38 IP, 1.474 WHIP||Currently with Org.|
|BN||Matt Treanor (C)||1994 – 4th Rd||3||No Major League Appearances with Organization||Traded to FLA – 7/29/97|
|BN||Blake Wood (P)||2006 – 3rd Rd||4||0-0, 15 gm., 4 K, 5 BB, 15.1 IP, 1.109 WHIP||Currently with Org.|
The Royals have had an awful lot of poor finishes, and as a result a lot of very high draft picks in the first round. The Royals do have a lot of hope coming, in the form of the last 4 1st round picks, pitchers Aaron Crow and Mike Montgomery, 1B Eric Hosmer, and 3B Mike Moustakas. It is a bit nice to see that all of their top picks since the 2004 season (with the exception of Matthew Campbell) are still either on their roster or in their minor league system.
June Amateur Draft
Looking at their drafting results, they have had only 24 first round picks in the last 15 drafts (not including 2010). At least some part of this is a result of the fact that the Royals were consistently trading away their type-A free agents to be prior to their reaching free agency, and as such not receiving the compensation picks related to this. That said, they have definitely had a mixed bag of results in recent years. In 2001, you have Colt Griffin, a highly coveted prospect out of high school who could never really improve his control and was out of baseball before the age of 23. In 2000, you have Mike Stodolka, a high school pitcher who flamed out as a pitcher after 6 seasons, and failed as a 1B/OF prospect for the following 3 seasons after that. But in 2002, you have Zack Greinke, and in 2004 you have Billy Butler. There have been quite a few players who at least provided a reasonable return on their first round picks for the Royals.
International Free Agency
I only found one player who the Royals had signed as an international free agent for their roster who was currently in the Majors, Carlos Rosa. Clearly, the Royals have been missing this market for players for quite some time at this point, and unless they make more than a threadbare effort to find players in these countries, they will continue to miss some of the top prospects in the game.
I think I have to give them a C-. Clearly, there are some high quality players that were developed in the Royals’ system at one point or another (Beltran, Greinke, Damon), and solid major league regulars (Ellis, Butler, Dejesus). Unfortunately, they’ve either never held onto these players at the same time or been able to put together any more than 83 wins in a season to this point. Some of their misses in the draft were pretty stunningly bad in the last 15 years, but overall their ability to scout and develop players is only slightly below average.