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Daniel Lynch, LHP and a Douglas Freeman and UVA alum, is projected to be in the Royals' starting rotation this summer (fingers crossed).

Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B and a James River HS/ODU/Va. Cardinals alum, is in big league camp and has seen a fair amount of action in spring training games this spring.  Vinnie's performance has taken him from not being on most of the Royals' prospects lists to being near the top of those lists now.

Noah Murdock, RHP and a Colonial Heights/UVA/Va. Cardinals alum, has had some injury issues that have slowed his ascent, but remains a solid prospect in the Royals' system as well.

With the Nationals seemingly heading for last place this year, maybe I need a new favorite team to follow?  Go Royals!

It's amazing that three guys who all played with and/or against each other locally and in college ball are all there together now.

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Midlo,

I've been following these guys as well, and I'm hoping they all find a place on the Royals MLB roster.   The good news is there is a lot of opportunity with KC and a huge organizational upside.  They haven't had a winning season since 2015 when they won the World Series.   I saw a clip of Vinnie the other day hitting a HR to CF, and I barely recognized him.   He is huge, and looks like a MLB 1st baseman.  I remember when he was a feisty little kid playing up with the older kids.  Go Royals!

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The Royals have an embarrassment of riches at 1B, in that they have one kid (Pratto) they've always felt strong about (with good reason), and now here comes Vinnie tearing up every pitch he sees.  Santana had a terrible year last year, and I notice that he's found a bit of motivation this spring, what with the young dogs nipping at his heels.  Still, Santana's in his last contract year, so ... opportunity is forthcoming.  I suspect both of the youngsters will be sent down within the week, to get regular playing time.  (Actually Pratto went to minors camp yesterday.)

The AAA lineup should be prodigious with Vinnie and Pratto both in it.  One at 1B, one at DH -- or maybe Pratto will learn from what Lee Mazzilli once famously said.  We'll see how well the Royals contend, whether they are buyers or sellers come July, and whether they shift towards a youth movement for the latter half of the season.

Let's just keep everyone healthy in the meantime!

This one got by me, too:  Josh Winder, a James River HS and VMI alum, is up with the Twins and doing quite well, including a solid start in today's game.

It seems to be a great year for former Rapids, as UT Cullen Large and LHP Kit Scheetz have also seen spring training action with the Blue Jays and Astros, respectively.

I think vinnie will get traded, with pratto, santana and melendez  (and in a couple years perez) the royals are pretty full at 1b/DH.



Now you can never have too much talent and injuries and underperformance happen but VP is 24 his value won't go higher when he is 25 and in AAA.

If I was the royals I would keep him in the minors till the deadline and then make a decision.

@Midlo Dad posted:


It's amazing that three guys who all played with and/or against each other locally and in college ball are all there together now.

It's  crazy feeling.  When the Tigers and White Sox play tomorrow  (edit: nope, today!), a kid who played in HS for 3 years with my 2017 will be in one dugout, and a kid they both played against in HS, and that my son played with in travel for 2 years, will be in the other dugout.

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@Dominik85 posted:

I think vinnie will get traded, with pratto, santana and melendez  (and in a couple years perez) the royals are pretty full at 1b/DH.



Now you can never have too much talent and injuries and underperformance happen but VP is 24 his value won't go higher when he is 25 and in AAA.

If I was the royals I would keep him in the minors till the deadline and then make a decision.

I think you're right.  They've got a value log-jam at those positions.  Why not move some pieces to plug areas of need and get more competitive?  KC is looking up in the division at Chicago, and trying to slug it out with 4 others who have added talent to their rosters.   AL Central is a tough, tough division to get ahead in right now. 

JMO.

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