The sport of archery has taken young Zach Garrett from tiny Wellington, Mo., to events around the world. This weekend, he’ll be in Florida with a good chance of qualifying for this summer’s Olympic Games in Brazil.
Welcome to the first edition of Royals on the Farm, our weekly look at each level of Kansas City’s minor-league system. We’ll keep you up to date in this space on the top prospects who might become future stars with the Royals.
Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe, listed at 364 pounds, cites yoga as helping in recovering from his herniated disk back injury in 2015. Cornerback Marcus Peters also uses yoga in his workouts. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Wefald spent 23 years as Kansas State University president, a time a tremendous growth in the football program and in college sports. Wefald devotes two chapters of his book, The Transformative Years at Kansas State: The Years of President Jon Wefald from 1986 to 2009, to athletics on campus and the Big 12 Conference.
The last week was more like the vintage Royals of 2015: hard-hit balls, a high average, not many walks and a bit of pop. The offensive numbers also are helped when, over a week’s time, Paulo Orlando hits .611, Salvador Perez hits .480 and Lorenzo Cain is at .414. Those three players’ recent slumps appear to be behind them.
Fans tend to get excited about a series against a good team, but a series against a team that’s scuffling might be more important: it’s where you build your record and get well. The Royals won the first two games of the Minnesota series, so what’s the problem? When you play bad teams you can make mistakes and still win. But if you walk away thinking that everything’s OK because you won and then make the same mistakes against a good team, there’s a decent chance you’ll lose. So you want to get those mistakes cleaned up quickly.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and linebacker Derrick Johnson discussed the importance of Eric Berry, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, all absent from Tuesday's OTAs for different reasons. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT email@example.com
Teams don’t like to talk about players pacing themselves because it sounds bad; but if the Royals want Salvador Perez to catch 140 games a season, sometimes he gets to jog down to first base. He shouldn’t do it when it matters, but pulling a hammy in the ninth inning of game you’re losing by six runs isn’t smart baseball.
In Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the White Sox, Royals starter Yordano Ventura had Todd Frazier and Melky Cabrera in two-strike counts and missed his spots — no wonder people were talking about those two pitches. But how about the walk that made the Cabrera’s single so damaging?