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Monday, December 01, 2014

BA: Organization Of The Year: In K.C., Patience Finally Pays

I don’t know what to believe anymore.

“There are parents who have kids now who have no idea what this is like,” Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said. “They didn’t grow up coming to the ballpark. They didn’t want to invest their time or money. That’s all going to change. That’s been probably the most rewarding and impactful thing is how this city is going to embrace baseball again.”

Making it to the World Series by itself wouldn’t have made the Royals Baseball America’s 2014 Organization of the Year. It’s the path the Royals have taken that earned the award. General manager Dayton Moore and his staff built a World Series team the way they promised they would when Moore was hired, through scouting and player development.

Only two significant members of the 2014 World Series club were acquired as free agents. Moore’s staff has also been a beacon of stability. There have been a few moves here and there, but the vast majority of Royals’ front office that was celebrating the pennant victory were the same people Moore brought aboard in 2006.

“One of the presentations I made to Mr. Glass was the importance of continuity. Our major league roster will turn over from time to time, but we can’t afford to be replacing our scouting director, our farm director, our scouting supervisors year in and out. We have to create a great place to work,” Moore said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2014 at 03:00 PM | 23 comment(s)
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Signing Predictions For The Top 30 International Prospects

Today is International Signing Day, so consider this a thread for signings.

1. Adrian Rondon, ss, Dominican Republic

The combination of premium position, one of the most advanced game hitters on the market and projectable power from an athletic frame makes Rondon the No. 1 prospect for July 2. Or in Rondon’s case, July 7, which is his 16th birthday and the first date when he’s eligible to sign. With a price tag that figures to be in the neighborhood of $3 million, that means only a team with one of the biggest bonus pools or one that plans to ignore them completely is going to be able to get him. The Rays have scouted Rondon heavily and look prepared to shatter their international bonus pool and pay the maximum penalty to get him signed.

The Rays have indeed inked Rondon for $3.4 million.

John Sickels has a good thread with a summary of signings and bonus pools.


 

 

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