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Kansas City Baseball Vault

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A show featuring analysis, opinion, and stories about Kansas City baseball: past, present, and future. Our focus is usually on the Royals, but we'll also discuss the Monarchs, the KC A's, and other teams in Kansas City's history.

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A show featuring analysis, opinion, and stories about Kansas City baseball: past, present, and future. Our focus is usually on the Royals, but we'll also discuss the Monarchs, the KC A's, and other teams in Kansas City's history.

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Kansas City Baseball Vault

Updated 19 days ago

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A show featuring analysis, opinion, and stories about Kansas City baseball: past, present, and future. Our focus is usually on the Royals, but we'll also discuss the Monarchs, the KC A's, and other teams in Kansas City's history.

Rank #1: Draft Recap With Clint Scoles and A Sudden Trade (BP Kansas City Episode 103)

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A couple of weeks ago, we had Clint Scoles give us a preview of the Royals draft and now that the picks are all in, he joined us again to talk about the results. It's an unexpected set of picks, but there's talent there. Clint covers the big names, the approach, and what it means for the Royals future. We also discussed Brad Keller, Danny Duffy, a putrid Royals offense, and - unexpectedly - a Jon Jay trade that broke while we were recording. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

Jun 07 2018
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #2: 2018's Bold Predictions and Over/Under Bets (BP Kansas City Episode 93)

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It's time for our 4th Annual Over/Under Extravaganza And Pancake Luncheon.  After covering some of the roster news, Jeff and Mike call out some numbers and discuss whether they think certain Royals will end up over or under that mark. Simple! For instance, Baseball Prospectus projects Alex Gordon to bat .239 this year. Over or under? As in year's past, the Vault also tossed out a couple of bold predictions about the Royals in 2018. Maybe we're just crazy with a couple of these. You can let us know. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

Mar 23 2018
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #3: Race to the Bottom (BP Kansas City Episode 97)

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The Royals lost every game since our last episode. Some by blowout, some by blown save. Shaky offense, shaky bullpen, and not enough starting pitching. It's rough. Is there help on the way? Well, things can probably only get better, right? There are some players performing in the minor leagues who could help and even Salvador Perez may be closer to returning than we had figured three weeks ago - or even last week! Will a couple of bullpen moves and the return of Salvy be enough to take the Royals from dreadful to at least watchable? Are the Dark Days back? Or, to paraphrase Buddy Bell, could it get even worse? Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

Apr 19 2018
57 mins
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Rank #4: The New Guys (BP Kansas City Episode 110)

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Mike Moustakas has been traded, but the world keeps turning. While we say goodbye to Moose, we say hello to Brett Phillips and Jorge Lopez, two former top-100 prospects who are ready for the big leagues right now. Is it the right move? Should the Royals have gotten younger prospects? And anyway, how does it fit with the current crop of Royals prospects? We talked about these things and the fun, new energy on the Royals lately. They're still pretty bad, but they're at least a little more fun. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com.

Aug 02 2018
58 mins
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Rank #5: So You Got Swept By the Reds... (BP Kansas City Episode 104)

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So your team just got shut out by the Reds. They've scored 23 runs in two weeks. What the heck do you do? Well, you look at a few positives, mostly some good performances from Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, and Danny Duffy. We talked about some of those starts, plus we assessed the Mike Moustakas trade market (even though Dayton Moore says they won't trade him just to trade him *wink*), and the imminent return of Jorge Bonifacio. We also discussed the Royals quick signing of a majority of their 2018 draft picks as well as their unsigned players and the remaining draft pool. We also talked about the significance of the last two changes to the draft pick signing deadlines and how a couple of Royals prospects have benefitted. We also took a look at the Royals minor leaguers who have been named All Stars in their league so far. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

Jun 15 2018
48 mins
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Rank #6: Turning a Corner (BP Kansas City Episode 111)

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Ya know, Luke Hochevar wasn't the all-star we may have hoped for after being the first overall selection in the 2006 draft, but he had his moments in his Royals career. We discussed his recent retirement and the up and down career Hoch experienced with the Royals. We also discussed some of the recent moves, including the release of Blaine Boyer and trade of Terrance Gore, plus the pitching staff adjustments that corresponded with a Danny Duffy DL designation. Finally, we took a glance at the standings and talked about the relative strength of each league as well as our current favorites from each side. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com.

Aug 16 2018
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #7: Milestones (BP Kansas City Episode 115)

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For the fifth time in their history, the Royals have reached 100 losses. That's not good, but we tried to add some perspective to the mark, in light of the Royals decent and much-more-watchable second half of the year. Along with that is the emergence of Whit Merrifield as a consistent and dynamic star, Adalberto Mondesi as a hopeful phenom, and Ryan O'Hearn as a power-hitting giant. We focused mostly on Merrifield's efforts this year and his consistency all season long, but Mondesi and O'Hearn have been so good that they sneak their way into any Royals discussion these days. We also took a glance at the MLB playoff picture, including a potential chaotic finish, an easy team to root for, and some proposed changes to the playoff system.  Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com.

Sep 27 2018
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #8: Bonifacio's Suspension and Camp Cuts (BP Kansas City Episode 92)

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While the Royals cut down the roster at big league camp, Jorge Bonifacio got suspended and will miss half the season. Bonifacio's suspension impacts playing time for a number of Royals we figure will be on the opening day roster, and we discuss those implications. We also looked at the first cuts in camp and what's next for some key players, including Hunter Dozier's first base adventure, and Bubba Starling's injured oblique. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

Mar 16 2018
40 mins
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Rank #9: Second Half Stardom (BP Kansas City Episode 114)

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It's been a difficult year, but the last month hasn't been so bad. A number of Royals have started hitting, including surprises like Ryan O'Hearn, and a couple of pitchers have been great. It makes for a more entertaining second half and an encouraging finish to the season. We discuss Jakob Junis, Adalberto Mondesi, Brad Keller, and O'Hearn as well as the very fun near-perfect game by Jorge Lopez.  Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com.

Sep 13 2018
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #10: Strikeouts and Homers and Hits, Oh My (BP Kansas City Episode 102)

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The Royals had some success this week, including some solid pitching performances by Brad Keller, Danny Duffy, and Jason Hammel. We covered some of the recent DL moves and the way it's shifted the pitching staff. We also discussed Jon Jay's successful May, Hunter Dozier's adjustment to the big leagues, and took another look at how trade values may be shifting. In a second segment, we looked at some year by year numbers to see how strikeout, home run, and hit rates have changed over the years. Of course, the strikeout and home run rates we see today are higher than in the past, but by how much? And how quickly have they shifted? We picked out some key seasons where things started to change, and how the game shapes up today as a result. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

Jun 01 2018
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #11: Look Lively (BP Kansas City Episode 113)

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This week we covered the end of Danny Duffy's season and the impact his varied ailments might have on him going forward. We also talked about the shifting perception of his contract and trade value. In other injury news, we expressed disappointment in Jorge Soler's setback during his rehab stint. After a strong start, a flukey injury shut him down and his season is over. We speculated on his role in 2019 and beyond in light of his abbreviated season. And then we covered some odds and ends: Ryan O'Hearn mashing, Whit Merrifield's great year, the Drew Butera trade, what to expect from Jerry Vasto and Ben Lively, and the emergence of Brad Keller and some other rookie arms who've shown promise this year. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com.

Sep 06 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #12: Injury Updates and Pitching Chatter (BP Kansas City Episode 96)

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Alex Gordon will miss some time with a torn labrum in his hip, and while he hasn't been hitting this season so far, it still injects more uncertainty into the Royals lineup. Meanwhile, Salvador Perez might be closer than we expected to returning? We discuss the lineup and the impact of these injuries, plus a potential fresh reboot for Gordon when he eventually returns. We also discussed some of the pitching. The Royals have gotten some strong starts, and even some of Danny Duffy's rough ones have been much better than they started out. How far can that take the Royals, and will it matter with a bullpen that can best be described as treacherous? Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

Apr 13 2018
57 mins
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Rank #13: Bonus Audio: Clint Scoles Talks With Royals Scouting Director Lonnie Goldberg

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The Royals entered the 2018 MLB Draft with more money available than any other team and loaded up on college pitching to pair with a promising group in A ball. To discuss the picks and the Royals' approach, Clint Scoles of Baseball Prospectus Kansas City tracked down Lonnie Goldberg, Director of Scouting for the Kansas City Royals. They discussed how this draft group fits with what the Royals have in the system today, the development of those college pitchers and where they might add some upside, and other players who stuck out. To hear Clint's views on the draft with the Kansas City Baseball Vault, click here. Clint's minor league work and draft analysis can also be found here at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City and on Twitter at @ClintScoles.

Jun 08 2018
21 mins
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Rank #14: The Kelvin Herrera Trade (BP Kansas City Episode 105)

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With the Royals well below .500, the sell-off has started. It started a few weeks ago with Jon Jay, but he's only got a couple of months as a Royal on his resume. Kelvin Herrera, however, has been a Royals since 2006 and now goes to the Washington Nationals. Herrera was such a huge part of the Royals success in 2014 and 2015, and he's one of the more notable relievers in Royals history, so we chose to remember some key moments of his Royals career and our favorite highlights. We also discussed the trade itself: the prospects, the money, and what our general thoughts are about what Kansas City got back. We also covered the Jorge Soler injury and the call-up of Adalberto Mondesi and the Royals promise to play him often with him back in the big leagues. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

Jun 21 2018
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #15: Second Half Starts and MooseWatch (BP Kansas City Episode 109)

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The All-Star Break was good to the Royals and they came back somewhat rejuvenated in the second half. We discussed their positive week back, and the impact of some good, young starting pitching leading the way. Can it hold up in Yankee Stadium?  We also discussed Mike Moustakas and his potential trade suitors. The trade deadline will have passed before our next episode, so we tried to size up the top possible locations, but it's still pretty murky out there. The Royals say they won't just give him away, but now is the best time to leverage a deal. Along with all that, we talked a bit about clubhouse leadership, Whit Merrifield's unique spot in recent Royals history, and the acquisition of Brian Goodwin. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com.

Jul 26 2018
58 mins
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Rank #16: Awaiting The Call-ups (BP Kansas City Episode 112)

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On Wednesday, the Royals traded Lucas Duda for cash, opening up a roster spot just in time for September call-ups to start showing up. We discussed Duda's storied legacy in Kansas City from Day One to now.  With the roster spot, a whole batch of minor leaguers could be called up to the majors, including some names who've been waiting for their shot like Frank Schwindel and Richard Lovelady, but some other players have a shot to come up too.  And while Duda has departed, the Royals may have to make a few other moves to bring in the new crowd. We went over a few options. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com.

Aug 30 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #17: So It Begins (BP Kansas City Episode 95)

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Despite the weather, the Royals actually managed to get a couple games in during the first week of the MLB season.  Now, the results? Not that great. We discussed the meaning of early-season stats - that is, that there isn't much meaning yet - and what stood out from four chilly games. We also talked about the roster moves that lead to the opening day roster and since game 1, including the curious DFA and trade of Miguel Almonte, and the DFA waiving of Kyle Zimmer.  Finally, we talked about the Royals early approach of increasing defensive shifts and if it's something that's here to stay or if shifts might be actually bad. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

Apr 05 2018
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #18: Who's The All Star Here? (BP Kansas City Episode 106)

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The Royals have had a terrible June and a miserable 2018, so when it comes to positive news, there isn't a lot to report. The Royals did promote two significant prospects though, sending Khalil Lee to Double-A and Nicky Lopez to Triple-A. We discussed their significance and what might be reasonable expectations. Then we talked about the rough June and what's out there to get excited about. From Brad Keller's emergence to Rosell Herrera's hustle, we pretty much covered the most exciting things lately, though the difficult year did bring up a question: Who's the actual all star for the Royals this year? In a season with few standout performers (and their best one on the DL), who should get to represent the team in the Midsummer Classic?  Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

Jun 29 2018
49 mins
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Rank #19: Bright Spots and a Draft Preview With Clint Scoles (BP Kansas City 101)

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After a week off, we got caught up and despite a poor record, we sought out some bright spots through the first two months of the season, including a few emerging bullpen arms, some developing trade value, "hacking" baseball strategy, and the optimism of baseball's annual draft.  To help prepare for this year's draft, we brought on Clint Scoles to share his insight into the Royals draft approach, the benefits of their league-leading draft pool, and the potential players who may be available (and who best fit the Royals' plan). Clint has written extensively about these potential draft picks all year long, and we're happy to help share more of his thoughts.  Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

May 25 2018
1 hour 35 mins
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Rank #20: The Legacy of a Royal All Star (BP Kansas City Episode 107)

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The way this season has gone, it's a miracle the Royals get an All Star representative (even if it's in the rules that they do...) but we discussed Sal Perez as this year's sole representative. He gets a sixth appearance in a row, despite a rough stat line. But that's the type of year it's been. And the Royals have also run into injuries, particularly in the pitching staff. We discussed injuries and shuffling among the Royals rotation as they limp into the All Star break.  Then we discussed some of the fun players to watch the rest of the season and what we might learn. Also, somehow we ended up talking about Josh Brolin being cast as Ned Yost. It should totally happen. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

Jul 12 2018
1 hour
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