Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:30 pm
By Matt Snyder
What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.
Long a punching bag for fans and media alike, the Kansas City Royals have become a darling in recent years due to their strong farm system. We keep hearing about how they'll be a World Series caliber team by 2014 and the first wave of strong talent hit the bigs in 2011 -- with Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas leading the charge. There's more on the way, too. For the purposes of this exercise, though, the Royals get to add two All-Star veterans to the lineup who have long since departed. Oh, and they get back an aloof ace.
1. Alex Gordon, LF
2. Johnny Damon, RF
3. Eric Hosmer, 1B
4. Carlos Beltran, CF
5. Billy Butler, DH
6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
7. Salvador Perez, C
8. Johnny Giavotella, 2B
9. Mike Aviles, SS
1. Zack Greinke
2. Luke Hochevar
3. Aaron Crow
4. Danny Duffy
5. Chad Durbin
Closer - J.P. Howell
Set up - Jeremy Affeldt, Greg Holland, Blake Wood, Tim Byrdak, Mike MacDougal
Long - Louis Coleman
Notable Bench Players
Matt Treanor, Kila Ka'aihue, Mark Ellis, David DeJesus, Mitch Maier, Jarrod Dyson
That really looks like a nice lineup. There's obviously some growing up to be done in the 6-7-8 spots, but that's a lot easier done when the top five spots are that strong. And remember, Wil Myers is on the way ...
With Beltran and Damon getting up into their high-30s, the outfield defense would lack range. Of course, DeJesus and Dyson are both available off the bench as late-inning defensive replacements, so the situation wouldn't be dire. There is no real closer, but that's a bit overrated anyway. And the starting rotation leaves something to be desired, for now, until Crow and Duffy prove their worth and some of the other prospects (like John Lamb and Mike Montgomery) start to arrive.
Comparison to real 2011
It's actually pretty similar, aside from a few huge names. These Royals have Beltran and Damon instead of Melky Cabrera and Jeff Francoeur, while Greinke has been thrown atop the rotation. Those are upgrades and, remember, the real-life Royals didn't get full seasons out of many of their young players. It's reasonable to put this squad above .500 and maybe even lingering around in the playoff chase into August.
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Posted on: May 19, 2011 2:38 am
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Jake Peavy, White Sox-- While it seemed like a long time coming, Peavy was the Jake Peavy of old, holding the Indians -- who had scored 31 runs in their last three games -- scoreless, allowing just three hits. Peavy struck out nine and walked none. With Ozzie Guillen understandably having little faith in his bullpen, Peavy finished the game in 111 pitches.
Charlie Morton, Pirates -- The Pirates right-hander notched his second complete-game victory over the Reds on Wednesday and the second shutout of his career on Wednesday night. The Pirates victory snapped Pittsburgh's six-game losing streak and the Reds' five-game winning streak. Morton allowed five hits, striking out five and walking two.
Cody Ross, Giants -- Ross picked up Brian Wilson, who blew a save, by launching a three-run homer in the top of the ninth off of the Dodgers' Lance Cormier. Ross was 2 for 5 with three runs scored in the 8-5 Giants victory.
Daric Barton, Athletics -- Barton is a phenomenal defensive first baseman, or at least he has been. On Wednesday, he notched his sixth error of the season and it was costly. After Delmon Young led off the 10th inning with a single, Alexi Casilla popped up a bunt attempt, but Barton elected to let it drop and try to throw Young out at second. Instead, he threw it past second, moving both runners up. Trevor Plouffe (who had a costly error of his own) hit a sacrifice fly to give Minnesota a 4-3 victory and drop the A's out of first place in the American League West. He also filed out to end the game.
Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays -- Encarnacion has earned the nickname "E5" for his play at third base. Well, that changed for a night, at least, as he was instead "E3" -- committed two of the Jays' five errors in the loss to the Rays. Encarnacion has 10 errors this season, seven at third and three at first. The Blue Jays have just 31 total errors, with Encarnacion making up for nearly a third of them.
Mike Aviles, Jarrod Dyson, Royals -- Both entered the game as pinch runners in the ninth after Eric Hosmer's game-tying homer, and both were picked off by Neftali Feliz before Wilson Betemit struck out looking to end the inning. The Royals lost 5-4 in 11 innings.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: April 30, 2011 1:22 am
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Carlos Santana, Indians -- With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth with one out and the bases loaded, Santana only need a fly ball to win the game for the Indians. He hit a fly ball all right, one that went 352 feet into the stands in right field for the walk-off grand slam.
Jarrod Dyson, Royals -- Dyson didn't even have a plate appearance, but his speed was the difference in the Royals' Friday night 5-4 victory over the Twins. Dyson entered the game as a pinch-runner in the eighth inning and immediately made a difference. He stole second, and when Drew Butera's throw went into center field, Wilson Betemit scored from third and Dyson went to third. With one out, Yunel Escobar hit a soft liner to shallow left field, which Twins shortstop Alexi Casilla caught, but Dyson tagged up and beat the throw home easily, scoring the winning run.
Jason Vargas, Mariners -- Seattle's left-hander broke a 13-game winless streak by pitching seven innings in Boston on Friday. Varagas allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks, while Seattle won its fourth straight game in its six-game road trip.
Travis Wood, Reds -- With Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey getting close to returning to the Reds' rotation, left-hander Travis Wood may have been pitching for his big-league life on Friday. How'd that go? Well, Louisville's nice this time of year. Wood allowed five first-inning runs to the Marlins in Cincinnati's 7-6 loss to Florida. Wood lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
David Price, Rays -- Allowed a career-high 12 hits in just 4 1/3 innings in an 8-5 loss to the Angels. Price allowed five runs and walked one, striking out four. Angels rookie first baseman had an RBI single and a two-run homer off of Price,
Bobby Jenks, Red Sox -- The former White Sox closer gave up a walk, a single and a pair of doubles to Chone Figgins and Jack Cust to pick up the loss for the Red Sox. Jenks has allowed nine runs, eight earned, in his last 4 1/3 innings.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.