Confession time: I am a Kansas City Royals fan. I haven’t lived in Kansas for more than a decade, but I’m one of those loyal die-hards who roots for his team through thick & thin (and thin, and thin). The Royals have tried to survive at the MLB-level by bringing in late-career retreads like Juan Gonzalez and Mark Grudzielanek for years – a strategy which has not really worked. But the farm system has given me some hope that high draft picks might eventually build a team that is capable of contending in the AL Central.
One player who will hopefully take the express lane to the majors to join Alex Gordon and Billy Butler is Mike Moustakas, a California-born Shortstop taken first in the 2007 amateur draft. After playing 11 games for the Rookie-level Idaho Falls Chukars, and knocking in 10 RBIs in that short time, Moustakas was deemed ready to be the starting SS for the low-A Burlington Bees (Get Stung by the Fun!). The kid has struggled a bit in his first four games of A-Ball, hitting just .176 with one RBI, but this Royals fan hopes to see him join the parent club sooner rather than later, before big money lures some of his fellow youngsters away from the Royals. We’ll keep an eye on him on the Zimmmerman-o-meter, which will come your way on Thursday.
Local newspaper are writing a lot of odes to baseball these days, since very little action is in the books. Here’s one Davenport-area paper getting revved up for another season with the Quad Cities River Bandits (Cardinals). [Quad City Times]
Over in Bergen, New Jersey, everyone seems to want minor-league baseball, but nobody seems to know how to make it happen. [New York Times Regional]
In assessing their minor-league system, the Red Sox see potential at every level, including A-ball. Get the scoop in this article from the franchises’ northern outpost. [New Hampshire Union-Leader]
And, to cap things off, a blogger takes a look at Coveleski Stadium, home of the South Bend Silver Hawks (Diamondbacks). This is a nice look at the stadium, including photos and an assessment of the accomodations. [Confessions of a Sports Junkie]
AA-ball will be in the spotlight on Wednesday. Get out and enjoy a game near you!