W

L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

IBB

K

BF

WHIP

BB/9

K/BB

5

5

2.84

16

16

0

0

111.0

93

39

35

15

22

1

89

441

1.036

1.8

4.05

 

9) Royals 1st Half Rookie of the Year = OF David Lough

This is the guy that made Jeff Francoeur expendable.  Nevermmind.  Jeff Francoeur made Jeff Francoeur expendable.

Either way, Lough should have been the everyday right fielder long before it took the team to swap him out permanently with Frenchy. 

Lough, although it covers only a 35-game sample, leads the team in batting average. 

 

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

35

121

14

38

9

2

2

14

1

1

3

17

.314

.336

.471

.807

 

10) Prospect to watch for 2014: SP Yordano Ventura

Ventura is the pitching prospect the Royals have longed for since Zack Greinke fled town.

He’s only 5-foot-11 and weighs 180 pounds, but Ventura can tickle triple digits on the radar gun.  This naturally draws comparisons to the great Pedro Martinez.  One of his minor league managers proclaimed he has a better fastball than Greinke.

Control and pitch counts are still the aspects he’s trying to master on the mound, nothing unusual for a 22-year old with a livewire arm.  He still walks too many hitters, but his strikeout rate is very healthy.

Kansas City needs a fifth starter right now.  They won’t rush Ventura, but he may be the name filling that role in the rotation next season.

Here are his minor league numbers this season, split over two levels at Double-A and Triple-A:

 

W

L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

IBB

K

BF

WHIP

BB/9

K/BB

5

3

3.10

16

15

0

0

81.1

63

31

28

5

35

1

95

336

1.205

3.9

2.71

11) Max Scherzer might win the 2013 AL Cy Young Award and he’s just one of the former Mizzou players in Major League Baseball making a significant impact.

Agent Scott Boras is salivating in his office somewhere.  Scherzer is about to get paid.

A 2006 first round draft pick, Scherzer has found a home next to Justin Verlander in the Detroit Tiger rotation.  He’s always thrown hard, but now he far better understands the art of pitching. 

He had so much trouble keeping his pitch counts down in previous years, thus his innings count was never as substantial as it should be for an elite starter.  In 2013, Scherzer has mastered that problem.

He’s still striking out a healthy number of hitters, but his walks and hits allowed per inning are better than they’ve ever been before. 

He became the first pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1997 to start a season 11-0.  He’s now 12-0 with a chance to make it 13-0 Wednesday at Toronto.