Things are slow in the sports world until the bowl games get going and then after the first of the year when conference play begins in college basketball. The weekend can’t get here soon enough. We have bowl games starting on Friday, three very interesting college basketball games, seven bowl games and three NFL games on Saturday, and the NFL on Sunday. But today we have some information on Royals prospect rankings, a Missouri coaching hire and the Jacksonville Jaguars forced to fire an executive because of the NFLPA so let’s get started…
Baseball America released its Royals top 10 prospects list for 2020 and Bobby Witt Jr. was on top. Witt was just drafted in the 2019 June draft and is Baseball America’s projected starting shortstop for the Royals in 2023 with Adalberto Mondesi moving to second base. There has been a lot of speculation about Mondesi or Witt eventually moving to the outfield when Witt arrives in the major leagues with the other one playing shortstop. If we get to see Witt play shortstop in the major leagues we will have a better chance to compare the two defensively. Most won’t watch him play the position enough before then to make a comparison so we’ll just have to see what the Royals decide. First though, Witt has to be able to hit enough to make it to the show. If he does that we will discuss positions.
A lot of pitchers appear in the Top 10 prospects list for the Royals. Daniel Lynch lands at #2, Jackson Kowar at #3, and Kowar’s college teammate Brady Singer at #4. Kris Bubic is #8 on the list and Austin Cox came in at #9. Like new Royals owner John Sherman said in his introductory press conference, when you think you have a lot of pitching you should go get some more.
Missouri is retaining Ryan Walters as its defensive coordinator. Walters called plays for Missouri’s defense last season. He has two years left on his contract at $800,000 per year.
The Jacksonville Jaguars fired Tom Coughlin effective immediately on Wednesday. The firing comes just two days after the NFL Players Association warned players of signing with Jacksonville because of possible excessive fines and player grievances. The firing of Coughlin was going to happen after the season but when the NFLPA sent its letter to players Jaguars owner Shad Kahn decided to go ahead and make the move now. Coughlin was the first coach in franchise history but recently he was serving as the executive vice president of football operations.
The move had to be made by Kahn. Leaving Coughlin in that position would seriously hurt the team’s chances of signing free agents and would hurt the morale of the players already on the roster. Making the change now gets this out of the headlines and lets Kahn find a replacement before free agency starts after the season.
WHAT I’M WATCHING: Without Thursday Night Football this week it will probably be a night of watching TV with the family without sports. If forced to pick an event I would choose NC State at Auburn.
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