From now on, let’s assume everyone is in the transfer portal. College basketball coaches have to continue recruiting their players even after signing a letter of intent these days. Heck, they have to recruit the players even after they are playing for the school. The transfer portal sounds scary, but it isn’t. It’s not a real place. It’s a list on a computer. Or is it…
Kansas City Royals 5, Cleveland Indians 4 (Box Score)
Royals Lineup Set?
It appears that outfield prospect Kyle Isbel has made the opening day roster. The final lineup of the spring looks like what the club will open the season with:
Whit Merrifield, 2b
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Adalberto Mondesi, SS
Carlos Santana, 1B
Salvador Perez, C
Jorge Soler, DH
Hunter Dozier, 3B
Kyle Isbel, RF
Michael Taylor, CF
That certainly appears to be what the Royals will go with most days, and it is a lot deeper than we have seen in recent seasons. Adalberto Mondesi batting third is intriguing. At his best, Mondesi is definitely a number three hitter. In the old days, the number three hitter was the best hitter on the team. It’s not so much that way now. Now the best hitter on the team could easily be first or second in the lineup.
Whit Merrifield is the best pure hitter for the Royals. If Mondesi struggles, which he has been known to do, he will have to be dropped to seventh or eighth. The question is, how long will the Royals give Mondesi to find his swing? Hopefully, Mondesi will be hot from opening day, and this won’t be an issue.
If Mondesi is swinging the bat well, this lineup is at least seven quality bats deep, possibly eight. It’s impressive what Dayton Moore did during the offseason bringing in Carlos Santana and Andrew Benintendi. Michael Taylor is on the team to cover the large space in center field in Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas Athletic Director Search Continues
Kansas is continuing its search for a new athletic director to replace Jeff Long who “stepped down” a few weeks ago after firing Les Miles. Reports indicate that the search is nearing its completion. Two highly desirable candidates, Mike Harrity of Army and Travis Goff of Northwestern, could be on campus soon for interviews. Kansas’ search firm wants to hire a sitting athletic director. However, hiring a highly desirable sitting athletic director could be tough for Kansas because of buyout costs.
Kansas guard Tyon Grant-Foster entered the transfer portal… Kansas City native Tamar Bates asked out of his letter of intent with Texas after Shaka Smart left the school for Marquette… Michigan State guard Rocket Watts entered the transfer portal on Monday. Watts was a target of Missouri before he went to the Spartans… Oklahoma State basketball coach Mike Boynton has reportedly agreed to a seven-year, $21 million contract extension with the school after being contacted by multiple power conference schools… MLB is relaxing some of its covid protocols for those who have been fully vaccinated. The league is trying to encourage all players and staff to get vaccinated, but neither the league nor MLBPA will require it.
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