Organizational pitching philosophy, Nick Pratto and MJ Melendez timelines and more – The Athletic

The Royals have played eight games and the two biggest pre-season questions – about starting pitch and running production – remain unanswered. So we thought it would be helpful to address your most pressing concerns.

Most of you were interested in pitching, so the majority of the mail is a breakdown of the club’s processes/progressions, sometimes comparing them to teams with strong reputations for developing pitching, such as the Seattle Mariners, the Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Guardians, San Francisco Giants, and Los Angeles Dodgers. Thank you to all of you who took the time to share your curiosities!

We’re going…

Is there something inherently wrong with the Royals organization when it comes to the pitch? -Bryan B.

Bryan’s question, in particular, framed the introductory conversation from an organizational perspective. And I think – through so many conversations I’ve had over the years about this with people inside and outside the organization – that’s the way to look at it.

Optimal cultures of pitcher development do not separate scouting from training, nor the infusion of analytics with an understanding of capabilities and limitations in how a pitcher can move their body. Royals president of baseball operations Dayton Moore referenced this important synergy in 2020.

Aubrey L. Morgan