Long before the 100-mph fastball, the dynamic 2014 season and the opportunity to start Game 2 of the World Series was a tryout in Guerra, the Dominican city that houses the Royals’ academy on that baseball-rich island. It was the summer of 2008. Yordano Ventura came in slightly taller than 5-foot-10, weighing 143 pounds and throwing no harder than 88 mph, sticking out for the wrong reasons.
With a 2-for-5, two-RBI performance in the Giants’ 7-1 Game 1 victory over the Royals, Pablo Sandoval improved his lifetime postseason batting average to .328. That moved him above Babe Ruth and just about everyone else on baseball’s all-time list. Among players with at least 125 playoff plate appearances, Sandoval now ranks ninth.
Not only do the Royals utilize speed over power, but they also have had success deviating from the prototypical pitcher’s frame.
Angels skipper Mike Scioscia was named American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday by Sporting News, which also named Matt Williams of the Nationals in the National League based on a panel of 22 fellow managers.
For Game 1 of the World Series, as Major League Baseball honored veterans and military families, Tony Clark of Augusta, Kan., was in the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat at Kauffman Stadium.
Here are the day’s minor moves: Southpaw reliever Mike Zagurski has signed on with Nippon’s Hiroshima Carp, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports on Twitter. The 31-year-old had his way with Triple-A competition last year, posting a cumulative 2.08 ERA over 60 2/3 frames with 12.3 K/9 against 4.3 BB/9. But he has yet to see those numbers translate at the MLB level, and did not see any action in the bigs last year for the first time since 2009. The Diamondbacks have added right-hander Enrique Burgos to the 40-man roster, tweets Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Burgos, 23, had a nice year at High-A (2.47 ERA, 13.7 K/9 against 4.3 BB/9 over 54 2/3 innings) in his seventh year in the Arizona system.
Here’s a breakdown of the pitchers for Game 2 of the World Series: the Giants’ Jake Peavy and the Royals’ Yordano Ventura.
Vincent Velasquez, ranked Houston’s No. 8 prospect by MLB.com, allowed just one hit against a star-studded lineup for Peoria. The Javelinas had three of the top 100 prospects ranked by MLB.com in Tuesday’s lineup, but Velasquez and three Salt River relievers held Peoria to just two hits for the day.
Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3 and Jason Vargas will follow in Game 4, Royals manager Ned Yost announced before tonight’s World Series opener at Kauffman Stadium.
Alex Avila should be able to have a normal offseason after concussion symptoms from a couple of weeks ago subsided and followup tests came back negative. Still, there’s a lingering concern within the Tigers organization — including VP and assistant GM Al Avila — for his health after at least three concussions in recent years.