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Robert Ford came to 610 Sports Radio in 2009 as the station’s “Royals Insider.”  He currently serves as the pre and post game show host for Royals Broadcasts on 610.  The Syracuse graduate has been around professional baseball as a reporter and broadcaster for over a decade.

Royals Spring Training Report for Sat, 3/24

Mike Moustakas’ rough spring continued tonight in the Royals game vs. the Diamondbacks in Scottsdale, as he struck out three times before hitting a single to rightfield in his final plate appearance. While his defense has improved – despite an error tonight – Moustakas hasn’t looked good at the plate all spring. Moustakas has been pulling everything, like he was when he first made it to the Majors last season, and he needs to get back to spraying balls to left and center. The Royals aren’t going to be concerned about Moustakas’ numbers until the season starts and, at this point, the Royals have to hope it’s simply a slow start. Moustakas has had slow starts to the regular season in nearly every season of his professional career. Last year, the Royals had Wilson Betemit to keep third base warm until Moustakas was ready and, while they acquired Yuniesky Betancourt to give them a righthanded-hitting option at third, he doesn’t figure to play every day at the hot corner. Essentially, the Royals don’t have any great fallback options if Moustakas struggles mightily this season, and he needs to be a productive part of their lineup.

Tonight, Jonathan Sanchez turned in his best outing of the spring. His command was as good as it has been and he was able to throw all of his pitches for strikes, working into the sixth inning. Sanchez has talked repeatedly about how important it is for him to be able to throw his off-speed pitches when he’s behind in the count. Being able to throw something other than a fastball in a fastball count benefits any Major League pitcher, but it may be even more important for a pitcher like Sanchez, who works a lot of deep counts and needs to work his way back into counts more than the average pitcher.

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03/25/2012 12:27PM
Royals Spring Training Report for Sat, 3/24
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