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Vern's Notes

February 20th

Royals Coverage
February 20, 2018 - 1:21 pm

(2/20) It was the coldest day yet, but not as cold as Kansas City. Sorry.

-Alex Gordon arrived at camp with a heavy heart following the passing of his father.

-Danny Duffy has been in full control of the music inside the clubhouse.

-Rule 5 pitcher Burch Smith threw live batting practice to a few hitters, Alex Gordon included. His stuff is undeniable, but his command is questionable. I tend to like the unpredictability from the long-haired righty. There will not be a comfortable at-bat for any opponent standing in against Smith.

-A group of high school kids were granted media credentials today. It's part of an MLB initiative. I feared for their safety during Ned Yost's press conference, but the manager decided to take it easy on them.

-New hitting coach Terry Bradshaw is another member of this organization that is cut from the same cloth as Dayton Moore. Humble, grateful, kind. 

-Ned acknowledged the first base options currently in camp will leave quite a bit to be desired defensively.

-Jesse Hahn will start the Spring Training opener on Saturday. He threw some live BP earlier today, squaring off with 2017 George Brett Hitter of the Year, Frank Schwindel among others.

-Ned had some fun with Drew Butera, pulling the catcher down to the ground with a yank of his chest pad while he was stretching, waiting turn catch a live BP.

-Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez had a good time giving Kelvin Herrera some flack about his pick-off move. Herrera threw a live BP today, with Whit Merrifield being one of the hitters to stand in against the two-time All-Star.

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