@MinorLeagueBall): Welcome to 'Social Sunday' with our special Royals focus. Storm Chasers/PCL writer @OmahaBaseball joins this week's chat. Royals are making post-season history. But you wrote that it's not so surprising when farm's been winning for years. Guys like Moustakas & Hosmer (who J. Sickels ranked #1/#2 & said are 'damn good' in '11) are stars as expected. #MiLBall
LEE WARREN (
@OmahaBaseball) They are stars now, but it didn't come easy for either of them. Moose needed to be in an environment where the pressure was off. Also closed his stance, allowing him to go opposite way. Moustakas really struggled to hit breaking stuff away early on in Omaha. I had more confidence that Hosmer would emerge. He was in Omaha for only five weeks or so and just crushed PCL pitching. #MiLBall
LEE: No, the pressure was off when he was demoted to Omaha.
LEE: Essentially, Dayton Moore was gambling the future for a chance to win in 2014, and it worked. If it hadn't, well....
@JayLowrey He bet his job. These games have been great and 2 wins from series. Not counting it yet.
LEE: The trade makes Moore look like a genius now. Huge risk when he made it though.
LEE: [He] had a strong outing or two in the playoffs for Omaha. But better to be safe with him. He's too important going forward.
JESSICA: Let's talk a little about the PCL/Storm Chasers 2014 season. The Storm Chasers won their 2nd straight PCL CS & 3rd in 4 years. What were the strengths of that team? Who stood out?
LEE: They had a lot of power in the lineup: Carlos Peguero, Matt Fields, Francisco Pena. And they had a great bullpen. The crazy thing is, the Chasers lost quite a few guys to KC in the playoffs and won anyway.
LEE: I'm awful at projections. From a selfish perspective, it would be nice to see Brandon Finnegan in an Omaha uniform.
That concluded this week’s ‘Social Sunday’ prospect chat. There won’t be a chat or Q & A next week, but Q & A comes back on the 26th with Rays prospect, 2014 4th pick Blake Bivens. Prospect chat will return November 2nd, when ‘Amazin’ Avenue’s’ Mets prospect writer Jeffrey Paternostro takes on hosting duties.
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