Peter Gammons: Spotlight on the 2017 Royals

SURPRISE, ARIZONA—This is one of those springs where the Royals needed to get out and play. Raul Mondesi, who annually roomed with Yordano Ventura, needs to play and concentrate on showing Ned Yost he is ready to play second base in the big leagues. “We all need to play,” says Salvador Perez. “Focus on baseball.” […]

Newberg: Secondary market.

You asked that other owner in your fantasy league a thousand times for Dodgers prospect Raul Mondesi (Sr.), and Expos minor league shortstop Wil Cordero and Marlins reliever Matt Mantei slightly less often, and you got nowhere. If your cordless phone calls were even returned, they didn’t last long, as he inevitably tried convincing you […]

Gammons Notes: New generation of young shortstops, Dodgers, Pirates and more

“A few years ago,” says one scouting director, “we were wondering if we’d ever see young shortstops coming to the major leagues from this country. Now we look around and see the game loaded with potential impact star shortstops. And look at the draft. There might be six college shortstops taken in the first 50 […]