Ned Yost media session: Soria, Dyson, May and computers

Yost picks Soria

Is Joakim Soria the best closer in baseball?  That question was asked to Yost, who said that if someone came to him and said he could have any closer in baseball, he’d take Soria.

Showing a little power with the speed

Jarrod Dyson hit his first Major League home run last night.  Dyson’s ability to drive the ball isn’t a complete surprise to Yost.  J.J. Picollo, KC’s Assistant GM for Scouting & Player Development, had told Yost that Dyson could deceive with his power.  While Dyson is hitting the ball hard, he can further expand his game by bunting for base hits.  Yost wants Dyson to focus on that aspect while he plays winter ball.

Yost also wants Dyson to take focus on his health this offseason through rest, nutrition and hydration.  Dyson played in 71 minor league games this season and his career high is 93 games in 2008.  Manager Yost wants him to be ready for the full 162-game schedule in 2011.

May continues to make progress

Rookie Lucas May is starting behind the plate again tonight.  The converted catcher had some early problems with passed balls.  Yost believes it was due in part to the centerfield backdrop at Kauffman Stadium.  He pointed out that May did not have trouble picking the ball up on the road.  Yost believes that May has a nice feel for calling the game and that he needs to work on his throwing.

A computer-savvy skipper

After today’s media session, the conversation switched to Yost and his computer skills.  The manager had mentioned that he would print out a list of players that will participate in winter ball.  MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel somewhat jokingly asked Yost if he did his own printing.  Others chimed in about Yost’s strong computing competency and the manager mentioned that he had built three computers from scratch.  Yost thought it could take some time, but he had the first one up and running in three hours.  Now Kaegel knows who he can call on if he has computer issues on the road…

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