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Royals prospects tour F-35 simulator

If you’ve attended Royals Spring Training in Surprise, Ariz., you have probably witnessed the sights and sounds of Air Force jets overhead.  The planes are from Luke Air Force Base, which is south of Surprise in Litchfield Park.

Jets are familiar to Royals prospect Shane Halley.  Shane has a direct connection to military flying as his father, Tom, served as a naval aviator, logging over 4,000 flight hours and 700+ carrier-arrested landings.  (Shane was actually born at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba).  Captain Halley now works in aerospace with Lockheed Martin.  That leads us to Wednesday, when Royals prospects Marten Gasparini, Hunter Haynes, Alec Mills and Sean Manaea joined Shane to take a first-hand look at Lockheed’s F-35 simulator at Litchfield Park.

FP140573 F-35 Luke AFB KC Royals at Sim

FP140573 F-35 Luke AFB KC Royals at SimFP140573 F-35 Luke AFB KC Royals at Sim

Thank you to Lockheed Martin for providing information and photos of this unique visit! (Photo credit: Todd R. McQueen)

Draft Press Conference Notes

General Manager Dayton Moore, Assistant GM/Scouting and Player Development J.J. Picollo and Scouting Director Lonnie Goldberg met with the media after tonight’s first-round selection of Hunter Dozier.  They also met the media after KC’s 7-3 win to discuss the selections of left-handed pitchers Sean Manaea and Cody Reed.

Goldberg described th3 6’4”, 220 pound Dozier as big and athletic, the type of player that the scouts look for.  Drafted as a shortstop, Dozier could also play third base or outfield, according to Goldberg.  Dozier is a player with big-time power to all fields and a guy who loves to play.

Dayton Moore also described Dozier as one who “comes to play”, a great person and someone who comes from a great family.  Picollo says that the Royals will likely start Dozier in short-season ball.

KC selected left-handed pitchers Sean Manaea and Cody Reed with the 34th and 46th picks, respectively.
Goldberg says that both have swing-and-miss ability.

Manaea dominated the Cape Cod League last year in a season that Goldberg feels was full of offense.

He sees Reed as a player that jumped on the scene this year and someone who the Royals are catching on the rise.  Picollo sees Reed going to a short-season team.

Moore was asked about pitching deliveries and how it pertains to Manaea, who has had injury issues.  Moore pointed out that deliveries are unique – pointing out that Royals Hall of Famers Kevin Appier, Mark Gubicza and Bret Saberhagen all had deliveries that were not considered normal.  Moore is not in the camp of baseball people who believe that a pitcher has to have a perfect delivery in order to be effective.

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