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Brewers Hire Mike Groopman As Director Of International Scouting After He Leaves Royals

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As first reported on Monday by the Kansas City Star, Mike Groopman is no longer with the Kansas City Royals’ organization after accepting a job with the Milwaukee Brewers as the Director of International Scouting.

Groopman’s tenure with the Royals ends after 10 seasons. Since January 2015, he had been the team’s Director of Baseball Operations/Analytics.

Prior to joining the Royals as a Baseball Operations intern in 2008, Groopman was a Baseball Operations intern for the Cincinnati Reds in 2006 and New York Mets in 2007. Before the 2008 season, Groopman served another internship in Major League Baseball’s Labor Relations Department.

Brewers general manager David Stearns sees Groopman as a solid fit for the team.

“I think Mike has a unique profile. Even though his upbringing in the game was through an analytical bent, he’s had a wide range of experiences in the game. That includes extensive subjective evaluation, combined with a robust knowledge of the analytical side of the industry,” said Stearns while at the GM meetings in Orlando.

Per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Stearns points out the Brewers have “beefed up” their international scouting operation on the amateur and professional sides. This is evident of the acquisition of Eric Thames prior to last year, after he posted three straight monster seasons in South Korea.

Milwaukee’s reportedly been scouting two-way Japanese prospect Shohei Ohtani, who’d be a great fit. We’ll see if Groopman has any tricks up his sleeve to land the 23-year-old.

The Brewers went 86-76 in 2017 after two straight losing seasons (68-94 in ’15, 73-89 in ’16).

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Royals Request Release Waivers On Eric Stout

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The Kansas City Royals have requested unconditional release waivers on left-handed reliever Eric Stout, the team formally announced on Monday.

Stout as designated for assignment last week following the Royals’ acquisition of reliever Ben Lively who was claimed off outright waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Stout was unimpressive during his short stint in the majors this season and has sported an ugly 4.75 ERA for Triple-A Omaha this year.

 

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Kyle Lohse Retires Following Release From Royals

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The Kansas City Royals released veteran right hander Kyle Lohse on Thursday, according to The Athletic’s Rustin Dodd, and the veteran is retiring in the aftermath.

Lohse, 39, had been pitching with Kansas City’s Triple-A affiliate in Omaha after signing a minor league deal back in March of this year after not pitching in the majors since throwing 9 1.3 innings back in 2016.

Lohse has struggled to find his way back to big leagues and now says that this is “probably it” for his career, according to the Omaha World-Herald’s Tony Boone.

Immediately following his release, Lohse posted the following to his Instagram page:

“It’s been a hell of a ride, Baseball, you’ve taken me a lot of places I’ve never thought or even dreamed of. The highs. The lows. The people I’ve met. The teammates I’ve had the pleasure of battling alongside. The guys on the other teams I’ve had the pleasure of battling against. Time to take it to the house knowing I gave it all I had each and every time.”

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Royals Release Seth Maness

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The Kansas City Royals have released right hander Seth Maness from his minor-league deal, according to Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Maness underwent a primary repair procedure to address UCL damage back in 2016 and has not been able to regain his form since.

 

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