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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 C Salvador Perez To Have Tommy John Surgery

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Six-time All-Star catcher Salvador Perez will miss all of 2019.

The Kansas City Royals’ 2019 season may have been effectively torpedoed before it even began. The team announced on Tuesday night that catcher and franchise cornerstone Salvador Perez will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, he will miss the entirety of the 2019 season.

The announcement comes after the Royals diagnosed Perez with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm. The 28-year-old sought a second opinion, but Dr. Neal ElAttrache of Los Angeles confirmed that Perez can’t avoid baseball’s two deadliest letters, TJ. It is believed he sustained the injury working out over the winter and did the final damage last Wednesday during a throwing session, Kansas City’s MLB.com reporter Jeff Flanagan states.

The news is obviously terrible for Perez, the MLB’s best defensive catcher and an All-Star in each of the last six seasons. The standard rehabilitation time is 14 months, though it will likely be less in this case for it is not a pitcher. Perez will undergo the operation tomorrow and, if all goes well, he could be ready in time for the start of the 2020 season.

Removing Perez from the equation isn’t good news for the Royals at all. The team has struggled mightily over the last two seasons and fell right back in the cellar of the American League Central almost as quickly as it climbed out and won the 2015 World Series. Ned Yost’s squad lacks big names and just lost its biggest for the entire season before it even began. With Perez out of the equation, Cam Gallagher will likely be the team’s Opening Day catcher.

The Royals probably weren’t expected to do much this season, but it appears they definitely won’t now unless they can fill a very sizable void.

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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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