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The 3 “R’s”. Parallels and comparisons between the Royals, Rangers, and Rays

The three R’s. Well i’m certainly not talking about radishes, rhino’s, and rolex’s. I’m also not going to be discussing Ryne Sandberg, Ricky Weeks, and Ronny Paulino. We’re going to discuss the comparisons and parellels between the Royals, Rangers, and Rays over the past several and the next several seasons.

Take a look at the Yankees organization. Great management, great fan attendance. The point is, the Yankees management is among the best in Baseball due to passion for keeping the game original and spending when they need to. They are not the only productive organization in Baseball, but the three that I am discussing today couldn’t be more different. Take a look at the Rays for example. They don’t have the money to go out and spend $181MM on Mark Teixeira or get in to a bidding war for Matt Holliday. The Rays have to draft, spend internationally, build from within, and maintain a team where you have little fan attendance and no payroll. The aformentioned ballclub has obviously been extremely successful lately thanks to Stuart Sternberg, Andrew Friedman, among others…But can a team succeed in the long run when they are in the dumps for such a long time? I say the answer is yes, and I think Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers fan base would agree. Obviously you look at some of the great moves that Jon Daniels has made recently. Now take a look at their 2007 draft, again, I used the “D” word. Most of the trades that they have made over the past year consist of letting go of players to whom they had drafted in ’07. Isn’t that all it is though? If you draft smart, spend money on amateurs including international amateurs, how far can that get you in the long run? Now take a look at the Royals. Not only the best farm system in Baseball but maybe the best farm system in Baseball History. I could spend hours just discussing and thinking about how scary their teams are and they are still underrated.

Now how do the Royals go about becoming a winning and successful franchise again such as the current Rays and Rangers? Well there are actually a lot of comparisons that need to be discussed.

According to Baseball America’s top 10 Rays prospects in 2007, (by the way, tell me this isn’t extremely awesome) from 1-10, Evan Longoria, David Price, Jake McGee, Wade Davis, Reid Brignac, Desmond Jennings, Jeff Neimann, Jeremy Hellickson, Ryan Royster, Chris Mason.

Obviously it’s about those two big names, Ryan Royster and Chris Mason. Seriously though, is that all it takes to be a winning team let alone successful franchise for years to come? Simplfying it, maybe. The Texas Rangers now, who actually had a little bit of a different road to glory, boasted the best Minor League System for a time before they had their pieces in place for this season. Now if you look at their roster, Elvis Andrus, Derek Holland, Neftali Feliz, Mitch Moreland, Ian Kinsler, Michael Young, among others…All of whom are on that team due to Estaban Loaiza, Mark Teixeira, and good drafting. The Rangers also have two minor leaguers who I really like, both international signings, Martiz Perez and Jurrickson Profar.

So the point is, can the Royals, who currently boast a top 15, (my opinion) Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Wil Myers, John Lamb, Mike Montgomery, Christian Colon, Chris Dwyer, Johnny Giavotella, Cheslor Cuthbert, Danny Duffy, Salvador Perez, Tim Collins, Brett Eibner, Derrick Robinson, and Crawford Simmons. Now there are many others who I can go crazy about (and trust me there are), but the question is, can these 15 translate in to a 2013 2008 Rays season? You look at the Rays and how their great drafts translated in to 3 consecutive winning seasons to say the least, the Rangers who will in my opinion have a winning team for many years to come, and the Royals, who in my opinion are extremely underrated and have a lot to be excited about.

 The point is to focus more on the drafts, international scouting, player development and such, that to me is more important than signing player A for $10MM and player B for $15MM. Dayton Moore has done a fantastic job even after dealing Leo Nunez and Ramon Ramirez for pretty much nothing. Bottom line is, there is a lot to be excited for if you are a Royals fan, and even more to be excited about if you are a Rays and Rangers fan, who are two and three of the best managed teams in Baseball. The Rays, Rangers, and Royals…The REAL three “R’s”

Interview with Shawon Dunston Jr.

This is an interview with 2011 potential 1st rounder and Outfielder for the Valley Chritian High School in Freemont, CA. Shawon is also the son of former MLB All-Star, Shawon Dunston (obviously. Shawon is a really good guy and was very willing to do this interview, so hope you enjoy it.
Me: Your likely to be a first round pick in next years draft. Aside from getting drafted, what are you most excited about come next June?

Shawon: well I do not know if I will go in the 1st round in the draft, I cannot control that, but i can control playing hard and continue to work hard and getting my game better in every aspects. I am excited about the draft, but also excited about college, which i have not made my commiment yet, but will really soon!

Me: What’s it like having a father who played the game as a mentor and cheerleader?

Shawon: its great, but at the same time tough, my dad pushes me hard everyday and he is the one who keeps me level headed with everything and I just learn and take things from him because he has been there and done that.

Me: If you could pick any team to draft you, which team would it be and why?

Shawon: The rays because my favorite player Bj Upton plays on that team

Me: There are rougly 8 months until draft day. What kind of work will you be doing physically to prepare for the draft?

Shawon: I will be doing alot of leg work, to improve my strength in my legs, and some upperbody work to add more pounds on me
Me: What similiarities do you and your father have in terms of your playing abilities?
Shawon: We both play hard, we are both fast. Hitting I have quick hands and wrists which i got from him.
Me: Talk to me about what you anticipate when thinking about begininging your pro career.
Shawon: Whenever if it is the summer of 2011, or the summer of 2014 I know i am one step closer of reaching my ultimate goal which is playing in the Majors.
Me: Aside from possibly your father, have you been given any comparisons that you think suit you? If so, who? and Who are some of your favorite players?
Shawon: I have been compared to Dexter Fowler which I can say that is true, because we both are fast and have talent, and we just havent put it all together yet. My favorite players are Bj Upton, Dexter Fowler, Ryan Braun and Jose Reyes

Me: What has it been like facing the best pitchers in the nation? I know the best pitcher you ever faced was A.J. Vanegas who was just drafted by the Padres. Describe the challenge of competing against the best pitchers and players and the return to high school ball.

Shawon: Besides Venagas whom is at Stanford now, it was great facing pitchers like Tyler Beede and Mike Kelly and so on. You want to compete against the best and if you are considered as one of the best you have to step up and prove it. It will be a challenge, but I know what it is like to play against the best in the country and coming back to high school ball i will have to be on my top of my game, because no one is going to hand you anything.

Me: How excited are you for your final high school season and do you plan to change any part of your game?

Shawon: I am very excited i want to win a section title for my high school team. I want to be more of a team leader, lead by example, and I want to use the whole field hitting, and not just one side of it.

Me: Final question Shawon, The _____________ are going to win the World Series this year.

Shawon: Giants