Big surprise

Get this…The Royals really like Jeremy Jeffress

Ned Yost, now the Royals’ skipper, was managing the Milwaukee Brewers when they made the right-handed Jeffress a first-round Draft choice in 2006.

“When I saw him before, he had very raw stuff, coming at you with a 101, 102 mph fastball,” Yost said. “Decent breaking ball, command was an issue for him, like it is for all young pitchers. But he’s definitely refined his command to the point where he throws a lot more strikes with that really good stuff. He’s impressive so far.”

What about this “exploding” stuff?

“It jumps on you. There’s a difference,” Yost said. “There are guys that throw hard, but you can see it the whole way. When it comes out of his hand, it just like gets there and goes ‘shhhhhhhhhhmp!’ You think you see it, but you don’t see it.”

That’s the hope anyhow and, if enough batters don’t see it, Jeffress is likely to be part of the Royals’ bullpen this year.

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