Erick Pena and why signing more talent from Latin America is important (to the Royals and KC)

When it comes to building a baseball team, especially a small-market one that doesn’t have a lot of money to lure or sign free agents, the international market can be a solid investment. The International Signing period, which is mostly geared toward players from Latin America, occurs a month after the MLB Draft, and for… Read More Erick Pena and why signing more talent from Latin America is important (to the Royals and KC)

Three reasons why the new “MLB Plan” would be a win for Royals fans

So it seems like Major League Baseball will have a strong chance of coming back at some point this summer, or at least that’s what the brass in the MLB Office are saying up top. While there are many reports from different baseball writers exploring the details, this report in the embedded tweet below from… Read More Three reasons why the new “MLB Plan” would be a win for Royals fans

“Maverick” Phillips has been Royals story of shutdown; can he build on that once play begins?

Without a doubt, this COVID shutdown has been tough for Royals faithful. While it has been nice to do different kinds of “fan brackets” and recount Royals history, KC baseball fans (myself included) miss the Boys in Blue taking the field at Kauffman Stadium. It certainly has been tough for KC denizens to power through… Read More “Maverick” Phillips has been Royals story of shutdown; can he build on that once play begins?

Six Great 3-yr Individual Royals Hitting Stretches from 1995-2003

1995-2003 was a dark ages of sorts for the Kansas City Royals. The Royals had an average winning percentage of .473 during the eight-year span, and lost 90-plus games four times, including a 100-loss campaign in 2002 which was a franchise high at the time (that would be surpassed in 2006, as the Royals lost… Read More Six Great 3-yr Individual Royals Hitting Stretches from 1995-2003

Is Nicky Lopez key to the Royals surprising in a shortened season?

The Royals made a big decision this off-season when they decided to move Whit Merrifield from second-base to center field full time in 2020. Essentially, the move showed that the Royals believe that the 25-year-old Nicky Lopez is the Royals’ second-baseman for the foreseeable future. To many Royals fans, that’s a huge deal, especially considering… Read More Is Nicky Lopez key to the Royals surprising in a shortened season?

The Royals’ short-lived ‘Resurrection’ in 2003 (“Easter” Royals part 2)

Part 1 of the 3-part Royals “Easter” seasons posts, which focuses on the 1971 Royals, can be found here. The 2003 Royals season was a short-lived “Easter” of sorts: the Royals went 83-79 that season which was their first winning season in almost a decade. For about 3/4 of a season, Royals baseball was relevant… Read More The Royals’ short-lived ‘Resurrection’ in 2003 (“Easter” Royals part 2)

What will MJ Melendez be as a Royal (if a Royal at all)?

Last year, three highly-rated position prospects in the Royals system had down seasons with the High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League: Outfielder Seuly Matias, First Baseman Nick Pratto, and Catcher MJ Melendez. Their lackluster performances were a bit disappointing for Royals fans looking for hope down in the lower levels of the minors,… Read More What will MJ Melendez be as a Royal (if a Royal at all)?

Four reasons why the Royals should move Kennedy back to the rotation in 2020

As I have regularly mentioned on this blog, the start of this MLB season looks hazy at best. While there are some signs that baseball could return, it is unlikely that a.) we will have a full season and b.) that will baseball return to home stadiums anytime soon. If baseball does return, then it… Read More Four reasons why the Royals should move Kennedy back to the rotation in 2020