It’s been a busy “hot stove” day, as two major moves were announced today. First, news broke that the Minnesota Twins and Byron Buxton agreed on a seven-year, $100 million extension. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal went into more details on the deal on Twitter: This was a huge move for the Twins, as it seemed… Read More How the Buxton and Semien moves affect the Royals and AL Central
There’s no question that 2021 was a rough season for Hunter Dozier. Even though the Royals showed their faith in the former 8th overall pick by inking him to a four-year, $25-million extension during Spring Training, Dozier struggled to produce both in the lineup and on the field in the first year of his deal.… Read More Will Hunter Dozier prove that he was worth his extension? (“Bounce Back Royals” series)
It is Thanksgiving Day, and I imagine a lot of people are out there with their families, which is especially needed now considering that last Thanksgiving forced so many people to celebrate digitally (I know my family did, especially as we are spread out all over the country). Thus, I just wanted to share a… Read More Five Things from 2021 I am Thankful for as a Royals (and Baseball) Fan
After getting designated for assignment last Friday to clear room on the 40-man roster, the Kansas City Royals announced on Monday their request for unconditional waivers on relief pitcher Kyle Zimmer, which pretty much ends his tenure with the Royals organization: Zimmer was the Royals’ first-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, and number five… Read More Kyle Zimmer, the struggles of Royals first-round draft picks, and what Kansas City learned
Opening Day should have been an omen for Royals fans in regard to Brad Keller and what his 2021 season would be like. After posting 2.47 ERA and accumulating a 1.3 fWAR in nine starts and 54.2 IP during the shortened 2020 season, Keller was an absolute disaster on Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium against… Read More Can Brad Keller prove that 2021 was a fluke? (“Bounce Back Royals” series)
The Royals went 74-88 and finished in 4th place in the American League Central for a third-straight season. While the Royals showed some improvement from the shortened 2020 campaign, the Royals still appear to be on the outside looking in when it comes to competing for an AL Central Division title and perhaps even a… Read More An Introduction to the”Bounce Back Royals” Series
There has been a lot of talk about the Royals perhaps pursuing Jon Gray in free agency, which makes sense considering the Royals need an extra “presence” in the rotation to help guide their young starters. While the Royals saw some promising signs from their talented cadre of young pitchers, there still were signs that… Read More Could Michael Lorenzen benefit from a change of scenery with the Royals?
On Friday, the Royals made a slew of prospect additions to their 40-man roster in order to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft in December. Most of the moves were predictable (Nick Pratto, MJ Melendez, and Jonathan Bowlan), but there were some surprise additions that many Royals fans didn’t quite see coming (pitchers Collin… Read More Three Royals players who could be next in line to be moved off the 40-man roster
The deadline to add Rule 5-eligible Minor League players was Friday afternoon at 6 p.m. and the Royals made their 40-man roster additions on Twitter in what was a big news day for the Kansas City baseball club, as they also revealed new uniforms and received the Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic service: The… Read More Will Collin Snider and Nathan Webb have an impact in the Royals bullpen next year?
On Friday morning, the Kansas City Royals formally announced their coaching staff for the upcoming 2022 season, as evidenced by the graphic that they shared on Twitter: As expected, there weren’t any major shake ups on the staff, especially from the main assistant coaches (i.e. hitting coach, pitching coach, and bench coach). That being said,… Read More Analyzing the Royals’ coaching staff for the upcoming 2022 season