There is no question that Minor League Baseball is part of the fabric of small-town American society. In many ways, Minor League Baseball keeps maintains the life in many small towns and communities across the country, as not only do Minor League teams give small towns and cities the baseball excitement they crave in the… Read More Royals fans should be concerned about the future of Minor League Baseball
Part of the African-American Royals Project series. As I have talked about before on this blog, there is no question there is a severe lack of representation of African-American athletes at the Major League level. Last year on Opening Day, only 68 of the 882 players on Major League rosters were African-American (7.7 percent), according… Read More Nick Heath: A voice and player the Royals may need the most in 2020
“Pitching is the currency” of baseball is a phrase that Dayton Moore has used throughout his tenure as general manager of the Kansas City Royals. And it makes sense. Pitchers are harder to predict than hitters when it comes to Major League success. (It is a reason why some baseball experts believe in the “There… Read More “Pitching is the currency of the game”: A review of the Royals 2020 draft picks
The MLB Draft will be coming up shortly on June 10th, and as discussed, the format will be drastically different, as the draft will only be 5 rounds, a 35-round reduction from previous incarnations. And already, Royals general manager Dayton Moore doesn’t seem happy about it: The reduced five-round format of the draft is certainly… Read More Could draft and Minor League changes mean more hurdles for Moore and the Royals?
When it comes to drafting middle infielders, the Royals have had mixed success under Dayton Moore. Christian Colon and Johnny Giavotella were highly ranked and drafted (Colon went in the first round of the 2010 draft; Giavotella went in the second round of the 2008 draft) middle infield prospects expected to provide “pop” and “defense”… Read More Can McConnell and Cancel add to the Royals’ middle-infield depth in the future?
For Royals fans, the memories of HDH (Kelvin Herrera-Wade Davis-Greg Holland) still resonate nearly a half-decade later. The trio’s string of dominance in 2014 and 2015 helped the Royals bullpen be one of the best in baseball, as they ranked first in reliever WAR from 2014-2015, according to Fangraphs. And thus, it’s not a surprise… Read More Can TMZ (Tillo-Morel-Zuber) be the next HDH in Kansas City?
When it comes to pitching prospects currently in the Kansas City Royals system, Brady Singer, Daniel Lynch, Jackson Kowar, and Kris Bubic command all the attention. And to be honest, those four are justified in commanding all the attention in the Royals system because not only are they the Royals’ best pitching prospects, but they… Read More Should we be talking about Carlos Hernandez and Jonathan Bowlan more in 2020?
As of now, there seems to be quite a bit of outfield depth in the Kansas City Royals system. In addition to a projected starting outfield of Alex Gordon in left, Whit Merrifield in center, and Hunter Dozier in right, the Royals also have Brett Phillips, Bubba Starling, and Ryan McBroom on the bench, who… Read More Are Hicklen and Gigliotti late-blooming, “Royals Way” outfield prospects?
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)
The Royals rotation this season, even though it has not started yet, is far from a settled situation. The biggest issue seems to be centered on the fifth spot in the rotation, as the Royals have not committed that rotation spot to anyone as of just yet. While Jorge Lopez and Glenn Sparkman are expected… Read More What’s the future hold for Foster Griffin in KC?