The MLB lockout has been going strong this holiday season, and it is still hard to determine how long it will last and if it will affect Spring Training and/or the regular 162-game season. Of course, that hasn’t stopped the Royals, and other MLB teams, from trying to promote Spring Training games, even if a… Read More Can Edward Olivares and Emmanuel Rivera make an impact on the Royals roster next season?
One of the more overlooked stories from the 2021 season was the solid last month of play from 24-year-old left-handed pitcher Kris Bubic. While Bubic often goes under-the-radar when compared to other young Royals pitchers in the system (especially fellow 2018 draft picks Brady Singer, Daniel Lynch, and Jackson Kowar), he has actually made his… Read More What can the Royals expect from Kris Bubic after his strong finish to 2021?
In the most recent Royals “mailbag” from December 15th, Alec Lewis of The Athletic suggested that a trade of Carlos Santana would make the most sense for the club, especially with Nick Pratto and MJ Melendez on the 40-man roster, and Vinnie Pasquantino rising up the system (and prospect lists) quickly. Furthermore, Max Rieper of… Read More Four Reasons Why Carlos Santana Will Be Back in Kansas City (“Bounce Back Royals” Series)
Right now, one of the biggest question marks for the Royals in 2022 is who will start in right field on Opening Day? The right field position was a revolving door for the Royals in 2021, and not necessarily in a positive way. Hunter Dozier led all Royals players in innings played in right field… Read More Kyle Isbel could be the Royals’ Akil Baddoo (if given the chance)
To say Brady Singer’s 2021 was “polarizing” among Royals fans would be putting it lightly. Even though the Royals tabbed Singer to be an “ace” of the Royals rotation when they drafted him 18th overall in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft, Singer has seemingly fallen in the Royals “young pitcher” pecking order,… Read More “Believing” in Brady Singer (“Bounce Back Royals” Series)
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)
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)
On Wednesday, the Kansas City Royals announced on social media those who elected free agency, and it was not a surprising list of players: While Davis, Holland, and Santana brought back some nice Royals nostalgia in 2021, and Hahn was solid during the shortened 2020 season, it was expected that none of those relievers would… Read More Three Royals relievers who could play a bigger role in 2022
Rawlings announced their Gold Glove nominations this afternoon, and safe to say it was an impressive showing by the Kansas City Royals, as four Royals players garnered nominations, as highlighted in the tweet below from the Royals’ official Twitter account: Whit Merrifield and Michael A. Taylor shouldn’t come as surprises to Royals fans. Merrifield had… Read More Was Nicky Lopez robbed of a Gold Glove nomination at shortstop?
While the Royals starting pitching staff went through their fair share of ups and downs during the 2021 season (they ranked 24th in team ERA and 27th in WHIP), the bullpen was at least a little better, even if it did see some regression from the 2020 season. After ranking 8th in bullpen ERA during… Read More Despite second half struggles, Royals fans should be hopeful about Jake Brentz in 2022