The Kansas City Royals, as of Monday night, still have not hired a pitching coach for the upcoming season, and safe to say Royals fans are getting a bit impatient. And that impatience was particularly amplified after the Chicago White Sox signed Mike Clevinger to a one-year, $12 million deal over the Thanksgiving weekend. Clevinger… Read More Can Jackson Kowar Salvage His Royals Career in 2023?
By all means, MJ Melendez had a solid rookie campaign, especially on the offensive end. Melendez didn’t hit for a high average, as he only hit .217 in 129 games and 534 plate appearances in his rookie debut. However, he did hit 18 home runs, garnered 62 RBI, and posted a 99 wRC+, which is… Read More What Could MJ Melendez’s Defensive Outlook Be in the Outfield for the Royals?
The Kansas City Royals bullpen was not very good in 2022, and that was evidenced by the squad ranking 27th in ERA, 30th in WHIP, 30th in BB/9, and 28th in H/9, according to Fangraphs. The Royals will have a new pitching coach next season so there is hope that the bullpen could improve under… Read More The Three Most Intriguing Pitches from Royals Relievers Last Season
While watching the Phillies’ 7-0 win, one player primarily stuck out to me amidst the Phillies’ barrage of home runs against Houston’s Lance McCullers, Jr. (a fan favorite of Royals fans when it comes to “hate-ability”). And surprisingly enough, that one player wasn’t a Philadelphia hitter. Rather, it was Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suárez, who… Read More Can Angel Zerpa Be Ranger Suárez-Esque for the Royals?
The Royals starting pitching was pretty much a disaster beyond Brady Singer and Zack Greinke, and that was a big reason why the Royals parted ways with pitching coach Cal Eldred this offseason, in addition to manager Mike Matheny. Starting in 2018, Kansas City began to heavily invest in starting pitching in the MLB Draft,… Read More The Royals Should Continue to Be Optimistic About Daniel Lynch (But 2023 Will Be Key)
It’s been an intriguing season for MJ Melendez in his rookie campaign in 2022. On one end, Melendez has been solid, if not unspectacular at the plate. That is demonstrated by his 102 wRC+, 18 home runs, and 62 RBI in 526 plate appearances going into Tuesday’s contest against the Guardians. While the 23-year-old former… Read More Three Metrics That Will Be Key For MJ Melendez in 2023
When the Royals acquired Drew Waters from the Atlanta Braves (along with infielder CJ Alexander and pitcher Andrew Hoffmann), it was a deal that went under the radar by most outside of Royals circles. After all, Waters, once a top prospect in the Braves system back in 2020, had regressed a lot in terms of… Read More Drew Waters Should Make Michael A. Taylor Expendable for the Royals This Offseason
The Royals surprisingly shut down the Boston Red Sox 9-0 on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. The victory clinched the season series for Kansas City over the Red Sox, and it was a nice bounce-back win for the club after getting swept in Minneapolis earlier this week. Kansas City also made some surprising noise before… Read More Nick Pratto’s Demotion Raises All Kinds of Questions With the Royals
It’s been a rough year for Royals starting pitchers, and the numbers pretty much back that up, unfortunately (much to Royals fans’ chagrin). According to Fangraphs’ Roster Resource, Royals starting pitchers rank 27th in ERA, 28th in WHIP, 25th in BB/9, and 26th in K/9. While Kansas City starting pitchers don’t rank last in any… Read More Can Brady Singer Be the Royals’ Ace in 2023? These Three Metrics Could Tell the Tale
It’s likely that the AL Rookie of the Year award will go to Seattle’s Julio Rodriguez, especially considering the young Mariners’ production and the fact that he is on a team in playoff contention. Nonetheless, the fact that Bobby Witt, Jr. will miss out on the award shouldn’t damper his impressive rookie season in Kansas… Read More The White Sox’s Tim Anderson Could Give Royals Fans Insight On Bobby Witt Jr’s Defensive Outlook