The fact of the matter is that the Kansas City Royals are going to be continuing the rebuilding process in 2023. That message has constantly been reinforced by Royals GM JJ Picollo, who maintains that the Royals will not be spending more (or even as much) on the payroll compared to a year ago. It’s… Read More Four Royals Prospects Who Could Be on the Trading Block This Winter
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
Often, it is easy to dismiss prospects who are the kids of MLB managers or general managers. They often are late-round picks, usually chosen because they are familiar and will add to the depth of some lower-level Minor League team for a couple of years before eventually following some other career path in baseball. And… Read More Jonah Dipoto Is More Than Just a ‘Familiar Name’ (“Royals Rule 5 Radar”)
This week, the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox announced and introduced their managerial hires, with official press conferences happening for both of them on Thursday. In many ways, the moves were the right for each organization. The Royals need a change in their process, especially when incorporating analytics and continuing player development at… Read More White Sox and Royals Take Different Approaches With Managerial Announcements…Will It Pay Off?
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?
On Sunday evening, MLB Insider Jeff Passan finally broke the news that the Kansas City Royals had finally found their manager in Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro, who had emerged as the favorite for the job for weeks. Not long after Passan’s announcement (less than 15 minutes to be specific), the Royals made… Read More The Royals Find Their Manager in Quatraro…Now What Else is in Store?
One of the more interesting Rule-5 eligible players in the Royals organization may be Logan Porter, a first base and catching prospect who has been with the Royals since 2018. Porter is an interesting human interest story in the Royals organization simply due to the fact that he went undrafted out of Dixie State in… Read More Is Logan Porter A Late Bloomer or a ‘Quad-A’ Player? (“Royals Rule 5 Radar”)
Safe to say, it was a season to forget for the Kansas City Royals. While the Royals went 74-88 in 2021, there was some hope that the Royals would see some improvement and challenge .500 in 2022. The return of Zack Greinke, and the anticipated debuts of Bobby Witt, Jr., MJ Melendez, Nick Pratto, and… Read More The AL Central in Review: Where Does Everyone Stand Currently (And How Do the Royals Compare)?
Former Blue Jay prospect Samad Taylor went under the radar when the Royals traded for him along with Max Castillo in the Whit Merrifield deal at the August 3rd Trade Deadline. After all, Taylor was not a heralded prospect in Toronto, as he was ranked as the 11th-best prospect in the Blue Jays system prior… Read More Samad Taylor Is Making His Case in The Arizona Fall League (“Royals Rule 5 Radar”)
According to Roster Resource’s payroll data, the Royals are projected to have an estimated payroll of $79 million, which would be down from the $88 million payroll they finished at the conclusion of the 2022 season. By no means do I think that the Royals will hover around that $79 million mark by Opening Day… Read More Three Royals Arbitration Cases Worth Paying Attention to This Offseason