Today is a big one for Whit Merrifield, the Royals’ biggest “franchise” player currently on the roster, beyond Salvador Perez. The two-time All-Star turned 33-years-old on Monday, which was celebrated by his agency team on Twitter: A 9th round pick by the Royals in the 2010 draft out of the University of South Carolina, Whit… Read More Will the Royals Keep Whit Merrifield Around After 2022?
One of the most promising stories of 2020 and in the first couple of months of 2021 was the emergence of Kyle Zimmer as a reliable option in the Royals bullpen. The fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of the University of San Francisco, Zimmer was expected to be a cornerstone of the… Read More Will Kyle Zimmer bounce back for the Royals?
In any club’s farm system, there is usually a mix of “prospects” and “non-prospects”. Prospects are the main reason why most casual baseball fans follow the Minor Leagues. These are the “future” everyday players of a Major League club, or valuable assets who could be dealt to acquire veteran talent via a trade. That being… Read More Three “non-prospect” position players to watch in the Royals system
There’s no question that Hunter Dozier has been one of the Royals’ more disappointing stories this season. On March 1st, the Royals agreed to a four-year extension with Dozier worth about $25 million guaranteed that bought out his remaining arbitration years. Even though Dozier was coming off a slight regression in 2020, as his wRC+… Read More Hunter Dozier is pressing…but he may be due soon (hopefully)
Today, the Texas Rangers made a big roster decision, as they designated DH/Outfielder Khris Davis for assignment. This off-season, the Rangers traded longtime shortstop Elvis Andrus to the Oakland Athletics for Davis in an unexpected move that was pretty much an exchange of players in the twilight of their careers. Andrus isn’t doing much with… Read More Does the Khris Davis situation shed any light on what the Royals will do with Soler?
When Dayton Moore signed Carlos Santana to two-year deal this off-season, his intention for the acquisition was pretty obvious: the club needed someone who could help the Royals lineup when it came to plate discipline and drawing walks. In fact, almost immediately after the regular season was over last year, Moore was pretty adamant about… Read More Carlos Santana is thriving…and he’s helping the Royals lineup as a whole
Right now, it’s pretty good to be a Royals fan. The Royals won another series, taking three out of four from the Blue Jays this week (of course, the Royals lose the one game I attend in person in this series), and are currently 9-5 and a top of the AL Central Standings by 1.5… Read More Are Royals fans seeing the Nicky Lopez that everyone expected him to be?
One Royals reliever who had a tremendous 2020 campaign was Kyle Zimmer, the Royals former 1st round pick (and 5th pick overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft. Drafted to be a top-of-the rotation ace out of the University of San Francisco, Zimmer has been plagued by injury in his professional career. Going into 2020, it… Read More Digging Deeper into Kyle Zimmer’s breakout in 2020 (and what that means for 2021)
When the Royals traded Tim Hill to the Padres last summer, Franchy Cordero and his prodigious power potential seemed to resonate most with Royals fans. However, often overlooked in the deal was right-handed pitcher Ronald Bolanos, a highly-heralded arm in the Padres system who was signed for $2 million out of Cuba during the 2016-2017… Read More Could Ronald Bolanos be a sleeper for the Royals in 2021?
When I initially examined possible free agent outfielders/left-handed batters in a recent post, I left out Yasiel Puig as a serious option for the Royals. While his name was floated out as a possibility by the Athletic’s Jim Bowden, I figured Puig’s projected high price tag (Roster Resource crowd projections is predicting a two-year $11… Read More So, is ‘Puig to KC’ more serious than Royals fans may think?