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?
So I have been able to contribute recently to Pitcher List, which has been an awesome experience that I didn’t expect when I first started this blog almost a year-and-a-half ago. Not only has it been a great opportunity to write and analyze players and other teams outside the Royals organization (or American League Central),… Read More Analyzing the Royals’ projected 2021 starting pitchers by CSW rate
Daniel Lynch and Asa Lacy are the No. 2 and 3 prospects, respectively, in the “21 in 21” prospect watch. If Royals fans look at most Royals prospect lists going into 2021, left handed pitchers Daniel Lynch and Asa Lacy are the top two Royals pitchers as well as prospects overall behind shortstop Bobby Witt,… Read More Daniel Lynch, Asa Lacy, and the Royals “Ghosts” of 2011
There is no question the shadow of George Brett looms large over the third base position in Kansas City. From 1994-2020, only two Royals who have manned the third base position in Kansas City have accumulated a WAR of over 10, according to Fangraphs: Joe Randa (13.2 fWAR) and Mike Moustakas (12.6 fWAR). Furthermore, only… Read More Hunter Dozier could face tougher-than-expected competition at third this Spring
Witt, Jr. is ranked No. 1 in the “21 in 21 Prospect Watch” Series. Last year, I rated Brady Singer as the Royals’ most interesting prospect over Bobb Witt, Jr. mostly because the Royals needed their 2018 first round pick to have some kind of impact in 2020 to give Royals fans hope (thankfully, he… Read More The future of the Royals (and Dayton Moore) will be resting on Bobby Witt, Jr.
The Kansas City Royals made some progress this year, as they finished 26-34 and finished fourth place in the American League Central thanks to a late push at the end of the year (which pushed the Detroit Tigers to the basement, who were ahead of the Royals in the standings for most of the year).… Read More Does it make sense for the Royals to trade Jorge Soler this off-season?