It is expected to be another rebuilding year for the Kansas City Royals, and that has been the story of the Royals since roughly the middle of 2018. Yes, one could say that the rebuilding process took root at the start of 2018, but it did not feel real until Mike Moustakas was traded and… Read More Will the 60-game slate benefit or hinder the Royals’ outlook? (Royals Preview)
Today, the Royals held their first intrasquad scrimmage at Kauffman Stadium, and it felt like the Royals beat writers (the Athletic’s Alec Lewis, MLB.com’s Jeff Flanagan, and the KC Star’s Lynn Worthy) were covering it like it was Game 1 of the World Series. After nearly four months of inactivity, live baseball was finally back… Read More The start of Royals camp offers some glimmers of hope, as well as more uncertainty
Now that baseball is back, it seems appropriate to post about the 2020 season again. Previously, I had written posts about certain advanced statistical metrics to pay attention to for Royals starting pitchers and Royals outfielders. In this post, I am going to focus on Royals middle infielders, and what metrics Royals fans should be… Read More Four metrics to pay attention to from Royals Middle Infielders in 2020
KBO baseball has kicked off this week in Korea, which gives the world two functioning forms of competitive professional baseball (with the CPBL being the other in Taiwan). That being said, it still seems like Major League Baseball is probably a couple of months away from starting. Here’s a Tweet from Jeff Passan on the… Read More Five interesting Royals based on their simulated seasons
If Royals fans look at the Fangraphs Royals Depth Chart for 2020, a handful of things most likely will pique their curiosity: They list Jesse Hahn as the no. 5 starter in the rotation. Having barely pitched the past two years, it is more likely that Hahn will find a bullpen role than a spot… Read More Is Mondesi finally ready to be a star on this Royals team?
Nicknames are great in baseball. When nicknames become fan-wide trends, it is even better. Last year, “Soler Power” took Royals nation by storm, as Soler’s breakout season helped Royals fans deal with a second-straight 100-loss season. Two years ago, “Two Hit” Whit began to take hold, as his nickname became firmly entrenched in Kansas City… Read More Five Royals nicknames that could be trends in 2020
For Saber-heads like myself, Baseball Savant’s new metric for analyzing infield defense (infield outs above average) is fascinating, especially when applied to Royals players who took the infield last season. Defense traditionally has always been a difficult part of the game to analyze concretely: what numbers and/or metrics truly rate an infielder or outfielder’s defense… Read More Analyzing the 2019 Royals Infield OAA metrics…And what does it mean for 2020?
Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi may be one of the club’s most fascinating pieces going forward. 2019 was his first full season where he began and finished with the big league club, as in previous seasons, he jumped back and forth between Omaha and Kansas City on a frequent basis. Part of that was due to… Read More What can Royals fans say about Adalberto Mondesi’s 2019?
The Royals finally came back home to the friendly confines of Kauffman Stadium after a road trip that saw them lose six of seven against the White Sox (sweep) and Rangers (3 out of 4), respectively. There was some hope coming into this home stand that with all the positive draft day vibes from Monday… Read More June 4th: Royals start well…and then…
What do the contact rates say of the Royals hitters (and their future this year)?… Read More Plate Discipline and Contact Rates: Which Royals hitters stick out (both good and bad)?