Analyzing the Four-Seam Rise and Effectiveness of Royals Pitchers from ’21 (And What It Means for ’22)

On February 23rd, James Schiano of Pitcher List wrote a piece on trying to find fantasy sleeper pitchers by paying attention to the “rise” on their four-seam fastballs from 2021. While it was more specific to fantasy baseball play, it still fostered some food for thought, especially in regard to Royals pitchers. For those who… Read More Analyzing the Four-Seam Rise and Effectiveness of Royals Pitchers from ’21 (And What It Means for ’22)

Three Questions Mike Matheny Needs to Answer for the Royals in 2022

It’s been a rough offseason for Royals (and baseball) fans with this lockout. Typically around this time in February, I am pretty enthused about producing content in preparation for Cactus League play and Royals pitchers and catchers reporting to Surprise (the Royals’ Spring headquarters). And yet, here I am, struggling to post with any kind… Read More Three Questions Mike Matheny Needs to Answer for the Royals in 2022

“Believing” in Brady Singer (“Bounce Back Royals” Series)

To say Brady Singer’s 2021 was “polarizing” among Royals fans would be putting it lightly. Even though the Royals tabbed Singer to be an “ace” of the Royals rotation when they drafted him 18th overall in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft, Singer has seemingly fallen in the Royals “young pitcher” pecking order,… Read More “Believing” in Brady Singer (“Bounce Back Royals” Series)

Analyzing the Royals’ coaching staff for the upcoming 2022 season

On Friday morning, the Kansas City Royals formally announced their coaching staff for the upcoming 2022 season, as evidenced by the graphic that they shared on Twitter: As expected, there weren’t any major shake ups on the staff, especially from the main assistant coaches (i.e. hitting coach, pitching coach, and bench coach). That being said,… Read More Analyzing the Royals’ coaching staff for the upcoming 2022 season

‘Reporter Jottings’: Benintendi’s extension negotiations; the latest flurry of roster moves; Royals to keep coaching staff intact

I have a piece coming up on the IBWAA’s “Here’s the Pitch” Newsletter tomorrow morning, so I don’t have an in-depth piece for today (plus it’s been a busy past couple of weeks at work). However, I did have some thoughts about some recent Royals roster moves, so I just wanted to share a quick… Read More ‘Reporter Jottings’: Benintendi’s extension negotiations; the latest flurry of roster moves; Royals to keep coaching staff intact

“Reporter Jottings”: The Beat of KC; Hernandez; and Singer’s Return

It’s mid-August which means school is starting back up, and thus, my ability to write has been somewhat stymied as I prepare for the return of students to the school building. So instead of an in-depth post, I am just going to jot down a few notes (i.e. “jottings”) about some brief thoughts regarding the… Read More “Reporter Jottings”: The Beat of KC; Hernandez; and Singer’s Return

Examining Zimmer and Brentz’s recent struggles, and what that means for the Royals long-term

The Royals bullpen has been an up and down group in 2021. Luckily, Scott Barlow has been solid, as he leads all Royals relievers (with 10 or more IP) in fWAR (1.5), according to Fangraphs. Unfortunately, beyond Barlow, this Royals bullpen has not demonstrated much consistency, much to the dismay of the Royals overall as… Read More Examining Zimmer and Brentz’s recent struggles, and what that means for the Royals long-term

Singer needs a third pitch…so how should the Royals approach that?

There may be no Royals starting pitcher more fascinating than Brady Singer, currently (as I have written about him being an enigma in the past). In some ways, 2021 has been a regression of sorts. After posting a 4.06 ERA in 12 starts and 64.1 IP during the shortened 2020 campaign, Singer is currently posting… Read More Singer needs a third pitch…so how should the Royals approach that?