This edition of the “Reporter Jottings” is going to have some international flair, which makes sense with the World Baseball Classic starting this week. I am going to take a look at some Royals players in the WBC (specifically Nicky Lopez for team Italy and MJ Melendez for team Puerto Rico), and quickly examine a… Read More “Reporter Jottings”: Lopez Thriving With Italy; MJ in Three-Hole for Puerto Rico; Could Korean Catcher Thrive in Royals System?
It’s not a surprise that the Royals were one of the worst defensive teams under former manager Mike Matheny from 2020 to 2022, especially on a framing end. Last season, the Royals ranked dead last in framing with a -21 mark, 10 runs worse than the second-worst club in baseball (the Padres), according to Baseball… Read More Can Bench Coach Paul Hoover Help the Royals’ Catchers Improve Defensively?
It’s been a while since I’ve touched base on the Top 50 Royals’ “Prospects to Watch” for the upcoming 2023 season. With Spring Training games starting soon, I figured it would be good to catch up on these prospect posts, especially since it appears that the Royals’ “hot stove” season may be done after Kansas… Read More Examining the Tier Four Prospects (Royals 2023 “Top 50 Prospects to Watch” Rankings)
It is easy to forget about the catching position in Kansas City, especially since Salvador Perez has been firmly entrenched behind the plate for the Royals since the 2012 season. After all, Salvy signed a four-year extension prior to the 2021 season, and he has been the face of the Royals’ franchise ever since popular… Read More Are Royals Fans Sleeping on Catcher Freddy Fermin?
By all means, MJ Melendez had a solid rookie campaign, especially on the offensive end. Melendez didn’t hit for a high average, as he only hit .217 in 129 games and 534 plate appearances in his rookie debut. However, he did hit 18 home runs, garnered 62 RBI, and posted a 99 wRC+, which is… Read More What Could MJ Melendez’s Defensive Outlook Be in the Outfield for the Royals?
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”)
It’s been an intriguing season for MJ Melendez in his rookie campaign in 2022. On one end, Melendez has been solid, if not unspectacular at the plate. That is demonstrated by his 102 wRC+, 18 home runs, and 62 RBI in 526 plate appearances going into Tuesday’s contest against the Guardians. While the 23-year-old former… Read More Three Metrics That Will Be Key For MJ Melendez in 2023
It hasn’t been an easy season for Royals fans, especially with the club’s record currently 25-43. And yet, while the playoffs will be on the back burner for at least another season, Royals fans do have a core of young hitters in the middle of the lineup that they can look forward to for years… Read More How Worried Should Royals Fans Be About MJ Melendez’s Defense?
When the Royals signed Salvy to an extension prior to the 2021 season, some serious questions were tied to the move. Would Salvy stay healthy over the course of the deal, especially after missing all of 2019 and significant time in 2020? Would he age gracefully at a position where players deteriorate quickly, due to… Read More Salvy’s Struggles Put the Royals in a Tough Spot
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)