It hasn’t been easy this season for the Royals pitchers from the draft class of 2018. Through three starts, Kris Bubic is posting a 14.14 ERA in seven innings of work. As for Jackson Kowar, not only did he struggle in his lone appearance at the Major League level, but he has also seen the… Read More Lynch and Singer Are Showing Signs of Progress for the Royals
It’s been an interesting start to the season for Royals starting pitchers. On one hand, there has been some slight improvement, sans a couple of rough outings (i.e the 17-3 Cleveland loss). According to Fangraphs, the Royals starting staff ranks 20th in ERA, 17th in WHIP, 19th in BB/9 and 17th in H/9. While those… Read More Analyzing the Royals Starters and Their Strikeout Issues
The Royals experienced their first loss of the Cactus League season on March 25th, as they fell 8-4 to the Texas Rangers in Surprise: Carlos Hernández made his first Cactus League appearance on Friday and had an inconsistent performance against the Rangers lineup. In 2.0 IP, Hernández did strike out two batters and walked none,… Read More Should Carlos Hernández Return to the Royals Bullpen?
The MLB lockout is thankfully over, which means not only is baseball back (and player pictures returning on the MLB team pages) but Spring Training is set to begin again as well: It will be a slightly abbreviated Spring camp in Surprise, Arizona for the Royals. However, that doesn’t mean that it will be any… Read More Five Important Developments to Pay Attention to in Royals Spring Training
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)
A few days ago, I took a look at PECOTA projections and analyzed how Royals hitters fared for the upcoming 2022 season. For the most part, PECOTA seemed to have a more positive outlook for Royals hitters, which is promising for a team looking to improve upon their 74-88 record from the 2021 season. In… Read More Three Good (And Two Concerning) Surprises from the 2022 Royals PECOTA Projections (Part 2: Pitchers)
We are officially past 2021 and into 2022. There’s snow (and ice) on the ground in Kansas City, which seems about right after a Christmas that felt more similar to the ones I experienced in Sacramento, California growing up. First off, thank you to everyone for following this blog over the past year. This was… Read More Three Wishes for the Kansas City Royals in 2022
Every year, I publish a “Top Royals Prospects” list of some sort. In 2020, I did the “20 in 20” Prospects-to-Watch list. Last season, I started out with a “21 in 21”, but then eventually expanded the list to a Top-40 Royals Prospects list (which I discussed on the Royals Farm Report podcast). This year… Read More A Preview to the “Top 50 Royals Prospects” List (And Who Didn’t Make the Cut)
One of the more overlooked stories from the 2021 season was the solid last month of play from 24-year-old left-handed pitcher Kris Bubic. While Bubic often goes under-the-radar when compared to other young Royals pitchers in the system (especially fellow 2018 draft picks Brady Singer, Daniel Lynch, and Jackson Kowar), he has actually made his… Read More What can the Royals expect from Kris Bubic after his strong finish to 2021?
So as many of you know, I also am an avid fantasy baseball player and have contributed to Pitcher List, which is primarily a fantasy baseball website (I am writing again for Pitcher List, and hope to have an article out this week, which explains the long lull between posts). While I try not to… Read More Ranking the 10 best Royals players for Dynasty Fantasy Baseball