So in part one of my Royals Spring Training preview, I analyzed the catchers who were invited to the Royals Spring Training facility in Surprise, Arizona. In this post, I will take a look at the infielders, which includes not just the middle infielders, but the corner infielders as well. Even though he has played… Read More “Cactus Royals” Preview: Infielders
It’s snowing and cold as hell here in Kansas City and across most of the nation, honestly. However, a silver lining to all of this is that pitcher and catchers report on Thursday, and the Royals recently released their updated Cactus League schedule on their official Twitter: Thus, even though games haven’t begun yet, it… Read More Five important Royals position battles to pay attention to this Spring
With about six days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training, baseball fans are seeing teams make their final moves in the “hot stove” season. The Royals made a huge splash in their acquisition of Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, and it seems like the may have been the final move for general manager… Read More With offseason nearly done, could Maikel Franco be back in Kansas City?
Baseball Prospectus just released their most recent PECOTA projections for 2021, and of course, the baseball world is rife with reactions. That also includes the Royals blogosphere, as Royals Review, Into the Fountains, and Royals Academy have all published their own analysis on the PECOTA’s projections for Kansas City for the upcoming season. While I… Read More Five takeaways from the Royals’ 2021 PECOTA projections
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.
It is not uncommon for MLB general managers to talk about “winning now” in the off-season regardless of how they did the previous season. After all, considering the Winter time is a period of the off-season where not only transactions happen, but season-ticket renewals occur, it’s not exactly in a club’s best interest to overtly… Read More Santana’s signing shows that Royals “win now” talk is not just rhetoric
It’s certainly been one of the more exciting off-seasons in a while for Royals fans. Furthermore, it’s only December 2nd, and Winter Meetings have not even begun yet, which should give Royals fans more hope that more “Hot Stove” excitement is on the way. On Sunday, the Royals came to terms with pitcher Mike Minor,… Read More Royals non-tender Franco, which opens up intriguing roster possibilities this Winter
December 2nd is the non-tender deadline for all MLB teams. Here is an exact description of what the means for the baseball world, coming from CBS Sports’ “Key Offseason Dates for 2020-2021” piece: This is the deadline for teams to offer their pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible players a contract for 2021. They don’t have to sign… Read More Predicting the Royals’ arbitration decisions before the non-tender deadline
The Royals showed some positive signs as an organization in 2020 despite the COVID-shortened campaign. They were only eight games under .500, and were in the playoff hunt until the very end of the season. However, it still felt like a rebuilding club at times, which has been the Royals’ modus operandi since the conclusion… Read More ‘Home Sweet Hos?’: Will Eric Hosmer return to Kansas City?