It has been a frustrating 2021 thus far for Royals outfielder Edward Olivares. Acquired in the Trevor Rosenthal deal last summer, Olivares is a toolsy outfielder who performed decently in an 18-game sample in Kansas City during the shortened 2020 season. In 65 plate appearances, Olivares posted a triple slash of .274/.292/.419 which included two… Read More Trying to understand the Royals’ approach this year with Edward Olivares
Kyle Isbel was one of the Royals’ best stories this Spring in Surprise. After only playing in High-A ball in 2019, and spending the entire 2020 season at the Alternate Site in KCK, Isbel absolutely flourished in Cactus League play this past Spring. In 23 games and 50 plate appearances, Isbel posted a slash of… Read More So what’s the status of Kyle Isbel? (And when will Royals fans see him again?)
So far, the month of May has been one to forget for Royals fans, which is disappointing considering how much hope April brought Kansas City baseball fans. The Royals are now currently 16-17 and third place in the AL Central and have seen their playoff hopes go from the 20-plus percentage range at the beginning… Read More Five players in Omaha who could help in Kansas City soon
I was hoping to post later in the day after attending my first Opening Day in person at Kauffman Stadium yesterday, but as all Royals fans know, the game went four-and-a-half hours, and I was pretty spent by the time I got back home. Thus, I decided to post this today, knowing that it was… Read More Five knee-jerk reactions to the Royals’ Opening Day Win
Today marked the official end of the Spring Training campaign, and the Royals ended the season on a high note, as evidenced from the tweet below: Spring Training standings are of course, just that: Spring Training standings. While winning the Cactus League is a nice luxury to get excited about, it’s not necessarily a projection… Read More The Royals were the story of the Cactus League…now can it carry over?
While news leaked about Bobby Witt, Jr. Sunday via Ken Rosenthal, the Royals made the news of Witt’s option official on Monday, as well as the option of other young players who made noise in Cactus League play this Spring. The news is disappointing, but not necessarily unexpected. The Royals prior to that announcement had… Read More The Royals are being conservative with their young players to start 2021 (and that isn’t bad)
We’re about a week and a half into Cactus League games, and already there are a lot of things to be excited about as a Royals fan. As of March 10th, the Royals are 7-3, tied for first with the Cubs in Cactus League standings, and they have been one of the most productive offenses… Read More Analyzing Taylor and Isbel’s strong Spring starts (and what that means in CF for the Royals)
This is part 3 of the “Cactus Royals”, my Royals Spring Training roster preview. Here are previous posts in this series: Part 1: Catchers Part 2: Infielders For these purposes, I also included Jorge Soler in this post. Even though he will b the Royals’ primary DH, he does play some outfield every now and… Read More “Cactus Royals” Preview: Outfielders
Erick Pena, Khalil Lee, and Kyle Isbel are the No. 5, No. 6, and No. 7 prospects in the “21 in 21” prospect watch. Right now, the 2021 Royals outfield, according to Roster Resource’s Depth Chart projections, appears to be Franchy Cordero in left field, Michael A. Taylor in center, and Whit Merrifield in right.… Read More Can Pena, Lee and Isbel be the future of the Royals outfield?
The Royals rebuild made some strides at the Major League level this year, as the Royals finished 26-34 during the COVID-shortened season. However, the strength of the Royals as an organization remains in the Minor Leagues, as Dayton Moore and the Royals front office has put together an impressive crop of young talent together in… Read More Three “Rule-5 Eligible” Royals prospects to watch in Fall Camp