Three Royals players who need to have strong AFL campaigns

I am taking a break from the “Royalty Awards” in this post in order to talk a little bit about the Arizona Fall League, which begins on Wednesday. Royals players will be playing on the Surprise Saguaros roster, which makes sense considering the Royals’ Spring Training complex is in Surprise. In addition to the Texas… Read More Three Royals players who need to have strong AFL campaigns

The success of the Royals’ farm system was one of the better stories in 2021

The Royals at the big league level were a mixed bag of sorts for Royals fans. Yes, the Royals are currently 71-85 heading into their final homestand of 2021, and are projected to win 74 games, according to Fangraphs Depth Charts projections. Honestly, that’s around where most realistic Royals fans had this club (i.e. the… Read More The success of the Royals’ farm system was one of the better stories in 2021

Four Royals on the 40-man roster who haven’t made the Majors yet (and what their future outlook is)

One of the drawbacks to this season is Major League Baseball limiting the active roster to 28 players in the final month of September rather than the full 40, which was the case pre-pandemic. The decision makes sense for a variety of reasons: having 28 guys in the clubhouse limits potential COVID spread, and due… Read More Four Royals on the 40-man roster who haven’t made the Majors yet (and what their future outlook is)

Three “non-prospect” position players to watch in the Royals system

In any club’s farm system, there is usually a mix of “prospects” and “non-prospects”. Prospects are the main reason why most casual baseball fans follow the Minor Leagues. These are the “future” everyday players of a Major League club, or valuable assets who could be dealt to acquire veteran talent via a trade. That being… Read More Three “non-prospect” position players to watch in the Royals system

So what’s the status of Kyle Isbel? (And when will Royals fans see him again?)

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?)

After two months, the Royals are where they need to be (as long as they don’t panic)

The Royals begin a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium, and going into Thursday’s game, the Royals are 27-26 after roughly two months of play. Granted, the Royals haven’t been a perfect team by any means. Their run differential is -14, and as Mike Matheny said in a recent press conference, the… Read More After two months, the Royals are where they need to be (as long as they don’t panic)

The Royals are being conservative with their young players to start 2021 (and that isn’t bad)

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)

Daniel Lynch, Asa Lacy, and the Royals “Ghosts” of 2011

Daniel Lynch and Asa Lacy are the No. 2 and 3 prospects, respectively, in the “21 in 21” prospect watch. If Royals fans look at most Royals prospect lists going into 2021, left handed pitchers Daniel Lynch and Asa Lacy are the top two Royals pitchers as well as prospects overall behind shortstop Bobby Witt,… Read More Daniel Lynch, Asa Lacy, and the Royals “Ghosts” of 2011