Right now, it’s pretty good to be a Royals fan. The Royals won another series, taking three out of four from the Blue Jays this week (of course, the Royals lose the one game I attend in person in this series), and are currently 9-5 and a top of the AL Central Standings by 1.5… Read More Are Royals fans seeing the Nicky Lopez that everyone expected him to be?
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?
This off-season Royals signed former Orioles second-baseman Hanser Alberto on a Minor League deal and invited him to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. The deal seemed to be a pretty clear cut one for both Alberto and the Royals. For Alberto, it gave him a shot to make a Major League roster after being… Read More Could Hanser Alberto actually be the Royals’ starting second baseman on Opening Day?
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?
After a week where the Royals stayed pat while the rest of the Central made a flurry of moves (which was further amplified by the Twins signing Nelson Cruz on Tuesday evening), the Royals announced this Minor League deal on Sunday evening that wasn’t earth shattering, but still a noteworthy transaction nonetheless: Hanser Alberto didn’t… Read More Alberto, Lopez, and the possible Royals platoon at second?
With the hot stove finally heating up, the baseball world has seen a slew of recent transaction activity, even in the midst of tragedy (RIP Hank Aaron). However, on Friday, the Royals got a bit of bad news in regard to Jurickson Profar, a utility player that the Royals were seemingly in talks with earlier… Read More With Profar no longer an option, what will the Royals do next in free agency?
There is no question that 2020 was a mixed bag for Nicky Lopez in Kansas City. On a positive end, Lopez was a finalist for the AL Gold Glove award, and metrically, he certainly made a strong case that he perhaps deserved the award over eventual winner, Cesar Hernandez of the Cleveland Indians. Furthermore, it… Read More Could an “oppo” approach help Nicky Lopez improve at the plate in 2021?
It was definitely a weird Thursday, as Rawlings announced their Gold Glove finalists for each position. While Alex Gordon did receive another nomination, which could put him in line for an eighth Gold Glove and a fourth-straight Gold Glove, the most polarizing story of the day may involve Royals second baseman Nicky Lopez, who was… Read More Looking at Nicky Lopez’s weird Gold Glove nomination announcement (and candidacy)