The Royals are showing progress defensively…but there still are holes

Early on in the season, it seemed like the Royals had taken a step back defensively from the previous year, a stark contrast to the “Royals Way” of winning with speed and defense. Royals Review writer Matthew LaMar pointed this out in a May article, where he highlighted the Royals having one of the worst… Read More The Royals are showing progress defensively…but there still are holes

Looking at Nicky Lopez’s weird Gold Glove nomination announcement (and candidacy)

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)

Analyzing the 2019 Royals Infield OAA metrics…And what does it mean for 2020?

For Saber-heads like myself, Baseball Savant’s new metric for analyzing infield defense (infield outs above average) is fascinating, especially when applied to Royals players who took the infield last season. Defense traditionally has always been a difficult part of the game to analyze concretely: what numbers and/or metrics truly rate an infielder or outfielder’s defense… Read More Analyzing the 2019 Royals Infield OAA metrics…And what does it mean for 2020?