Part of the African-American Royals Project series. As I have talked about before on this blog, there is no question there is a severe lack of representation of African-American athletes at the Major League level. Last year on Opening Day, only 68 of the 882 players on Major League rosters were African-American (7.7 percent), according… Read More Nick Heath: A voice and player the Royals may need the most in 2020
The Royals rotation this season, even though it has not started yet, is far from a settled situation. The biggest issue seems to be centered on the fifth spot in the rotation, as the Royals have not committed that rotation spot to anyone as of just yet. While Jorge Lopez and Glenn Sparkman are expected… Read More What’s the future hold for Foster Griffin in KC?
With Spring Training suspended, and Opening Day in question, the Royals and Dayton Moore have for the most part stood pat. However, in their first roster move since Spring Training play stopped nearly a week ago, the Royals made this announcement: The move to option Kelvin Gutierrez is not a surprise. Gutierrez can not play… Read More Can Speier and Zimmer clean things up and contribute to the Royals bullpen?
While it only Spring Training, baseball games officially begun, as the Royals and Rangers kicked things off in the Cactus League, Friday. While the Royals did lose 5-4, blowing a lead in the ninth, there were some positives from the game, with reliever Josh Staumont being the one that may have stood out the most… Read More Does Josh Staumont have closer potential?
While the prowess of the pitching prospects in the Kansas City farm system is quite noted entering 2020, the Royals position prospects have been a different story. While the Royals and MLB in general are expecting great things out of former top pick Bobby Witt, Jr. (who is pretty much the consensus top prospect in… Read More Will Royals fans see Khalil Lee in Kansas City this year? (20 in 20: No. 3)
With the fifth-lowest payroll in the American League, the Royals aren’t exactly a “poor” team by any means, but they are not competing with the likes of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox when it comes to out-spending for players. In a plain sense, the Royals are a classic, stable “small market” team:… Read More Cheap Utility: Three Royals who could help the bench in 2020
With the Royals fresh off their first series win since April, and starting a mini-road trip on Friday against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis, the Kansas City Royals dropped this on Friday afternoon: The move is not a surprising one on the O’Hearn end, as the 25-year-old first baseman’s struggles in 2019 were noted by… Read More Can O’Hearn figure out his problems in Omaha? (And can the Royals expect anything from Bonifacio?)
The Royals are 20-43 entering Saturday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. With the season looking dimmer by the day, the eyes of Royals fans have been glancing toward the minors, looking for hope that help is on the way in the years to come. While some prospects like pitcher Brady Singer and outfielder Khalil… Read More What should the Royals do with Bubba Starling?
With Hunter Dozier experiencing a weird injury from yesterday’s game (never saw “tightness in thorax” before), and Kelvin Gutierrez still not a 100 percent back from injury, the Royals made a surprising roster move earlier today. Cuthbert was not on the 40-man roster, so in order to move him up from Omaha, Dayton Moore needed… Read More The Owings Era Ends; Cuthbert Gets Another Shot
Royals first baseman Ryan O’Hearn was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dreary campaign in 2018. In 44 games and 170 plate appearances, O’Hearn posted a slash of .262/.353/.597 to go along with an OPS of .950 and wRC+ of 153 (53 runs above average). The former 8th-round-pick demonstrated considerable power in… Read More Should O’Hearn be a mainstay in the Royals lineup? (and what does this mean for Duda?)