Nick Heath: A voice and player the Royals may need the most in 2020

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

Can Speier and Zimmer clean things up and contribute to the Royals bullpen?

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?

Will Royals fans see Khalil Lee in Kansas City this year? (20 in 20: No. 3)

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)

Cheap Utility: Three Royals who could help the bench in 2020

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

Can O’Hearn figure out his problems in Omaha? (And can the Royals expect anything from Bonifacio?)

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?)

Should O’Hearn be a mainstay in the Royals lineup? (and what does this mean for Duda?)

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?)