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?)
The dreams of an undefeated second half came to an abrupt end four games after the All-Star break (I know I’m kidding), as the Royals wasted a 3-0 lead in the seventh and 4-2 lead in the ninth to lose 5-4 to the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium Monday night. (This Reddit thread will let… Read More Who is Heath Fillmyer? And can he help this Royals rotation?
I hope to post a weekly series called “Will they ever be Royal?” from here on out. The series name is a play on the famous Lorde song that got considerable play in Kansas City during the 2013 season, when they suddenly got competitive again, and set in motion their 2014 and 2015 World Series… Read More ‘Will they ever be Royal?’ (July 21st): Matias wows at Futures; Lee homers; and Starling injured (again)