Four Reasons Why Carlos Santana Will Be Back in Kansas City (“Bounce Back Royals” Series)

In the most recent Royals “mailbag” from December 15th, Alec Lewis of The Athletic suggested that a trade of Carlos Santana would make the most sense for the club, especially with Nick Pratto and MJ Melendez on the 40-man roster, and Vinnie Pasquantino rising up the system (and prospect lists) quickly. Furthermore, Max Rieper of… Read More Four Reasons Why Carlos Santana Will Be Back in Kansas City (“Bounce Back Royals” Series)

“Rising” Royals prospects from the 2021 Top 40 “Prospects Watch”

Typically, every winter, I create a “Royals Prospects to Watch” list on this blog. In 2020, it was the “20 in 20” Most Interesting Royals Prospects Watch. In 2021, it was the “21 in 21“, where I ranked the 21 most interesting prospect in the Royals farm system, but I ended up expanding that list… Read More “Rising” Royals prospects from the 2021 Top 40 “Prospects Watch”

‘Four-Out, One-In”: A look at the MiLB Rule 5 Draft, and the Royals’ most recent addition

The Major League Baseball Rule 5 Draft has been tabled for now due to the owner’s lockout, but the Minor League portion of the Rule 5 Draft was still able to take place on Wednesday, December 8th. For those who don’t know, the MiLB Rule 5 Draft works a little differently from the Major League… Read More ‘Four-Out, One-In”: A look at the MiLB Rule 5 Draft, and the Royals’ most recent addition

Will Collin Snider and Nathan Webb have an impact in the Royals bullpen next year?

The deadline to add Rule 5-eligible Minor League players was Friday afternoon at 6 p.m. and the Royals made their 40-man roster additions on Twitter in what was a big news day for the Kansas City baseball club, as they also revealed new uniforms and received the Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic service: The… Read More Will Collin Snider and Nathan Webb have an impact in the Royals bullpen next year?

Analyzing the Royals’ coaching staff for the upcoming 2022 season

On Friday morning, the Kansas City Royals formally announced their coaching staff for the upcoming 2022 season, as evidenced by the graphic that they shared on Twitter: As expected, there weren’t any major shake ups on the staff, especially from the main assistant coaches (i.e. hitting coach, pitching coach, and bench coach). That being said,… Read More Analyzing the Royals’ coaching staff for the upcoming 2022 season

‘Reporter Jottings’: Benintendi’s extension negotiations; the latest flurry of roster moves; Royals to keep coaching staff intact

I have a piece coming up on the IBWAA’s “Here’s the Pitch” Newsletter tomorrow morning, so I don’t have an in-depth piece for today (plus it’s been a busy past couple of weeks at work). However, I did have some thoughts about some recent Royals roster moves, so I just wanted to share a quick… Read More ‘Reporter Jottings’: Benintendi’s extension negotiations; the latest flurry of roster moves; Royals to keep coaching staff intact

Three Royals relievers who could play a bigger role in 2022

On Wednesday, the Kansas City Royals announced on social media those who elected free agency, and it was not a surprising list of players: While Davis, Holland, and Santana brought back some nice Royals nostalgia in 2021, and Hahn was solid during the shortened 2020 season, it was expected that none of those relievers would… Read More Three Royals relievers who could play a bigger role in 2022

Nick Pratto’s outlook could make waves in the Royals organization (“Royalty Awards” Most Key Player for 2022)

In this final part of the “Royalty Awards”, I take a look at which three players could have the most impact for the Royals in the 2022 season. While the Royals’ upcoming season won’t be “made” or “broken” by just one or two players, it is safe to say that the Royals will need some… Read More Nick Pratto’s outlook could make waves in the Royals organization (“Royalty Awards” Most Key Player for 2022)

The success of the Royals’ farm system was one of the better stories in 2021

The Royals at the big league level were a mixed bag of sorts for Royals fans. Yes, the Royals are currently 71-85 heading into their final homestand of 2021, and are projected to win 74 games, according to Fangraphs Depth Charts projections. Honestly, that’s around where most realistic Royals fans had this club (i.e. the… Read More The success of the Royals’ farm system was one of the better stories in 2021

Four Royals on the 40-man roster who haven’t made the Majors yet (and what their future outlook is)

One of the drawbacks to this season is Major League Baseball limiting the active roster to 28 players in the final month of September rather than the full 40, which was the case pre-pandemic. The decision makes sense for a variety of reasons: having 28 guys in the clubhouse limits potential COVID spread, and due… Read More Four Royals on the 40-man roster who haven’t made the Majors yet (and what their future outlook is)