The Royals came back on Sunday to win the series finale on the South Side 4-3 against the White Sox, highlighted by Carlos Santana hitting a game-tying home run off White Sox closer Liam Hendriks in the bottom of the ninth, which ended up extending the contest into extra innings. In addition to Santana’s hitting… Read More Should Royals fans be concerned about Andrew Benintendi?
We’re about a week and a half into Cactus League games, and already there are a lot of things to be excited about as a Royals fan. As of March 10th, the Royals are 7-3, tied for first with the Cubs in Cactus League standings, and they have been one of the most productive offenses… Read More Analyzing Taylor and Isbel’s strong Spring starts (and what that means in CF for the Royals)
I was going to post the last of my “Cactus Royals” posts today, but some surprising Royals-based news came up yesterday, and it would be hard not to talk about it, especially since it seems to be a polarizing one: According to Jon Heyman, the Dyson deal looks to be a one-year, $1.5 million one,… Read More Dyson is great for nostalgia, but may be a weird fit for the 2021 Royals
After I wrote my Royals PECOTA Projections analysis yesterday, I was ready to get ready for bed, knowing that I was going to go back into school after teaching virtually the entire week. Of course, last evening, things blew up on my Twitter, as the baseball world made the following announcement: The deal was a… Read More Royals get Benintendi, and how he fits into their short (and long) term plans
Erick Pena, Khalil Lee, and Kyle Isbel are the No. 5, No. 6, and No. 7 prospects in the “21 in 21” prospect watch. Right now, the 2021 Royals outfield, according to Roster Resource’s Depth Chart projections, appears to be Franchy Cordero in left field, Michael A. Taylor in center, and Whit Merrifield in right.… Read More Can Pena, Lee and Isbel be the future of the Royals outfield?
When I initially examined possible free agent outfielders/left-handed batters in a recent post, I left out Yasiel Puig as a serious option for the Royals. While his name was floated out as a possibility by the Athletic’s Jim Bowden, I figured Puig’s projected high price tag (Roster Resource crowd projections is predicting a two-year $11… Read More So, is ‘Puig to KC’ more serious than Royals fans may think?
Without a doubt, Franchy Cordero is a key player to the Royals’ chances in the AL Central in 2021. Projected to be Kansas City’s starting left fielder in 2021 (barring another move from GM Dayton Moore), Cordero was acquired in the Tim Hill trade last Summer (along with Ronald Bolanos), and is a tantalizing combination… Read More Three Statcast metrics to pay attention to from Franchy Cordero in 2021
It’s been a fun, hot stove season for Kansas City Royals fans, which hasn’t necessarily been said about the team in a while. Of the current AL Central clubs, only the Chicago White Sox have been as aggressive, as they acquired Lance Lynn in a trade with the Texas Rangers (though I think they may… Read More Three free agent outfielders whom the Royals should avoid this off-season
There is no question that 2020 was a mixed bag for Nicky Lopez in Kansas City. On a positive end, Lopez was a finalist for the AL Gold Glove award, and metrically, he certainly made a strong case that he perhaps deserved the award over eventual winner, Cesar Hernandez of the Cleveland Indians. Furthermore, it… Read More Could an “oppo” approach help Nicky Lopez improve at the plate in 2021?
On Saturday, the Royals made a minor move, announcing that they had re-signed pitchers Carlos Sanabria and Foster Griffin, as well as outfielder Bubba Starling to Minor League contracts: The news really did not come as much of a surprise to Royals fans. Sanabria was just acquired on waivers from the Astros, so it would… Read More Will 2021 be the last season of baseball for Bubba Starling?