Trying to understand the Royals’ approach this year with Edward Olivares

It has been a frustrating 2021 thus far for Royals outfielder Edward Olivares. Acquired in the Trevor Rosenthal deal last summer, Olivares is a toolsy outfielder who performed decently in an 18-game sample in Kansas City during the shortened 2020 season. In 65 plate appearances, Olivares posted a triple slash of .274/.292/.419 which included two… Read More Trying to understand the Royals’ approach this year with Edward Olivares

So what’s the status of Kyle Isbel? (And when will Royals fans see him again?)

Kyle Isbel was one of the Royals’ best stories this Spring in Surprise. After only playing in High-A ball in 2019, and spending the entire 2020 season at the Alternate Site in KCK, Isbel absolutely flourished in Cactus League play this past Spring. In 23 games and 50 plate appearances, Isbel posted a slash of… Read More So what’s the status of Kyle Isbel? (And when will Royals fans see him again?)

Is preferring Gutierrez over Olivares the right call for the Royals?

Shortly before this evening’s finale against the Angels, the Royals made this announcement on their Twitter: The news was a bit surprising considering that Olivares had a base hit last night in the Royals’ 8-1 loss to the Angels, and hasn’t produced an awful line by any means. In five games and 19 plate appearances,… Read More Is preferring Gutierrez over Olivares the right call for the Royals?

Analyzing Taylor and Isbel’s strong Spring starts (and what that means in CF for the Royals)

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)

Royals get Benintendi, and how he fits into their short (and long) term plans

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

So, is ‘Puig to KC’ more serious than Royals fans may think?

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?