The MLB Rule 4 Draft (the official designation for the first-year player draft) is quickly approaching on June 10th, and as expected, many Royals experts and fans are giving their analysis in terms of what Dayton Moore will do with the fourth overall pick. Usually, the draft is lost or overlooked by most sports fans… Read More A brief primer on three candidates for the Royals’ first-round pick in the 2020 draft
When it comes to building a baseball team, especially a small-market one that doesn’t have a lot of money to lure or sign free agents, the international market can be a solid investment. The International Signing period, which is mostly geared toward players from Latin America, occurs a month after the MLB Draft, and for… Read More Erick Pena and why signing more talent from Latin America is important (to the Royals and KC)
Without a doubt, this COVID shutdown has been tough for Royals faithful. While it has been nice to do different kinds of “fan brackets” and recount Royals history, KC baseball fans (myself included) miss the Boys in Blue taking the field at Kauffman Stadium. It certainly has been tough for KC denizens to power through… Read More “Maverick” Phillips has been Royals story of shutdown; can he build on that once play begins?
In the 2011 Baseball America Prospect Handbook, Jarrod Dyson was ranked as the Royals’ 20th best prospect in their system. Considering the Royals had the No.1 ranked farm system in baseball, according to Baseball America at the time, this was no small feat for the under-heralded outfield prospect. Dyson, whom Baseball America rated as being… Read More Appreciating Jarrod Dyson, who was more than just a base stealer
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)
No Royal made a bigger improvement in 2019 than former first-round pick Hunter Dozier. While Jorge Soler’s record-setting 48-home run season certainly caught and captured Royals fans’ attention a season ago, he was starting to show signs of living up to the massive hype from his Cubs days during the 2018 season, until a broken… Read More Will Hunter Dozier prove he is legit in 2020?
Though the Kansas City Metro is firmly focusing (and rightfully so) on the Chiefs’ first Super Bowl appearance in 50 years, the Royals have been making some noise with seam heads such as myself. First, the Vegas over/under win totals for Major League baseball teams was released early this week and the Royals opened with… Read More Can Gordo’s return help the Royals win more than 65 games in 2020?
No player has been more fascinating to follow this off-season than Royals utility player Whit Merrifield. With Salvador Perez missing the entire 2019 season to injury, Whit took the mantle as the face of the Royals franchise a year ago. And even though Salvy will be back in action behind the plate in 2020, it… Read More What will be Whit’s future in Kansas City in 2020 (and beyond)?
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
To say the Kansas City Royals’ outfielder situation is dire is putting it lightly. After all, when Royals fans and bloggers are thinking that Boston Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley would be a considerable upgrade in the Royals OF in 2020, one has to sit back and think about what the future will look like… Read More Can Kyle Isbel be the CF of the future the Royals need?