It will be a big week not just for Kansas City Royals players, but pretty much every player in Major League Baseball in general. Tuesday is the deadline for MLB teams to add Rule 5-eligible players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the December Rule 5 Draft (which typically takes place during the… Read More Could Brad Keller Be On His Way Out in Kansas City?
In the first post of the ‘Royals Rule 5 Radar” series, I wanted to take a look at two special pitchers who are both Rule 5 eligible and have hazy outlooks not just in the Royals organization, but in professional baseball in general. There’s no question that Alec Marsh and TJ Sikkema have serious talent.… Read More Alec Marsh and TJ Sikkema Could “Make or Break” Picollo’s Tenure (“Royals Rule 5 Radar”)
The Royals lost another tough one today to the Tampa Bay Rays, as they only recorded four hits in a 5-2 loss on Saturday afternoon. Kris Bubic struggled on the mound against the Rays, as he only went 3.2 IP and allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks. To make matters worse, Bubic… Read More Should the Royals Transition Carlos Hernández Permanently to the Bullpen?
In a bit of late news last night, the Kansas City Royals announced their trade of left fielder and All-Star game representative Andrew Benintendi to the New York Yankees…en route to New York for a four-game series against the Yankees, of course. It’s not a surprise that the Royals traded Benintendi, as he was Kansas… Read More The Royals Trade Benintendi to the Yankees…But Was It Enough?
After dropping the final game of the series 5-2 to the Houston Astros, the Royals are sitting at 31-50 for the year. With it officially being the halfway mark of the 2022 season, it can be easy to come to some concrete judgments on how this season has gone thus far, and what Royals fans… Read More At the Halfway Mark, the Royals Pitching Staff’s Walk Issues Stick Out Most
I do not want it to seem like the Royals as an organization is completely against modern-day baseball analytics. Yes, the Royals under Dayton Moore have always been an organization that has valued traditional scouting and player development, especially in comparison to other MLB ballclubs. But even in the past five years, there have been… Read More Does the Royals’ struggles with pitching analytics explain the coaching staff’s lack of success?
The Royals experienced their first loss of the Cactus League season on March 25th, as they fell 8-4 to the Texas Rangers in Surprise: Carlos Hernández made his first Cactus League appearance on Friday and had an inconsistent performance against the Rangers lineup. In 2.0 IP, Hernández did strike out two batters and walked none,… Read More Should Carlos Hernández Return to the Royals Bullpen?
After a frigid hot stove season, Dayton Moore and JJ Picollo made their first major move of the offseason on Wednesday afternoon, as they acquired left-handed reliever Amir Garrett from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for left-handed starter Mike Minor: Now, at the surface level, this deal isn’t all that impressive, especially since Garrett is… Read More Three Trends To Pay Attention To With New Royals Reliever Amir Garrett
Last season was a year to forget for Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller. After posting a career-best 2.47 ERA in nine starts and 54.2 IP in the shortened 2020 season, Keller entered 2021 as the Royals’ Opening Day starter, with hopes that he would continue to be at the top of the Royals rotation for… Read More Brad Keller And His Fastball(s) Problem
On February 23rd, James Schiano of Pitcher List wrote a piece on trying to find fantasy sleeper pitchers by paying attention to the “rise” on their four-seam fastballs from 2021. While it was more specific to fantasy baseball play, it still fostered some food for thought, especially in regard to Royals pitchers. For those who… Read More Analyzing the Four-Seam Rise and Effectiveness of Royals Pitchers from ’21 (And What It Means for ’22)