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 in part one of my Royals Spring Training preview, I analyzed the catchers who were invited to the Royals Spring Training facility in Surprise, Arizona. In this post, I will take a look at the infielders, which includes not just the middle infielders, but the corner infielders as well. Even though he has played… Read More “Cactus Royals” Preview: Infielders
There is no doubt that the Kansas City Royals are a better team now after the acquisition of former Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana, who seems pumped to be a Royal, if his Instagram is any indication: While some national analysts may still be skeptical on the deal and if it will move the needle… Read More Four Royals players most affected by the Santana and Taylor acquisitions
While the playoffs are still going on, it is never too early to talk about possible transactions or roster moves. That certainly is the case with the Royals, who are not only absent from the playoffs, but also probably contemplating on how they will parlay a promising 26-34 season in 2020 to more improvement over… Read More Ranking the Royals’ 40-man “release” candidates this off-season
This 2020 Kansas City Royals season continues to get weirder, especially after the Royals have won six in a row to now stand at 20-28 after their season sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Kauffman Stadium this past weekend. What’s even more head-scratching is looking at this stat below, shared from Alec Lewis, the Royals… Read More Did the Royals give Ryan McBroom enough of a chance?
In my last post, I talked about four Royals pitchers who had solid Spring Training campaigns in Surprise. In this post, I wanted to take a look at five different Royals position players who earned their spots on the Royals roster. This can be seen in a myriad of ways: it could be that they… Read More Five Royals position players who earned their spots this Spring
With about 18 days until Opening Day, Royals manager Mike Matheny has some interesting decisions to make with the Royals lineup in preparation for Opening Day. One of the biggest decisions Matheny will make before March 26th (the Royals’ away opener; their home opener is on April 2nd against the Mariners) has to center on… Read More Can the Royals find success at first base with a platoon of O’Hearn and McBroom?
And two of the more interesting options may be first baseman/outfielder Ryan McBroom, who was acquired from the Yankees last Spring and still has one more Minor League option available, and Matt Reynolds, a non-roster infielder invite to Spring Training who was signed to a Minor League deal this off-season. While neither player is a… Read More Should the Royals keep McBroom or Reynolds for the 26th roster spot?
Nicknames are great in baseball. When nicknames become fan-wide trends, it is even better. Last year, “Soler Power” took Royals nation by storm, as Soler’s breakout season helped Royals fans deal with a second-straight 100-loss season. Two years ago, “Two Hit” Whit began to take hold, as his nickname became firmly entrenched in Kansas City… Read More Five Royals nicknames that could be trends in 2020
While Spring Training is in its early stages, there already has been some noteworthy things going on in camp in Surprise, Arizona. With the season about to start, one of the things I want to do is do more “Royals Recaps”, which either reviews games or weekly events to kind of summarize some thoughts about… Read More Royals Recap: Zimmer gets option; Melendez and McBroom turning heads; Matheny making his mark