Will the 60-game slate benefit or hinder the Royals’ outlook? (Royals Preview)

It is expected to be another rebuilding year for the Kansas City Royals, and that has been the story of the Royals since roughly the middle of 2018. Yes, one could say that the rebuilding process took root at the start of 2018, but it did not feel real until Mike Moustakas was traded and… Read More Will the 60-game slate benefit or hinder the Royals’ outlook? (Royals Preview)

The start of Royals camp offers some glimmers of hope, as well as more uncertainty

Today, the Royals held their first intrasquad scrimmage at Kauffman Stadium, and it felt like the Royals beat writers (the Athletic’s Alec Lewis, MLB.com’s Jeff Flanagan, and the KC Star’s Lynn Worthy) were covering it like it was Game 1 of the World Series. After nearly four months of inactivity, live baseball was finally back… Read More The start of Royals camp offers some glimmers of hope, as well as more uncertainty

Can the Royals find success at first base with a platoon of O’Hearn and McBroom?

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?

Should the Royals keep McBroom or Reynolds for the 26th roster spot?

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?

Royals Recap: Zimmer gets option; Melendez and McBroom turning heads; Matheny making his mark

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

Analyzing the 2019 Royals Infield OAA metrics…And what does it mean for 2020?

For Saber-heads like myself, Baseball Savant’s new metric for analyzing infield defense (infield outs above average) is fascinating, especially when applied to Royals players who took the infield last season. Defense traditionally has always been a difficult part of the game to analyze concretely: what numbers and/or metrics truly rate an infielder or outfielder’s defense… Read More Analyzing the 2019 Royals Infield OAA metrics…And what does it mean for 2020?

Which ‘young’ Royals position players should be counted on by next Spring?

Yeah, it’s been a while since I have posted both on this blog as well as on Twitter. However, I figured that rather than just punt the season (as well as another potential blog), I would write a couple of pieces before August finished as well as grad school began. After all, we still have… Read More Which ‘young’ Royals position players should be counted on by next Spring?

Can O’Hearn figure out his problems in Omaha? (And can the Royals expect anything from Bonifacio?)

With the Royals fresh off their first series win since April, and starting a mini-road trip on Friday against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis, the Kansas City Royals dropped this on Friday afternoon: The move is not a surprising one on the O’Hearn end, as the 25-year-old first baseman’s struggles in 2019 were noted by… Read More Can O’Hearn figure out his problems in Omaha? (And can the Royals expect anything from Bonifacio?)