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?
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
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?
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?
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?)
Royals first baseman Ryan O’Hearn was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dreary campaign in 2018. In 44 games and 170 plate appearances, O’Hearn posted a slash of .262/.353/.597 to go along with an OPS of .950 and wRC+ of 153 (53 runs above average). The former 8th-round-pick demonstrated considerable power in… Read More Should O’Hearn be a mainstay in the Royals lineup? (and what does this mean for Duda?)