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?
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)
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
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?