The Royals bullpen outlook took a bit of hit today, as this announcement was made in regard to former Royals closer and reliever free agent Trevor Rosenthal: The trade is a bit of a bummer for Royals fans, but not necessarily surprising, especially considering how long it took for Rosenthal to sign with a club.… Read More Newberry, Zuber, Lovelady and the Royals Bullpen Bubble
One Royals reliever who had a tremendous 2020 campaign was Kyle Zimmer, the Royals former 1st round pick (and 5th pick overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft. Drafted to be a top-of-the rotation ace out of the University of San Francisco, Zimmer has been plagued by injury in his professional career. Going into 2020, it… Read More Digging Deeper into Kyle Zimmer’s breakout in 2020 (and what that means for 2021)
After a week where the Royals stayed pat while the rest of the Central made a flurry of moves (which was further amplified by the Twins signing Nelson Cruz on Tuesday evening), the Royals announced this Minor League deal on Sunday evening that wasn’t earth shattering, but still a noteworthy transaction nonetheless: Hanser Alberto didn’t… Read More Alberto, Lopez, and the possible Royals platoon at second?
So I have been able to contribute recently to Pitcher List, which has been an awesome experience that I didn’t expect when I first started this blog almost a year-and-a-half ago. Not only has it been a great opportunity to write and analyze players and other teams outside the Royals organization (or American League Central),… Read More Analyzing the Royals’ projected 2021 starting pitchers by CSW rate
As of now, Royals fans can remark that pitching is a strength of the team that is only trending upward, especially with prospects such as Daniel Lynch, Jackson Kowar, and possibly Asa Lacy knocking on the door in 2021. In fact, it seems like the Royals have so much pitching depth that both Royals Review… Read More Analyzing the five best pitches from Royals pitchers in 2020
There is no question the shadow of George Brett looms large over the third base position in Kansas City. From 1994-2020, only two Royals who have manned the third base position in Kansas City have accumulated a WAR of over 10, according to Fangraphs: Joe Randa (13.2 fWAR) and Mike Moustakas (12.6 fWAR). Furthermore, only… Read More Hunter Dozier could face tougher-than-expected competition at third this Spring
Last year, a key to the Royals improvement was the bounce back in the bullpen. After a disastrous campaign in 2018 (ranked 29th in reliever WAR) and a ho-hum one in 2019 (ranked 17th in reliever WAR), the Royals took a big step up in 2020, ranking 12th in reliever WAR and 8th in reliever… Read More Are Royals fans not talking about Scott Barlow enough?
Without a doubt, Franchy Cordero is a key player to the Royals’ chances in the AL Central in 2021. Projected to be Kansas City’s starting left fielder in 2021 (barring another move from GM Dayton Moore), Cordero was acquired in the Tim Hill trade last Summer (along with Ronald Bolanos), and is a tantalizing combination… Read More Three Statcast metrics to pay attention to from Franchy Cordero in 2021
There is no question that 2020 was a mixed bag for Nicky Lopez in Kansas City. On a positive end, Lopez was a finalist for the AL Gold Glove award, and metrically, he certainly made a strong case that he perhaps deserved the award over eventual winner, Cesar Hernandez of the Cleveland Indians. Furthermore, it… Read More Could an “oppo” approach help Nicky Lopez improve at the plate in 2021?
It is not uncommon for MLB general managers to talk about “winning now” in the off-season regardless of how they did the previous season. After all, considering the Winter time is a period of the off-season where not only transactions happen, but season-ticket renewals occur, it’s not exactly in a club’s best interest to overtly… Read More Santana’s signing shows that Royals “win now” talk is not just rhetoric