First off, I just want to say that I am not a Dayton Moore “hater” by any means. Do I think he’s the best general manager in the game? Of course not. However, the man did help bring the Royals two pennants and a World Series during his tenure, he has done a lot with… Read More The Five Worst Deals by Dayton Moore in the Royals Post-World Series Era
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?
At the start of Spring Training, the jury was still out in terms of whether Randy Rosario and/or Glenn Sparkman would make the Royals 26-man roster by Opening Day. While Rosario looked good in limited work with the Royals after being released by the Chicago Cubs in September it seemed like the new “Three Batter… Read More Rosario and Sparkman proving that they deserve spots in the Royals bullpen
If Royals fans look at the Fangraphs Royals Depth Chart for 2020, a handful of things most likely will pique their curiosity: They list Jesse Hahn as the no. 5 starter in the rotation. Having barely pitched the past two years, it is more likely that Hahn will find a bullpen role than a spot… Read More Is Mondesi finally ready to be a star on this Royals team?
With Dayton Moore and the Royals signing Alex Gordon for at least one more year, the pressure on outfielders Brett Phillips and Bubba Starling will be heightened this Spring. Initially at the end of the 2019 season, it seemed like Phillips or Starling would be starting in either left field, or even right if Gordo… Read More Will Bubba or Brett get the Royals backup outfielder position this Spring?
No Royal made a bigger improvement in 2019 than former first-round pick Hunter Dozier. While Jorge Soler’s record-setting 48-home run season certainly caught and captured Royals fans’ attention a season ago, he was starting to show signs of living up to the massive hype from his Cubs days during the 2018 season, until a broken… Read More Will Hunter Dozier prove he is legit in 2020?
The Royals ZiPS projections were just recently released, and already discussions are a plenty in the Royals fan community. One of the biggest topics of discussion centers on the Royals starting pitching, as ZiPS is projecting a slight improvement from the Royals rotation in 2020. With the Royals projected to win 63 games by Las… Read More Is Danny Duffy the key to the Royals rotation in 2020?
Without a doubt, in a relatively tame hot stove winter for the Kansas City Royals, the signing of “Dirty South” Greg Holland to a minor league contract created some buzz in Royals fan circles. While Holland is far from the back-to-back All Star closer he was in 2013 and 2014, the return of the 34-year-old… Read More Will Greg Holland impact the Royals bullpen in 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?
One thing that Kansas City Royals fans will look forward to in 2020 is the return of catcher Salvador Perez, who missed all of 2019 due to Tommy John surgery. A six-time All-Star, five-time Gold-Glove winner, and two-time Silver Slugger, Perez was sorely missed in 2019, as the Royals rotated through four catchers (Martin Maldonado,… Read More Who should be the Royals’ backup catcher in 2020?