What Could MJ Melendez’s Defensive Outlook Be in the Outfield for the Royals?

By all means, MJ Melendez had a solid rookie campaign, especially on the offensive end. Melendez didn’t hit for a high average, as he only hit .217 in 129 games and 534 plate appearances in his rookie debut. However, he did hit 18 home runs, garnered 62 RBI, and posted a 99 wRC+, which is… Read More What Could MJ Melendez’s Defensive Outlook Be in the Outfield for the Royals?

Is the Royals’ Defense in 2022 As Bad As Fans Think It Is?

The Royals have lost five in a row, including three straight to the New York Yankees in the Bronx (they are currently 0-6 against the Yankees this year). While the offense has certainly cooled off after the All-Star Break, the Royals’ recent string of lackluster defense has been a primary contributor to Kansas City’s second-half… Read More Is the Royals’ Defense in 2022 As Bad As Fans Think It Is?

Rivera, Melendez, and the Royals’ Offensive Youth Movement

When the Royals made Bobby Witt, Jr. the Opening Day third baseman, it signified that the Royals were not only intent on winning, but playing their young players as soon as they were deemed ready, regardless of service time. Dayton Moore, JJ Picollo, and the Royals front office could have easily manipulated Witt’s service time… Read More Rivera, Melendez, and the Royals’ Offensive Youth Movement

Analyzing the Four-Seam Rise and Effectiveness of Royals Pitchers from ’21 (And What It Means for ’22)

On February 23rd, James Schiano of Pitcher List wrote a piece on trying to find fantasy sleeper pitchers by paying attention to the “rise” on their four-seam fastballs from 2021. While it was more specific to fantasy baseball play, it still fostered some food for thought, especially in regard to Royals pitchers. For those who… Read More Analyzing the Four-Seam Rise and Effectiveness of Royals Pitchers from ’21 (And What It Means for ’22)

“Reporter Jottings”: Fantasy Catcher “Busts”; Last RFR Podcast on Royals Review; Spring Training Delayed

Just wanted to get a quick post in on a Friday evening, especially since it’s been a while since I’ve done an edition of the “Jottings”. So, here’s a few Royals-related news bit from the past couple of days, and some of my thoughts in regard to those “Jottings”. Salvy Part of the 2022 Fantasy… Read More “Reporter Jottings”: Fantasy Catcher “Busts”; Last RFR Podcast on Royals Review; Spring Training Delayed

Three Good (And Two Concerning) Surprises from the 2022 Royals PECOTA Projections (Part 1: Hitters)

On Tuesday, Baseball Prospectus released their annual PECOTA Projections (which comes in a downloadable file for subscribers). Last season, I did write about some initial thoughts about the PECOTA projections for Royals players. This time around though, I wanted to have two separate posts, with one focusing on projections in relation to Royals hitters, and… Read More Three Good (And Two Concerning) Surprises from the 2022 Royals PECOTA Projections (Part 1: Hitters)