There’s no question that 2021 was a rough season for Hunter Dozier. Even though the Royals showed their faith in the former 8th overall pick by inking him to a four-year, $25-million extension during Spring Training, Dozier struggled to produce both in the lineup and on the field in the first year of his deal.… Read More Will Hunter Dozier prove that he was worth his extension? (“Bounce Back Royals” series)
Last week, Alec Lewis of the Athletic wrote an article about the Royals front office’s plan for the offseason, and one of the highlights of the piece was Dayton Moore and JJ Picollo’s focus on Adalberto Mondesi‘s training plan in preparation for Spring Training in 2022: Without a doubt, it was a disappointing season for… Read More Why the Royals should make Adalberto Mondesi the regular DH to begin 2022
The Royals have had some trouble finding a third-baseman since Mike Moustakas was traded away to Milwaukee during the 2018 season. In many ways, the third base position in Kansas City has been a revolving door, as Dayton Moore has failed to find a substantial option at the position over that time span, both on… Read More Can Emmanuel Rivera be an option at third for the Royals in the post-“Moose” era?
Shortly before this evening’s finale against the Angels, the Royals made this announcement on their Twitter: The news was a bit surprising considering that Olivares had a base hit last night in the Royals’ 8-1 loss to the Angels, and hasn’t produced an awful line by any means. In five games and 19 plate appearances,… Read More Is preferring Gutierrez over Olivares the right call for the Royals?
There’s no question that Royals shortstop Bobby Witt, Jr. is one of the most anticipated Royals position prospects in quite some time. Drafted No. 2 in the 2019 draft, Witt made a serious impression in Summer Camp last season, and so far this Spring Training, his legend has only grown after roughly a week of… Read More So is Bobby Witt, Jr. more ready for the Royals than expected?
The Royals kick off their Cactus League campaign today at 2 p.m., which is much anticipated for baseball-starved fans in Kansas City (or for KC sports fans who want to get the taste of the Super Bowl out of their mouths). However, the Royals’ first Spring Training game is surprisingly not the biggest Royals story… Read More Royals extend Dozier: What that means and who could be next?
With about six days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training, baseball fans are seeing teams make their final moves in the “hot stove” season. The Royals made a huge splash in their acquisition of Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, and it seems like the may have been the final move for general manager… Read More With offseason nearly done, could Maikel Franco be back in Kansas City?
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
Witt, Jr. is ranked No. 1 in the “21 in 21 Prospect Watch” Series. Last year, I rated Brady Singer as the Royals’ most interesting prospect over Bobb Witt, Jr. mostly because the Royals needed their 2018 first round pick to have some kind of impact in 2020 to give Royals fans hope (thankfully, he… Read More The future of the Royals (and Dayton Moore) will be resting on Bobby Witt, Jr.
The Royals are only four games into the season (and they are 2-2 after a huge 14-6 win over the Tigers on Monday). But from early results, it appears that this season is going to push field and general managers to the brink when it comes to decision-making. In typical seasons, baseball fans are used… Read More Don’t count out Franco or Phillips just yet