When the Royals signed Aroldis Chapman to a one-year deal as a free agent this offseason, it was a polarizing move among many Royals fans. Chapman has certainly had his issues off the field, which included domestic abuse allegations nearly seven seasons ago, and his being left off the Yankees playoff roster in 2022 due… Read More Aroldis Chapman’s Four-Seam Velocity Has Been Key To Early Success With Royals
The Royals lost 6-3 in the Thursday afternoon series finale with the Toronto Blue Jays, which brings the Royals’ record to 1-6 for the year. After a lot of optimism and hope in the preseason, the Royals sit firmly not just in last place in the AL Central division, but also in all of baseball,… Read More Three Royals Hitters to Be Optimistic About After Rough Opening Home Stand
The Royals finally won their first game of the year on Monday night, which also proved to be my first win of the season in person, as I was in attendance for the Royals’ 9-5 onslaught of the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. The Royals’ offense has been a mixed bag thus far through four games… Read More What Can Royals Fans Take Away from Brad Keller and Brady Singer’s First Starts of 2023?
It’s been a while since I’ve touched base on the Top 50 Royals’ “Prospects to Watch” for the upcoming 2023 season. With Spring Training games starting soon, I figured it would be good to catch up on these prospect posts, especially since it appears that the Royals’ “hot stove” season may be done after Kansas… Read More Examining the Tier Four Prospects (Royals 2023 “Top 50 Prospects to Watch” Rankings)
It’s been a weird week, especially in the wake of Zack Greinke’s signing announcement, but nothing official coming from the Royals as of yet. Granted, JJ Picollo and the Royals may be finalizing a corresponding move to clear space on the 40-man roster for Greinke (they are currently at 41, according to Roster Resource). And… Read More “Reporter Jottings”: Keith Law Releases Rankings; Royals to Sign Cuban Prospect; Another Sleeper MiLB Pitching Signing?
I wasn’t able to get in a post yesterday due to a crazy day at work, but it was probably for the best, as the Royals pulled off another trade yesterday, this time including talented, but oft-injured infielder Adalberto Mondesi. Let’s not waste any time and get right into this edition of the “Jottings” as… Read More “Reporter Jottings”: MAT and Mondesi Traded; What the Royals Got in Return; What’s Next From Picollo?
Last season, the Royals ranked 27th in bullpen ERA, 28th in H/9 (hits allowed per nine innings), and 30th in WHIP and BB/9 (walks per nine innings). It was a frustrating development to see for Royals fans, especially since the bullpen was so key to Kansas City’s success from 2013 through 2017. (Who could forget… Read More Will Max Castillo and Carlos Hernandez Make Adjustments to Contribute to the Royals Bullpen in 2023?
While watching the Phillies’ 7-0 win, one player primarily stuck out to me amidst the Phillies’ barrage of home runs against Houston’s Lance McCullers, Jr. (a fan favorite of Royals fans when it comes to “hate-ability”). And surprisingly enough, that one player wasn’t a Philadelphia hitter. Rather, it was Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suárez, who… Read More Can Angel Zerpa Be Ranger Suárez-Esque for the Royals?
Former Blue Jay prospect Samad Taylor went under the radar when the Royals traded for him along with Max Castillo in the Whit Merrifield deal at the August 3rd Trade Deadline. After all, Taylor was not a heralded prospect in Toronto, as he was ranked as the 11th-best prospect in the Blue Jays system prior… Read More Samad Taylor Is Making His Case in The Arizona Fall League (“Royals Rule 5 Radar”)
The manager “hot stove” news cycle has been quite scorching this week, as many clubs with openings have announced their hirings for the 2023 season. Texas made the biggest splash, as they coaxed former Giants and Padres manager Bruce Bochy out of retirement, inking him to a three-year deal. The Blue Jays on the other… Read More Ranking the Royals Managers Candidates, Based on Early Reports