It has been a frustrating 2021 thus far for Royals outfielder Edward Olivares. Acquired in the Trevor Rosenthal deal last summer, Olivares is a toolsy outfielder who performed decently in an 18-game sample in Kansas City during the shortened 2020 season. In 65 plate appearances, Olivares posted a triple slash of .274/.292/.419 which included two… Read More Trying to understand the Royals’ approach this year with Edward Olivares
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
Just another quick post today, as I am going to highlight a few things and thoughts on this snowy and cold day (again). God, March and April can’t come soon enough honestly. February has definitely sucked. Here’s the Pitch Newsletter on Andrew Benintendi trade Today, I contributed an article to the IBWAA’s “Here’s the Pitch”… Read More HTP on Benintendi; Pitchers and Catchers Report; What About Rosenthal?
After a pretty tame off-season, the MLB Hot Stove as heated up exponentially over the last week. Here’s a list of everything that has gone on in the baseball world since Monday: On January 15th, the White Sox announced the signing of former Oakland A’s closer Liam Hendriks to a massive four-year, $54 million deal.… Read More What Wade Davis brings to the Royals (and what other moves do they have left to make?)
In MLB.com’s most recent “holiday wish list” for all 30 MLB teams, Will Leitch said that the Royals needed “bullpen help” this off-season. Here’s what the former Deadspin founder (and noted Cardinals fan) said in his writeup on the Royals: The Royals have been impressively aggressive so far, and the additions of Carlos Santana and… Read More Will Junis be the next former Royals starter to thrive in the bullpen?
So, the 2020 MLB Rule 5 Draft has passed, and for the first time since 2016, the Royals did not select or acquire anyone in the December player draft either in the Major or Minor League section. With three roster spots open on the Royals 40-man roster, it initially seemed likely that Dayton Moore would… Read More Three things Royals fans learned from the 2020 Rule 5 Draft
Last off-season, Dayton Moore struck gold by acquiring Trevor Rosenthal and Greg Holland to boost the bullpen in 2020. Even though both Rosenthal and Holland were coming off rough seasons in 2019, Moore was able to sign the former Cardinals and Royals closers to Minor League deals. Much to the benefits of the Royals organization,… Read More Could a Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera “Royals” return be looming?
With the World Series over, and teams already starting to decline player options (with the Cardinals making major news by declining options to catcher Yadier Molina and second baseman Kolten Wong), the topic of “free agency” is already rampant among many Major League Baseball fans. This is especially true among Royals nation, as Dayton Moore’s… Read More Should Edward Olivares be a Royals starting outfielder in 2021?
From 2013-2016, the bullpen was THE strength of the Royals team. In fact, over that time span, the Royals bullpen accumulated a 22.9 WAR over that four-year span, which led all teams in baseball, according to Fangraphs. However, after a great run, mostly lead by some combo of “HDH” (Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg… Read More The 2020 “Royalty Awards”: Who was the Royals’ best relief pitcher?
While it was nice to see the Royals pull of a win on the road, it has been a rough stretch for the Kansas City Royals. The team is still in last place in the American League Central at 15-28, and their -51 run differential is the third-worst mark in the American League in general… Read More Three Royals stories to pay attention to down the stretch (even if it may be rough)