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Holding Ourselves Accountable (BP Kansas City Episode 116)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/10/18/holding-ourselves-accountable-bp-kansas-city-episode-116.mp3 Every season, amidst the fun and games of spring training, we set some over/under marks for particular players and judge where we think they’ll land. This year, our array of predictions were hit and miss, but the journey is half the fun, right? We reviewed the predictions from March, what went right, what went […]

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals

How the Royals were built

One of my favorite spreadsheets I keep during the year is what I call “The Royals Family Tree.” Basically, it’s a list of the Royals 40-man roster, along with how they were acquired. In the past, it’s been a fun exercise. The most recent roster construction has rendered this mostly boring. That’s because the Royals, […]

Alcides Escobar

Shifting on the shift

It was obvious almost from the first game of the 2018 season: The Royals were employing the shift more than they ever had in the past.  Indeed, they were shifting a lot, ranking second among teams using this particular alignment through the first month of the season. Then, they decided to pull back as they […]

Daniel Lynch, LHP, Lexington Legends, Delivers5_filtered

The Academy – Comparing Pitching Prospects

Heading into 2009, things were looking up for the Royals most thought. They had just come off a 75-87 record, the best since 2003’s fluky season and following an impressive 2008 draft haul, they were already seeing returns by prospect outlets, being rated as having the #11 farm system by Baseball America. Things don’t look […]

Sep 4, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Brandon Maurer (32) sits in dugout after being relieved in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Estimating the arbitration eligibles

We’ve reached our first milestone of the offseason. MLB Trade Rumors released their arbitration estimates on Tuesday. With the first year of a rebuild in the books, and contention seemingly far in the future, it’s not a surprise the Royals list is thin and relatively uninspiring. All told, they have six arbitration eligible players on […]

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