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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 […]

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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Speed thrills: Mondesi’s thievery accelerates second half breakthrough

The stolen base just isn’t sexy anymore. As the launch angle revolution has taken root and baseball has evolved into a game more about hitting dingers and less about keeping the line moving, larceny on the bases has seemingly fallen out of favor. That doesn’t mean the steal still doesn’t have it’s place in the […]