Dayton Moore

Don’t call it a rebuild

An October with no baseball means it’s time for Dayton Moore to hold his state of the franchise press conference. Things got off to a rollicking start as Moore insisted the rebuild took hold when they stopped talking about… the rebuild. You know, I think what jumpstarted the rebuild is we quit talking about the […]

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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 […]

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 […]