So You Got Swept By the Reds… (BP Kansas City Episode 104)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/06/15/so-you-got-swept-by-the-reds-bp-kansas-city-episode-104.mp3 So your team just got shut out by the Reds. They’ve scored 23 runs in two weeks. What the heck do you do? Well, you look at a few positives, mostly some good performances from Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, and Danny Duffy. We talked about some of those starts, plus we assessed the Mike […]

Bonus Audio: Clint Scoles Talks With Royals Scouting Director Lonnie Goldberg

The Royals entered the 2018 MLB Draft with more money available than any other team and loaded up on college pitching to pair with a promising group in A ball.

To discuss the picks and the Royals’ approach, Clint Scoles of Baseball Prospectus Kansas City tracked down Lonnie Goldberg, Director of Scouting for the Kansas City Royals.

They discussed how this draft group fits with what the Royals have in the system today, the development of those college pitchers and where they might add some upside, and other players who stuck out.

To hear Clint’s views on the draft with the Kansas City Baseball Vault, click here. Clint’s minor league work and draft analysis can also be found here at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City and on Twitter at @ClintScoles.

Draft Recap With Clint Scoles and A Sudden Trade (BP Kansas City Episode 103)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/06/07/draft-recap-with-clint-scoles-and-a-sudden-trade-bp-kansas-city-episode-103.mp3 A couple of weeks ago, we had Clint Scoles give us a preview of the Royals draft and now that the picks are all in, he joined us again to talk about the results. It’s an unexpected set of picks, but there’s talent there. Clint covers the big names, the approach, and what it […]

Strikeouts and Homers and Hits, Oh My (BP Kansas City Episode 102)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/06/01/strikeouts-and-homers-and-hits-oh-my-bp-kansas-city-episode-102.mp3 The Royals had some success this week, including some solid pitching performances by Brad Keller, Danny Duffy, and Jason Hammel. We covered some of the recent DL moves and the way it’s shifted the pitching staff. We also discussed Jon Jay’s successful May, Hunter Dozier’s adjustment to the big leagues, and took another look […]

Bright Spots and a Draft Preview With Clint Scoles (BP Kansas City 101)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/05/25/bright-spots-and-a-draft-preview-with-clint-scoles-bp-kansas-city-101.mp3 After a week off, we got caught up and despite a poor record, we sought out some bright spots through the first two months of the season, including a few emerging bullpen arms, some developing trade value, “hacking” baseball strategy, and the optimism of baseball’s annual draft. To help prepare for this year’s draft, we […]

Remembering the 2002 Royals (BP Kansas City Episode 100)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/05/11/remembering-the-2002-royals-bp-kansas-city-episode-100.mp3 This week is pretty special. One hundred episodes ago, we joined up with Baseball Prospectus Kansas City, so to commemorate the occasion, we dove into the vault and dug out some info on another notable 100: the 100-loss 2002 Royals. We discussed the plight of that injury-riddled, pitching-starved, manager-changing team and how it fits […]

That Almost Counts As a Good Week (BP Kansas City Episode 99)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/05/03/that-almost-counts-as-a-good-week-bp-kansas-city-episode-99.mp3 Over the past week, the Royals went through a stretch that saw them win three out of four games. For this year’s team, that’s momentous. They’ve seen a few things settle down as the year has gone on. The bullpen is a little more stable, the starting pitching has been mostly good still, and […]

Looking For Moments (BP Kansas City Episode 98)

The Royals haven’t gotten into a groove yet, but help arrived this week, as Sal Perez and Alex Gordon both returned from the DL. That overlapped with a special return from old friend Lorenzo Cain, and, on the subject of returns, Ned Yost may return next year, and the next, and next…

We discussed those topics in light of using this season to look for special moments and progress on the field, including a Royals walkrate that’s way better than their franchise norm, and the potential, possible, maybe-it’s-coming-but-we’ll-have-to-wait-and-see breakout of Jorge Soler.

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Race to the Bottom (BP Kansas City Episode 97)

The Royals lost every game since our last episode. Some by blowout, some by blown save. Shaky offense, shaky bullpen, and not enough starting pitching.

It’s rough.

Is there help on the way? Well, things can probably only get better, right? There are some players performing in the minor leagues who could help and even Salvador Perez may be closer to returning than we had figured three weeks ago – or even last week!

Will a couple of bullpen moves and the return of Salvy be enough to take the Royals from dreadful to at least watchable? Are the Dark Days back? Or, to paraphrase Buddy Bell, could it get even worse?

Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

Race to the Bottom (BP Kansas City Episode 97)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/04/19/race-to-the-bottom-bp-kansas-city-episode-97.mp3 The Royals lost every game since our last episode. Some by blowout, some by blown save. Shaky offense, shaky bullpen, and not enough starting pitching. It’s rough. Is there help on the way? Well, things can probably only get better, right? There are some players performing in the minor leagues who could help and […]