Awaiting The Call-ups (BP Kansas City Episode 112)

On Wednesday, the Royals traded Lucas Duda for cash, opening up a roster spot just in time for September call-ups to start showing up. We discussed Duda’s storied legacy in Kansas City from Day One to now. 

With the roster spot, a whole batch of minor leaguers could be called up to the majors, including some names who’ve been waiting for their shot like Frank Schwindel and Richard Lovelady, but some other players have a shot to come up too. 

And while Duda has departed, the Royals may have to make a few other moves to bring in the new crowd. We went over a few options.

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Turning a Corner (BP Kansas City Episode 111)

Ya know, Luke Hochevar wasn’t the all-star we may have hoped for after being the first overall selection in the 2006 draft, but he had his moments in his Royals career. We discussed his recent retirement and the up and down career Hoch experienced with the Royals.

We also discussed some of the recent moves, including the release of Blaine Boyer and trade of Terrance Gore, plus the pitching staff adjustments that corresponded with a Danny Duffy DL designation.

Finally, we took a glance at the standings and talked about the relative strength of each league as well as our current favorites from each side.

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The New Guys (BP Kansas City Episode 110)

Mike Moustakas has been traded, but the world keeps turning. While we say goodbye to Moose, we say hello to Brett Phillips and Jorge Lopez, two former top-100 prospects who are ready for the big leagues right now.

Is it the right move? Should the Royals have gotten younger prospects? And anyway, how does it fit with the current crop of Royals prospects?

We talked about these things and the fun, new energy on the Royals lately. They’re still pretty bad, but they’re at least a little more fun.

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Second Half Starts and MooseWatch (BP Kansas City Episode 109) The All-Star Break was good to the Royals and they came back somewhat rejuvenated in the second half. We discussed their positive week back, and the impact of some good, young starting pitching leading the way. Can it hold up in Yankee Stadium? We also discussed Mike Moustakas and his potential trade suitors. The […]

Revisiting Preseason Predictions (BP Kansas City Episode 108) The Royals limped…crawled…technically made it to the All-Star break and are on pace for a franchise-worst record. There weren’t a lot of positives in the first half, but Jeff and Mike made some predictions in March and had to check on the status of those calls at the break. We discussed Jorge Soler, Alex […]

The Legacy of a Royal All Star (BP Kansas City Episode 107) The way this season has gone, it’s a miracle the Royals get an All-Star representative (even if it’s in the rules that they do…) but we discussed Sal Perez as this year’s sole representative. He gets a sixth appearance in a row, despite a rough stat line. But that’s the type of year it’s […]

Who’s The All Star Here? (BP Kansas City Episode 106) The Royals have had a terrible June and a miserable 2018, so when it comes to positive news, there isn’t a lot to report. The Royals did promote two significant prospects though, sending Khalil Lee to Double-A and Nicky Lopez to Triple-A. We discussed their significance and what might be reasonable expectations. Then we […]

The Kelvin Herrera Trade (BP Kansas City Episode 105)

With the Royals well below .500, the sell-off has started. It started a few weeks ago with Jon Jay, but he’s only got a couple of months as a Royal on his resume. Kelvin Herrera, however, has been a Royals since 2006 and now goes to the Washington Nationals.

Herrera was such a huge part of the Royals success in 2014 and 2015, and he’s one of the more notable relievers in Royals history, so we chose to remember some key moments of his Royals career and our favorite highlights. We also discussed the trade itself: the prospects, the money, and what our general thoughts are about what Kansas City got back.

We also covered the Jorge Soler injury and the call-up of Adalberto Mondesi and the Royals promise to play him often with him back in the big leagues.

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