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.

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