5 Day-Three Picks to Watch

Day three of the MLB draft is where teams make serious money plucking gems from obscurity. Nolan Ryan, Albert Pujols, Kenny Loften, Brett Saberhagen, Ryne Sandberg, and so many more (including the fabled Jarrod Dyson) were taken after the 10th round. For teams like the Royals, small-market teams that need to excel at drafting to…

Why the Brady McConnell pick was such a brilliant idea

Royals fans don’t have a lot of faith in the front office to make bold, innovative, and ultimately effective decisions, especially when it comes to the draft. Sure, they won a World Series, but the Dayton Moore front office has spent more years below .500 than they have competing for rings. And the origin for…

Scouting report on Royals #44 pick, Brady McConnell

With the 44th pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Royals selected Brady McConnell, a shortstop from the University of Florida. McConnell is a very Royals pick, an athletic up-the-middle defender who, despite being a college player, has plenty of upside. As a draft eligible sophomore who missed most of his freshman season, McConnell doesn’t…

Bubba Starling isn’t the Royals’ only option

Bubba Starling has received plenty of attention from Royals commentators wondering if this is the year he makes it to the big leagues. It makes sense that Starling is a frequent topic. He’s a hometown kid. A top-5 pick. A former, future superstar. So, naturally, the media and fans root for him as a comeback…

Royals 2019 Opening Day Roster Prediction

The Royals are Cactus League champions. Hooray! But Spring Training isn’t about winning; it’s about getting ready. The players get themselves ready, and the general manager gets the team ready. Dayton Moore still has a couple of difficult decisions to make before Opening Day on Thursday. How many starters to carry. Final bullpen guys. What…

Kowar can do more with less

If you remember the wise words of Kunu, Paul Rudd’s character from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, you know sometimes it’s better to “do less.” As I was perusing the recently released MLB Pipeline rankings of Royals prospects and bemoaning how conservative and traditional they are, while envying the excellent way they’re presented, I decided commentators’ assessments that…