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…

Will the Royals best bullpen be in Omaha?

The numbers game playing out in the Royals’ bullpen doesn’t look great for Royals fans or farmhands. Not great for the farmhands because it may mean a trip back to AAA. Not great for the fans because it may mean another season watching horrid relief pitching cost the team wins. In fact, it’s entirely possible…

Lower-level Prospects to Watch in 2019

Baseball is almost here, and I desperately wish I had plans to attend spring training, camp out near the backfields, and watch the next wave of Royals talent emerge. Alas, I have a job … and responsibilities … and no money. So, I’ll have to wait for the minor league seasons to officially start before…

5 Breakout Candidates for 2019

Every season a handful of prospects within a system put together breakout performances that force fans and commentators to sit up, take notice, and start dreaming dreams that will some day be crushed. It’s a circle of life type thing. In 2018, Daniel Lynch, Seuly Matias, and Nicky Lopez were among the group of Royals…

Don’t Sleep on Chris Ellis

Since it’s the offseason and Royals news comes in drips and drabs, plenty of digital ink has been spilled to discuss the team’s newest vessel of hope, Sam McWilliams, including great work from RFR writers Patrick Brennan, Alex Duvall, and Drew Osborne. But I want to focus on the other guy, Chris Ellis. With the…

The Problem with Trading Whit Merrifield

The buzz around trading Whit Merrifield is extensive with passion disproportionately allocated to the analytics-minded fans who are in favor of maximizing return for him and strengthening the team’s chances with their next wave of talent. I understand that argument, and in principle, I agree with it. Teams should think pragmatically about how best to…