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…

I was wrong; Gutierrez might be good

Perhaps, maybe, possibly, I erred. It’s possible I was too pessimistic, too closed to the idea that a player with raw tools could develop even into his mid-20s. Maybe I should have seen what could be instead of what had been. Kelvin Gutierrez truthers (if such a group exists), I was wrong. When the Kelvin…

I See Progress for Matias

You’ve heard enough about the mountain-top potential of Seuly Matias, about power that passes light towers and heads for outer orbit. You’ve heard him compared to Giancarlo Stanton and Nelson Cruz, guys who turn baseballs into marshmallows. So, I don’t want to bore you with more plaudits and praise for a 19-year-old who’s still in…

Projecting the 2023 Kansas City Royals

The trade deadline renewed my instinct to cast my mind into the future and imagine a Royals team that doesn’t play Alcides Escobar on a regular basis. Since the Royals have spent the last few months restocking a depleted farm system and positioning themselves for a top draft pick in 2019, it makes sense to…

The Chukars? More like the Rakers. Amirite?!

The Lexington Legends and Wilmington Blue Rocks have received a lot of attention from Royals minor league junkies lately and rightfully so. Both teams are on fire right now, and many of the Royals’ big-name prospects are somewhere in A-ball. But I can’t take my eyes off another team in the low minors, a team…

Prospect Watch: Marten Gasparini

Over the last couple of years, the Royals have made a point of finding international signings from unlikely places. Every team focuses intently on the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. The Royals have cast their net a bit wider, signing players from Nicaragua, Brazil, and recently, Japan. One of the most hyped of these signings from…

A Kelvin Herrera Trade Retrospective

Now that the dust has settled and time has tempered the emotions of the Royals faithful, I want to look back at the only significant trade the Royals have made so far this season, sending Kelvin Herrera to Washington for Kelvin Gutierrez, Blake Perkins, and Yohanse Morel. In the month since the trade went down,…