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Royals Review

Ryan Heffernon

Thursday Thread: Royals @ Brewers

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Jakob Junis makes his spring debut with Sal behind the plate

2019 was a rough year for Jakob Junis. After closing an up and down 2018 season with a 3.28 ERA across August and September, only two pitchers had a worse ERA than his 5.24 mark in 2019.

And across the last two seasons, only Julio Teheran and Steven Matz have been less valuable than Junis among pitchers with at least 300 innings pitched. And headed into the 2020 season, the former 29th round pick...

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Max Rieper

YouTube TV users won’t be able to watch Royals games

YouTube TV is in a stalemate with Sinclair.

We knew that when the Sinclair Broadcast Group purchased the Fox Regional Sports Networks, including Fox Sports Kansas City, there might be some changes. Their CEO talked about integrating sports gambling into broadcasts, and some worried about political messaging infiltrating broadcasts.

But what should be more of a concern is Sinclair’s reputation for tough negotiations. Already they have dragged out negotiations with the Royals on a new...

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Max Rieper

Who needs to have a great spring training for the Royals?

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Not everyone is coming north with the club.

The baseball games have begun in sunny September and already there are a few players turning heads in Royals camp. We know that spring training performances shouldn’t matter that much, but that doesn’t mean you want to have a bad pre-season. An awful spring training got veteran outfielder Brian Goodwin cut last year, and no one ever heard of him again (pay no attention to that 2.1 WAR...

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Is it time to buy into the Daniel Lynch hype?

Local and national media are taking note of the KC Royals’ young pitcher, Daniel Lynch. Is it time to buy in and get on the hype train? As the KC Royals advance through their spring training, storylines are being made on a daily basis. Something non-spring training related that jumped out at me recently was […] KC Royals: Is it time to buy into the Daniel Lynch hype? - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Singer stares down major league opponents in start

One of the KC Royals top pitching prospects made his second appearance in Wednesday’s game and he looked like he was ready for the majors. The KC Royals spent Wednesday as a split-squad, seeing both the Cubs and the Whitesox. While many likely looked for updates on both games, a lot of eyes were on […] KC Royals: Singer stares down major league opponents in start - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Brady Singer’s case for the rotation doesn’t seem like a long shot anymore

Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images He’s looked stellar through two outings. After Wednesday’s start against the Chicago Cubs, Brady Singer is making it difficult for the Royals’ front office to find a reason for keeping him in the minor leagues after spring training. Through three innings, the 2018 first-round pick has allowed no runs on three hits and collected four strikeouts. All three of the hits were singles off the bat of Jason Heyward, Victor Caratini, and Steven Sousa Jr....

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It’s important to give Mike Matheny a chance

KC Royals fans expressed concern after the hiring of manager Mike Matheny. Now that he has had some time with the team, things look to be going well. KC Royals fans will likely always remember when Ned Yost announced his retirement. It was the end of an era for the team. While there were some […] KC Royals: It’s important to give Mike Matheny a chance - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for February 27, 2020

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Hunter Dozier could be rhymin’ and stealin’ this year.

Royals Rumblings - News for February 27, 2020

Lynn Worthy writes that Whit Merrifield is prepared to be versatile this year.

In recent years, he’s focused less on his outfield play. But Merrifield enters this season knowing his one of his primary positions, at least to start the season, will be center field. He came into spring training with a renewed emphasis on his...

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Royals agree to terms with eight pre-arbitration players

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms with eight pre-arbitration players on one-year contracts for the 2020 season.

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Max Rieper

Wednesday split squad game thread vs. Chicago and Chicago!

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Let’s play two!

The Windy City is in big trouble today as both of their baseball teams will take on the Royals in split squad spring training action. In Surprise, the Royals will host the White Sox with lefty Foster Griffin in to make his case for making the rotation. Maikel Franco also rejoins the lineup after being hit in the face with a ball. You will also get to see a bit of the White Sox’ future with second baseman Nick Madrigal and first...

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KC Royals displaying power early in spring training

The KC Royals are showing they have some power on the team early in spring training, but they still have work to do on other offensive areas. KC Royals fans likely expected to see some homeruns throughout spring training with the team but may have assumed a majority of them would come from Jorge Soler. […] KC Royals displaying power early in spring training - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Most improved prospects heading into 2020 for KC Royals

The year 2019 saw the KC Royals organization bring home multiple league championships and many players stepped up their game to accomplish this. While the parent team (the KC Royals) struggled, many of the minor league affiliates flourished last year. Five teams advanced to their league championship series’ and four of them brought home the […] Most improved prospects heading into 2020 for KC Royals - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs,...

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Second strong spring outing for KC Royals P Jorge Lopez

After struggling two years with KC Royals, Jorge Lopez is off to a solid beginning in his first two starts of spring training. There is something about the crack of the bats and mitts popping in Arizona in February that makes even the most jaded KC Royals fan have hope. Usually, it is drowned out […] Second strong spring outing for KC Royals P Jorge Lopez - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Jesse A Anderson

How the 2020 Royals make the playoffs

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How the ‘Miracle Royals’ season happens

Kansas City is in mourning after the Royals were defeated three games to one in the AL Divisional Round by the White Sox. The Royals fought hard but were held to a single run in Game 4 by the combined efforts of Dallas Keuchel, Alex Colome and Kelvin Herrera.

While no team is ever happy unless they win it all, Royals Manager Mike Matheny opted to focus on the positives. “Nobody thought we had a chance coming...

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A series of random KC Royals-related midweek musings

With spring training finally in full swing and Opening Day still a month away, there’s a lot of baseball to think about. Here are a few midweek thoughts about the KC Royals. February is about to become March, which means Opening Day is within sight. The KC Royals begin the season March 26 against the […] A series of random KC Royals-related midweek musings - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Minda Haas Kuhlmann

Royals Rumblings - News for February 26, 2020

Ash Wednesday.

Jeffrey Flanagan spoke with Mike Matheny about who might be the 26th man:

“How do you define the 26th man? Someone who can run for you? Someone who can pinch-hit? A defender? I think more often than not you’ll see a defender in that role.

“Ideally you would look at a guy who can play the middle infield and also play the outfield. You look at a Mejia or a Reynolds. Both of those guys would be in anybody’s thought process — it doesn’t get any more versatile than...

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Ryan Landreth

Tuesday Thread: Royals vs. Rangers

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Another day, another Spring Training game.

It’s the Royals and the Rangers with Jorge Lopez on the bump once again for Kansas City.

Here is the lineup:

CF Merrifield

SS Lopez

RF Dozier

DH McBroom

1B O’Hearn

LF Isbel

3B Arteaga

C Viloria

2B Merrell

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Battle for backup outfield spot heating up

The KC Royals outfield seems to be set, but with plenty of players starting hot in spring training, the backup spot is up for grabs. The KC Royals have plenty of positional battles taking place going into the 2020 season, and plenty of players fighting for those spots. While there are some positions like first […] KC Royals: Battle for backup outfield spot heating up - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Stephen Woods Jr. is staking his claim in spring training

The KC Royals are taking a long look at their bullpen options for 2020, and their Rule 5 pick is wanting to make sure he gets a spot. When the KC Royals took Stephen Woods Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays in the Rule 5 draft, there were a lot of unknowns surrounding the young […] KC Royals: Stephen Woods Jr. is staking his claim in spring training - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Griffin to get first Cactus start Wednesday

A former first-round draft pick is scheduled to make his first 2020 spring training start for the KC Royals Wednesday. Here are some things to know about him. Two weeks after pitchers and catcher reported to spring camp, and five days since the KC Royals played their first exhibition game, prize KC prospect Brady Singer […] KC Royals: Griffin to get first Cactus start Wednesday - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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