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The Outside Corner:
From last Thursday's season preview of the Royals...
Burning QuestionAre the Royals going to get enough out of their rotation to contend in 2012?
Checking in a week later, the Royals rotation currently consists of Bruce Chen, Luke Hochevar, Jonathan Sanchez, Luis Mendoza, and Danny Duffy. One of the more effective Royals starter last season, Felipe Paulino, will start the season on the DL with elbow soreness. That's not a good look at all for Kansas City. In 20 starts (21 games) last season, Paulino had a 3.51 FIP and an 8.59 strikeout rate, amassing 2.6 fWAR. That was tied for the highest among all Royals pitchers with the departed Jeff Francis, who threw nearly 60 more innings than Paulino.
Of the five Royals starters currently in the rotation, all but Mendoza had at least 20 starts in the majors. Mendoza spent most of the year at AAA Omaha for the Royals, and he only struck out 81 batters in 144 1/3 innings while walking 54. Last season in Omaha, he threw 131 2/3 inn...
BEST OF MAXIM
Although the 2012 Royals uniforms were revealed months ago, sports uniform obsessor, Paul Lukas of Uni Watch has released his complete 2012 MLB uniform preview.
Lukas blames the relatively unnoticed "solid-looking" uniforms on the fact the Royals have been "so bad for so long".
Royals Uniform Preview:
A very solid-looking club whose uniforms rarely get...
With the news that Joakim Soria will be out for the season with Tommy John Surgery, the Royals need to look for another option at closer. Automatically Jonathan Broxton comes to mind to a lot of people because of his prior closing experience*, but let’s take a look at some other options that the Royals will have in the bullpen and on the 40 man roster.
* I said at the time that...
I attended the Futures Game at Kauffman stadium last year, hoping to catch a glimpse of the prospects that earned a #1 ranking for the Kansas City Royals by Baseball America.
Photo Courtesy of Minda Haas
Let me tell you, from that one exhibition, I came away with a new twist on an old phrase:
“I have seen the future, and it is Mike Montgomery.”
On that April 4 afternoon, all...
Alex Gordon went from a bust to busting the bank.
Gordon, who had a breakout 2011 season after a mediocre first four years in the majors, agreed to a $37.5 million, four-year deal that includes a player option for 2016 to remain with the Kansas City Royals.
The team had been working on a long-term deal with Gordon for several months. It was finally announced Friday, one week before...
Mike Sweeney's stint in Philadelphia was brief, but he quickly became a fan favorite and was the kind of player you could really pull for. With his positive attitude and his willingness to share hugs with everyone who did something well, Sweeney was certainly a guy that fit well in any clubhouse he suited up in.
Now Sweeney will be suiting up ina different way.
It’s been an interesting major league career for Alex Gordon. The player proclaimed as the next George Brett, a can’t miss prospect, almost became the next Clint Hurdle, the Royals late 70′s can’t miss prospect who did miss.
It started out so well. After a stellar collegiate career at the University of Nebraska, the Royals selected Gordon as the second overall pick of the...
It looks like the Kansas City Royals are close to deciding on their new closer. Since Joakim Soria went down with an elbow injury they’ve been debating between the experienced Jonathan Broxton and young, up and coming Greg Holland. Jon Heyman tweeted this afternoon that Broxton looks to be the front runner.
@JonHeymanCBS: The #royals are leaning toward jonathan broxton as their...
A cannon of an arm from right field, electric power from the right side of the plate, and a veteran leader in the clubhouse, Kansas City Royals right fielder, Jeff Franceour, is without a doubt a huge component for the Royals in 2012. Coming off of a couple of less than average years, the Royals took a chance on Franceour last season. A chance that seemed to pay off for both...
Sean O'Sullivan threw five hitless innings and Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-2 Friday night.
O'Sullivan, who had allowed nine hits and four runs in four innings in his previous two outings in relief, retired his first 14 batters before walking Alexei Ramirez in the fifth. That was the only base runner for O'...
The Kansas City Royals signed outfielder Alex Gordon to a four-year contract extension Friday.The deal is worth $37.5 million that includes a player option for 2016.Gordon will make $6 million this season, $9 million next season, $10 million in 2014 and $12.5 million in 2015.The 28-year-old hit .303 with 23 home runs and 87 RBIs last season. He also won his first Gold Glove and set...
Naturals Announce Preliminary 2012 Roster
14 players return from last year’s playoff team
SURPRISE, AZ – As the Northwest Arkansas Naturals prepare to break camp in Arizona in the coming days, the Naturals announce a preliminary roster as spring training draws to a close.
The roster includes 14 players who contributed to the Naturals’ playoff run in 2011. Joining those Double...
Read the methodology behind the ratings here. Remember that the grading scale is 20-80, with 50 representing league average.
2012 Organizational Rankings
#30 – Baltimore
#29 – Houston
#28 – Oakland
#27 – Pittsburgh
#26 – San Diego
#25 – Minnesota
#24 – Chicago White Sox
#23 – Seattle
Kansas City’s 2011 Ranking: 25th
2012 Outlook: 45 (20th)
For the first time...
ROYALS SIGN OUTFIELDER Alex Gordon TO A MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT
Four-Year Guaranteed Contract Also Includes Player Option for 2016
SURPRISE, AZ (March 30, 2012) — The Kansas City Royals today announced the club has reached an agreement on a multi-year contract with outfielder Alex Gordon. The contract includes four guaranteed years through the 2015 season, then a player option...
Right fielder Nelson Cruz left the Texas Rangers' 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals with a bruised right hand.
Cruz was hit by a pitch from Luke Hochevar in the third inning Wednesday night. The 2011 ALCS MVP hit 29 homers last year but was sidelined for 29 games because of a strained left hamstring and strained right quadriceps muscle.
Lorenzo Cain and Billy Butler each...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Sean O'Sullivan threw five hitless innings and Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-2 Friday night.
O'Sullivan, who had allowed nine hits and four runs in four innings in his previous two outings in relief, retired his first 14 batters before walking Alexei Ramirez in the fifth. That was the only...