Found February 17, 2013 on
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There’s something exciting about the thought of James Shields pitching for the Royals. Maybe it’s because part of me is excited about the Rays losing such an important member of their rotation. Maybe it’s because I love Kansas City’s young offensive core and I really want to see them do well. Or maybe it’s because the Royals haven’t made the playoffs even once in my entire lifetime. (Yes, you read that right. I was born in 1986.)Despite seeing his ERA rise 70 points last year to 3.52, I’d argue Shields had his best pro season in 2012. His strikeout rate was a career-best 8.82 K/9, his walk rate stayed in the low 2.00s, and his 3.81 K:BB ratio was his best since 2008, way back when he was a low-velocity, control-first pitcher. The new Shields is more dominant, and somehow he managed to assert that dominance while increasing his ground ball rate to a career-best 52.3%. For comparison, his previous best was 46.3% (2008).Shields had spent his entire seven-year major league career with t...
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The Kansas City Royals took huge measures this offseason to fix their number one on-field issue, the rotation. The addition of James Shields gave them a legitimate ace pitcher at the front of their rotation. The rebuilt rotation looks stronger but leaves the question open: Who’s number two?
Throughout 2012 the opinion around the Royals fanbase was very similar. Many people...
As we all know, Kansas City has carried a dismal baseball franchise since 1985. But as spring training rolls around, we have to again acknowledge how well the Royals have done in the Latin American talent market.
Everyone who pays very much attention to the Royals will directly turn there heads up to the sky and wink at their mental image of Salvador Perez, the Royals’ up and...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Luke Hochevar is a paradox.
"You break down Luke's starts last season, half of them were at the top of the league," Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday. "The other half were at the bottom of the league. So it's just inconsistency."
Hochevar had an 8-0 record with a 2.38 ERA in the 13 starts he made that Kansas City won, according...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Jeff Francoeur may have the most likable personality in baseball, yet he makes so many fans in Kansas City so mad.
Perhaps the fact that he was, statistically speaking, the worst position player in the big leagues last year has something to do with it. And he's still with the Royals, who sent top prospect Wil Myers to Tampa Bay in an offseason trade that...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Former Royals slugger Mike Sweeney says that while he loved his 13 years with the team, he believes he ultimately failed during his time in Kansas City.
He failed the fans, the organization and team owner David Glass, he said.
"The ultimate goal each year is to get to the playoffs and win the World Series," Sweeney told FOXSportsKasnasCity.com. "...
Before you start reading this remember that the title of the article states that the Kansas City Royals “should” win the A.L. Central. I know many of you chuckled when you read it and many more probably threw out a “WTF”. Believe me, I get that. After following an organization for over 30 years [...]
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: August 13, 1979
Signed: International Free Agent, 1995 (Braves)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: Arn Tellem
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Colon is a big RHP who throws hard, usually averaging over 94 mph when pitching in...