by John Viril—
Coming into the 2013 season, the Kansas City Royals hitting instructors Jack Maloof and Andre David insisted that their goal for the season was to produce more power from their hitters. Closing in on the quarter-pole to the season, the Royals are once again at the bottom of MLB in home runs (28th) and 10th in the American League in slugging. So far, the Royals have pretty much failed in their primary goal on offense.
Why are the Royals once again a weak-hitting team?
Royals fans have heard the same explanations year after year. Kauffman Stadium has the biggest outfield area in the league. The team needs to be built around speed and defense. We need contact hitters and doubles power. We want our hitters to be aggressive at the plate.
None of those excuses really wash. The reason Kansas City fails to hit for power is because they are an undisciplined team. Instead of waiting for a good pitch to hit, they hack at pitches outside the zone and put a lot of weak batted ball...