Who will hit second for the Royals in 2016?

Shortstop Alcides Escobar demonstrated how valuable he is atop the Kansas City Royals with his first-pitch inside-the-park home run in Game 1 of the World Series. With Escobar leading off, the Royals went 11-4 in the postseason.  Looking ahead to the upcoming season, the Royals will again rely on Escobar as their leadoff hitter - but who hits after him?The free agent departure of...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals have 83 reasons to feel disrespected after World Series win

Here we go again, Kansas City Royals fans.The Royals reached the World Series in 2014, and then FanGraphs projected they would win only 79 games in 2015.After winning the World Series in 2015, the Royals are projected by FanGraphs to win ... 79 games in 2016. Meaning they are projected to lose 83 games and finish under .500.Ouch.Kansas City used the lack of respect card as motivation...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Gordon: Reactions and Analysis

  At last, the Royals finally signed Alex Gordon. Gordon’s deal is for four years, worth $70 million. At the beginning of the offseason, Kansas City Star’s (now in LA)  Andy McCullough said that if Gordon wanted to stick around, he would’ve extended last year. Well, he was wrong, and now, Alex Gordon is well on his way to becoming this generation’s George Brett...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective. A player can be deemed movable for any of the following reasons: production (or lack thereof), current and future...
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November 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Más para los Reales: Pérez y Escobar ganan Guantes de Oro

NUEVA YORK (AP) Salvador Pérez no se cansa de coleccionar trofeos. Flamante Jugador Más Valioso de la Serie Mundial, el receptor venezolano de los Reales de Kansas City ganó su tercer Guante de Oro a la excelencia defensiva. Pérez fue uno de los tres jugadores de los campeones de las Grandes Ligas premiados con Guantes de de Oro. Los otros fueron el torpedero venezolano Alcides...
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November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Alcides Escobar, Not Xander Bogaerts, Wins Gold Glove At Shortstop

Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts’ quest for a Gold Glove came up just short Tuesday night. Bogaerts was an America League Gold Glove finalist, but Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar took home the award instead. You can find out who won the rest of the awards below. Catcher American League: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals (third straight) National League:...
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Offseason Wish List

Well here we are, it’s the offseason. With merely five days elapsed since the Kansas City Royals celebrated their first championship in 30 years, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore is already shifting gears towards building another contending team in 2016. The Royals have already exercised a $5.25MM option on free-swinging shortstop Alcides Escobar and an […]
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November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals exercise options on Davis, Escobar; Gomes declined

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The World Series champion Kansas City Royals have exercised their $8 million option on All-Star closer Wade Davis and a $5.25 million option on All-Star shortstop Alcides Escobar, while declining a $3 million option on outfielder Jonny Gomes.The moves Thursday came one day All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon declined his $13.75 million player option and the Royals...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals exercise options on Escobar, Davis; Gomes declined

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The World Series champion Kansas City Royals have exercised their $8 million option on All-Star closer Wade Davis and a $5.25 million option on All-Star shortstop Alcides Escobar, while declining a $3 million option on outfielder Jonny Gomes. The moves Thursday came one day All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon declined his $13.75 million player option and the Royals...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Escobar’s inside-the-park home run ball nets $19K at auction

The ball Alcides Escobar laced into the outfield for an inside-the-park home run during Game 1 of the World Series has sold on the MLB’s auction website for a whopping $19,200, reports Darren Rovell. Escobar’s unconventional round-tripper during the first inning of the Kansas City Royals’ 5-4, extra innings victory over the New York Mets was the first inside-the-park home...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Gordon and the Royals’ defensive dominance

Alex Gordon is going to be a hot commodity on the free-agent market. Little thought will be given to exercising his current 2016 option, and then he’ll be available to anyone and everyone. The FanGraphs crowd expects him to sign for something in the neighborhood of five years and $90 million, and the crowd can end up low when predicting the higher tier. Relative to other free...
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November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets doomed by miscues, inexperience in World Series

Give the Royals and inch, and they’ll take a mile. The ultimate opportunists of baseball were justly crowed World Champions on Sunday in typical Kansas City fashion. Overcoming the dominance of Matt Harvey and the specter of a Game 6 at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the ninth inning – eventually tying it by doing what they do best: taking advantage...
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals win first World Series in 30 years after wild comeback

The Kansas City Royals are the 2015 World Series champions. Kansas City defeated the New York Mets in Game 5 of the Fall Classic 7-2 in 12 innings following a five-run top of the 12th. KC takes the series four games to one. The Mets led 2-0 heading into the top of the ninth inning, but Mets manager Terry Collins left an adamant Matt Harvey in the game, who had been dominant with...
November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Series, Sveum, Pitching Coaches, Rays, more

A lot has been written about the Royals’ hitting approach. Not enough has been written about their hitting coach. A moribund offense became a much more dangerous one after Dale Sveum stepped into the role last May. As you know, Kansas City hitters don’t strike out very often. Their 15.9 K-date was the lowest in both leagues. Aggressive to a fault, they put more balls in play...
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November 01, 2015  |  Discuss

World Series Game 3: Thor, Mets Drop the Hammer

Yes, Noah Syndergaard’s first pitch of Game 3 last night to Alcides Escobar was a “message pitch.” He admitted as much: “My intent on that pitch was to make them uncomfortable, and I feel like I did just that… I think in every postseason game that Escobar has played in, he’s swung at the first-pitch fastball. I didn’t think he would want to swing at that one.” So...
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October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

The Best of FanGraphs: October 26-30, 2015

Each week, we publish north of 100 posts on our various blogs. With this post, we hope to highlight 10 to 15 of them. You can read more on it here. The links below are color coded — green for FanGraphs, brown for RotoGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times, orange for TechGraphs and blue for Community Research. MONDAYThe Nastiest Pitches of the World Series, Almost Objectively...
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October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Noah Syndergaard's Game 3 ball he threw at Alcides Escobar's head is for sale

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard opened Game 3 of the World Series with a 99 mph fastball that buzzed by the head of Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.  Syndergaard, sounding a little peeved at the Royals' quick triggers before the game, pretty much predicted this scenario earlier as the Mets entered the night down 0-2 in the World Series. "I have a few tricks up my...
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October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Wright, Mets crush Royals as Syndergaard stays strong

It’s almost as though every angle and storyline has been covered already. There are 377 assigned seats in the Citi Field press box (including auxiliary seating), and plenty more media members offering perspectives from afar. The World Series doesn’t lack ink, electronic or otherwise. But this is baseball. There’s always something more to write, because you never know what...
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October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Is baseball bad at bunting?

During the fifth inning of Game Two, as Alcides Escobar attempted to bunt against Jacob deGrom, Harold Reynolds decried the current state of bunting in professional baseball. Even after he admitted that hard throwers are hard to bunt on, he went on a mini tirade: “I know it’s hard to get one down against a guy that throws this hard, but I’ve never seen this bad of bunting...
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October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Four Royals named finalists for Gold Glove award

The nominees for Gold Glove awards were announced Thursday and not surprisingly the Kansas City Royals have four players up for a coveted defensive nod -- tied with the San Francisco Giants for most in the major leagues.Catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer and left fielder Alex Gordon are all up for the Royals. Right fielder Curtis Granderson is the Mets' lone nominee...
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The Royals Run Prevention Deserves More Praise

After two games, the runaway narrative of the 2015 World Series is the success of the Royals contact offense; they just keep swinging at and hitting everything in sight, even against pitchers who are used to blowing opponents away. From the fifth inning on last night, most of Fox’s broadcast consisted of heaping praise on the Royals “relentless” offense, and pleading with baseball...
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

After two games, the World Series is over

We're headed to New York, but we really shouldn't bother. The Kansas City Royals have already won the World Series. Well, not really since we're only two games in, but they will, and it will probably happen before we even have to go back to Kauffman Stadium. The Royals took a 2-0 series lead last night in the World Series with a combination of stellar defense, an outstanding...
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The Mets weren’t throwing swing-and-miss pitches

I don’t blame you if you’re getting tired of the the-Royals-make-a-lot-of-contact stuff. It’s the core of most of the analysis being done right now, but in fairness, it’s the core because the Royals make a lot of contact. It’s arguably their most outstanding skill, which is what makes them such an intriguing match-up for the Mets. And they were up to their usual business...
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Johnny Cueto dominates as Royals take Game 2

Could the 2015 World Series have begun with two more different games? Tuesday’s series opener could have gone either way, with the Mets and Royals trading leads, dramatic home runs and defensive miscues in a 14-inning battle. Game 2 was a completely different story with a starting pitcher dominating and a lineup relentlessly putting the ball in play. Johnny Cueto looked every...
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October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals’ Bats Explode In Fifth Inning Vs. Mets In World Series Game 2 (Video)

Game 1 of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets at Kauffman Stadium was an instant classic. Game 2? Not so much. The Royals cruised past the Mets 7-1 to take a two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven Fall Classic. New York actually drew first blood on a Lucas Duda RBI single in the top of the fourth. However, the Royals struck back quickly thanks...
October 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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