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The 2019 Royals season is officially underway and it's - so far - a little exciting and a little underwhelming. They won two games but the bullpen has been shaky, and the Royals have missed a couple of early opportunities for wins. Nonetheless, so…
The Royals found a replacement for Salvador Perez and did some juggling of the pitching staff as Opening Day approaches. After catching up on the news of the day, we made some predictions. Using Baseball Prospectus's PECOTA projections, we picked…
The baseball free agency market is finally shaking loose. Manny Machado is getting his big payday. Mike Moustakas landed another one-year deal. Alcides Escobar will be an Oriole. The Royals snagged some free agents as well, all to bolster the 2019…
So far this offseason has been very quiet, but one of the milestones each winter is the publication of prospect rankings. Two of the big ones - Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America - recognized some Royals prospects, though, interestingly diffe…
It's been quiet this offseason with a lot of attention in Kansas City going to the Royals' next-door neighbors, but we took time this week to talk about an old friend who'll be back in 2019. And since everyone is looking to the past these days, we…
After a couple weeks off for the holidays, the Vault is back. And during that break, the Royals signed Terrance Gore. We discuss the Royals focus on adding team speed and his likely role within the organization. While we're hesitant to say that he…
Is the Royals outfield wide enough? Are the Royals throwing away their shot? Kansas City sure didn't wait for it and went out and signed center fielder Billy Hamilton. It might be nice to have Hamilton on our side.  On top of that move, the Royals…
The Royals took aim at locking down their 40 man roster, purchasing the contracts of three pitchers, claiming one and designating another for assignment. As they massage the roster, they also have some arbitration offers to consider. What will be …
The Royals made a couple more moves since our last episode, so we recapped the dearly departed, including some minor league free agents. But with new free agents come new signings, so we discussed the signing of post-hype prospect Michael Ynoa to …
The 2018 season is over, and we're now starting to see some transactions and roster decisions being made. For the Royals, their 2019 team is not likely to change that much from the team that ended 2018, but there are definite opportunities to impr…
Every season, amidst the fun and games of spring training, we set some over/under marks for particular players and judge where we think they'll land.  This year, our array of predictions were hit and miss, but the journey is half the fun, right? W…
For the fifth time in their history, the Royals have reached 100 losses. That's not good, but we tried to add some perspective to the mark, in light of the Royals decent and much-more-watchable second half of the year. Along with that is the emerg…
It's been a difficult year, but the last month hasn't been so bad. A number of Royals have started hitting, including surprises like Ryan O'Hearn, and a couple of pitchers have been great. It makes for a more entertaining second half and an encour…
This week we covered the end of Danny Duffy's season and the impact his varied ailments might have on him going forward. We also talked about the shifting perception of his contract and trade value. In other injury news, we expressed disappointmen…
On Wednesday, the Royals traded Lucas Duda for cash, opening up a roster spot just in time for September call-ups to start showing up. We discussed Duda's storied legacy in Kansas City from Day One to now.  With the roster spot, a whole batch of m…
Ya know, Luke Hochevar wasn't the all-star we may have hoped for after being the first overall selection in the 2006 draft, but he had his moments in his Royals career. We discussed his recent retirement and the up and down career Hoch experienced …
Mike Moustakas has been traded, but the world keeps turning. While we say goodbye to Moose, we say hello to Brett Phillips and Jorge Lopez, two former top-100 prospects who are ready for the big leagues right now. Is it the right move? Should the …
The All-Star Break was good to the Royals and they came back somewhat rejuvenated in the second half. We discussed their positive week back, and the impact of some good, young starting pitching leading the way. Can it hold up in Yankee Stadium?  W…
The Royals limped...crawled...technically made it to the All-Star break and are on pace for a franchise-worst record. There weren't a lot of positives in the first half, but Jeff and Mike made some predictions in March and had to check on the statu…
The way this season has gone, it's a miracle the Royals get an All Star representative (even if it's in the rules that they do...) but we discussed Sal Perez as this year's sole representative. He gets a sixth appearance in a row, despite a rough s…
The Royals have had a terrible June and a miserable 2018, so when it comes to positive news, there isn't a lot to report. The Royals did promote two significant prospects though, sending Khalil Lee to Double-A and Nicky Lopez to Triple-A. We discus…
With the Royals well below .500, the sell-off has started. It started a few weeks ago with Jon Jay, but he's only got a couple of months as a Royal on his resume. Kelvin Herrera, however, has been a Royals since 2006 and now goes to the Washington …
So your team just got shut out by the Reds. They've scored 23 runs in two weeks. What the heck do you do? Well, you look at a few positives, mostly some good performances from Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, and Danny Duffy. We talked about some of tho…
The Royals entered the 2018 MLB Draft with more money available than any other team and loaded up on college pitching to pair with a promising group in A ball. To discuss the picks and the Royals' approach, Clint Scoles of Baseball Prospectus Kans…
A couple of weeks ago, we had Clint Scoles give us a preview of the Royals draft and now that the picks are all in, he joined us again to talk about the results. It's an unexpected set of picks, but there's talent there. Clint covers the big names,…
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Podcast Details
Started
Jan 17th, 2014
Latest Episode
Apr 4th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
247
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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