Kansas City Royals News
It doesn't take Royals catcher Salvador Perez long to pinpoint his favorite moment from the club's magical playoff run last season. To this day, baseball observers are dumbfounded how Perez ever reached the pitch, which seemed almost two feet off the plate, let alone pulled it to beat the A's in the AL Wild Card Game.
Kansas City had five players on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list, which was revealed Friday night on MLB Network, with shortstop Raul Adalberto Mondesi leading the quintet at No. 40.
Coming off the greatest Royals season in nearly three decades, manager Ned Yost obviously is eager to get to Spring Training in a couple of weeks. It's just that once he gets there, Yost knows he won't be searching for all that many answers.
Since last fall, Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain became a dad for the first time, won the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award and starred in the World Series.
Alex Gordon has emerged as one of the best all-around players in Major League Baseball. He's also working on being one of its best all-around people. The outfielder received the 50th Hutch Award for outstanding community service at the annual luncheon at Safeco Field on Thursday.
Watching the Royals sweep their way through the early part of the postseason and into the World Series, it was apparent just how much the club's run energized the organization and Kansas City itself. After getting over the disappointment of the Royals' Game 7 loss to the Giants in the Fall Classic, first baseman Eric Hosmer said he's taken time to appreciate all he and his teammates accomplished in October.
Had he walked away earlier from the Los Angeles Raiders to focus entirely on baseball, Bo Jackson could have been the Mike Trout of his generation.
MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.
Once a mega-prospect considered by many to be the future of the Royals, center fielder Bubba Starling hasn't quite lived up to the massive expectations heaped on his shoulders. So the Royals are taking a bit of an unconventional approach in his development: They're inviting him to Major League Spring Training.
The Royals have avoided arbitration with outfielder Jarrod Dyson by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth $1.225 million. The club confirmed that the sides reached a deal, but did not disclose the terns.
A case can be made that the Royals' Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain form the best defensive outfield in Major League history. Factoring in offense, the world of analytics narrowly favors Kansas City's outfield over the Angels and Marlins.
Royals reliever Brandon Finnegan was honored by the Rangers as the Texas Professional Baseball Player of the Year at their awards dinner on Friday night.
The Royals have invited 23 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training, including 10 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and three outfielders.
Ernie Banks arrived in Chicago by way of the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League, where he played under manager John "Buck" O'Neil, one of the eventual founders of the Negro Leagues Museum. Banks frequently checked in on the museum and was one of its proudest supporters.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore says the idea of re-signing free-agent starting pitcher James Shields has crossed his mind, but "at this point in time, it's doubtful."
Though none of the left-handers who ranked on this list before last season began have graduated to the big leagues, there are still several new faces on this year's Top 10. Julio Urias, Henry Owens and Andrew Heaney are the holdovers, albeit with their order reversed from last year.
Kenny Lofton roamed center field for 17 seasons, using his dynamic speed to track down fly balls. As a standout defender, Lofton is partial to those who share similar abilities. At the top of his list is Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain, Lofton's favorite current Major Leaguer.
Can the Royals' bullpen be as good as they were in 2014? Or, and this could be viewed as some sort of baseball blasphemy to even suggest, but here goes anyway ... can they be even better in 2015?
While Ned Yost was given some financial security with his recent contract extension, what matters most to the Royals skipper is the strong bond he has built with GM Dayton Moore and owner David Glass.
The Royals agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Louis Coleman and left-hander Tim Collins on Friday to avoid arbitration. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The Royals will host their 17th annual "School Day at the K" on May 7 before the team's 1:10 p.m. CT game against the Indians. The club expects to have about 20,000 students and educators at the ballpark.
Early last season, the Royals were slumping at the plate and the critics were calling for the dismissal of manager Ned Yost. But Yost never wavered in displaying confidence and patience in his club, which turned things around to break a 29-year postseason drought and advance to the World Series. On Tuesday, Yost was rewarded with a one-year contract extension through the 2016 season.
The Royals have agreed to a one-year contract extension with manager Ned Yost, whose deal now runs through the 2016 season.
Royals left-hander Sean Manaea led the Class A Advanced Carolina League with 146 strikeouts and placed eighth in the Minors with 10.8 whiffs per nine innings in 2014, his first season as a pro, and Jim Callis thinks he's the pick for the Minor League strikeout crown this season.
Outfielder Lorenzo Cain, reliever Wade Davis and starter Yordano Ventura have been honored with the Royals' team awards as voted on by the Kansas City chapter of the BBWAA.
After missing the past three seasons due to injury, veteran reliever Ryan Madson is looking to make the most of his return with Kansas City.
Voting is open for the Royals Hall of Fame Class of 2015, with fans able to cast their online vote through Jan. 16.
The Royals announced their Minor League coaching staff and coordinators Friday, with several new faces joining the organization and others continuing successful runs.
Royals VP of baseball operations Dean Taylor is ready to transition into retirement after nearly 40 years in the game of baseball and Taylor and those who have worked with him are eager to express gratitude for an exemplary career.
The Royals restructured their baseball operations department on Monday following the retirement of vice president and assistant general manager Dean Taylor.