Checking in on the Rest of the AL Central: Kansas City Royals

A few days ago I took a look at some of the headlines surrounding the White Sox. Today I’ll present a rundown of what’s happening with the Royals, simply because they seem to have been the division rival with the most news in the past week. So let’s get started.

  • Who’s hot: Billy Butler (.423 AVG), Eric Hosmer (.333 AVG), Alex Gordon (.310 AVG), Luis Mendoza (0.82 in 10.2 IP), Jose Mijares (0.00 ERA in 4.1 IP)
  • Who’s not: Jeff Francoeur (.160 AVG), Mike Moustakas (.238 AVG), Felipe Paulino (7.20 ERA in 5.0 IP), Bruce Chen (9.64 ERA in 4.2 IP), Joakim Soria (12.00 ERA in 3.0 IP)
  • The Royals lost their prized catching prospect Salvador Perez to a torn meniscus and knee surgery that will leave him out at least 2-3 months. Another one of their catchers, Manuel Pina, also had knee surgery and is out for a prolonged time, leaving Brayan Peña as the only catcher on their 40-man roster. They have Max Ramirez on their Triple A team, but now news has broken that they’ve made an offer to Pudge Rodriguez. He is currently weighing the offer, according to Jon Heyman.
  • The Royals have signed their shortstop Alcides Escobar to a 4-year extension.
  • The aforementioned Luis Mendoza, who has had cups of coffee in the big leagues but not much sustained success, is having a hot spring and is making a strong case to land a spot in the Royals’ rotation.
  • Mike Moustakas has been struggling at the plate, but he has been suffering from first a knee injury and then a stomach virus.
  • As you might have noticed, closer Joakim Soria has had some rough outings.


  • JenR

    Holy crap, I have to be honest here, the Royals, they just scare me. For many reasons they always seem to creep up on us. Ugh. They are young, they are healthy, they seem to beat us for no discernible reason, they are still fresh late in the season. Meanwhile we are almost always busted by August.

    • Doc Worn

      I do think they’ll keep the central interesting. However, I don’t think they have the starting pitching to keep up, just as I don’t think the Indians have the offense to keep up….Imagine if there was a sixth team called the Kansas City Indians or even the Cleveland Royals….then I’ll be scared.

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