Whether we want to admit it or not, luck plays a role and these six Royals were especially struck by it.
If Bobby and Vinnie have big improvements and Loftin and Pratto are worse, I’ll take that trade off.
I agree with everything you wrote. I had chronic shoulder separations when I was younger resulting first from a car accident and then from athletic reinjury. I am 💯 certain this affected Vinnie. You can't swing right when every time you swing, you're wondering whether you are going to trigger that feeling. I'm assuming what I felt is similar to what Vinnie was feeling , but its unpredictable and very disconcerting when it happens.
Like this article. I’m a pretty big believer in coming back to the median on things. So I’m all in on Bobby and Vinny actually being better next year. I can totally see it. I’m not as high on Massey as some other people and that’s ok. Even his expected number weren’t very good. I’m not saying get rid of him or anything, I’m just saying stop the nonsense of him batting 3rd. Lol. He’s a bottom of the order guy until proven otherwise. Time to treat it that way.
My only real issue with the luck argument….and keep in mind I totally believe in it…is how it is used as a crutch a lot of times. Just because you were unlucky this year….doesn’t mean they were any good. And I don’t think anyone in the FO has used that really. It’s just like when everything goes right…..you probably aren’t as good it just worked out that year for whatever reason. They are due for some positive regression in general. I do think that. Maybe it swings wildly the other way and they improve 30 games. Doubt it yet but who knows.
Massey MIGHT make a utility guy (except for the fact he can’t play 3rd or SS) the old adage is eventually you are what the back of your card says you are. Massey hasn’t had enough ABs to say that but he is heading there quickly. I would concede an average defensive 2nd baseman but in todays game your 2nd baseman has to put up decent offensive numbers
I’m hoping that Vinnie is going to come back healthy but when I watch that violent swing of his I wonder if this won’t be a recurring injury.
I was reading this article fully expecting Freddy Fermin to be one of the lucky bats, given his age and minor league production. If what we saw from Freddy was close to what he *is* as a player, is that good enough for the Royals in a rebuilding 2024?
Knowing that outfield is a position I believe the Royals will make every effort to improve their starting lineup, I believe Dairon Blanco has done enough to be our 4th outfielder. Giving the center fielder a day off, pinch running, defensive replacement (for the eventual starting outfielder brought in from outside the organization that most likely isn't a defensive wizard) and bunting (preferably late inning when needed in a 1 run game) I think he has the skills to be a valuable bench player with the glove and bat.
David, I found this article very interesting, but I have two pet peeves with the Royals hitters. First, too many looking at strike 3 and Nick is one of the worst. Choke up on the bat and cut down on the big swing and try to make contact! Second, I would have the Royals visual department come up with a measurement device to time bat speed. During spring training have the guys with one standard deviation below the mean bat speed start choking up on the bat at all times! No bat speed, no catching +95 mph fastballs and waiting a little later to hit the breaking stuff!!!
Still think Massey belongs
This was great! I can't help but like Massey, but I still find myself going back on forth. Hope he can improve and stick at the bottom of the order like you said. Loftin's batted ball numbers are interesting to me. Do you know what his AAA numbers looked like? I just remember some doubles and that near homer in his first game. I thought his power had improved the last few years, and I really like his swing and approach. I can definitely understand he may not have a high ceiling, but that was a bit depressing for me lol. Our farm system is so void of impact, I was really hoping Loftin could at least be a good utility/solid everyday player..here's to hoping for more trades!