Kansas City Royals Odds, Schedule, Stats, Standing MLB 2023 Season
Kansas City Royals Last Season Performance
The 2022 season was full of both highs and lows for the Kansas City Royals, although there were significantly more lows than highs. In spite of the fact that the season ended with a 65-97 record, there are a few positives that can be drawn from it.
Unfortunately, Adalberto Mondesi’s season ended before the month of May began due to an ACL injury. Mondesi had 50 at-bats during the 2022 season, on top of that, disappointingly, he didn’t hit a single home run and stole five bases while hitting just .140 throughout those games.
To make things worse, Kris Bubic, Daniel Lynch, and Jackson Kowar did not make the progress that the organization hoped. Carlos Hernandez battled injuries throughout the season and struggled for much of the time he was healthy. Jonathan Heasley showed flashes of brilliance but was also inconsistent, making Kansas City’s 2022 season a very disappointing one.
In the offseason, the Royals added Jordan Lyles and Ryan Yarbrough. Both of whom have demonstrated glimpses of their potential over the years. They just haven’t gotten it all together yet. Going into the 2023 season, the pitching rotation appears to be stronger than the bullpen. That said, something worth mentioning is that the Royals did sign hard-throwing left-hander Aroldis Chapman.
Perhaps the most significant change within the Kansas City Royals organization was the firing of longtime Front Office honcho Dayton Moore, who had led the team since 2006. Now, J.J. Piccolo runs the show in Kansas City.
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Manager: Matt Quatraro
A young core of players should welcome Matt Quatraro’s fresh approach and collaborative nature. Many of the players have stated in interviews this spring that their new manager allows them to “be themselves.” If the players are less tense and more confident in themselves, the results on the field should follow suit. J.J. Picollo is attempting to build a consistent winner, and the franchise’s new manager is at the heart of that quest.
Quatraro worked as an assistant hitting coach for the Guardians before moving on to the Rays as third base coach and bench coach. Quatraro has a lot of knowledge within the numerical world, the analytical aspect of the game, and how it has been successfully applied to players on a regular basis. However, Quatraro does not belong in that universe, despite the fact that he exists there. In the end, he is a regular guy that loves playing baseball and enjoys competing and coming out on top.
Bobby Witt Jr., the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 draft, is the obvious draw. Witt played as shortstop and third base for 150 games last year, and while he struggled immensely defensively, he hit 20 home runs. Without a doubt in anybody’s mind, Witt Jr. is expected to significantly improve in 2023.
Last summer, Vinnie Pasquatino made his debut and mashed to the tune of a 137 wRC+ in a prototypical 1B/DH mold. He provides the Royals with a solid dedicated DH option in a league that doesn’t have many of them, and when combined with Salvador Perez, the Royals may be better suited to DH than most teams.
Despite a couple of intriguing young players, the roster isn’t great, and while the continued reunion with Zack Greinke is great to see, the pitching staff simply lacks the arms to win consistently. In addition to what appears to be a bottom-five rotation, the Royals have serious issues at third and right field, to go with a generally underwhelming roster.
However, the team’s fundamental flaw seems to be an unwillingness or inability to assemble a lineup that can accomplish more than merely survive. They have committed less than $25 million in AAV this offseason to a quarter of the pitchers who produced 3.1 fWAR during the 2022 season. That’s not a bad rate in and of itself, but when you consider that none of them are likely to be league-average arms, and the Royals didn’t add anything else (except one reliever) while actually subtracting from the major league team in a few places, Kansas City’s strategy remains as perplexing as ever.
Predictions for the 2023 Season
The Royals have not had a winning season since capturing the World Series in 2015. They’ve had two seasons with more than 100 losses and came close last season with a 65-97 record. Losing is nothing new for a team that has made two playoff appearances since 1985, but this time it appears to be a long, slow climb to respectability, let alone prominence.
Their current seven-year losing streak isn’t nearly as bad as the team’s previous 18-year losing streak between 1995 and 2012, but it’s unclear whether it feels any different. They aren’t exactly in the midst of an upswing, as they won only 65 games in 2022 after winning 74 the previous year.
If the Royals lineup improves, this is a team that could slug its way to some wins. If not, this could be a team that finishes near the A’s. The ceiling is completely capped, and the floor is also quite low, which usually does not go well. However, the Royals’ wins and losses are meaningless this season.
Witt Jr., Pasquantino, Nick Pratto, Michael Massey, MJ Melendez, Maikel Garcia, and the development of young pitchers at the major and minor league levels will define the 2023 season.