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Long's unique path from EMT classes to Royals

@anne__rogers
3:45 PM CST

This story was excerpted from Anne Rogers’ Royals Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox. SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Sam Long's journey in professional baseball includes an unexpected release, emergency medical technician (EMT) classes and a potential new career, a

Super Dad: With newborn in attendance, Loftin goes yard

@mreynoldsMLB
6:37 PM CST

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Royals faced the Reds at Surprise Stadium on Sunday in their final game before a much-anticipated first off-day since pitchers and catchers reported. On the docket Monday is a golf outing that has many in camp buzzing in anticipation. So, why won’t 25-year-old utility prospect Nick

Injuries & Moves: Royals trim camp roster

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Smith enjoys 'that nervous feeling' in spring debut

Royals' new veteran reliever already making a difference in clubhouse, with staff
@anne__rogers
March 2, 2024

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- It took over a week of Cactus League games, but Will Smith finally donned a Royals uniform for his spring debut on Saturday, tossing a quick seven-pitch scoreless inning in the Royals’ 13-12 win over the Guardians at Goodyear Ballpark. The reason for the slight delay wasn’t

Predicting the Royals' 2024 Opening Day roster

@anne__rogers
March 1, 2024

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- One week into Cactus League games, it’s hard to read too much into performance as players get their first at-bats and innings of the year. But we’re now into March, and Opening Day is this month. In the next 10 days or so, the roster battles will

Witt, Salvy hit 1st spring HRs; Ragans finding his groove

@anne__rogers
March 1, 2024

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- March has arrived, and the Royals play meaningful baseball at the end of this month. Bobby Witt Jr. and Salvador Perez couldn’t be more ready. “No doubt,” Witt said. “It’s time to go.” Witt and Perez crushed their first spring home runs in the Royals’ 5-4 walk-off

Royals hoping for 'tough decision' in outfield position battle

@anne__rogers
February 29, 2024

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- During their annual end-of-season conversations with players last year, the Royals were up front about what to expect over the offseason and entering Spring Training. After 106 losses, the goal was to significantly improve the roster and increase the depth. What that meant for many returning players

Loftin embracing utility role with Royals

@anne__rogers
February 29, 2024

This story was excerpted from Anne Rogers’ Royals Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox. SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Nick Loftin learned very quickly last year that playing first base wasn’t going to be as easy of a transition as

Singer breaks out new pitches in Cactus League debut

@anne__rogers
February 28, 2024

PEORIA, Ariz. – Around the middle of last season, the Royals’ pitching department sat down with Brady Singer and showed him a PowerPoint presentation. The topic was Singer’s repertoire, and the slides focused on how he could improve it with two additions: a four-seam fastball and a sweeper. Singer had

Wacha delivers what Royals expect: Strikes

@anne__rogers
February 27, 2024

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Michael Wacha needed 15 pitches to get three outs in his 2024 spring debut on Tuesday afternoon. Ten of those pitches in his first appearance with the Royals were strikes. He didn’t allow a hit nor a walk, and he struck out two of the Padres’ best

Royals' revamped bullpen depth will be put to test early

@anne__rogers
February 27, 2024

PEORIA, Ariz. – The Royals spent the winter revamping their bullpen and ensuring there’s depth to cover a full season, and with a month until Opening Day, it seems like they’ll be dipping into those reinforcements already. Carlos Hernández hasn’t been able to overcome the nagging shoulder soreness that he

1 prospect from each team who can light up the radar gun

@SamDykstraMiLB and @JimCallisMLB
February 29, 2024

As fictitious Cleveland manager Lou Brown says from the dugout to his mercurial young star, “Wild Thing” Vaughn, in a climactic moment against the Yankees in the movie “Major League”: Forget the curveball, Ricky, give him the heater. Spoiler alert, Ricky does indeed give him the heater and blows 101

Lugo embraces debut nerves: 'The best feeling about baseball'

@anne__rogers
February 26, 2024

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- At 34 years old and an eight-year Major League Baseball veteran, Seth Lugo knows what the ramp-up looks like in Spring Training and knows what he needs to prioritize to get ready for the season. But he’ll still always get a little bit nervous for his first

Vet brings eagerness of a rookie to 15th camp

@anne__rogers
February 25, 2024

This story was excerpted from Anne Rogers’ Royals Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

Ragans looks rust-free in Cactus League debut

February 25, 2024

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Bringing in pitching has definitely been a priority for the Royals, and they got a peek at the payoff on Sunday. Left-hander Cole Ragans, who sparkled in the second half of 2023 when he came over in exchange for Aroldis Chapman in a June 30 trade with

1 dark horse candidate to make each Opening Day roster

@Theo_DeRosa
February 25, 2024

From seasoned veterans to up-and-coming young players, Spring Training provides an opportunity for everyone to shine. While only 26 players per club will crack the Opening Day roster when all is said and done, those who stand out during the spring often find themselves rewarded. With the help of each

After working with Olympian, Isbel ready for healthy 2024

@anne__rogers
February 24, 2024

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- As Royals outfielder Kyle Isbel struggled again to stay healthy and on the field during the 2023 season, he went to head athletic trainer Kyle Turner with a question: Why does he keep getting hurt? “I told him, ‘I’m eating well, I’m hydrated and I’m doing everything

Three takeaways from the Royals' Spring Training opener

@anne__rogers
February 23, 2024

SURPRISE, Ariz. – The clouds parted at just the right time to let the sun shine on Surprise Stadium, and John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” blasted through the loudspeakers. Heck, there was even an Outback Steakhouse promotion pregame, complete with Bloomin’ Onion and Coconut Shrimp mascots. What this all means: Baseball is

Royals improve catching depth, ink Nola to 1-year deal

@anne__rogers
February 23, 2024

SURPRISE, Ariz. – The Royals have improved their catching depth, signing catcher Austin Nola to a one-year deal on Friday. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nola, 34, was released by the Brewers on Thursday to make room for Gary Sánchez, and the Royals moved quickly

'It creates focus': Royals debut new infield drill

@anne__rogers
February 22, 2024

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals infield coach José Alguacil is hiding three baseballs in his glove, so the players standing in front of him and the machine he’s working with don’t catch what color the balls are. Two are dyed pink, one is blue. Which color shoots out of the ground-ball

This catching prospect is living his hometown dreams with KC

@anne__rogers
February 22, 2024

This story was excerpted from Anne Rogers’ Royals Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

How competition has fueled Massey to put unlucky '23 behind him 

@anne__rogers
February 21, 2024

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- While questions swirled online about Michael Massey’s role on the Royals after they signed Adam Frazier, another left-handed second baseman, in January, Massey was one of the first people to text his new teammate, welcoming him to Kansas City and talking about their goals to go after

Royals announce jersey patch deal with QuikTrip

Partnership will benefit community through series of charitable initiatives
@anne__rogers
February 21, 2024

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- QuikTrip is now the official jersey patch partner of the Royals, the company and team announced on Wednesday ahead of the Royals’ Cactus League opener on Friday and Opening Day on March 28. The Royals will wear the QuikTrip logo on all uniforms in Spring Training and

Top power-hitting prospects -- one from each team

@SamDykstraMiLB and @JimCallisMLB
February 21, 2024

Slugging percentage, isolated slugging percentage, exit velocity, hard-hit rate, barrel percentage, good old-fashioned dingers. Power is one of the most qualitative, and thus easiest to measure, tools in the game of baseball. It’s also one of the most tantalizing and mesmerizing as tape-measure shots draw the most oohs and aahs