David Lesky Considers Potential Additions to Royals’ 40-Man Roster
As the deadline approaches, David Lesky at Inside the Crown is contemplating who the Kansas City Royals might add to their 40-man roster. With several players on the bubble, the decision-making process is crucial for the team’s future success.
Devin Mann: A Versatile Player with Big-League Potential
One player Lesky believes deserves a spot on the roster is Devin Mann. While not projected to be a regular starter, Mann’s versatility could make him a valuable asset for the Royals. Lesky envisions a scenario where Mann contributes in multiple positions, including first base, second base, third base, and the outfield. With the ability to play in various spots, Mann could see action in 95-110 games, providing the team with much-needed flexibility. Additionally, Mann has shown prowess against left-handed pitchers, making him a valuable asset in certain matchups.
Lesky acknowledges that the Royals’ roster construction for 2024 is uncertain due to potential trades. However, Mann’s ability to spell players like Michael Massey and MJ Melendez against tough lefties could be a selling point for his inclusion. Despite not performing well in Omaha, Mann’s excellent grasp of the strike zone, evident in his 14.4 percent walk rate, makes him a viable option. Lesky believes that the Royals’ strong infield defense can support a bat-first utility player like Mann.
Royals Ranked #26 in Early Power Rankings by Jake Mailhot
Jake Mailhot of Fangraphs has released his early power rankings, placing the Royals at the 26th spot. While not an ideal ranking, Mailhot highlights the potential benefits of having Vinnie Pasquantino back healthy and a full season of Cole Ragans. These additions would provide the Royals with more top-end talent to complement the promising Bobby Witt Jr. However, Mailhot expresses concern about the lack of support coming from the team’s minor league system. To improve, the Royals may need to explore external options, although their historical reluctance to invest in free agents poses a challenge. Mailhot emphasizes the importance of surrounding Pasquantino, Ragans, and Witt with the necessary support to avoid wasting their prime years.
Work in Progress for the Royals, According to The Athletic
The Athletic delves into what each team aims to accomplish during the off-season, shedding light on the Royals’ ongoing rebuild. After a flurry of top prospects reaching the majors in 2023, the Royals have entered a second phase of their post-2015 rebuild. Bobby Witt Jr. emerged as a star in the second half of the season, displaying impressive offensive numbers. The midseason acquisition of pitcher Cole Ragans also bolstered the starting rotation.
However, questions remain regarding key players the Royals intended to build around, such as Nick Pratto, MJ Melendez, and Maikel Garcia. These players have shown inconsistencies in their offensive performance, and the team is still waiting for Brady Singer, the standout arm from the 2018 draft class, to regain his form. The Royals acknowledge that their progress is a work in progress, emphasizing the need for continuous improvement.
Taylor Clarke’s Return and Danny Duffy Reunion Discussed by Royals Reporters
Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter analyzes the impact of Taylor Clarke’s return on the team’s bullpen. Meanwhile, Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman expresses a desire for a reunion with former Royals pitcher Danny Duffy.
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