Royals Spring Training 2019



The sun rises over Surprise Stadium. photo by Arturo Pardavila III

Isaac Gomez, Sports Editor

March 19, 2019

The Royals came out swinging right out of the gate against the Chicago Cubs. The Royals were able to score eight runs in the first two innings, largely thanked to a O’Hearn two run double in the first inning, and a three run home run in the second inning. The Royals didn’t have much offense after the first two innings but their pitching was able to hold the lead throughout the rest of the game. In the first inning Jakob Junis was tested when there was a runner on third base with nobody out, but with a sharp line drive hit right at Whit Merrifield and a strikeout to end the inning, he was able to strand the runner at third. In the third inning he gave up a home run to the first batter and was able to get two quick outs after that, but with a walk and back to back singles, the Cubs were able to push across another run. It would’ve been ideal for Junis to be able to get that last out without wasting any pitches but he was able to limit the damage with only one other run. After the third inning Junis was able to pitch two more scoreless innings with five strikeouts. So a very good game from the right hander. Kyle Zimmer did surrender his first run but still has an impressive .93 ERA. Wily Peralta who is competing for the closer role was able to close the game.


March 22, 2019

The Royals had a hit parade against Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants. The Royals had 10 hits against Bumgarner in only two innings pitched. Both the first and second inning started with a Merrifield hit followed by a Adalberto Mondesi double. Hunter Dozier laid down the hammer with a long two run shot. The other big hit was a three run shot by Khalil Lee. In total the Royals had 21 hits. Homer Bailey was handed the ball and he was in complete control throughout the game. Bailey threw six innings while only allowing two runs and he dominated hitters, punching out seven of them. The bullpen fared much better against Giants hitters only allowing one other run. Ian Kennedy, who was just moved to the bullpen pitched a scoreless eighth inning while striking out two.


March, 23, 2019

Brad Keller was on the mound against the Brewers and his outing probably wasn’t an ideal outing. Keller was haunted by the long ball in the third inning, giving up a two run home run to Christian Yelich and Travis Shaw. His control wasn’t there either, hitting Yelich and Ryan Braun but didn’t allow a walk. Lucas Duda was signed to a minor league deal on March 22, hit a tape measure shot in the fifth inning, followed by another home run by Dozier in the seventh. They were able to tie the game that inning, and the Royals took the lead with a triple hit by Terrance Gore which scored two.


Spring Training Recap

The Kansas City Royals are your 2019 Cactus League Champions. It’s argued that spring training stats don’t matter, but after watching the Royals spring training, fans can’t help but feel excited. They saw great signs from their major league players and minor league players. The recently signed Chris Owings had eight doubles (tied for second most), which is followed by the other signee Billy Hamilton with seven (tied for fourth most). Jorge Soler led the league with 18 RBIs’, and Humberto Arteaga had 22 hits which ties for fourth. The team as a whole led the league in batting average (.293), on base percentage (.376), slugging percentage (.497), on base plus slugging (.873), and walks (132). Again, people may look at these stats and say it doesn’t mean anything, and they are right in a way when it comes to it not counting for anything. But no one can look at those stats and not be surprised, they have shocked and impressed many analytics. What matters is if they can translate this to the regular season, but this spring training gave hope to many royals fans.