Jun 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) drives in a run with a double in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Jen: Mike Moustakas and Billy Butler. I guess I’m just used to Butler hitting .300 all the time and he hasn’t been able to duplicate last season’s power.
Mike: The use of Johnny Giavotella, either play him or ship him because this yo-yo act is tiring. (note: they shipped him to Omaha a day after Mike submitted his response)
Marcus: Ned Yost. He’s just so … . I mean it’s just … . I have no words for him.
Jordan: Mike Moustakas. This one is pretty obvious in my eyes. Moose was supposed to be a pivotal piece in the success of the Royals offense. His struggles, along with several others have led to a pretty disappointing first half to the season.
Jeff: Mike Moustakas. Moose has been terrible and hasn’t been able to find any sort of groove. He doesn’t have to shoulder the blame alone, though, because he really should have been demoted before June.
Hunter: Mike Moustakas. Mike Moustakas. Moose has had a couple of short stretches of good performances surrounded by a couple months of struggles. Overall he’s done more harm than good this season.
Ethan: I’m sure almost everyone is going to say Moustakas and I think it’s hard to disagree. People continue to contend that he’s still young and has time to figure things out and become a good hitter. I’m not so sure anymore. I hope so, though.
Michael: Billy Butler. He’s still hitting well, but he’s not hitting as well as we’ve seen him do. I don’t expect him to push 30 homers every year, but I think 15-20 is reasonable, and he’s just not on a great pace. He’s still getting on base, and he’s usually a second half guy, so I’m not expecting him to stay where he’s at.
Kevin: Dayton Moore. The panic move of trading Wil Myers and three prospect for James Shields and (The Key To The James Shields Trade) Wade Davis has produced the boon of 3.8 fWAR. Unfortunately still employee Jeff Francoeur and him producing a negative-1 fWAR, and Myers already producing 0.5 fWAR in just 26 games, means a difference of just 1.7 fWAR (if you extrapolate Myers’ production out over 59 games, the same number Francoeur played with the Royals). If the Royals would have started the year with Wil Myers in right field instead of Francoeur ($9.7MM – $236k) they would have saved $9.46MM, and only lost a little under two wins in production. Lots not forget that Wil Myers would have been making ~league minimum for the next three years, while also providing present value. The trade was in no way cost effective, and it shows it’s glaring faults with each passing day.
I'm a KU grad and longtime Royals fan who shudders at the names Ricky Bottalico, Kerry Robinson, and others too terrible to recount, while also longing for the days when Johnny Damon would do commercials with George Brett. I'm glad that there's a new crop of potential stars to hang my playoffs hopes on.