David Lesky at Inside the Crown writes about the complicated debut season of Bobby Witt Jr.
The overall line - .254/.294/.428 with a 99 wRC+ and 102 OPS+ - screams average. The broadcast, when hyping him up, stayed away from rate stats because rate stats don’t put him toward the top of the rookie class. Only Steven Kwan from the Guardians had more plate appearances than him and no rookie played more games. So the counting stats added up.
That isn’t a knock on Witt. For one thing, actually being on the field is very important. You might recall another former top prospect who played shortstop who hasn’t been able to stay on the field. But being able to be out there is legitimately worth celebrating. And with that, he was able to put up some really good counting stats.
Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter writes about the importance of TJ Sikkema and Alec Marsh.
On one hand, they both have the stuff to be legitimate starters at the Major League level, with No. 2 or No. 3 potential. And yet, there are enough command and control issues with both of them that could perhaps limit them to the bullpen long-term or worse yet, organizational depth within the Royals system.
If JJ Picollo wants to make his stamp in his first year as the head of the Royals front office, he will need to make the right pitching coach and development hires who can tap into the potential of Marsh and Sikkema, and help them see growth at the Minor and maybe Major League level in 2023.
Mike Gillespie of Kings of Kauffman grades Salvador Perez for his season.
Shawn Bauman of Inside the Royals reviews the Columbia Fireflies.
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