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Wade Davis will probably rejoin the KC Royals’ bullpen. Will he add real value?
Between now and Opening Day, the Kings of Kauffman writers are analyzing how various KC Royals performed last season and predicting Wholesale Kansas City Royals Jerseys how they might fare this year. Up today is relief pitcher Wade Davis.

No matter the slant or spin applied, or statistical adjustments made, there is no question the KC Royals improved last season. Perhaps nowhere were they better than in the bullpen, where a suddenly competent band of relievers made a sore spot a strength. And if Wade Davis has anything to say and do about it, the relief corps could be even better in 2021.

Davis is in Kansas City’s spring camp on a pass, a non-roster invitation that came with the minor league contract he signed to get a shot at rejoining the team he pitched for in two World Series and for which he obtained the final, winning out in the 2015 title game. So far, Davis has done nothing to discourage the Royals from converting that minor league deal to a major league contract, and is almost certain to be sitting in the Kauffman Stadium bullpen when the Royals open the regular season against Texas in 10 days.

Davis last pitched in a Cactus League game Saturday, another in a series of one-inning stints mirroring how the Royals typically used him after making him a reliever in 2014. An infield single was all Arizona could manage against him, and one of only four hits he’s given up in six games. He hasn’t surrendered a run and, in many ways, looks like the Davis who pitched so well for the Royals, Cubs and Rockies before finally falling into decline and disrepair (oblique and shoulder) in Colorado. He lost his closer’s job in 2019, had an 8.65 ERA, and pitched only briefly in 2020.

But Davis doesn’t strike out as many batters as he used two; in fact, he’s fanned only two this spring, a rate far below his career 8.5 SO9, career-best 13.6 in 2014, the 8.9 he posted despite having that ultra-high ERA in 2019, and even last season’s 6.2. Not surprisingly, he doesn’t throw as hard as he used to and, at 35 (36 in September), he probably won’t.

Davis is proving he can still pitch and, unless things change drastically in the next few days, won’t be looking for work when Kansas City breaks camp after its last exhibition game a week from today. Instead, he’ll be employed as a Royal again.

How will things shape up for him when the club starts playing for real April 1?

Baseball and FanGraphs projections for Wade Davis’ 2021 KC Royals season
Baseball Reference and FanGraphs predict Davis’ 2021 won’t resemble his good Kansas City seasons. Baseball Reference foresees him going 2-3 with a disturbing 5.91 ERA (and, curiously, seven saves), characteristically striking out nine batters per nine innings, and walking too many (4.4 BB9). FanGraphs (Depth Charts version) projects a 3-4, 4.99, no save campaign with a 9.02 SO9 and 4.98 BB9.

What kind of campaign will Davis actually have for the KC Royals?
Davis won’t last the season in Kansas City if he pitches like Baseball Reference and FanGraphs predict he will. Even nostalgia and his history with the club won’t convince the Royals to use him when younger internal options can do better, especially if they’re in, or close to, contention.

But a Davis free from the oblique and shoulder issues that plagued him during his last two Colorado seasons will pitch more like he has this spring than how Baseball Reference and FanGraphs project. Look for a few wins and losses, but not many of either, and an ERA closer to 3.00 than 5.00. He won’t strike out hitters like he once did, but his control will improve and he’ll be effective.

Davis’ role in manager Mike Matheny’s system will be the same as other KC relievers—the best matchups generally determine who gets the ball in any given situation. Davis can expect to pitch in early, middle, and late relief, will rarely get more than an inning, and might receive a few save opportunities.

No matter when he pitches, Davis has another responsibility with the Royals’ young bullpen. Together with former teammates Greg Holland and Ervin Santana (if Santana makes the club), mentoring, and setting on and off the field championship examples, will be the order of each day.

Expect Davis to make the Kansas City bullpen better.

NEXT: Salvador Perez’s Royal deal
It looks like Wade Davis is headed back to the Royals. His return should be a good one.

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Hunter Dozier and Nick Pratto starred on a big day for the Royals‘ offense as Kansas City played to a 9-9 tie with the San Diego Padres on Monday afternoon.

It was the third tie in the last four games for the Royals, who played to a 4-4 draw with the Angels on Friday and tied the Diamondbacks 6-6 on Saturday before defeating the Rockies 6-1 on Sunday.

After Tommy Pham hit a leadoff homer off Royals starter Mike Minor to put San Diego up 1-0 in the first, Nicky Lopez responded Kansas City Royals Jerseys China in the second inning with a two-run single, then Whit Merrifield followed him with an RBI base hit to give Kansas City an early 3-1 lead.

Minor surrendered a two-run blast to Pham in the third to tie the game at 3 apiece, but Dozier put Kansas City back in front in the fifth, hitting a three-run homer to left field. The 29-year-old slugger, who is expected to play primarily third base this season but started in right field against the Padres, has been on fire this spring. His homer on Monday was his third of the Cactus League slate, and he has a .294 batting average with a 1.045 OPS.

Pratto, the Royals’ 2017 first-rounder, has also been stellar this spring. He continued strengthening his Cactus League resume by hitting a solo blast, his fourth of the exhibition season, and after picking up a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth, he scored the tying run on Emmanuel Rivera’s two-run double. Rivera was thrown out trying to advance to third base with two outs, bringing the game to an end.

Aside from his struggles against Pham, Minor was solid over five frames, striking out four while allowing five hits, a walk and three earned runs — all of which came on Pham home runs. He was just the second Royals pitcher this spring to throw five innings in a game, following Brady Singer on Friday.

Jake Brentz took over on the mound in the sixth and struck out three but allowed an earned run on two hits and a walk before Richard Lovelady tossed a scoreless seventh inning.

Kyle Zimmer entered to begin the eighth inning and had a rough outing, allowing two doubles and two walks while throwing a wild pitch. He recorded only one out — a strikeout of Ivan Castillo — and was charged with four earned runs, though two of them scored with Carlos Hernández on the mound.

Jake Kalish handled ninth-inning duties and gave up a leadoff homer to Juan Fernandez — one that gave San Diego some breathing room before the Royals rallied and tied it in the bottom of the final inning.

The Royals are off on Tuesday before visiting the Angels on Wednesday afternoon. Kansas City has not yet announced a starter, while the Angels will send former All-Star José Quintana to the mound for his fifth outing of the spring.

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While the KC Royals may not be plentiful in the MLB Hall of Fame, one prior players says that if he got the chance, he would wear a Royals hat into history.
When thinking of past KC Royals players, there are likely many names that come to mind. George Brett, Bret Saberhagen, and Mike Sweeney, might be a few, along with many others. Another name that may come up, though not as much, is Johnny Damon.

While Damon might not be many fans first thought for a prior Royal, the fact remains that he was a Royal from the start. Kansas City drafted Damon in round 1 of the 1992 MLB Amateur Draft from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida.

Damon spent a few years making his way through the Royals minor league system, and during the 1995 season, made the jump from AA ball to the majors, never looking back.

Damon found success with the Royals, putting up stats that may not have put him in the front of the MVP race, but were enough to keep him on the field as a productive player for multiple years.

Damon spent the first portion of his career in Kansas City, playing with the Royals until 2000 where he saw one of his best seasons. Damon led the league in runs (136) and stolen bases (46), while batting .327, his highest BA during his time with the Royals, allowing him to finish 19th in the MVP race.

In January of 2001, Damon saw his time with the Royals come to an end when he was traded with Mark Ellis to the Oakland A’s as part of a multi team trade. From here, Damon saw his career take him through many teams, including the A’s, Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers, Rays, and Indians.

Not long after leaving the Royals, Damon saw 2 All-Star games (2002 and 2005), finished with MVP votes in three more seasons (2004-2006), and won 2 World Series with Boston (2004) and New York (2009). Johnny Damon finished up his career after being released by the Indians in August of 2012.

In 2018, Damon was on the ballot for induction into the Hall of Fame, but unfortunately was not named on 5% of ballots and was removed from the ballot for future elections.

Recently, though, Damon discussed his career and the Hall of Fame voting in a recent interview over at Radio.com/610 sports radio. Though he wasn’t a Royal for his entire career, he made an interesting comment regarding if he ever made it into the Hall of Fame.

People ask me and I tell them that I’d like to wear the Kansas City Royals hat. It was my team, unfortunately I didn’t win a championship with them but I always wanted to come back, always wanted to put that Royals jersey back on but they had their young guys coming up and I was just getting older, they ended up doing a fantastic job.

Damon didn’t finish his career in Kansas City, but it is where he got his start. While some of his best days came with other teams, Damon always felt that the Royals were his team, and still remains a Royals to this day.