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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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The Astros once again held the #1 pick for 2013 and went for Stanford pitcher Mark Appel. The Chicago Cubs held the #2 slot and selected Kris Bryant. The 2013 draft was a strange one for Kansas City. They held the #8 pick and selected Stephen F. Austin infielder Hunter Dozier, who was a star in college. They passed on Austin Meadows, Tim Anderson, Aaron Judge, and Corey Knebel to take Dozier. Later in the first, Kansas City selected pitcher Sean Manaea with pick #34.

Cody Bellinger was the mid-round steal, going to the Dodgers in the 4th. Jeff McNeil went to the Mets in the 12th. Eleven of the Royals forty-one picks have made the majors, including Ryan McBroom, their 36th Cheap Kansas City Royals Jerseys round selection, who did not sign. The Royals later acquired him from the Yankees. Other selections were Kevin McCarthy (16th), Frank Schwindel (18th) and Glenn Sparkman (20th). Two of the Royals picks in this draft, Manaea and Cody Reed (2nd/46) were later swapped to Oakland (Manaea and Aaron Brooks for Ben Zobrist) and Cincinnati (Reed, Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb for Johnny Cueto). Cueto and Zobrist were instrumental in helping secure the Royals World Series title in 2015, so there’s that.

The Royals were finding some players, just not any who would make a big impact. This draft has produced 10.7 WAR with 8.8 of that coming from Manaea.

Grade: C+

2014
For the third year in a row, Houston held the #1 pick and in the 2014 draft used it on Brady Aiken, a high school pitcher from San Diego. Kansas City held the 17th pick and selected TCU pitcher Brandon Finnegan. The best first-round selection was Matt Chapman, who went to Oakland with pick #25. Jack Flaherty went to the Cardinals with pick #34 and has shown flashes of becoming a solid pitcher. Kansas City also held pick #28 and selected pitcher Foster Griffin, who is no longer in the organization.

Eight of their forty-two picks have made the majors, including Scott Blewett (2nd), Eric Skoglund (3rd), and Ryan O’Hearn (8th). The Royals’ best late-round selection was pitcher Tim Hill in the 32nd. Hill is now with the Padres, who are something of Kansas City Royals West, what with all the ex-Royals they have.

Kansas City’s biggest mid-round miss would have been pitcher John Means, who played high school ball at nearby Gardner-Edgerton High School, the same school that produced Bubba Starling. Means made the American League All-Star team in 2019. Baltimore got him in the 11th round. In the 37th round the Detroit Tigers selected Whitehouse Texas high school pitcher Patrick Mahomes. Fortunately, Mahomes elected to play football.

Other than missing on Chapman and Means, it’s hard to say what the Royals could have done differently in this draft, which was light on impact players. The draft has produced -.1 WAR for the Royals.

Grade: D

2015
The Arizona Diamondbacks held the #1 pick in the 2015 draft and used it on Dansby Swanson. Houston had the second and fifth picks in the first round, with the second being compensation for failing to sign Brady Aiken the year before. The Astros did well by selecting Alex Bregman at #2. The Royals had the 21st pick and selected Indiana high school pitcher Ashe Russell. Russell was Indiana’s Gatorade High School player of the year but ran into personal issues and was not ready to make the leap to professional baseball. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2019 and remains part of the Royals organization.

Three picks later, the Dodgers selected Vanderbilt pitcher Walker Buehler, who looks like he’s going to be a star. The Royals had a second first-round pick at #33 and plucked another pitcher out of the Indiana high school waters, Nolan Watson. Watson was last seen marooned at Wilmington, no closer to the big leagues than the day he left Lawrence North High School.

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Aside from five or six players early in the first round, this draft has been one of the weaker in recent memory. The Royals scored a huge hit with their second-round selection, fireballer Josh Staumont. Nick Dini, a scrappy catcher selected in the 14th round is their only other player to appear in a big-league game. Unless Russell grows into the maturity needed to be a professional athlete, Staumont will be the only one of the Royals’ 41 picks to make an impact. Brandon Lowe and Harrison Bader were both excellent 3rd round picks. The Cardinals scored again with Paul DeJong in the 4th. Jake Cronenworth was a nice 7th round pick by Tampa. Nick Madrigal was a solid find in the 17th by the Indians, but they were unable to sign him. The highlight of draft analysis for me is seeing players like Daniel Zamora, picked in the 40th round, pick #1207, eight picks from the end of the draft, make it to the bigs. Zamora has appeared in 33 games in his young career with the Mets. Well done Mr. Zamora.

Grade: D (could end higher depending on Staumont’s career)

2016
The Philadelphia Phillies held the #1 pick in the 2016 draft and selected California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak, who made his debut in 2020 as a 22-year-old. Kansas City did not have a first-round selection due to signing free agent Ian Kennedy. With their first pick, #67 of the 2nd round, they selected Pepperdine pitcher A.J. Puckett. Puckett was part of a trade package to division rival Chicago White Sox to bring Melky Cabrera back to Kansas City for 58 games in 2017. What a waste that was. Now the draft analysis is becoming more difficult. The Royals took Khalil Lee in the 3rd, and he could still develop into something. Nicky Lopez was their 5th round choice and we’ve possibly seen his upside. Richard Lovelady was a 10th round choice and one of my personal favorites, Nick Heath, was selected in the 16th. Four of their thirty-nine picks have made the majors with Lopez being the WAR leader at this point.

There were a few early ascenders: Pete Alonso to the Mets with the 64th pick in the 2nd round. Shane Bieber went to the Indians in the 4th. Cavan Biggio went to the Blue Jays in the 5th. Tony Gonsolin is looking like a decent pick for the Dodgers in the 9th. Zach Plesac was another Cleveland find in the 12th.

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Bubba Starling hit a grand slam and Bobby Witt Jr. continued his torrid spring with a solo blast as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Sunday night.

Starling gave the Royals a comfortable lead in top of the first inning, hitting a two-out, bases-loaded blast to make it 5-0. The Royals got on the board earlier in the inning when Witt Jr. scored from second base after the Dodgers made a series of errors. The 20-year-old infielder took a leadoff walk to start the game.

After Seager responded with a solo blast in the bottom of the first, Witt Jr. hit a home run to deep left field — his third Stitched Kansas City Royals Jerseys of the spring — to give the Royals a 6-1 lead in the second. The 2019 first-rounder has a .333 batting average and a 1.046 OPS this spring — an extraordinary showing for a player who has just 37 games of professional experience, all in the Arizona Rookie League.

2017 first-rounder Nick Pratto added on to the Royals’ lead in the ninth inning with an RBI double. Nick Loftin, the No. 32 overall pick in last year’s draft, followed with a base hit that drove in Pratto. Cam Gallagher had two singles in the winning effort.

Brady Singer delivered a strong start for the Royals, striking out six while allowing one earned run on four hits and a walk over four innings. Ervin Santana followed Singer and threw two innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits.

Jake Brentz allowed one earned run in the seventh on a hit and a walk with two strikeouts. Jake Newberry and Josh Staumont held the defending World Series champs scoreless over the final two frames, with Newberry striking out two while yielding one hit in the eighth and Staumont punching out one over a perfect ninth.

The Royals are back in action on Monday afternoon as they host the San Francisco Giants. Danny Duffy is slated to make his third start of the spring.