Back in 2019, the Royals hired Mike Matheny as Ned Yost’s special advisor. Shortly after the 2019 season ended, Ned Yost announced his retirement. When the Royals named Mike Matheny as the manager some fans were not impressed with Dayton Moore’s decision. But for me ... Read more
As we all know the Royals are going through a rebuild. For small market teams like the Royals, they must build through their minor league systems. I think I found a pitcher the Royals should consider taking a look at—Jackson Stephens. After a somewhat rough 2019 season, the Reds outrighted Stephens to Triple-A Louisville. After rejecting the outright to Triple-A, Stephens elected free agency. Being only 25-years old, almost 26, Stephens still has a lot of upside. Despite his struggles in the minor leagues, Stephens has had a decent career in the majors. During his time in the majors he has posted a 4-4 record with a 4.83 ERA. Now let’s get to his pitching ratio. Stephens throws four types of pitches. He has a fastball that can hit the upper 90s according to redsminorleauges.com. His curveball has a good 12-6 break to it, according to redsminorleauges.com. Stephens also has a slider and a changeup. Sources say he doesn’t use his changeup that often. I think this would be a low risk, high award move for the Royals. With the Royals starting rotation mainly set, I could see them using Stephens as a bullpen piece. If KC were to sign him, I could see the Royals agreeing to a team friendly contract. Stephens has three years of arbitration remaining. The downside of signing Stephens would be he doesn’t have any minor league options remaining. To me this is a no brainer for the Royals.