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Rany Jazayerli (@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (@SorenPetro) are dedicated to covering the Kansas City Royals. Everything from yesterday's game to the very latest on the Royals top prospects. Top shelf analytics to pure passionate fan reaction, and everything in between when it comes to Royals baseball. Lifelong Royals fans. Jazayerli was a founder of Baseball Prospectus, author of the blog "Rany on the Royals" and a published writer with Grantland, The Ringer, Sports Illustrated and The Athletic. Petro has hosted local and national sports talk radio since 1994 and hosted hundreds of Royals Pre and Post game shows. From hundred loss seasons to champagne drenched clubhouses, Petro has covered the Royals for close to 30 years. Sit back and enjoy Royals fans!

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Rany Jazayerli (@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (@SorenPetro) are dedicated to covering the Kansas City Royals. Everything from yesterday's game to the very latest on the Royals top prospects. Top shelf analytics to pure passionate fan reaction, and everything in between when it comes to Royals baseball. Lifelong Royals fans. Jazayerli was a founder of Baseball Prospectus, author of the blog "Rany on the Royals" and a published writer with Grantland, The Ringer, Sports Illustrated and The Athletic. Petro has hosted local and national sports talk radio since 1994 and hosted hundreds of Royals Pre and Post game shows. From hundred loss seasons to champagne drenched clubhouses, Petro has covered the Royals for close to 30 years. Sit back and enjoy Royals fans!

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English


Episodes

Kauffman Corner - Episode 104 (2/25/24)

2/26/2024
After spending a week at Royals Spring Training it's time to discuss what Petro learned in Surprise, AZ. Last week Rany and Petro discussed the 5 things they each wanted to see in the Spring. How's it look? Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) discuss what Petro learned in AZ... - Is Vinnie Pasquantino getting a contract extension? - Will Vinnie play first? - Is Maikel Garcia going to lift the ball more? - Has anyone seen Asa Lacy? - Can Gavin Cross recapture his form? - How is Kris Bubic progressing? - Frank Mozzicato throw strikes? - Will the platoon be used more? - Does anyone move Jordan Lyles out of the rotation?

Duration:01:06:10

Kauffman Corner - Episode 103 (2/18/24)

2/18/2024
Spring Training has opened and the Royals are still making trades. What should we think of the Sandlin for Schreiber trade and what are the 5 things Rany and Soren want to see in Spring Training? Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) take a look at the positives and negatives of the Royals acquiring John Schreiber as well as... - What do we want from Vinnie Pasquantino? - Will we see Asa Lacy ever again? - Can Frank Mozzicato throw strikes? - Can Gavin Cross bounce back? - Will Maikel Garcia hit the ball in the air? - Does Hunter Renfroe still have it? - What can we expect from Kris Bubic? Daniel Lynch? - How to handle M.J. Melendez?

Duration:00:49:44

Kauffman Corner - Episode 102 (2/12/24)

2/13/2024
The Kansas City Royals splashed around money in free agency to improve the current team, but if the Farm System can’t start supplying more young talent the free agents will be a blip on a losing radar screen. Jeffrey Paternostro, the Lead Prospect Writer for Baseball Prospectus joins the Pod to talk about where the Royals system is now. Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) break down the Royals System… - Who’s the top prospect? - How deep is the system? - Is there a sleeper prospect flying under the radar? - What do the Royals need to do differently? - Are the Royals changing the way they develop pitching? - Why aren't the Royals succeeding with International players?

Duration:01:08:41

Kauffman Corner - Episode 101 (2/5/24)

2/6/2024
The Royals locked up Bobby Witt Jr. with the largest contract in club history and that calls for an "Emergency Podcast". Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) breakdown the record setting deal... - How long is the contract for really? - Comps for the deal. - What are the expectations for Witt? - What makes the contract a success?

Duration:00:40:54

Kauffman Corner - Episode 100 (2/4/24)

2/5/2024
Is a contract extension for Bobby Witt Jr. going to get done before the Royals head to Arizona for Spring Training? Speculation continues to swirl around whether the two sides are closing in on a deal. Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) discuss what goes into gettin an extension done with Bobby Witt Jr. and what's at stake if the Royals don't. Plus... - Is there a deadline to get a deal done? - Is the Royals roster set? - What do we want to see in Spring Training ? - How many wins are the Royals expecting in '24? - Who can break out? - Who flops?

Duration:00:57:46

Kauffman Corner - Episode 99 (1/29/24)

1/30/2024
ESPN's MLB Insider, Jeff Passan joins us to discuss the Royals offseason. Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) discuss the offseason moves by the Royals and look ahead to Spring Trainging. - Do the Royals believe they can contend in 2024? - Does Passan think KC can contend in the AL Central? - Will the Royals get a deal done with Bobby Witt Jr.? - Should they get a deal done with Witt? - Where is the Royals Farm System? - Reaction to the Royals Front Office additions. - Thoughts on a new ballpark for the Royals.

Duration:00:59:06

Kauffman Corner - Episode 98 (1/22/24)

1/23/2024
What does Joe Sheehan from the Joe Sheehan MLB Newsletter think of what the Royals have done this offseason? Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) welcome Joe to discuss the Royals very busy offseason on the field and in the front office. - Did the Royals do enough to contend in '24? - If not this year, when can they contend? - Did the Royals get good value for the money spent? - What else should the Royals be doing? - Reaction to the Royals Front Office additions. - What does a Bobby Witt Jr. contract look like? - Does Joe agree with the Royals building a new stadium?

Duration:01:04:47

Kauffman Corner - Episode 97 (1/14/24)

1/15/2024
What kind of expectations should there be for the 2024 Kansas City Royals? Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) break down what the new look Royals are capable of... -Is this the best rotation in the Al Central? - How much power will this lineup have? - Do the Royals have enough bullpen? - Can they compete for a Division Championship? - Thoughts on the Non-Roster Invitees to Spring Training.

Duration:00:57:38

Kauffman Corner - Episode 96 (1/7/24)

1/8/2024
The Royals continue to add to their front office with the hiring of Johnny DiPuglia as Special Assistant of International Scouting and Fred Guerrero as Coordinator of Player Evaluation. What does this mean for the Royals? Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) break down the accomplishments of DiPuglia and Guerrero and discuss where they can make an impact on the Royals. Plus... - How much has a lack of Latin American talent hurt the Royals? - How long will it take to see the results of the front office changes? - What do the Royals still need to get done before Spring Training? - Royals and Chiefs released a statement regarding their stadium plans. - The simulation has been run, who drafted the better all-time Royals team?

Duration:00:55:16

Kauffman Corner - Episode 95 (1/1/24)

1/2/2024
Part Two of the epic clash between Jazayerli and Petro as they go head to head drafting their All-Time Royals Rosters. Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) are picking from the best individual player seasons in Royals History. - What mistakes did the guys make? - How do the players of today compare to the players from the past? - Where did your favorite Royals player get drafted? - What top players didn't make the cut? - Which Royals seasons weren't good enough to make the cut? The Rules. Only one season of a player's career can be drafted. For example... if 2015 Lorenzo Cain is drafted, no other season of Cain's career can be selected. Also, no other player from the 2015 season can be drafted either. Jazayerli and Petro are each drafting a full 26-man roster, so there will be one player selected from 52 of the Royals 55 seasons.

Duration:01:07:45

Kauffman Corner - Episode 94 (12/25/23)

12/26/2023
What would a draft of the best Player Seasons in Royals history look like? But wait, it's not as easy as you might think. Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) went head to head drafting the best players in Royals History. - Where did your favorite Royals player get drafted? - What top players didn't make the cut? - Which Royals seasons weren't good enough to make the cut? The Rules. Only one season of a player's career can be drafted. For example... if 1985 George Brett is drafted, no other season of George Brett's can be selected. Also, no other player from the 1985 season can be drafted either. Jazayerli and Petro are each drafting a full 26-man roster, so there will be one player drafted from 52 of the Royals 55 seasons.

Duration:01:04:58

Kauffman Corner - Episode 93 (12/17/23)

12/18/2023
The Royals have spent more than $100-million this off-season. Is it enough to make them a contender? Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) are breaking down the Royals Free Agent additions from every angle. - Is Seth Lugo worth three years? - How does Chris Stratton fit into the bullpen? - Will Michael Wacha prove to be a steal? - Does Hunter Renfroe get on base enough? - What else do the Royals need? - Could the Royals be the favorite in the AL Central?

Duration:01:02:29

Kauffman Corner - Episode 92 (12/11/23)

12/12/2023
This week the Royals added Will Smith to the back of their bullpen. It's a start. When, and how, do the Royals get to addressing the two starting pitchers and middle of the order bat they also wanted to add? Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) break down... - How will the Royals employ Smith? - What else does the bullpen need? - Which SP's are the Royals rumored to be looking into? - Can the Royals afford a Stroman or Giolito? - Is there a major trade looming? - Does a legit bat fit their budget? - What does the Shohei Ohtani contract mean for baseball and the Royals?

Duration:01:06:25

Kauffman Corner - Episode 91 (12/4/23)

12/5/2023
What have the Royals accomplished at the Winter Meetings, and more importantly what should they accomplish? Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) break down how the Winter Meetings need to be handled by the Royals. - What must the Royals get done at the Winter Meetings? - How important is the Draft Lottery to the Royals? - Tyler Gentry and Will Klein were added to the 40-Man Roster. - Should KC make a Rule 5 selection? - What are the Royals getting with the signing of Garrett Hampson? - Who will be affected most by Hampson's signing? - The Royals hired Joe Dillon as assistant hitting coach. - What one player can make the biggest jump for the Royals in '24?

Duration:00:51:51

Kauffman Corner - Episode 90 (11/26/23)

11/27/2023
Featured in one of the most iconic baseball books ever written before he even played a game in the big leagues, traded for a future Hall of Famer and wrapping up his career in Italy, Mark Teahen had one of the more unique careers in baseball history. Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) welcome Mark Teahen to the podcast to discuss... - What was it like being featured in the book Moneyball? - How different were the the A's and Royals organizations? - Which hitters made the biggest impression on Mark? - Why did the Royals think he could play second base? - What was it like to play with Zack Greinke? - How is the wine business in Arizona?

Duration:00:54:53

Kauffman Corner - Episode 89 (11/19/23)

11/20/2023
The Royals called 2023 an "Evaluation Year". So what are the conclusions the Royals should reach about the young players they were evaluating this season? Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) break down their conclusions for the young position players and pitchers the Royals ran out on the field this year. - Is Bobby Witt Jr. a future MVP? - Can Cole Ragans win a Cy Young? - Is there another arm that can be counted on to start? - How many starting position players are on this roster? - Who could be a factor as a platoon player? - Kyle Wright/Jackson Kowar Trade analysis.

Duration:01:05:04

Kauffman Corner - Episode 88 (11/12/23)

11/13/2023
Where should the Royals be looking in Free Agency this offseason? Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) discuss what options the Royals should be looking at and how they should proceed. Each of them has selected three players from different levels of the Free Agent Market they would like to see the Royals pursue. - Who did Rany choose? Who did Soren choose? - What starting pitchers are within their budget? - Is there a bat that fits? - What is the dream scenario for the Royals? - What do we think the Royals will actually get done in Free Agency?

Duration:00:50:39

Kauffman Corner - Episode 87 (11/5/23)

11/6/2023
Kauffman Corner welcomes Daniel Mack, the Vice President and Assistant General Manager for Research and Development with the Kansas City Royals to the Pod this week. Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) pull back the curtain on the man behind the Royals analytics department. - What’s his background? - What goes into his job? - How much has analytics changed over the years? - Are the Royals focused enough on OBP? - Where have the Royals made the biggest strides? - How KC uses analytics in the Draft? Free Agency? - Where are baseball analytics going?

Duration:01:04:44

Kauffman Corner - Episode 86 (10/29/23)

10/29/2023
Texas and Arizona are battling in the World Series. What can the Royals learn from these two teams? Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) break down what the Royals should be taking away from the success of the Rangers and Diamondbacks. - How much of the D-Backs were built in the draft? - Can the Royals spend like the Rangers? - How important is Starting Pitching? - What impact did the managers have? - Do the Royals need to hit the ball over the wall more? - Is the ballpark a thing?

Duration:00:49:24

Kauffman Corner - Episode 85 (10/23/23)

10/24/2023
After another disappointing season at the big league level, but what do the Kansas City Royals have working at the minor league level? Rany Jazayerli (Co-Founder Baseball Prospectus/@Jazayerli) and Soren Petro (Sports Radio 810-WHB, 810whb.com/@SorenPetro) discuss what the top prospects in the Royals organization look like. - Who are the top prospects in the system? - Is it good enough? - Rany and Soren break down their top 12 prospects in the system. - Also what does Jin Wong's departure from the organization's front office mean?

Duration:01:06:25