Rookies revitalize moribund Royals

A post-trade deadline infusion of youth has given the Kansas City Royals a much-needed boost with a talented stable of young hitters and pitching prospects giving other glimmers of hope.



August 8, 2022 - 1:40 PM

MJ Melendez (1) of the Kansas City Royals is doused with water by Bobby Witt Jr. (7) as they celebrate a 13-5 win over the Boston Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by (Ed Zurga/Getty Images/TNS)

When Royals rookie Nick Pratto smoked a two-out walk-off home run against Boston on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium, the giddy ensuing celebration perhaps seemed disproportionate for a 43-65 team.

Amid the post-trade deadline infusion of youth, though, that record isn’t bogging down the trajectory of the season from here.

In fact, what the record implies is suddenly quite in contrast with the sum of their revitalized parts and collective identity right now.

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