Season Outlook: Kansas City Royals

Projected 2017 Starting Lineup:

  1. Alcides Escobar – Shortstop
  2. Mike Moustakas – 3rd baseman
  3. Lorenzo Cain – Center Fielder
  4. Eric Hosmer – 1st baseman
  5. Salvador Perez – Catcher
  6. Alex Gordon – Left Fielder
  7. Jorge Soler – Right Fielder
  8. Brandon Moss – Designated Hitter
  9. Raul Mondesi – 2nd baseman

Projected 2017 Starting Rotation:

  1. Danny Duffy
  2. Ian Kennedy
  3. Jason Vargas
  4. Jason Hammel
  5. Travis Wood

Season Outlook:

The Royals have basically the same lineup that they had when they won the world series in 2015. Kansas City has all of the talent offensively especially with Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez. The Royals also have very good offensive players like Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas, and Alcides Escobar. Really there isn’t much of a weakness offensively for the Royals except for at 2nd base with the unproven Raul Mondesi. The question for the Royals will be whether they can score runs consistently.  The Royals have a very talented lineup, but we’ll see how consistent they can be. Meanwhile, the starting rotation is what is holding the Royals back and it could be even worse after the tragic death of young pitcher Yordano Ventura this offseason. Danny Duffy is clearly the best pitcher for Kansas City as he went 12-3 with a 3.51 ERA last season. However, the rest of the rotation is certainly experienced, yet they don’t provide the consistency that the Royals need. Vargas, Kennedy, Hammel, and Wood all have to be more consistent if the Royals want to be a playoff team. The Royals bullpen isn’t as strong  as it was the past few seasons after they traded star closer Wade Davis this offseason. However, new closer Kelvin Herrera and 8th inning guy Joakim Soria both provide a lot of stability to the bullpen still. Kansas City could contend for a playoff spot in 2017, but they will need more from their pitching in order to do so.

Prediction: 3rd place in the AL Central

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