Kansas City Royals 2011 Preview

2010 Record: 67-95

2011 Projected Roster

  • Catchers: Brayan Pena, Lucas May
  • Infielders: Mike Aviles, Billy Butler, Chris Getz, Alcides Escobar, Kila Ka’aihue, Wilson Betemit
  • Outfielders: Jeff Francouer, Melky Cabrera, Alex Gordon, Gregor Blanco, Mitch Maier
  • Starters: Luke Hochevar, Kyle Davies, Jeff Francis, Bruce Chen, Vin Mazzarro
  • Bullpen: Joakim Soria, Blake Wood, Robinson Tejada, Tim Collins, Jeremy Jeffress, Jesse Chavez, Kanekoa Texieria

Notable Signings

  1. Melky Cabrera: 1 year, $1.25MM
  2. Jeff Francouer: 1 year, $2.5MM
  3. Jeff Francis: 1 year, $2MM
  4. Alcides Escobar: traded for Grienke & Betancourt

Notable Losses

  1. Zack Grienke
  2. Yuniesky Betancourt
  3. Gil Meche
  4. Brian Bannister

Top Prospects

  1. Eric Hosmer – 1B
  2. Wil Myers – C
  3. Mike Moustakas – 3B
  4. Mike Montgomery – LHP
  5. John Lamb – LHP

Key Position Battles

  • Second Base/Third Base: Mike Aviles vs. Chris Getz, vs. Wilson Betemit vs. Mike Moustakas – Some combination of 2 of the 4 players listed will hold down the 2nd and 3rd base jobs in KC. The most likely scenario to start the year is for Aviles to be at 3rd and Getz at 2nd with Betemit coming off the bench and Moustakas in the minors. However, if Moustakas impresses in camp he could steal the third base job; bumping Aviles to 2nd and Getz to the bench. 2B/3B Pick: Chris Getz & Mike Aviles
  • Outfielder #3: Alex Gordon vs. Mitch Maier vs. Lorenzo Cain – Alex Gordon has been nothing but a disappointment his entire career but is likely the best option to snag the final outfield post for the Royals behind Jeff Francouer and Melky Cabrera. Maier is nothing but a reserve player and Lorenzo Cain is a solid talent acquired in the Grienke deal but he is not quite ready for the big show. Outfielder #3 Pick: Alex Gordon

Comparisons have been made between the Royals of today and the Rays of a few years ago. They have not had a winning season since 2003(an 83 win year) or gone to the playoffs since they won the World Series in 1985. However, Kansas City is sitting on a gold mine of talent down on the farm that is nearly ready to explode into the majors and make a huge splash in the AL Central. Wil Myers is their catcher of the future and they are sitting on two big bats in Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, who would compliment the doubles machine Billy Butler, nicely in the Royal line up. The only problem is currently this Royals team does not have much to write home about outside of Butler and Joakim Soria, who is rumored to be moved every season. The shipped off their ace, 2009 Cy Young winner, Zack Grienke(which did net them a nice lot of prospects) and had the only other legitimate veteran on their pitchign staff, Gil Meche, retire. Of the notable players they added to the roster, Jeff Francouer, Melky Cabrera and Alcides Escobar combined for .3 WAR in 2010 and Jeff Francis has struggled to stay on the field for the past 3 seasons. The Royals may be one of those teams that explode onto the scene in the future when all this talent comes around but I can only see them getting worse in the here and now.

WTP Projected 2011 Record: 62-100

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