On Royals Realm I had started a series where I ranked the best player by number in Royal’s history. I’d like to restart this series on here so this article has been reuploaded to this sight. In this article, we will go over the best players that wore numbers 0-10. Some of these you may disagree with because you believe another player is better and give us feedback so we can improve the list. Many of the players I have also not witnessed their impact so give me some slack on that.
#0 Terrance Gore
There was only one other player who has worn the #0 for the Royals (George Scott). While Gore was never a massive piece of the Royals he had a role in the Royals winning the 2015 World Series. Gore was amongst the fastest players in the league. When he got a good jump he was nearly impossible to throw out. He also played solid defense when he got the chance.
Career Stats (KC) : .224 AVG .325 OBP .608 OPS 34 SB’s 14 H’s 1 RBI 0 HR
#1 Cookie Rojas
Cookie Rojas was traded from the Cardinals to the Royals in 1970. He brought a veteran presence to a new team. After being traded to the Royals, Rojas made 4 straight all-star games (1971-1974). Many people believe Rojas should have won a gold glove at least once in his career. Cookie was a key piece for the Royals in the playoffs in the ’70s.
Career Stats (KC) : .268 AVG .314 OBP .660 OPS 46 SB’s 824 H’s 332 RBI 25 HR
#2 Alcides Escobar
HM: Freddie Patek
Alcides Escobar has a special place in the heart of every Royals fan. Though he only won one gold glove (2015) he could of very easily won at least one more. Esky was always making crazy plays and was a solid offensive player. He had one of the most memorable plays in Royal’s history when he hit an inside the parker on the first pitch of the 2015 World Series. Escobar also won the 2015 ALCS MVP and was known for swinging at the first pitch. Though he left after a horrible season we need to appreciate “Esky”
Career Stats (KC) : .259 AVG .292 OBP .636 OPS 106 SB’s 1208 H’s 390 RBI 41 HR
#3 Jorge Orta
Jorge Orta was a solid baseball player but he will be remembered for the infamous blown call in game 6 of the 1985 World Series that allowed the Royals to win their first World Series. He would split time with Royals great Hal Mcrae at DH. Orta may not be one of the greatest Royals ever but his contributions for the 1985 Royals are greatly appreciated.
Career Stats (KC) : .277 AVG .324 OBP .743 OPS 2 SB’s 302 H’s 145 RBI 24 HR
#4 Alex Gordon
Even if Alex Gordon’s playing career is over he will still go down as one of the best players in Royal’s history. Alex Gordon was 2nd overall pick in the 2005 draft and was one of the most hyped prospects in Royal’s history. Gordo struggled at 3rd base and was sent down to learn left field and we all know how that turned out. The 7-time gold glover still plays elite defense at 35. It will definitely be different to watch the Royals knowing Alex Gordon may not be there.
Career Stats: .258 AVG .339 OBP .752 OPS 113 SB’s 1609 H’s 738 RBI 186 HR
#5 George Brett
This one was so easy. Almost everyone will tell you that George Brett is the greatest player in Royal’s history. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999 (98.2%). Brett was selected to 13 All-Star Games and won the AL MVP in 1980. Brett also won the AL batting titles in 1976, 1980, and 1990 and a gold glove in 1985. All these awards just begin to describe how good of a player George Brett was.
Career Stats: .305 AVG .369 OBP .857 OPS 201 SB’s 3,154 H’s 1,596 RBI 317 HR
#6 Willie Wilson
HM: Lorenzo Cain
Speedster Willie Wilson is among the Royals greats and somehow he was only elected to 2 All-Star games in his career. He finished 4th in MVP voting in 1980 that season he also won a gold glove and silver slugger. Wilson also won a silver slugger in 1982 along with leading the league with .332 average. He holds the club record for hits in a season to this day with 230 hits.
Career Stats (KC): .289 AVG .329 OBP .711 OPS 612 SB’s 1986 H’s 509 RBI’s 40 HR
#7 John Mayberry
Slugger John Mayberry was on the Royals from 1972 until 1977. The 2-time All-Star was known for his power and was the last person to hit a home run in Municipal Stadium. Mayberry had such a good season in 1975 that he finished 2nd in the MVP! He was another key piece of the 70’s playoff teams. Mayberry has a very good ability to draw walks a category he led the league in twice. He started to decline at the end of his time with the Royals.
Career Stats (KC) : .261 AVG .379 OBP .822 OPS 16 SB’s 816 H’s 552 RBI’s 143HR
#8 Mike Moustakas
Mike ” Moose” Moustakas was selected with the 2nd overall pick in the 2007 draft and was part of the core that won the Royals their 2nd World Series in 2015. Moose broke the record for home runs in a single season with 38 in 2017. We all know that record has since been broken but Moustakas was a great player when he was in KC. He played a really good 3rd base and backed that up with good offense. We miss you, Moose, in KC!
Career Stats (KC) : .251 AVG .306 OBP .736 OPS 14 SB’s 858 H’s 441 RBI’s 139 HR
#9 Lou Piniella
Lou Piniella was only on the Royals from 1969-1973 but he made in his time in Kansas City count. Piniella won Rookie of the Year in 1969. He was also an All-Star in 1972 and led the league in doubles with 33. Fun fact Piniella had the first hit in Royal’s history. He was traded in December 1973 to the Yankees because of disagreements with management.
Career Stats (KC) : .286 AVG .327 OBP .730 OPS 22 SB’s 734 H’s 348 RBI’s 45 HR
#10 Clint Hurdle
As many of you know #10 is retired so not many players have worn it. Dick Howser is obviously the best #10 but he never played for the Royals. That being said Clint Hurdle is the best Royals player to wear #10. Hurdle had a really good rookie season where he batted .304 but after that, he started to go downhill. He had a bit a resurgence in 1980 batting .294 but after that, he was never really solid on the Royals. Many people call him a bust because he was a first-round but he is the greatest Royals player to wear 10.
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