Last season, the Royals ranked 18th in batting average with a .247 and 26th in runs per game with 4.27. These numbers may not look super promising, but the pieces may fit together in 2020 for the boys in blue to do some damage.
Statistically as a team, the Royals were in no way one of the best teams offensively last season. That being said, there were some impressive performances. This included Whit Merrifield batting a .302 and leading the league with 206 hits. Jorge Soler broke out with an AL-best 47 home runs and 117 RBIs, which was 7th in the league.
A few other guys looked very promising in 2019 as well. Hunter Dozier improved drastically from 2018 as he batted a .279 with 26 homers while driving in 84 runs. Alex Gordon bounced back for his best offensive season since 2015, with a .266 BA and 76 RBIs. Adalberto Mondesi struggled with plate discipline, yet still managed to steal 43 bags in just 102 games, which was 2nd in the league. As a rookie, first basemen Ryan McBroom was very solid in 23 games with a .293 BA.
2020 will see All-Star catcher Salvador Perez back in the lineup, who was out with Tommy John Surgery in 2019. Maikel Franco is a notable addition, who signed with the Royals back in December. Guys such as Nicky Lopez (.240 BA), Ryan O’Hearn (.195 BA), and Bubba Starling (.215 BA) will look to improve from their 2019 campaigns to make a positive impact in this years’ lineup.
I believe there is a legitimate chance this Royals lineup could prove to be among the best in baseball. Led by stars such as Merrifield and Soler; reliable bats like Dozier, Perez, and Mondesi; and promising talent including Gordon, Lopez, and McBroom; this lineup could very well shock the league.
The Royals have multiple pitchers that could be used as their fifth starter. I can guess most Royals fans are thinking Brady Singer, Glenn Sparkman, Jorge Lopez or even Ian Kennedy, but let’s not forget about Scott Blewett. Most people think I am off my ... Read more