Team Strengths: Whit Merrifield is one of baseball’s best second basemen and Adalberto Mondesi started to flash his possible at shortstop last year, providing the Royals two cornerstones to assemble around up the center. Jorge Soler and Ryan O’Hearn provide promising power.
Team Weaknesses: After justifiably trading a lot of their top young pitching prospects in pursuit of a World Series (Mike Montgomery, Jake Odorizzi, Sean Manaea, Brandon Finnegan, Cody Reed), the Royals are understandably short of arms. They had the second-worst ERA in baseball last year, together with the rotation (4.89) and bullpen (5.04) responsible.
What They Were About It: Rather than address their pitching team, the Royals obtained light-hitting, versatile types such as Billy Hamilton and Chris Owings. Their pitching additions consisted of Homer Bailey and Michael Ynoa on minor league deals and Brad Boxberger and Kyle Zimmer on one-year significant league prices.
Last Outlook: The Royals had to rally to prevent 110 losses annually and therefore are in a similar position this year. With the form of their pitching staff, a second-straight top-five draft pick likely awaits in 2020.
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