Team Strengths: Whit Merrifield is one of baseball’s best second basemen and Adalberto Mondesi started to flash his potential at shortstop last season, giving the Royals two cornerstones to build up up the center. Jorge Soler and Ryan O’Hearn provide promising electricity.
Team Weaknesses: After justifiably trading many 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 overwhelmingly brief of arms. They had the second-worst ERA in baseball last year, with both the rotation (4.89) and bullpen (5.04) responsible.
What They Did About It: Instead of address their pitching staff, the Royals obtained light-hitting, versatile types like Billy Hamilton and Chris Owings. Their pitching developments 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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