Team Strengths: Whit Merrifield is one of baseball’s best second basemen and Adalberto Mondesi began to flash his potential at shortstop last year, providing the Royals 2 cornerstones to assemble up up the center. Jorge Soler and Ryan O’Hearn supply promising electricity.
Team Weaknesses: Following justifiably trading many of their best 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, together with the turning (4.89) and bullpen (5.04) responsible.
What They Did About It: Instead of address their pitching team, the Royals acquired 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 major league prices.
Last Outlook: The Royals needed to rally to avoid 110 losses last year and are in a similar situation this season. With the shape of the pitching staff, a second-straight top-five draft pick likely expects in 2020.
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