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2017 RECAP

Record: 21 - 27

Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights

It has to be that they were one hit away from completing an improbable run and winning the World Series. From a fantasy perspective, the highlight was Lorenzo Cain finally fulfilling the potential pundits have promised for as long as we can remember. Cain’s .301 average and 28 steals in limited duty vaulted many over the hump in 2014 (warning: Cain’s injury history and unrepeatable .383 BABIP screams risk for 2015).

What Has Changed?

Big game James Shields is gone, leaving the ace role to young fireballer Yordano Ventura. On offense, Kendrys Morales replaces Billy Butler at DH, Alex Rios arrives to attempt to erase an ugly 2014 and Alex Gordon (wrist surgery) may not be at full strength when the season begins.

What to Expect:

Expect the Royals to hit better than they pitch (or at least better than their starters pitch). With the speed of Dyson, Cain, Rios and Escobar, Morales providing more power than Butler and Hosmer and Moustakas maturing, the Royals should score. However, with Guthrie, Vargas and Volquez not scaring anyone, the Royals will need that offense.

This Year’s Surprise:

Mike Moustakas finally lives up to the hype and blasts 25+ home runs at a solid average at a shallow 3B position. Mouse hit 15 last year plus five in the post-season despite being benched often and spending some time on the farm. Remember, he is only 26 and already has four major league seasons and playoff seasoning under his belt. If you need more proof, consider this: his contact rate has improved two years in a row, his .223 BABIP shows he was very unlucky last year and his K/BB rate has improved each of the last two years. The time is now.

2017 STANDINGS

# TEAM W L
1 Minnesota Twins 26 19
2 Cleveland Indians 24 23
3 Detroit Tigers 23 26
4 Chicago White Sox 22 26
5 Kansas City Royals 21 27

2017 YTD STATS

Catcher

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Drew Butera KC C 17 38 6 10 5 1 0 2 1 0 8 0 0 .263
Salvador Pérez KC C 45 169 17 45 29 7 0 11 7 1 34 0 0 .266

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Eric Hosmer KC 1B 48 181 22 54 16 8 1 4 18 0 29 3 0 .298

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Raúl Mondesí KC 2B 15 42 4 4 2 0 0 1 3 0 18 5 2 .095
Whit Merrifield KC 2B 32 114 14 31 10 1 1 5 8 0 19 4 1 .272

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Mike Moustakas KC 3B 43 173 23 45 26 7 0 13 7 1 33 0 0 .260
Cheslor Cuthbert KC 3B 20 61 1 10 4 2 0 1 2 0 15 0 0 .164

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Alcides Escobar KC SS 48 182 13 32 10 10 0 0 5 0 39 0 0 .176

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Terrance Gore KC LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Alex Gordon KC LF 42 147 10 26 8 5 0 0 17 0 35 1 2 .177

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Lorenzo Cain KC CF 46 171 17 45 10 9 1 2 22 1 35 12 0 .263

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Jorge Bonifacio KC RF 30 96 14 26 15 3 0 6 9 0 27 0 0 .271
Jorge Soler KC RF 16 51 3 8 2 3 0 1 8 1 17 0 0 .157
Paulo Orlando KC RF 14 47 4 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 15 1 1 .149

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
Mike Minor KC RP 20 0 2 1 0 26.2 16 0 5 7 28 1.69 0.86
Nate Karns KC SP 9 8 2 2 0 45.1 41 9 21 12 51 4.17 1.19
Chris Young KC RP 10 2 0 0 0 22.1 34 5 17 9 16 6.85 2.01
Matt Strahm KC RP 16 0 1 2 0 15.1 10 3 10 13 19 5.87 1.63
Jason Vargas KC SP 10 10 6 3 0 60.1 53 5 16 15 51 2.39 1.13
Travis Wood KC RP 16 0 0 2 0 15.2 22 2 17 15 11 9.77 2.36
Danny Duffy KC SP 10 10 4 3 0 64.2 60 4 21 22 52 2.92 1.27
Kelvin Herrera KC RP 21 0 1 1 11 21.0 22 5 9 4 22 3.86 1.24
Peter Moylan KC RP 23 0 0 0 0 17.0 20 2 16 7 13 8.47 1.65
Seth Maness KC RP 4 0 1 0 0 5.0 8 2 3 1 3 5.40 1.80
Joakim Soria KC RP 22 0 2 1 0 22.2 19 0 4 8 28 1.59 1.24
Al Alburquerque KC RP 5 0 0 1 0 4.0 2 0 3 3 6 6.75 1.25
Ian Kennedy KC SP 8 8 0 4 0 42.2 29 8 21 20 36 4.43 1.15
Jason Hammel KC SP 9 9 1 6 0 46.2 60 7 31 18 38 5.98 1.69
Jake Junis KC SP 3 1 1 0 0 6.2 6 0 2 6 6 2.70 1.95
Scott Alexander KC RP 10 0 0 1 0 14.1 7 1 2 4 8 1.26 0.77

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