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2017 RECAP

Record: 36 - 36

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 Cleveland Indians 39 33
2 Minnesota Twins 37 34
3 Kansas City Royals 36 36
4 Detroit Tigers 32 41
5 Chicago White Sox 32 40

2017 YTD STATS

Catcher

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Drew Butera (R) KC C 29 62 6 15 5 1 1 2 1 0 12 0 0 .242
Salvador Pérez (R) KC C 67 248 31 72 43 14 0 15 9 1 46 0 0 .290

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Eric Hosmer (L) KC 1B 73 277 40 83 31 17 1 9 26 0 51 3 0 .300

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Raúl Mondesí (B) KC 2B 15 42 4 4 2 0 0 1 3 0 18 5 2 .095
Whit Merrifield (R) KC 2B 56 208 25 60 29 10 3 6 13 0 28 7 1 .289

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Mike Moustakas (L) KC 3B 67 265 35 71 46 13 0 19 13 1 50 0 0 .268
Cheslor Cuthbert (R) KC 3B 32 89 4 18 10 4 0 1 2 0 24 0 0 .202

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Ramon Torres (B) KC SS 7 17 4 5 1 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 .294
Alcides Escobar (R) KC SS 73 282 26 59 19 14 1 1 6 0 59 2 2 .209

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Terrance Gore (R) KC LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Alex Gordon (L) KC LF 66 225 23 43 15 9 1 3 23 2 53 1 2 .191

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Lorenzo Cain (R) KC CF 71 267 40 74 27 13 2 10 29 1 53 14 0 .277
Billy Burns (B) KC CF 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Jorge Bonifacio (R) KC RF 54 188 27 46 25 8 0 10 18 0 55 0 0 .245
Jorge Soler (R) KC RF 18 55 3 9 3 3 0 1 9 1 19 0 0 .164
Paulo Orlando (R) 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
Nate Karns (R) KC SP 9 8 2 2 0 45.1 41 9 21 12 51 4.17 1.19
Miguel Almonte (R) KC RP 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 4 0 3 1 0 27.00 5.00
Jason Vargas (L) KC SP 15 15 11 3 0 94.1 87 8 24 20 70 2.29 1.13
Travis Wood (L) KC RP 24 0 1 2 0 27.2 33 3 20 18 21 6.51 1.84
Kevin McCarthy (R) KC RP 5 0 0 0 0 8.1 6 0 3 2 3 3.24 0.96
Mike Minor (L) KC RP 30 0 3 1 0 37.1 26 1 8 11 37 1.93 0.99
Matt Strahm (L) KC SP 22 2 2 4 0 30.0 23 4 16 18 33 4.80 1.43
Danny Duffy (L) KC SP 11 11 4 4 0 68.2 69 4 27 25 54 3.54 1.37
Kelvin Herrera (R) KC RP 32 0 1 2 18 31.0 33 7 15 5 31 4.36 1.23
Chris Young (R) KC RP 14 2 0 0 0 30.0 47 7 25 12 22 7.50 2.03
Eric Skoglund (L) KC SP 3 3 1 1 0 9.2 13 0 6 5 8 5.59 1.86
Peter Moylan (R) KC RP 33 0 0 0 0 23.2 24 2 17 10 23 6.47 1.48
Seth Maness (R) KC RP 8 0 1 0 0 9.2 16 3 4 2 4 3.72 1.86
Neftali Feliz (R) KC RP 29 0 1 5 8 27.0 23 8 18 13 21 6.00 1.41
Joakim Soria (R) KC RP 33 0 4 2 0 31.0 32 0 13 12 42 3.77 1.45
Ian Kennedy (R) KC SP 13 13 1 6 0 67.1 50 14 37 31 57 4.95 1.22
Al Alburquerque (R) KC RP 5 0 0 1 0 4.0 2 0 3 3 6 6.75 1.25
Jason Hammel (R) KC SP 14 14 4 6 0 78.1 88 10 42 23 59 4.83 1.43
Jake Junis (R) KC SP 7 5 2 1 0 29.0 34 6 16 12 23 4.97 1.62
Scott Alexander (L) KC RP 17 0 0 1 0 26.0 19 1 4 7 20 1.39 1.00

DEPTH CHART

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