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2017 RECAP

Record: 80 - 82

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 102 60
2 Minnesota Twins 85 77
3 Kansas City Royals 80 82
4 Chicago White Sox 67 95
5 Detroit Tigers 64 98

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 75 163 18 37 14 4 1 3 12 0 41 0 0 .227
Cam Gallagher (R) KC C 13 24 2 6 5 1 0 1 3 0 4 0 0 .250
Salvador Pérez (R) KC C 129 471 57 126 80 24 1 27 14 3 95 1 0 .268

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Eric Hosmer (L) KC 1B 162 603 98 192 94 31 1 25 63 3 104 6 1 .318

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Raúl Mondesí (B) KC 2B 25 53 4 9 3 1 0 1 3 0 22 5 2 .170
Whit Merrifield (R) KC 2B 145 587 80 169 78 32 6 19 29 0 88 34 8 .288

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Mike Moustakas (L) KC 3B 148 555 75 151 85 24 0 38 27 7 94 0 0 .272
Cheslor Cuthbert (R) KC 3B 58 143 10 33 18 7 0 2 9 0 39 0 0 .231

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Ramon Torres (B) KC SS 33 74 9 18 4 3 0 0 4 0 12 1 0 .243
Alcides Escobar (R) KC SS 162 599 71 150 54 36 5 6 14 1 102 4 7 .250

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Terrance Gore (R) KC LF 12 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 .000
Alex Gordon (L) KC LF 148 476 52 99 45 20 2 9 42 3 126 7 4 .208

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Lorenzo Cain (R) KC CF 155 584 86 175 49 27 5 15 53 1 100 26 2 .300
Billy Burns (B) KC CF 7 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .167

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Melky Cabrera (B) KC RF 156 620 78 177 85 30 2 17 35 1 74 1 2 .295
Jorge Bonifacio (R) KC RF 113 384 55 98 40 15 1 17 35 0 118 1 1 .255
Jorge Soler (R) KC RF 35 97 7 14 6 5 0 2 11 1 36 0 0 .144
Paulo Orlando (R) KC RF 39 86 9 17 6 3 0 2 1 0 20 1 1 .198

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
Brian Flynn (L) KC RP 1 0 0 0 0 2.1 3 0 1 0 0 3.86 1.29
Ian Kennedy (R) KC SP 30 30 5 13 0 154.0 143 34 92 59 131 5.38 1.32
Mike Morin (R) KC RP 16 0 0 0 0 19.3 29 3 16 4 16 7.94 3.55
Nate Karns (R) KC SP 9 8 2 2 0 45.1 41 9 21 12 51 4.17 1.19
Chris Young (R) KC RP 14 2 0 0 0 30.0 47 7 25 12 22 7.50 2.03
Seth Maness (R) KC RP 8 0 1 0 0 9.2 16 3 4 2 4 3.72 1.86
Sam Gaviglio (R) KC SP 16 13 4 5 0 74.1 76 16 36 25 49 3.00 2.85
Danny Duffy (L) KC SP 24 24 9 10 0 146.1 143 13 62 41 130 3.81 1.26
Kevin McCarthy (R) KC RP 33 0 1 0 0 45.0 50 4 16 13 27 3.20 1.40
Jason Vargas (L) KC SP 32 32 18 11 0 179.2 181 27 83 56 134 4.16 1.33
Ryan Buchter (L) KC RP 71 0 4 3 1 65.1 44 10 21 25 65 2.67 2.09
Miguel Almonte (R) KC RP 2 0 0 0 0 2.0 5 0 3 2 0 13.50 3.50
Mike Minor (L) KC RP 65 0 6 6 6 77.2 57 5 22 19 88 2.55 1.02
Kelvin Herrera (R) KC RP 64 0 3 3 26 59.1 60 9 28 18 56 4.25 1.35
Eric Skoglund (L) KC RP 7 5 1 2 0 18.0 30 2 19 12 14 9.50 2.33
Andres Machado (R) KC RP 2 0 0 0 0 3.2 10 2 9 3 1 22.09 3.55
Neftali Feliz (R) KC RP 49 0 2 5 8 46.0 40 9 28 21 37 4.74 2.72
Onelki Garcia (L) KC RP 2 1 0 1 0 6.0 12 2 9 5 2 13.50 2.83
Joakim Soria (R) KC RP 59 0 4 3 1 56.0 49 1 23 18 64 3.70 1.23
Trevor Cahill (R) KC RP 21 14 4 3 0 84.0 91 16 46 44 87 8.22 3.69
Jason Hammel (R) KC SP 32 32 8 13 0 180.1 209 26 106 46 145 5.29 1.43
Jake Junis (R) KC SP 20 16 9 3 0 98.1 101 15 47 24 80 4.30 1.28
Brandon Maurer (R) KC RP 68 0 3 6 22 59.1 73 8 43 17 59 8.10 3.44
Peter Moylan (R) KC RP 79 0 0 0 0 59.1 40 4 23 22 46 3.49 1.10
Scott Alexander (L) KC RP 58 0 5 4 4 69.0 62 3 19 28 59 2.48 1.30
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