Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights
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).
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.
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.
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.
|3||Kansas City Royals||80||82|
|4||Chicago White Sox||67||95|