Team Strengths: Whit Merrifield is one of baseball’s best second basemen and Adalberto Mondesi began to flash his potential at shortstop last year, giving the Royals 2 cornerstones to build around up the center. Jorge Soler and Ryan O’Hearn provide promising electricity.
Team Weaknesses: After justifiably trading a lot of their top young pitching prospects in pursuit of a World Series (Mike Montgomery, Jake Odorizzi, Sean Manaea, Brandon Finnegan, Cody Reed), the Royals are understandably short of arms. They had the second-worst ERA in baseball last year, with both the rotation (4.89) and bullpen (5.04) responsible.
What They Were About It: Rather than address their pitching team, the Royals acquired light-hitting, versatile types such as Billy Hamilton and Chris Owings. Their pitching additions consisted of Homer Bailey and Michael Ynoa on minor league deals and Brad Boxberger and Kyle Zimmer on one-year significant league deals.
Last Outlook: The Royals had to rally to avoid 110 losses last year and therefore are in a similar position this year. With the form of the pitching staff, a second-straight top-five draft pick probably awaits in 2020.

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