Team Strengths: Whit Merrifield is one of baseball’s best second basemen and Adalberto Mondesi started to flash his possible at shortstop last season, giving the Royals two cornerstones to assemble around up the middle. Jorge Soler and Ryan O’Hearn supply promising electricity.
Team Weaknesses: Following 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 overwhelmingly brief of arms. They had the second-worst ERA in baseball this past year, with both the rotation (4.89) and bullpen (5.04) responsible.
What They Were About It: Instead of address their pitching team, the Royals obtained 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 major league deals.
Final Outlook: The Royals needed to rally to prevent 110 losses annually and therefore are in a similar situation this year. With the shape of their pitching staff, a second-straight top-five draft pick probably expects in 2020.
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