Opening Day of Major League Baseball will be here in the blink of an eye. With that being said, now is a great time to look at each team’s prognosis heading into the 2021 season, following the 60-game 2020 abbreviated season.

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The Kansas City Royals have gone 142-241 over the past three seasons. The only thing keeping the team out of last place is the fact that the Tigers have taken that spot. Over the past 36 years, Kansas City made the postseason three times and won the World Series two of those three times (1985 and 2015). The Royals made a few big signings in free agency, and staying above .500 would be ideal for them in 2021.

Here is Kansas City’s projected lineup.

Kansas City Royals Projected Batting Order

  1. OF Whit Merrifield 
  2. SS Adalberto Mondesi
  3. OF Andrew Benintendi 
  4. OF Jorge Soler 
  5. 1B Carlos Santana
  6. C Salvador Perez
  7. 3B Hunter Dozier
  8. OF Michael Taylor
  9. 2B Nicky Lopez

Kansas City Royals Projected Pitching Staff

  • SP1: Bradley Singer
  • SP2: Kris Bubic 
  • SP3: Mike Minor
  • SP4: Danny Duffy
  • SP5: Brad Keller
  • CL: Greg Holland 

Kansas City Royals Team Outlook

During the offseason, the Royals made some significant moves to improve their 2021 outlook. Their top singings via free agency were first baseman Carlos Santana, outfielder Michael Taylor, and starting pitcher Mike Minor. Their biggest move of the offseason was arguably acquiring Andrew Benintendi in a three-way deal with the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox. In that trade, the Royals gave up outfielder Franch Cordero and outfielder Khalil Lee.

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Regarding their offense, Kansas City has a core of solid batters including catcher Salvador Perez, outfielders Jorge Soler and Andrew Benintendi, first baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop Adalberto Mondesi. It should be noted that Whit Merrifield has been a solid leadoff batter over the past four years as well.

Things are looking up for their pitching staff, considering the success that has come from Brady Singer in 2020. They also have four more solid arms in their system including pitchers Kris Bubic, Jackson Kowar, Asa Lacy, and Daniel Lynch. The Royals look to improve in all aspects of the game, and they will likely reach .500 in 2021.

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