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Kansas City Royals: Bold Predictions for 2017 Season

Kansas City Royals players celebrate after a game -Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
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Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Mike Minor (36) – Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Mike Minor (36) – Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

ROYALS BOLD PREDICTIONS – MINOR BECOMES SECOND BEST RELIEVER

In that MLB The Show simulation article that I recapped the other day, it mentioned that Mike Minor was the best pitcher on the Royals staff. I took that thought and ran with it here, pegging Minor to be the second best bullpen arm on the team.

It wasn’t that long ago when the KC Royals had the best bullpen in all of the major leagues. The trio of H-D-H terrified opposing hitters and teams knew when they were trailing at the end of the sixth inning, that the game was basically over.

The Royals don’t have that anymore. All but the first H of the that trio have moved on, and that first H, being Kelvin Herrera, is now the closer for this team. He’s the best reliever in the bullpen and he’s earned that reputation with his flame throwing abilities on the mound.

[Minor] won’t necessarily be the eighth inning guy, but more of a Luke Hochevar type, who comes in to put out fires.

Mike Minor, who became a constant question surrounding the team last year due to never actually pitching, will step up in 2017 and become a reliable force out of the pen. He won’t necessarily be the eighth inning guy, but more of a Luke Hochevar type, who comes in to put out fires.

He’ll be better than both Joakim Soria and Matt Strahm, but won’t be moved into a permanent role until later on in the season.

This really is a bold prediction because there are no pictures of Minor in action in a Royals uniform in our photo gallery just yet. Let’s hope that changes.