Through the season’s first 16 games, the Kansas City Royals are 5-11 and sitting in last place in the American League Central.
With that type of record comes plenty of disappointments, but this team has had its fair share of bright spots, too. Both are worth examining. And so welcome to the first edition of the Kansas City Royals Power Rankings!
With just about 10% of the season now in the books for the Royals, I figured it would be the perfect time to look at how the individual Royals are performing, ranking some (but not nearly all) of them.
The purpose of this article, and the following ones in this series that I anticipate will take us through the end of the season, is to check out which Royals are performing well and to see which ones need to pick up. I’ll be doing a Top Five and Bottom Five and keeping track of who ends up where.
With that being said, let me make it abundantly clear: this will not be all doom and gloom. Rather, it’s a look at the individual numbers for an entertaining yet flawed squad as these guys make their way through Spring, into the Dog Days of Summer, and finally through Fall.
Mainly, I will stick to players on the 40-man roster (as some of today’s Bottom Five have already been dropped to Omaha, at least for the time being). Yet, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ned Yost and/or Dayton Moore make an appearance at some point.
Without further adieu, let’s jump into, starting this week with the Royals’ Top Five.