There aren’t high expectations for the Kansas City Royals in 2020 due to them still being in the midst of a rebuild.
This isn’t a shocking revelation or anything, as no one really had high hopes for the Royals this year. Even with it being a 60-game season, that still remains the case here.
The Royals have had back-to-back 100 loss seasons and didn’t add anyone this offseason to really change that (though at least they won’t lose 100 games this year). They have promising prospects in their farm system, but very few of those prospects are ready to make their Major League debuts.
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The four teams ranked lower than the Royals on these rankings are the Pirates, Mariners, Tigers, and Orioles. The Royals will play the Pirates and the Tigers this season due to only playing in their newly formed divisions for this season only.
While I don’t have high hopes for the Royals this year, the fact that it is a 60-game season really does give anyone a chance at contending.
The problem with that is that the Royals have to come out of the gates red hot and can’t hit a snag or bump in the road, which seems very unlikely for a young team. The top tier teams also know this can be the case and are going to be even more determined early on in the season.
If the Kansas City Royals fall behind early in the season, they will be left in the dust quickly unfortunately.
For Royals fans, this season is about just enjoying having baseball back again. No one really expects the team to make a playoff run or to have a winning record past the halfway mark.
The important thing in 2020 is for the younger Royals to get their feet wet and take their lumps, whether it’s at the plate or on the mound.
Brady Singer will fortunately get a shot to show what he can do, but if prospects like Jackson Kowar and Daniel Lynch get a shot to pitch at the big league level, hopefully they look good and show they can be future options in the rotation.
Hopefully the entire season is able to play out and no one gets seriously ill from COVID-19 during the course of the 60 games. Health and safety are the two most important aspects.