MLB Power Rankings: Spring Training Edition

Alex Gordon Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals hits a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium on September 5, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.                                                                                             Ed Zurga/Getty Images

12. Kansas City Royals

The loss of James Shields actually won’t hurt the Royals as much as some might think. Yordano Ventura has the potential to be an All-Star, maybe even an ace. That’s not to mention this kid is still only 23 years old. Behind him the Royals have 26-year-old, quietly reliable Danny Duffy, and then a nice veteran core in Jason Vargas, Jeremy Guthrie, and newcomer Edinson Volquez. Admittedly all three of those guys are on the wrong side of 30, and while 21-year-old Brandon Finnegan did a fantastic job in the postseason, and he is seen as a starter long-term, another year in the bullpen is probably what he needs, although if any of the vets struggle mightily, Finnegan may be called upon to step up. Norichika Aoki isn’t a huge loss, and Alex Rios is on the same level as Aoki at this point, maybe even a little bit of an upgrade, but it will be interesting to see if Kendrys Morales will be able to produce the same as Billy Butler did. A injury-free season from Eric Hosmer would certainly help the Royals case too.

One Response

  1. Jimmy

    How do you not mention Justin Morneau in the Rockies section when you talk about how much talent they have? He just won the batting title…

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