KC Royals Starting Roster: STAT Cast Breakdown

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C: Salvador Perez: 2020 notes

Very good in barrels, exit velocity, and hard contact. This is all 2018 data as who knows how good he would have been. Let’s see about a bounce back. Homered in ST and there is no health concern other then endurance.

For 2021: Perez was worthy of the comeback player of the year, accomplishing one of the most consistent swings MLB able to produce a low co-efficient variable, which is what you want when avoiding variance.

1B: Carlos Santana 2020 notes

Becoming an expert in Exit Velocity in a addition to his On base and plate discipline skills, he’s mastered multiple categories, which makes him more viable perhaps in DFS then yr past. His HR/FB & BAPIP ARE outliers, however he maintains a nice FB%. His season was similar to 2016.

For 2021: I am still excited to see what value we get out of Santana, as he’s so touch to get out. He’ll get on base and just hit every day. Not slowing down yet as he is a decent fielder as well. No need to use as DH.

2B:Nickey Lopez 2020 notes

Bottom of the barrel in every category except speed. Maybe they should send back down. Usually not a fantasy option. Will be an everyday starter.

For 2021: He can stay as he’s an excellent fielder, also being able to get walks and improving in hard hit rate.

3B: Hunter Dozier: 2013 Draft Round 1 pick 8: 2020 notes

A fly ball hitter who has a lot of pop in his exit velocity and nice ISO for raw power numbers. It would be nice if he could sustain it as a great prospect with high rating per prospects reports. Was HBP in ST but hopefully is fine.

For 2021: Dropping down in hard contact and exit velocity it was dissapointing to see.

SS: Adalberto Mondesi: FA with Royals in 16′

Hi Xwoba dropped dramatically with concerns of him being anything beyond a base stealer. Something was wrong last year. 11th in MLB in sprint speed rankings. Looks to try and lead the league in steals in a healthy spot.

For 2021: Many are taking him higher in league then normal because of the slight relative increase in stolen bases. He must get on base, get walks, and avoid so many strikeouts

OF: George Springer 2020 notes

I was surprised to see Springer had 39, a carer high in HR’s last year after missing a bunch of games, was not able to play him all that often in DFS. His XOPS is right on with his actual OPS, making him solid play again. Top 4%.

For 2021: Bringing more power to an already fairly potent lineup, however has a shaky health track record, as he’ll likely miss time. Now, he’s dealing with a abdominal tightness issue. Hopefully he’ll be rested enough to be effective for opening day. This increases his draft risk.

OF: Andrew Benintendi 2020 notes

Some say Benintendi will be a bust like the rest of the Red Sox this season. However, this may be a good spot as a lead-off hitter. It appears to me that he has enough to be productive at that or any other spot in the lineup as his fly ball rate has increased even though he’s decreased in other areas.

For 2021: From a fielders perspective there is fangraph evidence to support he was 2nd overall in defensive runs saved, helping to create a stout defense for the Royals. Going to hopefully hit line drives and get on base as he did prior to 2019. What we can realistically expect is a mystery as he could really only hit fastballs last year, even then only at an average clip.

OF/UTIL: Whit Merrifeld: 2010 Round 9 pick 4 

Usually as more of a GB then a FB hitter, always consistent in the #1 role. No trade seems to be in the works during a Virus time at least, as his steals perhaps is slowing down due to age. Great line drive rate. Latest reports have him being at multiple positions so it will be interesting to see what positions in fantasy he’ll be eligible.

For 2021: Not as old as I thought he was as his hitting streak is likely to pick up again with daily hits and can be used at many positions.

OF: Jorge Soler: FA in 2014 with Cubs 2020 notes

Could have been even better then his 2019 campaign as he’s currently a complete stud, able to hit high 500 Slugging. He’s not a base stealer but his breakout is well backed by full season of High performance incl. 1st in Barrels. Soler has a high SO rate for ST but don’t be concerned with that.

For 2021: Always feels underrated to me, as he’s improved his hard hit rate 2 yrs in a row and has reduced his chase rate.

1B: UTIL: Ryan O’Hearn: 2014 Draft Round 8 pick 18

Can get you decent exit velocity, occasionally scoring you a HR. Is young enough to improve but seems limited as an MLB DFS player. Once he gets healthy from COVID he should play vs. Righties but until then the duties go to Ryan McBroom who’s having a good ST.

For 2021: Proved to improve in power with 3 HR’s so far in 2021 ST. He’s an underdog, that I would say would be nice trade bait.

SP1: Danny Duffy: Drafted 2007 round 3 pick 2

Had highest HR rate of career last yr. 1.45/9. Consistently above %20 SO rate. Opening day starter ready.

For 2021: Never works a full inning season. His slider is what helps keep his holdover value in this rotation from the old days. Trade bait awaiting.

SP2: Brad Keller: 2013 Draft Round 8

Not a SO pitcher but does not give up a lot of HR’s with a high GB rate. Looks to take his spot in rotation soon.

For 2021: Big league pitcher that can now handle workload of a #1 starter. Uses an elite slider and four seamer to juke bats off of hits.

SP3: Mike Minor: LHP

Another one of those guys who they believe can strike again on 2018 success. If he can stay healthy, he has shown some positive signs for the spring, to utilize the lefty and take only deep in drafts.

SP4: Brady Singer RHP

Another effective ground ball pitcher will keep it in the park. Lacks upside but can fill in your roster spots.

SP5: Kris Bubic LHP

This rotation looks solidfied except for Duffy, as he changes speeds making him unique in any rotation, his fastball gets him in trouble, resulting in XERA over 5.

 

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