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The Kansas City Royals have had quite a few excellent players come through their organization. While not all of them stayed on to be lifetime members of the Royals, they all made an impact upon the team and the franchise in one way or another other.
There have also been a few players who were, shall we say, less than stellar, to come to Kansas City. Players whose names have been used derisively as adjectives or as substitutes for profanity (at least, in my residence). Those players who embodied the intangibles, and that was pretty much it.
Sadly, despite being around for 45 years, the Kansas City Royals have not had a lot of luck with second basemen. There have been a couple of fairly solid players to man the position, and one player who is one of the greats in Royals history. But when you have only eight players that played for the Royals long enough to qualify for the Fangraphs.com career Wins Above Replacement list for the Royals, then there are some truly slim pickings. You will see as we begin the list.
Just like the previous lists, this one will be in order, from fifth through first, based on their WAR value by Fangraphs. Of the eight players to be ranked, Chris Getz, Carlos Febles and Ablerto Castillo did not make the cut. That should speak volumes to what the Royals have had when Febles is on the cusp of being in the top five.
At any rate, I hope you enjoy this these treks down memory lane as much as we enjoy providing them! Let us know if you think someone should have ranked higher.
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