Kansas City Royals Top Five Third Basemen

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2. Kevin Seitzer (1986-1991, 16.1 WAR)

Kevin Seitzer burst onto the scene during his rookie year in 1987. That year, he led the American League with 207 hits, en route to a .323/.399/.470 batting line with 15 home runs and 33 doubles. Seitzer earned an All-Star nod and finished second on the Rookie of the Year ballot that season to Mark McGwire. It appeared as though the Kansas City Royals had found their heir apparent for George Brett at third.

Unfortunately, Seitzer would never reach those marks again. However, he remained a solid offensive third baseman, displaying a knack for getting on base. During his career, Seitzer walked 669 times against 617 strikeouts, as he showed an impressive batting eye and an ability to put the bat on the ball.

Those traits were evident throughout Kevin Seitzer’s tenure with the Royals as well. During his time in Kansas City, Seitzer produced a .294/.380/.394 batting line. As someone with far more gap power than home run hitting ability, Seitzer hit only 33 home runs during his six seasons with the Royals, but had 128 doubles. While Seitzer was not spectacular by any means, aside from that rookie season, he was a solid player for the Royals.

Those six years were enough to make Seitzer the second best third baseman in Royals history, behind the legend.

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