Kansas City Royals Top Five left Fielders

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Left field, at least in the history of the Kansas City Royals, has been a bit of a mixed bag of success. While the Royals have never had a left fielder with more than 1000 plate appearances that has been worth a negative value for Wins Above Replacement, thirteen of their sixteen qualified left fielders all ranked as being in the single digits. Of the three that hit double figures, two of them were primarily center fielders who happened to appear in left occasionally.

Needless to say, there were not a lot of truly stellar players to make this list. However, that does not mean that these players did not make a major impact. In fact, several went on to excellent careers elsewhere; they just did not have the chance to make that type of an impact in Kansas City.

That may simply just be a matter of tenure instead of talent. While the Kansas City Royals had several players who stuck around at third, short, second and center, the same cannot be said for left. Although, if not for one tragic football injury, that may not have been the case.

Nonetheless, the list of the top five Royals is still an interesting look back through the history of the franchise. The same rules as with the previous lists, as the Fangraphs.com WAR category has been used as a guide. However, that does not mean that it will be the only determining factor.

As we conclude our rankings of the top five Kansas City Royals position players before moving on to the pitching staff, we hope that you enjoy this look back through history. As always, let us know who you think should have made this list, or if you feel someone should be rated higher!

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