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It has been quite the year for the Kansas City Royals. Initially projected to win 72 games by PECOTA, and not former Royal Bill Pecota, the Royals shattered those expectations, winning 95 games and clinching home field advantage throughout their run through the postseason. Along the way, Kansas City earned its first division title in thirty years, as the Royals ran away with the American League Central.
With the success that the Royals had this season, there were quite a number of players who exceeded expectations. Players like Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer finally reached their potential, or, at the very least, did more than scratch the surface thereof. Edinson Volquez was perhaps the most consistent pitcher of the season, and Wade Davis continued to prove that he is not human as a reliever.
Yes, there were disappointments. Omar Infante never got on track, and Alex Rios was, for the most part, a bust after getting injured during the first week. Greg Holland pitched through a torn ligament, and eventually succumbed to his injury, undergoing Tommy John surgery that will likely sideline him for the 2016 season. Yet, despite those issues, the Royals still had quite the successful year.
Now that the regular season is over, let us hand out some awards. Let us look at which players made the biggest impact upon the Kansas City Royals, while looking back at some of the best moments of the year.
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