The KC Royals are locked in a battle for 1st place in the AL Central Division and as of Right now are only 1.5 Games out of First. But should things between now and the beginning of August change, the KC Royals may look at moving some players to re-stock the farm system and shed salary.
The KC Royals have shown that not only can they rip-off long winning streaks, they can also rip-off long losing streaks. So far this year the KC Royals have had losing streaks of 8 games, 5 games and 3 games. Their longest winning streak so far has been 6 games. So it appears right now that this version of the Royals is the text-book definition of streaky.
The 2016 KC Royals have also battled injuries, and currently have 3 recent AAA Storm Chasers playing prominent roles on the roster. Brett Eibner, Cheslor Cuthbert, Whit Merrifield, and Ray Fuentes have all contributed to the MLB Royals this year due to either injury, or ineptitude. Utility man Christian Colon has also started several games for the Royals this year over recently DFA’D Omar Infante.
The infusion of youth on the KC Royals roster is a good thing in the long run. It shows that behind the current team there are potential future stars who have waited their turn, and have matured in the minors. But, we have seen many times with KC and other MLB clubs that young players can start off hot, until the league catches up and then the growing pains start.
As good as Lorenzo Cain, Moustakas, Hosmer, and Salvy have become, we all know they had their slumps in the past. For all four of them, the slumps came after some initial success at the big league level. The point here is, things are going along OK right now, but they could fall apart in a hurry, and if they do, here are 5 potential players the KC Royals could move to re-stock the farm for 2017 and beyond.
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