There have been several Kansas City Royals who underperformed in 2017. We trimmed that list down to the five most disappointing. See if you agree.
The Kansas City Royals have a lot of good players on their team. They also have a lot of bad players. It’s true of basically any team—in any sport. The problem is when the bad players were expected to be among the good ones. The Royals had several players fall into that category we’ll call disappointing.
The most difficult part of this exercise became trimming the list down. That’s not a good sign. Frankly, the fact that no fewer than eight players have claim to making our top-five (or bottom-five, as it were) makes it even more remarkable the Kansas City Royals are still clinging to playoff hopes.
It also makes the accomplishment of the good players even more impressive. And don’t worry, some of them will get their reward when we discuss our biggest surprises of the season at a later date. However, this is the time and space to discuss players who will be blamed if the World Series-winning core are unable to return to the postseason. Ironically, some of them are members of that core who have fallen off since then for one reason or another.
Without further delay, let’s dive into our list of most disappointing players in 2017. We’ll start with the honorable (or should it be dishonorable) mentions.