Kansas City Royals all-time top 50 players: No. 30 to No. 11
By Cody Leonard
No. 12) Mike Moustakas, third baseman, 2011-present
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When the Kansas City Royals had the “Best Farm System in the History of Ever” back in 2011, there may have been no more hyped player in that group than Mike Moustakas. It took longer than many people expected, but Moose finally unlocked his power and massive potential after a trip to the minors in 2014.
He returned to be a playoff hero that year before learning to slap the ball the opposite way during his breakout 2015 season. Moose may have capped off his Royal career by setting the home run record at 38 this past season.
No. 11) Paul Splittorff, starting pitcher, 1970-84
Coming in just outside the top 10 is Paul Splittorff. The left-hander spent his entire career with the Kansas City Royals. In that time, he managed 166 wins and a 3.81 ERA in over 2,500 innings. Splittorff may have been the first true ace for the Royals organization. His last year in baseball was 1984, one year before the team’s first championship. It’s a shame that he couldn’t stick around one more season to pick up a well-deserved ring.
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