No. 18) Carlos Beltran, outfielder, 1998-2004
The recently retired Beltran may be the second Royal to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The 1999 Rookie of the Year had it all during his time with the Kansas City Royals. Fast, powerful and agile, Beltran was the type of player who would have been right at home in the middle of the 2014-15 teams’ lineup. Unfortunately, his time with the team came to an end as his career was really starting to heat up.
When all was said and done, Beltran went to nine All-Star games, won three Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger awards. There are few players who could match what he accomplished. He wrapped up his playing career with a World Series title this past season with Houston.
No. 17) Mark Gubicza, starting pitcher, 1984-96
Mark Gubicza was part of the young Kansas City Royals starting rotation that helped win the 1985 World Series. After that great start to his career, Gubicza only got better as the ’80s rolled on. He put up some truly dominant years for Kansas City with his best being in 1988. He had a 2.70 ERA in 269 2/3 innings to go along with a 20-8 record that year.