No. 14) Lorenzo Cain, outfielder, 2011-present
Since 2011, center field at Kauffman Stadium has been under the watchful eye of Cain. It is a tragedy that he has yet to win a Gold Glove in his career. One could make a highlight tape based just off of his 2014-15 postseason performances alone. As he matured at the major-league level, Cain also turned himself into a valuable No. 3 hitter in the lineup.
He has been able to couple his strong batting averages with smart base-running and a little bit of pop for good measure. The Kansas City Royals would not have won the 2015 title without him, and he deserves all the money that he will get this offseason.
No. 13) Kevin Appier, starting pitcher, 1989-99 and 2003-04
Kevin Appier is another player on this list that would have benefited greatly from playing in a different era of Kansas City Royals baseball. Appier is among the best and most consistent pitchers to play for the franchise. Starting off with a sterling rookie season in 1990, he remained a consistently dominant pitcher through 1997. Appier’s season to remember came in 1993, when he had a 2.56 ERA and 186 strikeouts in 238 2/3 innings of work.