Kansas City Royals: The First 2018 Projected Lineup
The Question Marks (part 1):
The Royals have a lot of questions marks, simply because they have a lot of young, unproven players. Even though we have seen Bonifacio, Mondesi, Soler, Cuthbert, and Orlando play at the major league level they are still seemingly unknown players.
Last year the Royals got the chance to see what Bonifacio could do and for the most part was a nice surprise. He finished the year slashing a decent .255/.320/.432 while hitting 17 home runs and 15 doubles. However, after the Royals made a trade for Melky Cabrera, Bonifacio saw less playing time. Going into the 2018 season, Bonifacio seems to be the clear-cut favorite to be the everyday right-fielder.
Mondesi made the cut, but after two years of trying him out at the big league level, he has shown little to be excited about. However, because of the limited amount of time he has been called up and only being 22-year-old, I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt. While in Triple-A Omaha, Mondesi finished the year hitting .297/.330/.525 with 13 home runs, 20 doubles, and nine triples. He also swiped 21 bases. If that is something close to what Mondesi can produce in the majors then the Royals will be set at shortstop for years to come.