Kansas City Royals: The Royals Have a Logjam at First Base

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Hunter Dozier

Going into the offseason, the Royals had Hunter Dozier at the top of the depth chart for first base. The only problem with that is that Dozier has only played 12 games at first base over his five-year career.

When drafted in 2013, he was expected to potentially play third base. When Mike Moustakas started becoming more productive at third base, and Cheslor Cuthbert started making his rise to the majors, the search for a new position was on for Dozier.

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Dozier only started playing first base the last two years, but even then he has played more games at the corner outfield positions and third base then he did at first base. Even during Spring Training, Dozier played eight games at first base and four games at right field. /

The other thing to keep in mind is the lack of offensive consistency with Dozier. He has not had a year yet where he was consistent at the plate, which could bring along some concerns. Even though he was rumored to be the Royals first baseman at one point in 2018, I wonder how committed they are to him playing there.