Looking back at the Kansas City Royals 2019 season, we will shine a light on the mostly young players who graced the infield.
At the beginning of the season, the Kansas City Royals lineup contained two guys on the right side of the infield, Chris Owings and Frank Schwindel, who would not be with the organization by the time mid-June rolled around. Shortstop and third base were more consistent with Adalberto Mondesi and Hunter Dozier manning their respective positions for over two-thirds of the year.
After the release of Lucas Duda, Ryan O’Hearn was able to secure a bulk of the playing time at first base with Cheslor Cuthbert playing there in approximately 25 percent of the games. Whit Merrifield and Dozier were sprinkled in as well. Second base was fairly evenly split by Merrifield and Nicky Lopez after the Owings experiment failed. Here is a look at the grades for each player.
Between a couple of great seasons and two more great finishes to the season, the infield looks to be a bright spot heading into 2020 for the Kansas City Royals. The gloves are already solid and if all the bats get rolling it should be a top-tier group.