The Kansas City Royals saw an uptick in power hitting during the 2019 season and may have some candidates to keep the ball rolling for 2020.
Now that baseball is officially over, Kansas City Royals fans can begin to look forward to what’s to come in the 2020 season. There should be a lot of moves starting to take place soon and fans will want to be watching.
The Royals have already started making some roster changes, putting Salvador Perez and Kelvin Gutierrez back on the roster, and designating Trevor Oaks and Jacob Barnes for assignment. One can assume there will be even more moves coming as free agency starts to heat up.
While there are many different paths the team can take in free agency, pitching should be a top priority of the Royals. Most of the struggles the team saw during the 2019 season came in the form of pitchers struggling with control and struggling to stay in games for an extended period of time.
One area where the Royals look to be doing well is offense. There were still some slumps and hitters that struggled at the plate during the season, but overall, there were many Royals players who excelled and showed why they continued to be on the field.
Now, the Royals find themselves in a unique position. They continue to have the top-notch defense that they are known for, but they also have something that is typically a foreign concept for the Royals, power hitting.
Not only did the Royals have the American League leader in home runs for 2019, but they have a number of players on the roster that could put up 20 or more home runs in 2020, driving the offense into an even better year. Let’s take a look at some of the candidates who are sure to hit at least 20 home runs in 2020, and some who we can only hope will make the jump.