Royals: Anyone besides Whit Merrifield to bat .300 in 2020?

KC Royals, Whit Merrifield (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Kansas City Royals, Whit Merrifield
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The Kansas City Royals most likely candidate has hit over .300 in back to back season, and fans can only hope he does it again.

If there were any player for the Kansas City Royals that should be expected to be on this list, it’s Whit Merrifield. The all-star second baseman is a super-utility player who not only knows his way around the field but knows how to put the bat on a ball.

In 2019, Whit continued to solidify his place as a Royal’s favorite and all-around great player with another outstanding season. Merrifield slashed .302/.348/.463 over 162 games, with 206 hits, 41 doubles, 10 triples, and 16 home runs.

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These are obviously not the offensive numbers that just anyone puts up. To back that up, Whit tied for the lead in the majors in triples and did lead the majors in hits. Merrifield also manages to put up these great numbers while going back and forth between positions throughout the entire year.

Merrifield makes any lineup better and having him as a leadoff hitter makes the Royals that much more dangerous. Whit is the only “obvious” candidate on the Royals to bat .300 in 2020. With his .302 batting average for 2019 and a .304 for 2018, Whit looks to be the model for consistency.

There is always a chance that he will decline a bit with 2020 being his age 31 season, but if there is any member of the Royals that fans should bet on, it’s Whit Merrifield.