Though they struggled in 2019, the KC Royals rotation may look similar come 2020, without any further free agent moves and breakouts in spring training.
The KC Royals and fans are starting to gear up for the 2020 season. It’s quickly approaching and players will start to report before you know it. Soon, the team and fans will get so see what previous Royals players have been working on over the offseason, and what newer players may have to offer.
There are a lot of questions that have to be answered once spring training arrives. Depending on whether or not Alex Gordon returns, the outfield will need to be solidified. The recent signing of third baseman Maikel Franco raises some questions, and first base is still up in the air.
There could be changes that come in all forms around the field and fans could see many players moving positions or at least trying out some new things. The positions that may get the most looks, though, will be the pitchers.
Pitching was one of the biggest issues for the Royals in 2019. While many of the pitchers struggled with consistency, there was also a lack of understanding roles for the first portion of the season. Though it was mainly in the bullpen, it seemed as though pitchers were never really sure what their role was, starting, relief, closing, etc.
Hopefully, in 2020, the pitching roles will be a little more concrete from the start. Adjustments can always be made as needed, but players should be able to focus on a role and not have to expect a change daily.
There is still some time left in the offseason, but if the next few months continue like typical Royals offseasons, there won’t too many more changes to the current roster. With that, let’s make some predictions at who will be in the Royals 2020 starting rotation.