KC Royals: Breaking down the 2020 stat projections

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Major statistical websites have already updated some 2020 KC Royals projections. Let’s take a look at two of them.

The KC Royals have defied projection systems for years. Not many sites saw the 2014 World Series-bound team being as successful as it was. The same thing happened the following year when the trophy was brought back to Kansas City. As a whole, the team has generally exceeded expectations.

The same goes for the individual players, too. Systems like FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference put out yearly statistical projections for Major League Baseball players. These projections display home run totals, RBI counts, slash lines, and the like. Members of the Royals are no different.

Ahead of the 2020 regular season, I thought it would be a fun idea to take a look at some highlights of FanGraphs and B-Ref’s numbers for this year’s squad. While there are some usual suspects at the top, there are also some surprises thrown in the mix.

A year ago, it was the likes of Whit Merrifield and Jorge Soler leading the way for the bats and Brad Keller headlining the rotation. The 2020 roster is very similar to the 2019 one so without further ado, let’s jump in and take a look.