Projecting the KC Royals’ Opening Day starting lineup

KC Royals, Whit Merrifield (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
KC Royals, Whit Merrifield (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
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Center field: Whit Merrifield

No member of the KC Royals has had a better last few seasons than super-utility man Whit Merrifield. Ever since being called up part of the way through the 2016 season, Whit has brought his lunch pail to work day in and day out to perform for the team. He’s done a terrific job in the process.

Not only has Merrifield led the league in hits in back-to-back seasons, but he’s also a two-time stolen bases champ. He doesn’t have many weak points in his game. He gets on base at a good rate, has a bit of power in his bat, plays solid defense and is a great clubhouse influence.

Speaking of defense, this will be the first season in which Merrifield’s primary position is center field. This is a change for him, but he’s spent his fair share of time there in the past. He probably won’t be a Gold Glove winner in his new spot, but he should be serviceable at worst.

Whit Merrifield is the epitome of what you see is what you get. If you see a reliable player and a jack-of-all-trades that can be one of the best players on your team, you’ll get that. Expect another good year from the KC Royals’ 31-year-old.

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