A little over a month into the 2022 season, the KC Royals are stumbling. They begin their three-game series at Texas tonight 9-17 and in fourth place in the American League Central. The team is on pace for just 56 wins, which would certainly disappoint Royals fans hoping for much better.
As Kansas City struggles, it’s easy and natural to shift focus to the organization’s minor league teams.
What help might be on the horizon, especially considering the only big offseason splash the club made was signing Zack Greinke? KC seemed confident its lineup was good enough to compete and the front office appeared content with organizational depth.
Now, we see the lineup was not good enough. Through Monday’s 6-1 loss to the Orioles, the Royals have averaged just 3.02 runs per game, a mark better than only Detroit.
Adalberto Mondesi and Carlos Santana are both on the Injured List. Whit Merrifield’s .135 average is the second-worst among qualified hitters in the majors. Andrew Benintendi has cooled off over the last two weeks and Salvador Perez fought through an 0-for-26 streak before getting four hits in Sunday’s doubleheader against Baltimore and two more Monday.
Do the KC Royals’ minor league teams have anything to offer the big club?
The Royals’ problems won’t improve overnight. In order to score more runs, the lineup needs to change. This might mean changes to the roster and changes to the team’s approach at the plate.
So, is there help in the minors? And how are key players performing on the farm?