A new era of Royals baseball will begin this season with many young talents from the farm system expected to play for the club. While Kansas City kept veterans from their winning seasons in 2014 and 2015, they lost big bats to the offense too.
Ned Yost is returning for his eighth season at the helm and how the Royals perform this year will determine his future with them. It’s fair not to expect a lot from a team amid restructuring the roster but the Royals are in a rather noncompetitive AL Central division outside the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins, which means the Royals can easily make noise depending on results.
The Royals won’t be the same without Eric Hosmer, but the team has the pieces to return to October baseball sooner rather than later. With the restructuring process underway, let’s look at the strengths, weaknesses and new additions to KC going into 2018.