In a couple of months it will be the start of spring training, so I thought I would share with you who I think should be in the starting lineup come opening day. But everybody please understand this is just a rough draft. If you have any ideas that you would like to give or if I messed up big time, please leave a comment for me.
I know it's pretty obvious that Crisp would be here. The prized switch-hitter the Royals acquired this winter from the Red Sox should be a good fit for the Royals. Crisp should have above average steal totals and should hit 5 to 10 home runs this season. Who knows, he could be an All-Star.
Mike Aviles was a HUGE surprise last year for the Royals. He put up some good numbers despite being in the minors part of the year. He had 10 home runs with 8 stolen bases. I expect him to continue where he left off last year. He will end up moving to second base this year, which I think will be a good move for him. I wouldn't count him out for the All-Star game this year.
This is where it gets difficult. Obviously Alex Gordon and Mark Teahan could have easily been put in this spot. But I think if David DeJesus has a solid spring he could find himself batting third. He has respectable power and I think his speed is underrated. He is in his prime, so I expect a huge year out of David
This one is a pretty easy decision. Jose Guillen had the best power numbers with the Royals last season and I imagine it will stay the same this year. Guillen had 20 home runs for the Royals last year.
Mark Teahan is an all-around stud! After playing almost every position, I think he will be batting 5th while playing in left field. He had 15 home runs last year, two of them being inside the park. He only had four stolen bases after having 13 two years ago. He is one of the best base runners in the game and I can't wait to see him play this year.
The 3rd baseman who was once thought to be even better than Albert Pujols has since fizzled. I haven't given up on him yet, but he has to start showing some promise and hopefully it will be this year. His game has significantly improved from his rookie year though. He had more home runs in less games played due to an injury in the last part of the year. Gordon could still be an every year All-Star, but this season is the moment of truth.
Billy Butler is another predicted All-Star that hasn't shown his potential yet. He had 11 homers last year, and with is below average defense, the home run totals need to be higher. But I expect that Butler will have a good year at 1st base
In the 8th spot is Mike Jacobs. He offers above average power but strike out totals are huge and he has had a history of low batting averages. He had 32 home runs last year so there is a lot of upside, but another problem is his fielding ability. It is bad enough that Billy Butler will most likely be starting in front of him.
This is a tough call; it's either Willie Bloomquist or Alberto Calloaspo. As of right now I think Bloomquist has the job but expect Callaspo to play a lot. Bloomquist does not hit for power. He has average to above average speed but his versatility is great. He has played every position except for pitcher and catcher. Expect him to play everywhere.