This season was deemed as the last step before finally becoming relevant again in 2013, but the Kansas City Royals have digressed to the point that some fans are magnifying their concerns of the blueprint laid out by general manager Dayton Moore.
Following yet another dismal start (3-14 through the first 17 games), the Royals have actually put together a solid run, going 24-20 since. Luckily the Royals call the American League Central home and currently sit just six games out of first place.
Although a 12-game losing streak earlier in the year seemed to derail the season before the first month could expire, the Royals are a healthy stretch of victories away from being a .500 team and possibly (hopefully) becoming buyers as the trade deadline approaches.
The Royals will need contribution from the entire roster to turn the season around, but here are three players that need to step up to salvage the 2012 campaign.