The 2012 season was supposed to be different. Instead of flirting with .500 baseball before finally turning the corner into contention next season, the Kansas City Royals are again the same broken record of years past, performing in a less-than-mediocre fashion.
While there are positive signs going forward—namely Alex Gordon, Billy Butler, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Alcides Escobar, Sal Perez and the young bullpen—the Royals are more than a stone’s throw away from where everyone in and around the organization expected them to be at this point in the process.
With much of the roster in place—other than its starting rotation, which is a whole different story—the Royals are actually just a couple of pieces away from competing at a high level in the short and long term.
While some will certainly come from outside of the organization, here are five players from within that will help turn the team around for good…eventually.