Kansas City Royals Season Preview

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IMarch 23, 2009

SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 04:  Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals in action during the spring training game against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium on March 4, 2009 in Surprise, Arizona. The Rangers defeated the Royals 5-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

I do not think the Kansas City Royals will escape the clutches of last place. They don't have the right mix of players on the team to get the job done in the AL Central.

Keep An Eye On: Mike Aviles, ss/2b

Aviles is a talented kid that will prosper and be a great player. Last year, he played 102 games. He batted .325, hit 10 home runs, and drove in 51 RBI.

Projected Lineup
1. Coco Crisp, cf
2. David DeJesus, lf
3. Mike Aviles, ss
4. Jose Guillen, rf
5. Mike Jacobs, 1b
6. Alex Gordon, 3b
7. Billy Butler, dh
8. Miguel Olivo, c
9. Alberto Callaspo, 2b

Projected Pitching Staff
1. Gil Meche, rhp
2. Zack Greinke, rhp
3. Kyle Davies, rhp
4. Brian Bannister, rhp
5. Luke Hochevar, rhp

Projected Bullpen
Joakim Soria
Kyle Farnsworth
Ron Mahay
Doug Waechter
Robinson Tejada
Jimmy Gobble

Top Prospects
1. Mike Moustakas, 3b/ss
2. Eric Hosmer, 1b
3. Danny Duffy, lhp
4. Daniel Cortes, rhp
5. Tim Melville, rhp