Kansas City Royals' Top Five Essential Players

Scott BirchfieldCorrespondent IApril 3, 2009

SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 22:  Jose Guillen #11 of the Kansas City Royals poses during photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 22, 2009 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Every player on a 25-man roster is important. However, there are certain players who are counted on more to help their team. Here is the top five essential players for the Kansas City Royals:


5. Alex Gordon

After two seasons in the major leagues, Gordon has yet to fulfill his potential. He has had solid, yet unspectacular seasons. For the Royals to take a step forward, Gordon has to be an integral part of the offense.


4. Joakim Soria

Soria had a fantastic 2008 season. The Royals definitely need an encore from him in 2009. Look for him to have another wonderful season at the back end of the Royals bullpen.


3. Mike Jacobs

Although signing Jacobs was an underrated move, it is an important move for the Royals. The Royals are desperate for power hitters. Jacobs fits that description.

He may not hit much above .250, but he will give the offense the added spark they lacked in 2009. A big year from Jacobs could mean big things for the Royals.


2. (tie) Zach Greinke and Gil Meche

The Royals have an up and coming rotation. Greinke and Meche head that rotation. If Greinke and Meche have below average seasons, the Royals have no chance at contending this season.

A big year from both players could spur the Royals to bigger and better things in 2009.


1. Jose Guillen

Guillen is a talented player. He is a good offensive player who also plays above average defense. The problem for Guillen is his attitude. That is the main reason he is 32 years old and has been with nine teams already.

Guillen needs to grow up quickly. Another meltdown and the Royals could be headed for a disastrous 2009 season. If Guillen decides to grow up, the Royals will be much better for it.