The Kansas City Royals found themselves playing meaningful baseball games in September of the 2013 season. If they plan to build on that success and find their way to the playoffs, four players will need to step out of the shadow of doubt this season.
The team's designated hitter, Billy Butler, regressed in 2013. One of their prized prospects, Mike Moustakas, has yet to realize the potential that brought him to the major league roster. Two players that were acquired in a trade that sent Zack Greinke to Milwaukee, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar, will be key to the continued success of the Royals.
As the 2014 season draws closer, the Royals continue to create buzz. As these four players look to break out of the stigma each of them has created, they hold the keys to the success of the franchise.
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