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Royals Review Roundtable: What would constitute a successful Royals season

We continue picking the brains of our writing staff to preview the season.
Today we ask -what would constitute a successful Royals seasonJesse Anderson 68
or more wins
Looking back at past teams who had 100+ loss seasons and ended up being good
within a handful of seasons (Astros and Cubs, most recently) , improving by
about 10 wins per season seems normal. 68 wins this season shows a massive step
in the right direction, poises the team to hopefully play near .500 in 2020, and
then with another 10 win improvement to be in contention with 88 wins in 2021.
My own projection is for them to be better than 68 wins, but Il settle for 68.
Of course, there always that chance that everything breaks the Royals way and
they end up contending. Say Bauer gets traded to the Padres right before the
season starts, Oearn, Mondesi, Keller, Lopez, Zimmer, Junis, Dozier, and a few
others all have significantly better returns than expected, and no further
injuries. Yeah, it could happen. And it spring, so I hopeful.Matthew LaMar A
successful Royals season ends with Kansas City having at least five guys on the
Baseball America top 100 prospect list, and with at least three inexperienced
guys taking a significant step forward at the big league level (Kyle Zimmer,
Hunter Dozier, Ryan Oearn, Jorge Soler, Adalberto Mondesi, Nicky Lopez, and
Bubba Starling are prime candidates). While normally the Royals win-loss record
would have no bearing on a successful season, I think that if the Royals do win
more games than is expected--say, close to 80--multiple things have gone right.
A terrible Royals team tells you something, but that thing is that the Royals
are a long ways away from being competitive.Alex Duvall A successful season for
me would consist of the following An end of the year rotation of five young arms
(Keller Junis Fillmyer Skoglund Lopez) 600+ PA from Soler and Mondesi Find a
long-term answer at third base67+ winsThe Royals have to start figuring out
their long-term plans Eric Skoglund
. No more patchwork. Let the kids have at it. I don want to see any
fliers on this roster from August on. Let the kids play. Shaun Newkirk If we
assume Mondesi and Merrifield aren going anywhere, then they need guys like Wily
Peralta, Jorge Soler, Martin Maldonado, Chris Owings, Billy Hamilton, Homer
Bailey, Brad Boxberger, and Jake Diekman to provide flippable value. The 2019
Royals record doesn matter, just as the 2018 and 2020 records don won either. If
the Royals can have these one-year deal guys provide value in a trade for future
assets, then that the only measure of success I concerned about. Related Royals
Review Roundtable What worries you most about this season Ryan Heffernon In
reality, a successful season is probably one that ends with the highest possible
pick in the 2020 draft. With that being said, I think a successful season on the
field looks like a
team. The Royals play in a truly atrocious division and the Jose Ramirez injury
scare could make it worse. They will get to play the Twins, White Sox, and
Tigers 57 times this season, which doesn hurt. If the Minnesota Twins didn exist
in 2016, the Royals almost certainly wouldn have finished at .500. I don think
.500 will happen, but if everything went right, it could happen. If Mondesi
continues to turn a corner, he and Whit are a pretty fearsome middle of the
infield. If Soler stays healthy and hits, he brings a unique blend of power and
plate discipline that the Royals don typically see. Maybe Kyle Zimmer becomes a
force out of the bullpen. Getting to 80 or 81 wins would certainly make for a
better summer in Kansas City. Max Rieper I think if Mondesi stays healthy and
largely lives up to his potential, if a few younger players break through like
Ryan Oearn and maybe Brett Phillips, and if the farm system vaults into the
upper half of farm systems in baseball, then I think it will be a successful
season. The wins and losses shouldn matter much, although I do expect them to be
much improved in the standings (while still capable of losing 90+). sterlingice
It not going to be all of these. In baseball, it never can be all of these.
There just too much variability. But if I can have a few of these, it would be a
nice year. Tops would be Mondesi turning into a star and signing a contract
extension. Second would be continued development of the aforementioned starting
pitching. Hopefully we can get some clarity of the corner outfield and infield
positions going forward. Who among this group is going to stick Oearn, Dozier,
Bonifacio, Phillips, Soler I still think its likely that, in their heart of
hearts, the front office knows that this current ave of players is just keeping
the seats warm for the next one that down in A-ball right now Brandon Moss
. This is all just an exercise in seeing who can survive as a mortar
guy at the major league level to plug in around the future bricks. Have the 2
pick in the draft get off to a good start in the minors. Get some sneaky good
return on veterans like Owings, Boxberger, and Peralta trades. If we really want
to go wild, have Zimmer and Starling show something at the major league level
befitting their pedigree and subsequent struggles, trade Kennedy without eating
too much salary, and find a taker for Whit who gives prospects commensurate to
his value even in a crowded second base market.Hokius If the team wins enough
and has enough guys show some success in AA and AAA to make it seem plausible
for the team to compete next year that probably the best-case scenario. But if
they lose a whole bunch of games so they have another high draft pick next year
and the guys on the farm have enough success to think a few might have an impact
eventually that will work, too. The worst case scenario might be that the team
is hot enough that Dayton Moore feels justified in trading some of the farm
chips for mid-season rentals to see if they can sneak into the playoffs. That
basically what happened in 2016 when Dayton Moore made perhaps the worst trade
of his tenure in giving up Matt Strahm and Esteury Ruiz - a pair of guys the
team sure seems likely to miss in the near future - for what ended up being
absolutely no gain.Another successful season scenario would be any result in
which this whole speed thing looks like a good strategy. If Dayton Moore can
show us all how stupid we were to doubt him for grabbing a bunch of low-OBP
speedsters to put pressure on defenses or whatever that might end up looking
like a success. Unless it works well enough to convince whatever teams out there
who are still willing to spend to gobble up all of those speedsters before the
Royals can in 2020 and or beyond before the Royals have a chance to use the
strategy to actually have a playoff run. Then it would be an unsuccessful season
and we could spend the entire off-season blasting him for having a genius
out-of-the-box idea but not implementing it in a way or at a time where it would
actually do them any good.Josh Keiser I think a successful Royals season would
need to look a lot like the 2nd half of last season, a few successful and
impactful trades at the deadline, and hitting on the 2 pick in June. Most of
those results will not be accurately judged until the next few years,
but there is potential that they can be an exciting team to watch AND continue
to rebuild the farm.


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