Right field for the Kansas City Royals has been a relatively stable position for the past couple of years, but it is not as well set for the future as many of the other positions. If things go wrong, as they have so often for the Royals in the past, here are some players we can expect to see and perhaps all see next year.
Jeff Francoeur – Francoeur was a revelation in the 2011 season, as he put up excellent numbers at the plate and led all right fielders in outfield assists. The Royals then signed him through 2013, but this year his production at the plate dropped. He is still possibly the best defensive right fielder in the American League, however with a fantastic range and a powerful and accurate arm. His 19 assists this time led all major league outfielders. He will likely start the season in right field as well, but could find himself on the trading block midseason.
David Lough – The everyday right fielder at AAA, Lough put up very good minor league numbers with the bat and is a very good baserunner. He got some time with the Royals near the end of 2012 and looked good, if unspectacular. He could find himself in a fourth outfielder’s role next season, but that is more likely to go to a centre fielder such as Jarrod Dyson.
Wil Myers – Myers was minor league player of the year in 2012, no small accomplishment and there has been no shortage of suggestions that he should start the 2013 season with the big league club. But as I have set out previously, this should not happen and happily likely will not happen. Myers will probably get a shot in Spring Training and unless he kicks down the door he will go back to AAA. A good season there, however, could see him called up midseason if a deal is made for Francoeur.