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Predicting Stats For Kansas City Royals’ 2014 Opening Day Lineup

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Predicting Stats For Kansas City Royals' 2014 Opening Day Lineup

Kansas City Royals Ned Yost
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The Kansas City Royals have been a trendy postseason sleeper pick for the past couple seasons, but 2014 may finally be the year they get over the hump. The Royals have a stud at the top of their rotation in James Shields, and one of MLB's best bullpens. It's up to their young core of position players to finally live up to their potentials.

1. RF Norichika Aoki

Kansas City Royals Norichika Aoki
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1. RF Norichika Aoki

Kansas City Royals Norichika Aoki
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.298/.349/.388
5 home runs
25 stolen bases
114 wRC+

2. 2B Omar Infante

Kansas City Royals Omar Infante
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2. 2B Omar Infante

Kansas City Royals Omar Infante
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.289/.327/.401
11 home runs
52 RBI
100 wRC+

3. 1B Eric Hosmer

Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer
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3. 1B Eric Hosmer

Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer
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.294/.357/.462
24 home runs
91 RBI
129 wRC+

4. DH Billy Butler

Kansas City Royals Billy Butler
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4. DH Billy Butler

Kansas City Royals Billy Butler
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.284/.369/.432
19 home runs
92 RBI
123 wRC+

5. LF Alex Gordon

Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon
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5. LF Alex Gordon

Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon
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.274/.349/.423
16 home runs
11 stolen bases
118 wRC+

6. C Salvador Perez

Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
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6. C Salvador Perez

Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
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.286/.319/.445
16 home runs
69 RBI
108 wRC+

7. 3B Mike Moustakas

Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas
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7. 3B Mike Moustakas

Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas
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.278/.339/.461
24 home runs
83 RBI
119 wRC+

8. CF Lorenzo Cain

Kansas City Royals Lorenzo Cain
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8. CF Lorenzo Cain

Kansas City Royals Lorenzo Cain
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.259/.318/.361
8 home runs
17 stolen bases
93 wRC+

9. SS Alcides Escobar

Kansas City Royals Alcides Escobar
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9. SS Alcides Escobar

Kansas City Royals Alcides Escobar
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.249/.288/.331
4 home runs
23 stolen bases
76 wRC+