The Kansas City Royals' 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

By Demario Phipps-Smith

The Kansas City Royals' 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

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For a long time, the Kansas City Royals had no irreplaceable players. Being as bad as they were, even Zack Greinke had to go. However, times change and so do teams. Now the Royals have one of the top farm systems in the show and a nice collection of young players. Here are five players they cannot be without.

5. Yordano Ventura

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5. Yordano Ventura

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Although most of the Royals’ starters lack an impressive win-loss record, their pitching staff isn’t having a bad year so far. Ventura has a sub 3.00 ERA this season as well as for his career. He is as good as his numbers suggest, and I expect he will rise from the third spot shortly.

4. Alex Gordon

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4. Alex Gordon

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Gordon is a veteran player who the Royals value, and he need to play well for the team to succeed.

3. Greg Holland

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3. Greg Holland

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Holland is one of the best players at his position. As the rash of injuries continue to impact the Royals' starters, the closer job will become increasingly important.

2. Mike Moustakas

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2. Mike Moustakas

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I won’t say Moustakas will be as good as Eric Hosmer, but he has the potential to be better. However, if this year is an indicator, he probably won’t make anyone’s 40-man roster. He is at least a four-tool player and KC once invested a top pick for him. I don’t think they should give up on him, but the team needs him to be good now rather than later.

1. Eric Hosmer

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1. Eric Hosmer

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Once the young first baseman establishes some consistency, Hosmer will be mentioned as one of the top players in the league. The Royals are wise to build around him.

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