5 Kansas City Royals Who Belong On the All-Star Team

5 Kansas City Royals Who Belong On The All-Star

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The Kansas City Royals started the season slowly, but have begun turning things around. They were 5.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers on May 29, but now sit in first place in the AL Central after taking three of four games in their series this week. Will there be more Royals represented in the All-Star game after the hot streak? Here are five Royals who should be in the game.

5. SP Yordano Ventura

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5. SP Yordano Ventura

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The hard-throwing rookie has come on strong for the Royals this season, showcasing the ace abilities that made him a top prospect coming into the season. He avoided an injury scare earlier in the season when his elbow bothered him, and has continued his strong performance afterward. His 3.26 ERA is second best of the starters on the team, and his 7.80 K/9 is the best of that same group.

4. SP James Shields

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4. SP James Shields

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The starting rotation has been the strength of the Royals all season, and it starts with James Shields. He has been everything the Royals could have wanted and more since trading for him prior to last season. Shields has won his last five decisions, as he gives the Royals a chance to win every time he takes the mound, even when he is not at his sharpest. He currently has a team-high eight wins as well, to go with only three losses.

3. OF Alex Gordon

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3. OF Alex Gordon

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Alex Gordon has easily been the most consistent hitter and run producer for what has been an anemic offense for most of the season. He leads the Royals in batting average, runs, home runs, RBIs, OPB and slugging. He has anchored the offense all season, and deserves to be in the All-Star game. There are plenty of outfielders in the AL who are having strong seasons, but an argument can be made for Gordon to be there as well.

2. RP Wade Davis

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2. RP Wade Davis

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Wade Davis was virtually a throw-in with Shields last season in the trade from the Rays, and he has been a revelation for the Royals. Davis has become a dominant weapon out of the bullpen in late-game situations. He has a 15.03 K/9 this season to go with a 0.84 WHIP and 1.11 ERA. He also has 13 holds, which is tied for eighth in the MLB. Set-up men are not frequent All-Stars, but not many usually put together seasons like Davis is.

1. CL Greg Holland

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1. CL Greg Holland

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Greg Holland is not imposing, being listed at 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, but combined with Davis, they are arguably the strongest late-inning combo in the majors. Not to be outdone by Davis, Holland has impressive stats of his own. He is the owner of a 13.19 K/9 ratio to go with a 1.88 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. He is also tied for second in the majors with 21 saves on the season. He is the most likely player to represent the Royals in Minnesota.

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