Here are the Royal leaders in plate appearances this season:
Melky Cabrera: 690 (151 games played)
- Alex Gordon: 688 (151 GP)
- Jeff Francoeur: 647 (151 GP)
- Billy Butler: 646 (153 GP)
- Alcides Escobar: 577 (152 GP)
Now, obviously, not all games played are equal. Butler has appeared as a PH six times, so he's only started 147 games, while St. Francoeur has started 150 games and only PHed once.
Nevertheless, you can see the pattern: hit at the top of the order, hit more. Hit at the bottom of the order: hit less.