What Will the Kansas City Royals' Lineup Look Like in 2016?


What once was proclaimed the greatest Minor League system in the history of baseball, now seems less promising. That's to be expected when a number of the most promising prospects depart from the Minor Leagues. As we all know, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Danny Duffy, and Salvador Perez have already joined the big leagues, and, really, with quite a bit of success. But who else is left? At this time last year, most fans were ecstatic about the promising young starting pitchers in the Royals' farm system. Mike Montgomery and John Lamb were supposedly aces in the making, and getting close to joining the big league club. Mike Montgomery regressed considerably, finishing last year with a 5.32 ERA inOmaha. After eightstarts in NW-Arkansas, John Lamb had Tommy John surgery on his elbow. The two most promising pitchers in the farm system suddenly became not quite as promising.

What does this mean? Does it mean that the magazines lied to us and the Royals won't be contending in the coming years? Was the farm system overhyped? Will John Lamb ever have the opportunity to pitch in a big league game at the K? My guess is just as good as yours. In the meantime, why not dream about what could be. What do you think the Royals' lineup will be in 2016? Using only players that are currently in the Royals' organization, my prediction is this:

DH: Billy Butler

C: Salvador Perez

1B: Eric Hosmer

2B: Cheslor Cuthbert

SS: Alcides Escobar

3B: Mike Moustakas

LF: Alex Gordon

CF: Bubba Starling

RF: Wil Myers

SP1: Mike Montgomery

SP2: Danny Duffy

SP3: Jake Odorizzi

SP4: Chris Dwyer

SP5: Yordano Ventura

Please, leave comments discussing what you think the 2016 Royals will look like.

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