Royals Versus the AL Central: At The Corners

Guess what? Studies show that Eric Hosmer needs to be better in 2013! - Rob Tringali

After comparing the five teams at the up the middle positions last week, we move onto the corners.

We had to the corners to compare the division today. For the Royals this group includes the team's best everyday player and it's worst.

Chicago Cleveland Detroit


Kansas City

Minnesota
First Base

Paul Konerko

298/371/486

fWAR: 2.1 (144 games)

Age: 37

Nick Swisher

272/364/473

fWAR: 3.9 (148 games)

Age: 32

Prince Fielder

313/412/528

fWAR: 4.9 (162 games)

Age: 29

Eric Hosmer

232/304/359

fWAR: -1.1 (152 games)

Age: 23

Justin Morneau

267/333/440

fWAR: 0.9 (134 games)

Age: 32

Third Base

Jeff Keppinger

325/367/439

fWAR: 2.8 (115 games)

Age: 33

Lonnie Chisenhall

268/411/430

fWAR: 0.0 (43 games)

Age: 24

Miguel Cabrera

330/393/606

fWAR: 7.1 (161 games)

Age: 30

Mike Moustakas

242/296/412

fWAR: 3.5 (149 games)

Age: 24

Trevor Plouffe

235/301/455

fWAR: 1.2 (119 games)

Age: 27

Left Field

Dayan Viciedo

255/300/444

fWAR: 0.5 (147games)

Age: 24

Michael Brantley

288/348/402

fWAR: 2.7 (149 games)

Age: 26

Andy Dirks

322/370/487

fWAR: 1.6 (88 games)

Age: 27

Alex Gordon

294/368/455

fWAR: 5.9 (161 games)

Age: 29

Josh Willingham

260/366/524

fWAR: 3.9 (145 games)

Age: 34

Right Field

Alex Rios

304/334/516

fWAR: 4.3 (157games)

Age: 32

Drew Stubbs

213/277/333

fWAR: 1.3 (136 games)

Age: 28

Torii Hunter

313/365/451

fWAR: 5.3 (140 games)

Age: 38

Jeff Francoeur

235/287/378

fWAR: -1.2 (148 games)

Age: 29

Chris Parmalee

229/290/380

fWAR: -0.3 (64 games)

Age: 25

I probably should have included the designated hitters with this group (Butler, Martinez, Doumit, Reynolds and Dunn) but will save those to headline the bench players in an effort to make that section at least a little interesting.

Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas stack up nicely against their divisional rivals, while Hosmer and Francoeur (in case you did not realize it) need to improve....a lot.

Who above is most primed for a big improvement? Is it Hosmer or would Justin Morneau be a prime bounce back candidate?

Who is most primed to regress? Alex Rios? Torii Hunter?

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