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By Royals Tickets Staff Writer B. Hanlon
Kansas City Royals Strengths
The Kansas City Royals have several strengths on their team. Closer Joakim Soria is one of the best closers in all of baseball. He has a great arm and has proved that the last several seasons. Billy Butler is also a first baseman on the rise. The 24 year old hit .318 with 15 home runs and 78 runs batted in the 2010-2011 MLB season. He has the ability to be a franchise first basemen.
Newly acquired Alcides Escobar will provide the Kansas City Royals with a good glove and speed. He is probably one of the quickest players in the league and is a young shortstop that can field as well as anyone. As a team, the Kansas City Royals were near the top of the league in hitting for average in 2010. They have multiple players that can hit near the .300 level and had great on base percentages.
Kansas City Royals Weaknesses
Although the Kansas City Royals have strengths, they also have some definitive weaknesses. One of the primary weaknesses is the starting pitching. Zach Greinke won the American League Cy Young in 2009 but was traded for some valuable prospects. The subtraction of Greinke now leaves a big hole in the starting rotation. The Kansas City Royals will need some solid pitchers to step up.
Another weakness in the lineup is the lack of a power bat. There isn’t a 30 home run threat in the lineup yet and they need to find one fast. The belief is that there are some prospects that can fill that void but it’s never a guarantee with prospects. Hopefully the team will find someone with that monster bat.