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Royally Yours: Season Recap

The Kansas City Royals had a disappointing season in 2018. They finished with a record of 58-104, last in the American League Central. It was their first 100-loss season since 2006 and their first last place finish in the division since 2007. The Royals finished with the second worst record in baseball and will have the second pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Their last second overall pick was Mike Moustakas in 2007. It was a tough sImage result for brad keller royalseason for the Royals but they will have a top pick in the draft that will help in the rebuilding process.Image result for Mike Moustakas 2007 mlb draft

The Royals finished with a record of 36-40 against division opponents. It was their best record against an American League division. They played the worst against the American League West with a record of 7-26. The Royals struggled against National League teams with a record of 6-14. The Royals played average against division opponents but their struggles against other teams was the reason for their disappointing season.

Whit Merrifield was one of the best offensive players in baseball this season. He led all of the MLB in hits and stolen bases. Merrifield finished the season with a slash line of .304/.367/.804. He could be a centerpiece of the Royals future or be a trade target this offseason. Many teams were rumored to be interested in Merrifield last offseason and at the trade deadline. The decision on what to do about Merrifield will have a big impact on the Royals future.

Rule 5 draft pick Brad Keller had a good rookie season. He finished the year with a 3.08 ERA and a record of 9-6. It was the most wins by a Royals pitcher this season. Keller was brought up in the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system before being selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the Rule 5 draft but was immediately traded to the Royals. Keller was a great acquisition by the Royals last off-season.

The Royals are entering a few rebuilding seasons that they hope will allow them to get back in the playoff hunt. They do not have a roster that can contend now but their high draft picks should help improve their farm system and eventually improve the Royals roster. The Royals have some elite players on the roster but should improve in the next few season to get back in the playoff hunt.

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