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Maybe below average in terms of OPS+ and WRC+
But next season as a whole, I still expect Whit to be a player who plays gold glove caliber D, can be close to the league lead in steals and doubles again, and still hit above .275+. That seems to be above average to me.
I mostly agree
While I agree that the Royals shouldn’t trade Whit this upcoming season, I wouldn’t say it is impossible. If the team is doing absolutely terrible and not looking like they will be contending anytime soon, then maybe the Royals could consider getting some return. I still don’t think it is likely, but you never know. At this point in time I believe that we can all agree that the Royals missed their best window to trade Whit. So going forward, the Royals should ride him and his production out as long as they can and let him mentor the large amount of rookies and young guys we have on this team.
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Ideally I would not like Santana on this team either
I wouldn’t like Santana on this team at all going forward if it was up to me. We have Pratto and Pasquantino coming up both at the 1B position. However, I would be shocked if Santana wasn’t the Opening Day starter at First Base as the Royals will probably want to at least attempt to get some of their money’s worth to start the year. They were unable or unwilling to move him at the deadline so that makes me think he will get more chances even though he had terrible stats in the second half. On my last two lineups in the article I had either Pratto or Vinnie taking him over at First Base, moving Santana to the bench. If the Royals can not or will not move him then that would be the next best option.
I am with you on that
I hope they will see what all these prospects can do without hanging trade rumors over them. I would love to see a lineup like one of the last two I made put in place shortly into next season, giving all of our top prospects plenty of opportunities.
There will be scenarios for both positions
Next year we will have so much infield depth to the point where I am sure they’ll try out all of the options they can. I would be completely fine with Nicky staying at Short, he did great all season there. The last lineup I made I had Bobby at 3B and Nicky at SS and that might honestly be my favorite lineup. If Mondi is in the lineup though, I’d assume they would have him at third meaning Bobby and Nicky both get shifted over to SS and 2B respectively with Whit in RF. The Royals will have to play around with the lineups and see what works best for everyone. I could see Bobby at either position on opening day, all in all he is still our #1 prospect and the top prospect in baseball, so they could just want to keep him at his primary position starting off to stay more comfortable. We will see what happens, very excited for this season.
You got me there
I must have been caught up thinking about the future lineups where MJ and Salvy would both be catching options so I didn’t even think about another backup. You’re right, you could replace Olivares with someone like Sebastian Rivero as the third bench spot. That would give us Isbel for the Outfield, Rivera for the Infield, and Rivero for Catcher off the bench.
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There is plenty of options for RF
Unfortunately for Isbel, with the MAT extension I am not sure that there is currently a chance for him to get a real shot full time. I almost thought they would let MAT walk and put Isbel in Center next season after he started getting a lot of reps there to end the year. Now it looks like he will be our fourth outfielder.
I could see them considering a trade of MJ Melendez, but I hope that they at least try out a lineup like one of the last two I made before that to see if it is possible to keep all our young pieces with the talent we have currently.
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He is eligible for arbitration
In the Opening Day Lineup I made, I wanted Isbel on the bench for his potential as an everyday player and Olivares and Rivera because I want them to have some more opportunities. I would have no problem with having Hanser as our bench infielder over Rivera. He did very well off the bench for us this season. In my two future lineups though, I pushed Santana and Dozier to the bench with Isbel so there simply wasn’t much more room.
On both of the future lineups above I only have Salvy at DH because it fit MJ in the lineup at his natural position. You are correct, with MJ called up and Salvy starting at Catcher it would make the most sense for MJ to take reps at third or even possibly Right Field to keep him off the bench. If Salvy needs to come out late in game, position swap MJ to Catcher and put someone else at Third or Right.
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You’re exactly right.
"That’s why Opening Day roster analysis is fun but ultimately not particularly useful." This was the main purpose of my latest FanPost. It’s always fun to speculate and say what we think will happen and should happen. More often than not though, these sort of things will sort themselves out in a way much different than we could predict this early on.
It definitely could
I expect the Royals to at the earliest, make or at least compete for and hopefully make the playoffs in 2023, meaning in the second year of Taylor’s new extension. As long as he is batting in the 8-9 spot and at least two of the young bats pan out then his defense is well worthy to stay at the bottom of the lineup on a potential playoff team to me.
What other Lineups should the Royals try out?
There’s so many possibilities for how this team looks next year, it’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out. I wonder if Kyle Isbel will be able to get many consistent starts next season now that Taylor has been extended, I loved what we saw from him in September.