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David Lesky

I never had a chance. I was born into a family who loved baseball and the Royals, so I accordingly love baseball and the Royals. I just so happen to love to write also, which makes writing about the Royals for this site something that makes me happy each and every day. When I first started blogging, a fairly well known baseball writer told me to only do it until I'm unhappy doing it, but I don't see that coming any time soon.

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    My prediction for top 25 (barring further trade or signing):

    Starting Pitchers = Shields, Guthrie, Davis, Santana, Hochevar (only because of what DM and NY have made clear).
    Relief Pitchers = Mendoza, Chen, Crow, Collins, Herrara, Gutierrez (based on winter league and again DM/NY statements).
    Closer = Holland
    Catchers = Perez, Hayes (for about 2 months, then Pina or trade)
    Infield = Hosmer, Getz, Escobar, Moustakas, Tejada (I think NY assumes he can back up all 3 spots).
    Outfield = Gordon, Cain, Francoeur, Dyson, Nady.

    Waivers and then Omaha (hopefully) = Moscoso and Abreu
    Assigned to Omaha = Smith, Adcock, Teaford, Coleman, Bueno, Falu, Giavotella, Lough.

    Moscoso will be a risk and would rather see Bueno than Gutierrez to put 3 lefties in pen but think NY will want Gutierrez. Giavotella’s only hope is a trade. He has no chance as long as NY is around. Lough must hit his way ahead of Nady. Will be a good battle. I agree with you that Falu could play SS in a pinch but for some reason NY does not favor Irving and will take Tejada. But I only expect Tejada to last until Colon comes up in late June as soon as the Super 2 date passes.

    The 5th starting spot is Hochevar’s to lose but if he does falter, Mendoza, Moscoso, Smith or Chen will be there to immediately step in so no loss.

    The big problem will come with the bench. Tejada, Hayes, Nady and Dyson will not scare anyone late in games and it will cost KC some late inning runs and wins. Hopefully they will correct. Still think DM could package a deal of 3 pitchers (plenty to choose from) for Colvin, Fowler, Eaton or Pollack and get a solid platoon outfielder for Frenchy and backup for Cain. Guess we will see if DM is willing. Also, hopefully NY sticks with 12 pitchers now that he has innings eaters or Nady will also miss out and that will further decimate the already limited bench. That will be an interesting battle to watch as well.

    All in all, this team is solid in pitching and starting 9. Their weakness will show if injuries hit critical spots or late in games with tie scores. Still this squad should get to 500 at the break and then see what they find at trade deadline for some bench help.

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    Just for fun, Salvador Perez’s OPS in winter league is currently 1.041, he may not continue his spectacular hitting numbers, but I definitely now give him the benefit of the doubt that he will be a significantly above average hitter, which given his defensive abilities makes him pretty much the best bet to see some all star games among the royals young players. He is probably the player I’m most excited to see in 2013.

    Tejeda is depressing if he opens the season in KC mostly as a waste of money. I had been starting to think they were leaving second base kind of open for Colon to claim in spring training. He is also doing very well in winter league.

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