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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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    I agree fully with your assessment, however, I still think Luke will be the #5 starter unless he pitches himself out of it in spring training. Luke will get every possible chance and then some because of his #1 draft pick and Dayton’s fear of Scott Boras.

    Chen proved he can do long relief as well as starting so think he gets Teaford’s role. I agree Will Smith ends back in Omaha fighting with a full roster of starters for game time. Adcock may also end back in Omaha, replaced by Mendoza who should be the #5 and probably will be #4 if Santana runs into any early trouble. I still see Santana as a Sanchez level risk.

    Moscoso is an enigma and will be very interesting to watch in spring training.

    My biggest fear though is Ned Yost will again keep 13 pitchers only because he has too many to choose from when in fact he should only need 12 now that he has several innings eaters in the rotation. That is why I still see a trade of a couple of pitchers for a power hitting outfielder as a possibility between now and April.

    Finally, I will disagree with you on one thing. I bet the Royals start with a 5 man rotation and stay with it all of April, only because they will want Hochevar to get his regular turns.

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    David Lesky

    Good call. I had him written down and forgot to mention him. I’ve added him. Thanks for the heads up.

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    I noticed you omitted Will Smith from this discussion. I would place him as the 7th or 8th starter.

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