The Star’s Man Sam – Sam Mellinger – says the Royals newest youth movement (No. 9 million) is working.
Sam wrote a long story yesterday about how well it may work out for our soon-to-be division champs. All they need is two more pitchers (starters) and we’ve got the rest.
Lets see, last I checked the Royals, having brought up nearly the entire Triple A team, were in dead last place with the worst record in the American League. Oh yeah, second worst in all of baseball. The Royals have a good shot at losing 100 games and almost surely 90-plus.
Oh, almost forgot – miracles do happen!
Coming to the rescue for the Royals is Eric Hosmer. Hosmer, after a nice start, has a .268 batting average and is still stuck on 5 homers with no timely hitting.
He looks more like the second coming of Alex Gordon than the next Derek Jeter.
The rest of the team – oh, brother – there’s Mike Moussakas batting .263 with that one silly homer from nine years ago. And goofball pitcher Danny Duffy is 1-2 with a 4.61 ERA.
Yeah, the Royals are looking good, alright. What do I think?
With luck, within 5 years and buying a couple or 10 pitchers, they finish second and win 88 games.
Eric Hosmer was the talk of the league for about one day. He was the team’s likely All-Star. As usual we will have one. But that dubious title will go to Soria or Gordon now.
The only Royal who is having a truly nice year is Alex Gordon.
He’s always around .300 with fair power and a great outfielder. But he should be our fourth or fifth best player with these numbers. He also has 44 RBIs and likely will break 100 RBIs (when was the last decade that happened for a Royal?).
So yes, Alex is turning into a good solid everyday player after only 500 years of working to get there.
As for Billy Butler, well, Sam had a take on him too; he’s the "under appreciated" Billy Butler.
Here’s my take: Butler is, SO GOD DAMN BORING!
OK, so he hits right around .300 (on the nose). That’s about it though. He can’t field. He’s overweight. He’s got no power – none – just 6 homers. And he hits into more double plays than there are midtown DUI checkpoints.
Thus far, he’s good trade bait and that’s about it.
So like Sam says, be patient Royals fans. Within 5 years we will be AVERAGE.