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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Kansas City Royals

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Kansas City Royals

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1 Billy Butler, 1B, Kansas City Royals
2 Chris Getz, 2B, Kansas City Royals
3 Alex Gordon, 3B, Kansas City Royals
4 Rick Ankiel, OF, Kansas City Royals
5 Scott Podsednik, OF, Kansas City Royals
6 David DeJesus, OF, Kansas City Royals
7 Gil Meche, SP, Kansas City Royals
8 Zack Greinke, SP, Kansas City Royals
9 Joakim Soria, RP, Kansas City Royals

Billy Butler, 1B, Kansas City Royals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5936917318871.292.368.435.803

Billy Butler's extra-base knack not a question. Career-best flyball percentage and improvements against righties support blossoming batting average. Clip improvement might be held back with likely-normalizing BABIP. As his fame grows, his draft stock will follow, which may sap some profit opportunity. A sound investment as a midrange mixed starter anyway.


Chris Getz, 2B, Kansas City Royals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
851121075.247.304.306.610

The Royals might squeeze in Alberto Callaspo and others, but fact Chris Getz was acquired in trade probably locks in starting gig. Steals are his best contribution - will he carry his aggression from the South Side? Has high-level contact background, so an uptick in average possible. He's a replaceable middie in deep mixed and a low-end AL starter.


Alex Gordon, 3B, Kansas City Royals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
56871159198810.280.349.460.809

Alex Gordon had hip surgery (similar to Alex Rodriguez), so may still be trying to work his way back. Injury probable contributor to low BABIP. Still registered high flyball, HR/FB and contact numbers. Discount alert (with small risk); profit gains alluring as mixed corner infielder, especially if post-hype prospect's running comfort returns. 


Rick Ankiel, OF, Kansas City Royals
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Rick Ankiel's ineptitude versus lefties hurts his overall contribution and might cost him playing time. Ankiel's walk and contact rates tanked, too. Though his flyball growth might have been hidden below an abnormally low HR/FB, he's moving to a terrible park for homers. The dingers column is his best bet, and unfortunately that's in jeopardy. AL-only drafters should pay modestly if they need to fill out a five-outfielder lineup.


Scott Podsednik, OF, Kansas City Royals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Need swipes? Scott Podsednik could be a post-draft bench option in deep mixed. His flyballs jumped a bit while his success rate on flyballs jumped. Pods' new park should suppress his already meager home run potential, and his biggest red flag, his BABIP, should return him to something around a .270 average, at best.


David DeJesus, OF, Kansas City Royals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
480661229456.254.328.385.713

At least David DeJesus is safe in his mediocre offerings across the board: something around .280, 10 home runs and 10 steals. This settle option fills rosters but doesn't fulfill fantasy dreams. His stability is worth a few extra bucks in AL leagues just for his playing time.


Gil Meche, SP, Kansas City Royals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Gil Meche hit the groundballs running, but back and shoulder injuries, along with arm fatigue, stalled him. Strand rate was short of career norms, so that should improve and supplement his OK dominance. He's fighting shoulder issues and might miss time to start the season, but he's an arm with relatively stable skills that could fill out a deep bench, mixed or AL.


Zack Greinke, SP, Kansas City Royals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
14019116467521743.161.13

Improved changeup, polished command helped things click. HR/FB will probably return to normal and wins should drop, but that doesn't make Zack Greinke a fluke. Two-year groundball success points to him remaining among the top 10 mixed starters. Even with regression taken into account, you'll probably still have to overpay for his roto aceness.


Joakim Soria, RP, Kansas City Royals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
43560482020683.001.13

Joakim Soria was often used for more than an inning just to get work in. He relied less on his fastball and upped his dominance as a result. Soria's high strand rates look to be normal. His climbing flyball and HR/FB percentages - and free-pass rate - should be red flags, but the dominant Soria has enough skills to compensate. He's a legit No. 1 mixed closer, arguably in the top five.