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Homegrown Team: Kansas City Royals

Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:30 pm

By Matt Snyder

What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

Long a punching bag for fans and media alike, the Kansas City Royals have become a darling in recent years due to their strong farm system. We keep hearing about how they'll be a World Series caliber team by 2014 and the first wave of strong talent hit the bigs in 2011 -- with Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas leading the charge. There's more on the way, too. For the purposes of this exercise, though, the Royals get to add two All-Star veterans to the lineup who have long since departed. Oh, and they get back an aloof ace.


1. Alex Gordon, LF
2. Johnny Damon, RF
3. Eric Hosmer, 1B
4. Carlos Beltran, CF
5. Billy Butler, DH
6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
7. Salvador Perez, C
8. Johnny Giavotella, 2B
9. Mike Aviles, SS

Starting Rotation

1. Zack Greinke
2. Luke Hochevar
3. Aaron Crow
4. Danny Duffy
5. Chad Durbin


Closer - J.P. Howell
Set up - Jeremy Affeldt, Greg Holland, Blake Wood, Tim Byrdak, Mike MacDougal
Long - Louis Coleman

Notable Bench Players

Matt Treanor, Kila Ka'aihue, Mark Ellis, David DeJesus, Mitch Maier, Jarrod Dyson

What's Good?

That really looks like a nice lineup. There's obviously some growing up to be done in the 6-7-8 spots, but that's a lot easier done when the top five spots are that strong. And remember, Wil Myers is on the way ...

What's Not?

With Beltran and Damon getting up into their high-30s, the outfield defense would lack range. Of course, DeJesus and Dyson are both available off the bench as late-inning defensive replacements, so the situation wouldn't be dire. There is no real closer, but that's a bit overrated anyway. And the starting rotation leaves something to be desired, for now, until Crow and Duffy prove their worth and some of the other prospects (like John Lamb and Mike Montgomery) start to arrive.

Comparison to real 2011

It's actually pretty similar, aside from a few huge names. These Royals have Beltran and Damon instead of Melky Cabrera and Jeff Francoeur, while Greinke has been thrown atop the rotation. Those are upgrades and, remember, the real-life Royals didn't get full seasons out of many of their young players. It's reasonable to put this squad above .500 and maybe even lingering around in the playoff chase into August.

Up Next: Atlanta Braves

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Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 3:04 pm

Homegrown Team: Kansas City Royals

What is this based on, players of the last 10 years only?  Hellofalotta players missing from all of these "homegrown" teams!

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:56 pm
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Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:55 pm

Homegrown Team: Kansas City Royals

Great series.   Royals line up really highlights one of their problems in the last decade + ----- aside from Greinke, they are inept at selecting developing pitchers.   

Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:26 pm

Homegrown Team: Kansas City Royals

Although Jermaine Dye was not drafted by the Royals his career did not start to really take off till he was in KC. I was talking about ex-royals who left to go onto bigger and better things such as Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran and in that case I would take Dye over either one of them.

Regardless of what you say I still do not see any reason why I would be positive about the line-up and rotation mentioned. The Royals well yet again be average at best, and even if some players like Alex Gordon or Hosmer continue to play well they will not be able to spend the money to keep them around and will leave right as they are about to peek.

If I am not mistaken George Brett won a World Series with KC, neither Damon or Beltran were able to do that because they did not want to stick around your god for saken franchise.

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 3:19 pm

Homegrown Team: Kansas City Royals

You know what's sad?  There are only a few ex-Royals's playing in the big leagues that can make the list.  You know what's exciting?    There are only a few ex-Royals's playing in the big leagues that can make the list. 

There are a lot of homegrown talent thats here now like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustalkas, Aaron Crow, and company.  And like the article points out, there is much more coming.  Wil Myers blew up in the Arizona Fall League and is on a crash course for the Royals by the end of 2012.

There is a lot of talk about how the Royals will be competitive next year, but, they will win the American League Central.  And you can say you heard it here first!

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:07 pm

Homegrown Team: Kansas City Royals

thanks dragon, you stole my thunder. who's dumb, dumb, dumb i love it when people comment and belittle people and have no clue themself.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:31 am

Homegrown Team: Kansas City Royals

Future Cub  superstar...well you have said what is exactly wrong with the Cubs.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:29 am

Homegrown Team: Kansas City Royals

I think you need to re-read the qualifications of the article before you spout your mouth off. Not that I agree with all of the selections but, the only person who is dumb, dumb, dumb is you for saying Dye should be on the team simply for this fact alone:  He was selected by Atlanta in the 17th round of the 1993 amateur draft. In order to make the list you must be DRAFTED by the Royals...again and to repeat you dumb, dumb, dumb!!!

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:22 am

Homegrown Team: Kansas City Royals

Plus if I was going to have any ex-royal I would take Jermaine Dye.

Only problem with that is Dye has not been active since 2009.  If the article was talking active/non-active players don't you think George Brett would be in the starting lineup?

Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:48 am

Homegrown Team: Kansas City Royals

This is not even wishful thinking...It is a poor rotation and an at best average line-up. This article is stupid and I have no idea who permitted you to write this, but they should be fired. Plus if I was going to have any ex-royal I would take Jermaine Dye. Royals need runs not an aging broken down Johnny Damon or Carlos Beltran.

When is the last time Carlos Beltran did anything productive. He was completely irrelevant in San Fran last season and for multiple seasons before that with the Mets.

Dumb Dumb Dumb Dumb Dumb!

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