Kansas City Royals All Time Starting Lineup

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The Kansas City Royals came into the league in 1969. They are one of the few organizations that has never experienced a name change. The organization has made 8 playoff appearances, won 3 pennant, and 1 world championship. They have retired 3 numbers. George Brett (5), manager Dick Howser (10), and Frank White (20).

Below is a lineup of the best single seasons by position. Each player is only eligible for one season so we picked their best season.

 

Catcher

Darrell Porter

Darrell Porter, 1979

Key Stats: 7.6 WAR, .291/.421/.484, 101 R, 155 H, 23 2B, 10 3B, 20 HR, 112 RBI, 121 BB (1st AL), .905 OPS, 13 SF, 1.8 dWAR, 47% CS

Awards: AL All-Star, 9th in MVP

 

First Base

John Mayberry, 1975

Key Stats: 7.2 WAR, .291/.416/.547, 95 R, 161 H, 38 2B, 1 3B, 34 HR, 106 RBI, 119 BB (1st AL), .963 OPS, 303 TB, 16 IBB

Awards: 2nd in MVP

 

Second Base

Jose Offerman, 1998

Key Stats: 5.3 WAR, .315/.403/.438, 102 R, 191 H, 28 2B, 13 3B (1st AL), 7 HR, 66 RBI, 45 SB, 89 BB, .841 OPS

 

Third Base

George Brett

George Brett, 1979

Key Stats: 8.6 WAR, .329/.376/.563, 119 R, 212 H (1st AL), 42 2B, 20 3B (1st AL), 23 HR, 107 RBI, 17 SB, 51 BB, .939 OPS, 363 TB, 14 IBB, 2.0 dWAR

Awards: AL All-Star, 3rd in MVP

 

Shortstop

Jay Bell, 1997

Key Stats: 5.4 WAR, .291/.368/.461, 89 R, 167 H, 28 2B, 3 3B, 21 HR, 92 RBI, 10 SB, 71 BB, .829 OPS, 2.0 dWAR

 

Left Field

Willie Wilson

Willie Wilson, 1980

Key Stats: 8.4 WAR, .326/.357/.421, 133 R (1st AL), 230 H (1st AL), 28 2B, 15 3B (1st AL), 3 HR, 49 RBI, 79 SB, .778 OPS, 2.2 dWAR

Awards: Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, 4th in MVP

 

Center Field

Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran, 2001

Key Stats: 6.4 WAR, .306/.362/.514, 106 R, 189 H, 32 2B, 12 3B, 24 HR, 101 RBI, 31 SB, 52 BB, .876 OPS, 317 TB

 

Right Field

Jermaine Dye, 2000

Key Stats: 4.6 WAR, .321/.390/.561, 107 R, 193 H, 41 2B, 2 3B, 33 HR, 118 RBI, 69 BB, .951 OPS, 337 TB, 11 outfield assists

Awards: AL All-Star, Gold Glove

 

Designated Hitter

Mike Sweeney

Mike Sweeney, 2000

Key Stats: 3.9 WAR, .333/.407/.523, 105 R, 206 H, 30 2B, 29 HR, 144 RBI, 8 SB, 71 BB, .930 OPS, 323 TB, 15 HBP (1st AL), 13 SF

Awards: AL All-Star

 

Starting Pitcher

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke, 2009

Key Stats: 10.4 WAR (1st AL), 16 Wins, 2.16 ERA (1st AL), 2.33 FIP (1st AL), 6 CG, 3 SHO, 229 1/3 IP, 242 K, 1.073 WHIP (1st AL), 0.4 HR/9 (1st AL), 9.5 K/9, 4.75 K/BB, .230 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, AL CY Young

 

Starting Pitcher

Bret Saberhagen, 1989

Key Stats: 9.7 WAR (1st AL), 23 Wins (1st AL), 2.16 ERA (1st AL), 2.45 FIP (1st AL), 12 CG (1st AL), 4 SHO, 262 1/3 IP (1st AL), 193 K, 0.961 WHIP (1st AL), 4.49 K/BB (1st AL), .217 BAA

Awards: Gold Glove, AL CY Young, 8th in MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Mark Gubicza, 1988

Key Stats: 7.7 WAR (1st AL), 20 Wins, 2.70 ERA, 2.93 FIP, 8 CG, 4 SHO, 269 2/3 IP, 183 K, 1.187 WHIP, 0.4 HR/9, 6.1 K/9, .234 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, 3rd in CY Young

 

Starting Pitcher

Kevin Appier

Kevin Appier, 1993

Key Stats: 9.2 WAR (1st AL), 18 Wins, 2.56 ERA (1st AL), 2.90 FIP (1st AL), 5 CG, 1 SHO, 238 2/3 IP, 186 K, 1.106 WHIP, 0.3 HR/9, 7.0 K/9, .212 BAA

Awards: 3rd in CY Young

 

Starting Pitcher

Dennis Leonard, 1977

Key Stats: 5.6 WAR, 20 Wins (1st AL), 3.04 ERA, 2.76 FIP, 21 CG, 5 SHO, 292 2/3 IP, 244 K, 1.110 WHIP, 7.5 K/9, .227 BAA

Awards: 4th in CY Young

 

Closer

Greg Holland

Greg Holland, 2013

Key Stats: 3.1 WAR, 47 SV, 1.21 ERA, 1.36 FIP, 68 G, 67 IP, 103 K, 0.866 WHIP, 5.4 H/9, 13.8 K/9, 5.72 K/BB, .170 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, 9th in CY Young

 

 

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