Spring Training is still over a month away, however, it is never too early for some 2021 Royals predictions. This time, predicting the team’s starting lineup for the 2021 season.
This off-season, the Kansas City Royals signed multiple free agents that were on the market. They signed Mike Minor, Carlos Santana, and Michael A. Taylor in December. With these additions, the Royals now have options for their lineup. Don’t expect this lineup to be correct, as it is still early January. Kansas City now has multiple players who can play both infield and outfield and also have added more power to their lineup over the past months.
2021 Royals Predictions: Roster Breakdown
These 2021 Royals predictions on the clubs’ lineup are not going to be easy. With the loss of Alex Gordon due to retirement, KC has three to four players currently battling for outfield positions.
Newly signee Michael A. Taylor will more than likely be manning centerfield in Kauffman Stadium in 2021. Whit Merrifield will see some playing time at second base throughout the season, despite this, expect most of his playing time spent in right field. As for left, both players the Royals acquired from San Diego are battling for left field. Franchy Cordero and Edward Olivares will duke it out throughout spring training but expect Cordero to win this position battle.
The infield seems set but there is still a question mark at third base. Hunter Dozier most likely will move back to the infield full-time after spending 2020 seeing playing time in right field, first base, and some third base.
Adalberto Mondesi will look to stay healthy and be the every-day shortstop for Kansas City, while Gold Glove finalist Nicky Lopez will spend his third season at second base for the Royals. As for first, Kansas City signed Carlos Santana and will use him as a power bat in the middle of the order.
Obviously, Salvador Perez will be the man behind the dish for the Royals. Perez had a great 2020 season after missing all of 2019 due to injury, however, his contract is set to expire soon so expect that to be talked about over the next couple of months. As for DH, 2019 AL home run leader, Jorge Soler will take that role, as well as seeing some time in right field.
Projected Starting Lineup
Here is my 2021 Royals predictions for the clubs projected starting lineup.
- Whit Merrifield, RF
- Aldalberto Mondesi, SS
- Salvador Perez, C
- Jorge Soler, DH
- Carlos Santana, 1B
- Hunter Dozier, 3B
- Franchy Cordero, LF
- Nicky Lopez, 2B
- Michael A. Taylor, CF
The Royals have a strong top half of the batting order, however, some question marks are surrounding the bottom half. Franchy Cordero needs to stay healthy in 2021 to keep that starting outfield job. Nicky Lopez also needs to prove he can hit Major League pitching in 2021. Michael A. Taylor is coming off a rough 2020 season with the Nationals.
Expect the top six spots in the lineup to stay the same, but the bottom three spots could change rapidly throughout the 2021 season.
Royals manager Mike Matheny has options in 2021. This is still a young ballclub and is still maturing. If the Royals don’t add another bat the rest of the offseason, expect this to be the lineup for Opening Day come April 1st.
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