Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 2/21/12
Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez is the only offseason addition to the Royals' rotation, which was an Achilles' heel last year. Kansas City's starters compiled a 45-65 record and a 4.82 earned run average a year ago. The Royals had only two complete games in 2012 and neither was nine innings. Right-hander Luke Hochevar, the first pick of the 2006 draft, left-hander Bruce Chen, who led the club in victories the last two years, and Sanchez, who pitched a no-hitter in 2009 for the Giants, head the rotation, which needs to improve if the Royals are to be serious contenders in the American League Central. The offense should be sufficient to win many games after a strong finish to last season. In the final 66 games, the Royals batted .293 with a .335 on-base percentage and a .391 slugging percentage. Three rookies, first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and catcher Salvador Perez, and outfielders Alex Gordon, Melky Cabrera and Jeff Francoeur, plus designated hitter Billy ...
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