Found June 01, 2012 on Crown Crazed:
As the Royals’ season began, many personnel, analysts, and fans across the nation saw Kansas City as a team on the cusp of a breakthrough. Possessing a team with mounds of young talent—Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, Salvador Perez, Johnny Giavotella, Danny Duffy, Alex Gordon, Billy Butler—Kansas City had finally identified a core on which it could build a constant contender in the American League. Playing in the weakest division in all of baseball, many pundits saw an opportunity, a la the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays, for the Royals to breakthrough and win the division and push for a World Series title.Yet, the Royals had one glaring problem—starting pitching. Failing to acquire an undisputed ace to the staff, or even a solid number 2, the Royals fielded a rotation headed by career vagabond Bruce Chen, former number one pick Luke Hochevar, and centerpiece offseason acquisition Jonathan Sanchez. The rest of the rotation would be filled out with Danny Duffy, a promising prospec...
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