Out of left field: It’s time to embrace the rebuild again


The Royals are in a rebuilding phase, and that may not surprise very many. It was very obvious from the last game of the 2017 season, and now there is nothing that can stop it.

After one of the worst starts to a season, the Royals are currently in the basement not only in the AL Central, but they are last in the American League.

The cold Royals’ bats have started to wake up in recent days while the team has been competing late in games. Surprisingly the Royals have only been shut out once this season.

If the pitching staff could actually hang on to a lead, the Royals would have a fight in the AL Central. Pitching has been a critical issue for Kansas City and currently have one of the worst ERAs in baseball.

I hate to say this, but there is a good possibility of a yard sale in Kansas City before the All-Star break and Mike Moustakas could be on the first plane out to a playoff competitor.

Just three years ago, the Royals reached the pinnacle of baseball, but there was more to it than just the 2015 run. The team drafted top quality guys who had passion for the game and the will to win.

It is time for Dayton Moore to show his baseball mind and try to do it again with a new core.

For some Kansas City Royals fans, this may seem like a broken record, but we have some good players coming up through the farm system. Whit Merrifield and Jake Junis are leading the new core of players coming up from Omaha. Third baseman Hunter Dozier, first baseman Frank Schwindal, and Outfielder Bubba Starling could get the call to the majors come September.

It will give these players a chance to gain some quality experience at the major league level.

Yes, the Royals are going to lose a lot of games, especially with this pitching staff, and yes, it’s going to be difficult, but like our friends in Philadelphia, “trust the process.”

I’m not saying that the Royals will reach the playoffs next year, but I’m saying it won’t be 29 years of frustration before the Royals are playing in October.

Cody Friesen is a junior in human development and family science.The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian.Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.