2015 AL Central Preview: Kansas City Royals
Mar 10, 2015; Surprise, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Greg Holland (56) on the mound during a spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox at Surprise Stadium. The White Sox beat the Royals 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
How many teams can say they have three relievers to make at least 65 appearances and have ERAs under 1.50?
The answer? Just the Royals.
Greg Holland, Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera dominated all season. Holland was 46-48 in save opportunities and Davis and Herrera didn’t allow a home run all season.
The Royals also return Jason Frasor who gave them strong production after being acquired midseason from the Texas Rangers.
Because of the success of Brandon Finnegan in the postseason, many expected him to return to the Royals bullpen this season. Instead the Royals see more value in him as a starter and will continue to let him develop as one in the minor leagues.
So to round out the bullpen the Royals Chris Young and added lefties Franklin Morales and Brian Flynn.
Young had a strong season in the Seattle Mariners rotation and will be the go-to option if the another starter is needed at some point. Both of the lefties are coming off of disappointing seasons spent mostly as a starter and hope a full season in relief will help them see results.
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