As the Kansas City Royals marketing department looks for the nearest rock to hide under—the fan base is left wondering what happened to “Our Time.” Who’s to blame? Lack of talent? An owner who doesn’t open the pocket book? Or that nasty 12 game losing streak.
When Dayton Moore came to Kansas City, spoke of a team that made a fan base thirst for something they hadn’t seen in over two decades. Owner David Glass spoke of building a strong farm system and building a Royals team that would contend for the American League Central and for a playoff berth.
For the most part, Moore has stuck to his word developing one of the best and most admired farm systems in the league. Loaded with prospects, Moore drafted current major leaguers Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and many others seen in the Royals current lineup.
On the other hand Moore has yet to get the Royals to the playoffs, let alone a winning season.
The first month of games has been played and the Royals are sitting at the bottom of the American League Central with a record of 6 and 15. There was no bigger disappointment in MLB except for Albert Pujols not hitting a home run. Things look bleak and it’s definitely not “Our Time.”
However, with the infusion of young talent, one has to look at this roster and still believe there is hope. For the playoffs, probably not but what is important is that these players are gaining ever-so-valuable playing time. Enough playing time will help many young ball players.
The show is a rough one. Look at Alex Gordon for example. Gordon was nearly written off until last season. Now Gordon has cashed in on a healthy extension to stay in Kansas City.
One thing is still missing from the Royals roster. Quality pitching. When a team sends out Scott Elarton or Bruce Chen on opening day, you know there are serious issues.
The Royals will need to continue addressing this need through the draft and the farm system. Danny Duffy and Aaron Crow will need more seasoning but both players are showing their abilities off while they develop into quality players.
Hosmer, Butler, and Moustakas are going to be key guys for the Royals along with Crow and Duffy. This season may not be “Our Time” for Royals fans but there is still hope. Keep believing it might not be too early to think about 2013 being “Our Time.”