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Yordano Ventura
Yordano Ventura
Ed Zurga

I am now working on the Atlanta Braves Top 20 Prospects list for 2015. The next team on the agenda is the Kansas City Royals, to be followed by the San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, and the Texas Rangers.

Use this thread to discuss the American League champion Kansas City Royals. Some possible items for discussion include, but are not limited to,

***So GM Dayton Moore got the Royals to the Seventh Game of the World Series: the trades worked. What's your take on how long it will take them to return? Is this team a favorite for the post-season again entering 2015? If not, why not, and what should they do about it?

***Related to the first question, what do you see for Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas going forward? Will they live up to their potential in the long run the way that Alex Gordon eventually did?

***Internal options to replace James Shields?  Is Yordano Ventura ready to anchor the staff?

***What do you do with Brandon Finnegan to open 2015? Does he go back to the minors? Into the rotation? Or do you keep him in the bullpen?

***Do you retain hope in Bubba Starling? And is it realistic hope?

***As always, feel free to discuss your sleepers and overlooked Royals prospects.