I actually wasn't too far off on Kendall but that's just because he's been so consistent in his mediocrity. His OPS the last four years (.610 .651 .636 .615) are a head turner in that he stunk but also averaged 529 plate appearances a season.
Butler had an odd year but a good year. I think a lot of people focused entirely too much on the double plays* and missed the fact that his SO% (15.3 to 11.5) decreased while his BB% increased (8.6 to 10.2). His OPS+ of 134 was the highest by a Royal since Mike Sweeney's 148 way back in 2002. He didn't take the step forward power-wise that I thought he would but I didn't foresee the 26 point jump in his OBP% either.
*Butler became the fourth player since 1901 to hit into 30+ double plays while having an OPS+ of 130 or higher, the other three are all hall of famers (Ernie Lombardi 1938, Dave Winfield 1983, Jim Rice 1983).
I guess missing his OPS by 7 points is pretty good but I didn't see 16 home runs coming at all. He is still a terrible baseball player, despite the many man crushes that fans developed after one of his grand slams (little bro I'm looking at you).
Predicting a Gordon breakout has become a spring tradition for me. I suppose I'll eventually be right but it's possible he won't be a Royal when/if it finally happens.
A fluke injury derailed the best season of DDJ's career and cost Moore a potential trading chip. The guy seems to be under-rated every year and, yes, I was guilty of it too. His career 108 OPS+ ranks 7th among Royals with 3500+ PA's.
My newest goal in life is to never type the name Willie Bloomquist again. Starting now.
He had a much better season than I thought he would. That's all I have to say about that.
I think it's sometimes easy to forget what 12 million dollars looks like. Soak it in!
After being virtually ignored the first five months of the season Pena hit .309/.349/.432 in 86 September PA's. Managerial-misplaced faith in an aging and ineffective Kendall robbed Pena of what could have been a fine season.
Getz had an awful year which had the nice side effect of resurrecting the career of Mike Aviles. I expect Aviles to start at second base next year with Getz in a utility role.
I never got around to projecting pitchers, good thing too because I would've missed bad on Greinke and Hochevar.