• After 47 Royals seasons, there have been 47 player-seasons in which a Royals hitter attained a 120 or better OPS+ and qualified for the batting title. Zero players pulled it off in 2013 and 2014, but four KC batsmen broke out this year: Cain (126), Hosmer (122), Morales (128), and Moustakas (120). 1972 and 1989 are the only other seasons with four qualified KC batsmen performing so well. If Alex Gordon had been able to get about 80 more PAs to qualify, there might have been a new team record of five. Click here for a year-by-year breakdown of the 120+ club.

 

    • Jarrod Dyson played in his sixth season for the Royals, and has had positive wins above average (WAA) every year. The only other Royals to put together six or more consecutive seasons with WAA in the black are in the team Hall of Fame: Kevin Appier, Willie Wilson, Amos Otis, George Brett, Dan Quisenberry, and Jeff Montgomery. In Dyson’s first two seasons, he only played 18 and 26 games, so those hardly count, but the larger point is that Dyson has been quietly, consistently brilliant in a part-time role. It could be that he is under-utilized by Ned Yost, but it is also possible the KC brain-trust is correctly guessing that he is most valuable as a part-timer. He is certainly good enough to be an every-day outfielder for plenty of teams, but has found himself part of deep outfields in KC. Oddly, his incredible speed might be leading to more bench time, assuming Yost likes to have the option to use him as a pinch runner at crucial times. He’s been a hell of a player flying under the radar for quite some time though.

 

    • Baseball-Reference.com says Omar Infante hit seven triples to lead the team this year. Is that possible? I figured his combination of seven triples and a 49 OPS+ had to be pretty rare, and I was correct. It is the fourth lowest OPS+ in a season with at least seven triples ever, and the lowest since 1930. The 49 OPS+ is also the third worst season in Royals history by a batter with at least 400 PAs (after Neifi Perez (44) and Jose Lind (47)).

 

    • The Royals were 27-for-29 when attempting to steal third base.

 

    • Lorenzo Cain became the seventh Royals position player to post 7+ rWAR in a season, following George Brett, Willie Wilson, Darrell Porter, Amos Otis, Alex Gordon, and John Mayberry.

 

    • Eric Hosmer and Alcides Escobar became the 22nd and 23rd Royals players to amass 1,000+ total bases with KC.

 

    • Alex became the 11th Royal with 500+ RBI. Alex also joined Frank White as the only two players to strike out at least 1,000 times with KC.

 

    • Hosmer became the 19th Royal to reach base 1,000 or more times.

 

    • Greg Holland became the seventh hurler to appear in 300 games.

 

    • The pitching staff threw 23,629 pitches. 56% of those pitches were fastballs, thrown at an average of 93 MPH, the third fastest in the AL. 12% of the pitches were curve balls, which was the second highest rate of benders thrown in the AL.

 

    • Dyson, Escobar, and Cain continue to be fantastic base stealers. Not necessarily that they steal a ton of bases, but, more importantly, their rates of successes to attempts is elite. Along with Carlos Beltran and Willie Wilson, they make up the top five success rates in team history (minimum 80 attempts). All hail Rusty Kuntz.

 

    • Only Jose Altuve put more balls in play than Alcides Escobar. 553 of Escobar’s 662 plate appearances ended with a ball in play. The team put 119 more balls in play than any other squad. They were the only team to not strike out 1,000 times.

 

    • The team spent more time in first place than any previous Royals season, and were never more than a game out of first. They were the first Royals squad to never drop below .500 at any point in the season. Their longest losing streak was just four games, tying the team record (for a full season) achieved in 1977 and 2003.