Kansas City Royals Best Single Seasons

This is a list of the Kansas City Royals best single seasons. I decided to select two players for each infield position, six outfielders (regardless of specific position), and one designated hitter for each AL team. Hitters had to play at least 51% of games at their position. For pitching, we selected seven starting pitchers, three non-closers, and two closers. Starting pitchers had to start at least 20 games during the selected season. Relief pitchers were deemed non-closers if they saved less than 10 games. Closers are pitchers that save more than 10 games.


  • Catcher – Darrell Porter, 1979

  • Darrell Porter
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    144 .399 7.5 157 679 101 155 23 10 20 112 3 121 65 .291 .421 .484 .905

  • First Base – John Mayberry, 1975

  • John Mayberry
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    166 .427 7.2 156 683 95 161 38 1 34 106 5 119 73 .291 .416 .547 .963

  • Second Base – Jose Offerman, 1998

  • Jose Offerman
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    121 .375 5.3 158 709 102 191 28 13 7 66 45 89 96 .315 .403 .438 .841

  • Third Base – George Brett, 1980

  • George Brett
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    198 .478 9.4 117 515 87 175 33 9 24 118 15 58 22 .390 .454 .664 1.118

  • Shortstop – Jay Bell, 1997

  • Jay Bell
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    116 .364 5.4 153 660 89 167 28 3 21 92 10 71 101 .291 .368 .461 .829

  • Outfield – Amos Otis, 1978

  • Amos Otis
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    150 .397 7.4 141 567 74 145 30 7 22 96 32 66 54 .298 .380 .525 .905

  • Outfield – Alex Gordon, 2011

  • Alex Gordon
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    140 .382 7.2 151 690 101 185 45 4 23 87 17 67 139 .303 .376 .502 .879

  • Outfield – Danny Tartabull, 1991

  • Danny Tartabull
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    168 .430 4.4 132 557 78 153 35 3 31 100 6 65 121 .316 .397 .593 .990

  • Designated Hitter – Hal McRae, 1976

  • Hal McRae
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    154 .395 4.6 149 609 75 175 34 5 8 73 22 64 43 .332 .407 .461 .868

  • Starting Pitcher – Zack Greinke, 2009

  • Zack Greinke
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    48 10.4 33 33 16 8 2.16 229.1 6 3 0 64 55 51 242 9.5 1.073

  • Starting Pitcher – Bret Saberhagen, 1989

  • Bret Saberhagen
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    53 9.7 36 35 23 6 2.16 262.1 12 4 0 74 63 43 193 6.6 0.961

  • Starting Pitcher – Kevin Appier, 1993

  • Kevin Appier
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    58 9.2 34 34 18 8 2.56 238.2 5 1 0 74 68 81 186 7.0 1.106

  • Starting Pitcher – David Cone, 1994

  • David Cone
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    60 6.8 23 23 16 5 2.94 171.2 4 3 0 60 56 54 132 6.9 1.072

  • Starting Pitcher – Mark Gubicza, 1988

  • Mark Gubicza
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    68 7.7 35 35 20 8 2.70 269.2 8 4 0 94 81 83 183 6.1 1.187

  • Relief Pitcher – Wade Davis, 2014

  • Wade Davis
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    26 3.7 71 0 9 2 1.00 72 0 0 3 8 8 23 109 13.6 0.847

  • Relief Pitcher – Kelvin Herrera, 2014

  • Kelvin Herrera
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    36 2.8 70 0 4 3 1.41 70 0 0 0 12 11 26 59 7.6 1.143

  • Closer – Greg Holland, 2013

  • Greg Holland
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    30 3.1 68 0 2 1 1.21 67 0 0 47 11 9 18 103 13.8 0.866

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