His name makes him sound like a member of socialite royalty who summers at his family’s beach house in the Hamptons, but Whit Merrifield is actually a late-blooming breakout star for the Kansas City Royals. A product of the Carolinas, Merrifield grew up in North before attending college in South. KC selected him in the 9th round (269 overall) of the 2010 draft and he toiled for nearly seven seasons in the minors before being called up.
All he’s done in 1,669 plate appearances since is slash .293/.342/.437 with a mere 16.4 percent strikeout rate and a WAR total that has taken big leaps forward each season. Merrifield has got speed to burn, swiping 79 bases while being caught only 18 times over the last two seasons. He’s also got defensive versatility for days, logging at least 46 innings at each of five positions in that time.
Primarily a second baseman, Merrifield can slide to first or handle all three outfield spots with ease. He’s also a top-of-the-order hitter who has logged a vast majority of his plate appearances in the leadoff spot. Put it all together and you can see why so many Cubs fans are stanning for a trade that …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider