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KC Royals: Gabriel Cancel needs a breakout season

At times, Gabriel Cancel offers things the KC Royals need. He has some power, some speed, and some versatility.

Inconsistency, though, has marked Cancel’s progression through the Royals’ minor league chain. It’s a trait not uncommon to a lot of other players in the organization, but one that may block his path to the major leagues unless his performance stabilizes soon. A breakout 2020 campaign could be a must.

Cancel started his pro career slowly in 2015, hitting .209 in 34 Arizona Rookie level games. He fared far better with KC’s Burlington Appalachian League (Rookie) club in 2016 with a career-best full season average of .