The 2016 Major League Baseball season officially begins on April 3 — and that means its time to make some bold predictions for the year ahead. And no one has a better read on the world of baseball than Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci. In a series of videos previewing the season ahead, Verducci looks at every team and makes the case for division winners, players to watch, and clubs that will have some difficulties.
Here, Verducci breaks down the American League Central, where 2015 World Series champs the Kansas City Royals will look to repeat.
Keep your 2016 MLB prep going by checking out his other divisional previews:
American League: AL East | NL Central | AL West
National League: NL East | NL Central | NL West