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Brandon Moss | Designated Hitter | #37

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 8 (0) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Brandon Moss hit his sixth home run of the season in a win over the Orioles on Saturday.
The homer was his second in as many games. It was a big one, too, breaking a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning to give the Royals a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Moss is still having a miserable year by most offensive standards, batting .159/.235/.375, but the power is never in question. May 13 - 11:05 PM

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Brandon Moss slugged a long solo homer Friday against the Orioles.

The ball traveled 456 feet to the fountain in right-center field. The power isn't a question, but making contact has been a real issue for him. Moss is batting just .155 with 35 strikeouts in 84 at-bats. Five of his 13 hits have been home runs.
May 12 - 11:23 PM

Brandon Moss went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts Friday against the Indians.

Moss went without a strikeout in four straight games coming in Friday’s action, but he has still struck out 27 times in 79 plate appearances this season while putting up a .159/.253/.333 batting line. The Royals have hung in there with him against right-handed starters, but it’s fair to wonder if he’ll lose at-bats once Jorge Soler (oblique) comes off the disabled list.
May 5 - 11:57 PM

Brandon Moss hit his third homer Tuesday in garbage time against the White Sox.

It came off Chris Beck down 10-3 in the ninth, but Moss will take it. He struck out twice more tonight after entering the game with strikeouts in six straight at-bats.
Apr 26 - 1:17 AM

Brandon Moss finished 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk on Monday versus the A's.

Moss had an excellent spring training, but he's batting .063 with a .536 OPS through five regular-season games. Kansas City mustered just three hits (and zero runs) Monday in its home opener at Kauffman Stadium.
Apr 10 - 7:12 PM

Brandon Moss is back in the Royals' lineup Thursday in the designated hitter spot.

Moss was on the bench Wednesday with the Twins throwing left-hander Hector Santiago. Manager Ned Yost is going back to his Opening Day lineup on Thursday.
Apr 6 - 10:36 AM

Brandon Moss went 2-for-3 with his fourth home run of the spring Tuesday in the Royals' 7-4 Cactus League win over the White Sox.

The solo homer was a no-doubter off Chris Volstad in the bottom of the fourth inning. Moss is batting .302 with a .949 OPS this year in the Cactus League as he prepares himself to serve as Kansas City's primary designated hitter. The veteran slugger signed a two-year, $12 million free agent contract with the Royals in late January.
Mar 28 - 7:03 PM

Brandon Moss finished 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in the Royals' 8-7 Cactus League win over the Angels on Sunday.

Moss took J.C. Ramirez yard in the fourth inning and also added two singles. He is projected to serve as the Royals' primary designated hitter in 2017 after signing a two-year, $12 million free agent contract in late January. The veteran slugger has some deep-league fantasy appeal.
Mar 26 - 7:41 PM

Brandon Moss went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Indians.

Moss was dealing with lower back stiffness early in March, but it looks like he is past that, now. He connected for a three-run home run off Bryan Shaw in the seventh inning of Saturday's contest. Power is the name of his game, as Moss has socked at least 20 home runs in each of his last five seasons. During the 2016 campaign, he hit 28 of them for the Cardinals.
Mar 11 - 7:07 PM

Brandon Moss was scratched from a Cactus League game on Saturday due to stiffness in his lower back.

He's listed as day-to-day. The injury sounds like simply the normal aches and pains of spring training, but is still worth monitoring going forward. Moss should hit in the middle of the Royals' lineup this season and looks like a nice power option that can be had in the late rounds of mixed league drafts.
Mar 4 - 3:27 PM

Brandon Moss is batting sixth in his Cactus League debut with the Royals on Saturday against the Rangers.

It looks as though Mike Moustakas is the lone projected regular that isn't in Saturday's lineup, so this could be a close approximation to the Opening Day lineup. Obviously, the closer Moss is to the middle of the lineup, the better his fantasy outlook becomes. Alex Gordon is slotted in the second spot on Saturday.
Feb 25 - 10:08 AM

Royals GM Dayton Moore said the team did not sign Brandon Moss just so he could DH.

"One of the things that attracted us so much to Brandon was that he wasn’t a pure DH," said Moore. "He could play both wing outfield spots. He could play first base. So that was important for us." Last year for the Cardinals, Moss made 61 starts in the outfield and another 40 at first base. His defensive versatility should boost his fantasy stock, though Moss will probably take a seat against most left-handers. The 33-year-old has slugged at least 20 homers in each of his last five seasons.
Feb 3 - 8:35 AM

Royals signed OF/DH Brandon Moss to a two-year, $12 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2019.

The mutual option includes a $1 million buyout. Per Jeffrey Flanagan of, the deal carries incentives based on plate appearances. Moss socked 28 homers in 464 plate appearances with the Cardinals last season, but he dropped off badly during the second half and finished with a .225/.300/.484 batting line. The 33-year-old should see plenty of at-bats against right-handers between right field and first base with his new team. He's an insurance policy for first base if Eric Hosmer leaves in free agency next winter.
Feb 1 - 3:29 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that Brandon Moss has agreed to a contract with the Royals.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says it's a two-year, $12 million deal with an option for 2019. It's a good fit for both sides, as Moss can take regular at-bats against righties between the designated hitter spot and right field. He'll also be an option for first base in 2018 if Eric Hosmer bolts as a free agent. The 33-year-old looked like he might net a nice multi-year contract this winter after he batted a healthy .270/.344/.586 with 25 home runs through his first 97 games last season, but he finished the year in a hideous 10-for-106 slump (.094). The consistency probably won't be there, but Moss should provide decent power in a platoon-type role for the Royals.
Jan 29 - 12:46 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Orioles have expressed interest in free agent slugger Brandon Moss.

Morosi notes that the interest remains despite acquiring Seth Smith from the Mariners on Friday. The O's currently have a vacancy in their lineup for a designated hitter, and Moss would seem to be a nice fit. Moss clubbed 28 homers for the Cardinals in 2016 while slashing .225/.300/.484.
Jan 7 - 9:43 AM

Depth Charts

C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jorge Soler
2Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Brandon Moss
2Cheslor Cuthbert
Starting Pitcher
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Travis Wood
4Chris Young
5Mike Minor
6Kevin McCarthy
7Peter Moylan
8Scott Alexander
9Matt Strahm
10Seth Maness
11Brian Flynn