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Kendrys Morales | Designated Hitter | #25

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LAA
Contract: view contract details

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Kendrys Morales went 2-for-2 with three runs scored in a win over the Tigers on Tuesday.
Morales also walked and was hit by a pitch in the game, reaching base in all four plate appearances. He made it count, doubling his runs scored total from three to six in one night. The 32-year-old is batting .261/.321/.457 with two homers and seven RBI to go with his six runs scored this year. Apr 19 - 11:00 PM

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Kendrys Morales hit a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Twins.

The homer was Morales' first of 2016. He finished 1-for-4 in the game. The designated hitter, who revived his career with the Royals last season, is batting .143/.188/.429 in his first 14 at-bats.
Apr 9 - 10:43 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a homer Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Morales has had an unusually quiet spring, with a .704 OPS that's about 250 points less than his career mark in Cactus League play. Still, there's not a lot to read into that. He won't be as productive as he was last year, but he's still in a terrific spot from which to drive in runs.
Apr 2 - 1:20 AM

Kendrys Morales slugged his first home run of the spring Thursday in a win over the Dodgers.

He drilled a two-run shot off J.P. Howell as part of a four-run fifth inning. Morales also singled in the first. The veteran is now hitting .265 this spring with four RBI. Morales tallied 106 RBI last year in his first season with Kansas City and should be in for another big year.
Mar 17 - 7:41 PM

Kendrys Morales continued his run-producing ways, smashing an RBI double as the Royals fell to the Padres in Cactus League play on Friday evening in Arizona.

His RBI double off Carlos Villanueva in the third inning drove home what would be the Royals' lone run in the contest. As an overlooked free agent acquisition, the veteran slugger played a major role in the Royals Championship season in 2015, slashing .290/.362/.485 with 22 homers and 106 RBI. While he may not repeat that terrific effort, he should still be a very reliable run producer in the middle of a potent Royals offense.
Mar 4 - 11:54 PM

Kendrys Morales has missed the last couple days of Royals camp due to flu-like symptoms.

Morales should be back in action by the middle of this week. The veteran slugger was a tremendous surprise for the World Series-champion Royals last season, slashing .290/.362/.485 with 22 home runs and 106 RBI in 158 games. He also cranked four home runs in the playoffs.
Feb 29 - 3:00 PM

The Royals will roll with the same lineup that they did for Friday's loss to the Mets in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

Once again Kendrys Morales finds himself on the bench in the absence of a designated hitter. Kansas City's full lineup is as follows: Alcides Escobar SS, Ben Zobrist 2B, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Mike Moustakas 3B, Salvador Perez C, Alex Gordon LF, Alex Rios RF, Chris Young P.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 03:12:00 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed Thursday that Kendrys Morales will begin Game 3 of the World Series on the bench.

There will be no DH available at Citi Field, a National League park, and the Royals aren't going to move Eric Hosmer off first base. Morales will be a big-time pinch-hitting presence for the Royals, who hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Fall Classic.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 03:15:00 PM

Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Blue Jays.

He also drew a walk, reaching base in four of five trips to the plate. Morales' longball came off Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna in the ninth inning, as it cut the Toronto lead to three and made the Jays sweat a little. However, Osuna then retired the next two batters to finish it off. Kansas City lost in spite of 15 hits and eight runs in the contest.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 11:25:00 PM

Kendrys Morales launched a three-run homer to cap the Royals' win over the Astros in Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday.

A two-run lead would have been sufficient for Wade Davis to finish things off, so Morales' blast off Dallas Keuchel in the bottom of the eighth inning essentially served as the exclamation point for Kansas City. Coming off a bounceback showing during the regular season, Morales hit three homers and knocked in six runs during the ALDS.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 10:57:00 PM

Kendrys Morales whacked two solo home runs in Game 1 of Thursday's ALDS against the Astros, but it was not enough to prevent the 5-2 defeat.

Morales teed off on Astros starter Collin McHugh twice. He socked a solo home run in the second inning, then did it again in the fourth inning. However, the 32-year-old slugger wouldn't record another hit in the contest and his two homers would represent the totality of the Royal offense in the ultimate 5-2 loss. Morales will have a chance to keep up the impressive power stroke on Friday, when he faces Scott Kazmir in Game 2 of the series.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 11:46:00 PM

Kendrys Morales (quad) started Sunday's regular-season finale against the Twins.

And he drew a walk and scored a run before exiting the game with a bunch of other Royals regulars. Morales battled a quad injury at the tail end of the regular season, but he should be close to 100 percent by the start of the best-of-five American League Division Series. Kansas City awaits the winner of the AL Wild Card Game.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 08:47:00 AM

Kendrys Morales (quad) remains out of the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

The slugger had been expected to return on Saturday, but it'll be Jonny Gomes in as the designated hitter against Tommy Milone and the Twins. Look for Morales to return for Sunday's regular season finale.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 11:03:00 AM

Kendrys Morales (quad) is not in the Royals starting lineup on Friday.

He is however, available off the bench as a pinch hitter. Morales was lifted from Thursday's contest due to minor tightness in his left quad. Had it been a playoff game, he would have almost assuredly been in the lineup on Friday.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 06:59:00 PM

Kendrys Morales was forced to leave Thursday's game due to left quad tightness.

The injury is believed to be minor and his early exit is considered precautionary. He's listed as day-to-day and should return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 10:09:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Terrance Gore
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Chris Young
5Kris Medlen
6Dillon Gee
7Mike Minor
8Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Danny Duffy
6Chien-Ming Wang
7Tim Collins
8Miguel Almonte