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Kendrys Morales | Designated Hitter | #25

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LAA
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Kendrys Morales led the Royals to a 16-5 victory over the Tigers on Saturday by going 4-for-5 with five RBI and four runs scored.
Morales' great game helped the Royals score 16 times without the benefit of a home run. Two of his hits were doubles. The five RBI tied a career high. Morales hit very poorly for the first two months of the season but has been much better in June. Even factoring in the hot streak his .225/.293/.372 season line still looks poor, especially compared to the excellent .290/.362/.485 line he put up last year. Jun 19 - 12:48 AM

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Kendrys Morales is not in Monday's lineup against the Orioles.

He's just getting a breather. Salvador Perez will get the start out of the DH spot while Drew Butera will catch Danny Duffy.
Jun 6 - 4:45 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Morales connected on a Brad Boxberger pitch in the sixth inning for a two-run shot, his sixth of the season. The multi-hit game was his first since May 14 as it's been a trying year for the 32-year-old, who's hitting just .193/.262/.330 through the season's first two months.
Jun 1 - 12:30 AM

Kendrys Morales (finger) is back in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

Morales hasn't played since Tuesday due to a sprained right finger, but he took batting practice Sunday without any issues. He's in the designated hitter spot and hitting fifth against Chris Sale and the White Sox.
May 29 - 12:04 PM

Kendrys Morales (finger) is tentatively penciled into the Royals' lineup Sunday.

He still needs to test out his sprained right finger in batting practice before he's written in in ink. Morales hasn't played since Tuesday.
May 29 - 11:51 AM

Kendrys Morales will miss 3-4 days with a sprained right middle finger.

Morales wasn't in the lineup Wednesday against Minnesota and now we know why. Brett Eibner will fill in at DH Thursday against the White Sox. Morales hasn't found his stroke yet this year. So far, he's hitting just .187 with five homers in 45 appearances. Maybe the time off will do him some good.
May 26 - 6:07 PM

Kendrys Morales is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

It appears he's just getting a day off. The Royals have Salvador Perez in the designated hitter spot and Drew Butera at catcher.
May 22 - 12:46 PM

Kendrys Morales went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

Morales went deep off reliever Phil Coke, which continued the slugger's fine form against lefties this year. He came into the game hitting .321/.394/.429 versus southpaws and just .154/.188/.275 versus righties. That's the short side of the everyday platoon, though, so the 32-year-old is only hitting .195/.246/.333 and is an afterthought in fantasy leagues right now.
May 11 - 11:18 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in Saturday's win over the Indians.

Morales broke out of a slump in a big way with a three-run homer in the first inning. The homer was his first since April 11 and just his third on the year. He added an RBI single in the eighth inning. The 32-year-old is hitting just .213/.256/.343 overall.
May 7 - 7:32 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Brett Eibner
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Kris Medlen
5Danny Duffy
6Chris Young
7Mike Minor
8Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Chien-Ming Wang
6Dillon Gee
7Peter Moylan
8Tim Collins