Player News - Royals

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Whit Merrifield 1-for-5 with a triple in a victory over the Tigers on Sunday.

Merrifield’s triple is the third of the season. The speedy outfielder has stolen 38 bases in 48 attempts, and his season line of .304/.368/.442 in 152 games helps show that this is one of the better -- and certainly most underrated -- fantasy players in the American League.
Sep 23 - 4:08 PM

Wily Peralta allowed a run on two hits with a walk, but was still able to pick up a save against the Tigers on Sunday.

Peralta was extremely shaky in this one -- as he often is -- but the two-run cushion was enough for the right-hander to pick up his 13th save of the season. Peralta actually hasn’t blown a save this year, but he’s walked 22 hitters in 33 ⅓ innings, and his 4.02 ERA isn’t what you’re looking for in an elite closer. It’ll be interesting to see if this is a position the Royals address in the offseason.
Sep 23 - 4:04 PM

Brad Keller allowed just three hits and one run over seven innings in a victory over the Tigers on Sunday.

Keller walked three and struck out two. There have not been many bright spots for the 100-loss Royals in 2018, but Keller qualifies as one. This is the seventh start out of eight that the right-hander has allowed no more than two earned runs, and his ERA now sits at a solid 3.08 in 140 ⅓ innings. He’s never going to pile up the strikeouts, but his ability to keep the ball in the park and limit hard contact make him an underrated fantasy starter. Keller is scheduled to start the season finale for the Royals on Sunday against the Indians.
Sep 23 - 4:02 PM

Adalberto Mondesi went 2-for-5 with a homer and double in a 3-2 victory over the Tigers on Sunday.

Mondesi continues his impressive play, hitting his 13th double of the year, and taking Daniel Norris deep for the 12th homer of the season in just 69 games and 251 at-bats. When you combine those numbers with 26 steals in 33 attempts, you get a player that’s been among the best shortstops in fantasy baseball over the second half of the season. The question is whether the 23-year-old can keep this up over a full season. The talent suggests he can.
Sep 23 - 4:02 PM

Whit Merrifield went 2-for-2 with an RBI, two walks and a run scored during Saturday's loss to the Tigers.

He led off the game with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Adalberto Mondesi. He doubled to plate Brett Phillips in the eighth. He also got nailed trying to steal a base. He ranks second in the majors with 38 steals. The 29-year-old player has a .304 batting average with 12 home runs, 58 RBI and 86 runs scored. He has cemented himself as one of the best all-around fantasy second basemen to own.
Sep 22 - 9:08 PM

Jake Junis allowed three runs in six innings and did not get a decision as his team lost to the Tigers on Saturday.

He surrendered a pair of run-scoring knocks to Niko Goodrum and also gave up a run on a wild pitch in the contest. He yielded eight hits and a walk while striking out five in the quality start. His record holds at 8-12 with a 4.42 ERA in 29 starts. He has a good 158:42 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 171 innings pitched. He lines up for one more start this year against the Indians on Saturday.
Sep 22 - 9:02 PM

Jorge Bonifacio is absent from the Royals' starting lineup on Saturday.

The 25-year-old has struggled at the big league level this season, hitting just .231/.312/.371 with four homers and 23 RBI in his 62 games. Salvador Perez is functioning as the team's designated hitter on Saturday while Meibrys Viloria draws a start behind the dish on Saturday.
Sep 22 - 3:22 PM

Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with an RBI on Friday, leading the Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Tigers in Motown.

In a bit of a head-scratching move, Royals' manager Ned Yost penciled Gordon into the third spot in Friday's lineup, despite the club facing Francisco Liriano who is notoriously stingy against left-handed hitters. It all came up roses for Yost though, as Gordon collected three hits and drove in a run. The 34-year-old is now slashing .246/.328/.365 on the season, though he has just 11 homers and 50 RBI.
Sep 21 - 10:50 PM

Rossell Herrera went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple in Friday's victory over the Tigers.

Herrera delivered a run-scoring double in the fourth inning and came around to score later in the frame on a sacrifice fly. The 25-year-old is now hitting .232/.287/.319 with one homer, 20 RBI and two stolen bases in 287 plate appearances with the Royals. He can continue to be ignored for fantasy purposes.
Sep 21 - 10:47 PM

Wily Peralta locked down his 12th save of the season on Friday, striking out a pair in his scoreless inning of work against the Tigers.

Tasked with protecting a one-run lead, Peralta didn't make things easy on himself. He gave up a leadoff single to Ronny Rodriguez and a one-out walk to Nicholas Castellanos, before striking out Dawel Lugo and Jim Adduci to end the contest. Peralta is now a perfect 12-for-12 in save chances on the season and could push to keep the gig heading into the 2019 campaign.
Sep 21 - 10:39 PM

Ian Kennedy notched just his third victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Tigers to three runs (two earned) on seven hits over seven-plus innings.

The 33-year-old hurler punched out six on the evening and didn't walk a batter. Kennedy kept the Tigers off the board until Ronny Rodriguez belted a solo homer in the fifth inning, then gave up an RBI double to Nicholas Castellanos in the sixth. He'll carry a disappointing 4.59 ERA and 1.39 WHIP into his final start of the season on Friday against the Indians.
Sep 21 - 10:36 PM

Jorge Lopez was hammered for seven runs on eight hits over one-plus innings of work in a loss to the Tigers on Thursday.

Lopez gave up more homers in a span of 11 batters than he had in his previous six starts combined. He served up a two-run homer to Tigers rookie slugger Christin Stewart and a solo shot to Nicholas Castellanos later in the frame. He was chased from the contest after surrendering a three-run blast to Stewart and failing to record an out in the second inning. It’s been a brutal week for the 25-year-old right-hander, who suffered a rib contusion in his previous start against Minnesota last Friday and simply didn’t have it in this one. He’s 2-5 with a 5.03 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 38/22 K/BB ratio in 17 appearances (seven starts). He’ll face the Indians at home in his final start of the season on Thursday.
Sep 20 - 11:13 PM

Jorge Bonifacio went 1-for-5 with a three-run homer in the Royals' loss to the Tigers on Thursday.

Bonifacio tattooed a three-run homer off Tigers starter Matt Boyd in the first inning. The 25-year-old outfielder has gone deep three times this month. He showed flashes of mixed-league relevance, swatting 17 homers in 113 games as a rookie last year, but has mustered only four homers in 61 games this year. He's worth keeping an eye on in deeper mixers and AL-only formats heading into the 2019 season.
Sep 20 - 11:06 PM

Hunter Dozier went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer and a stolen base in the Royals' loss to the Tigers on Thursday.

Dozier walloped a two-run homer, his 10th of the year, off Tigers reliever Zac Reininger in the fourth inning. It was his first round-tripper since September 3. He also reached on a fielding error and stole his second base of the season in this one. The 27-year-old outfielder doesn't offer much in terms of mixed league relevance, but he's carved out an everyday role in the Royals outfielder and is a useful name for AL-only fantasy owners to keep on their radar screens for next year.
Sep 20 - 10:54 PM

Adalberto Mondesi went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in the Royals' loss to the Tigers on Thursday.

Mondesi connected on a 95-mph heater from Tigers closer Shane Greene, launching a towering solo homer to right field in the ninth inning. The 23-year-old switch-hitting shortstop has gone deep in back-to-back games and left the yard seven times since August 28. He's hitting .290/.316/.496 with 40 runs scored, 11 homers, 31 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 250 plate appearances. He's blossomed into one of the most exciting young position players in the game and will be one of the most polarizing hitters in fantasy drafts next spring.
Sep 20 - 10:50 PM


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