Player News - Royals

Date: Team: Pos:

Royals designated OF Abraham Almonte for assignment.

Almonte was batting just .179/.260/.284 in 151 plate appearances this season with Kansas City. The 29-year-old outfielder was claimed off waivers from the Indians at the end of spring training and served as the Royals' primary center fielder for a stretch. He's now back on the waiver wire.
Jul 16 - 12:18 PM

Royals activated OF Rosell Herrera from the paternity leave list.

Herrera will be back with the club for the start of the second half after missing the Royals' weekend series against the White Sox. The 25-year-old has batted .267/.291/.373 in 80 plate appearances with Kansas City since getting picked up on a waiver claim from the Reds in early June.
Jul 16 - 12:15 PM

Adalberto Mondesi homered and doubled in a loss to the White Sox on Sunday.

Mondesi's homer came off of Jeanmar Gomez, and it gives the infielder third on the year. The soon-to-be 23-year-old has hit for surprising power since being recalled, and is now slugging .444 in his 72 at-bats with Kansas City over 21 games along with five steals in eight attempts. His .250 average and .270 on-base percentage leave a lot to be desired, however.
Jul 15 - 5:40 PM

Burch Smith allowed two runs on three hits over two innings in a loss to the White Sox on Sunday.

Smith was the "starter" for the Royals on a bullpen day, and he allowed a two-run homer to Daniel Palka in the first. His ERA is now at 5.98, and despite striking out 45 hitters in 43-plus innings, his lack of command and 1.60 ERA -- along with his long-relief role -- gives him zero fantasy value.
Jul 15 - 5:22 PM

The Red Sox and Braves are among the teams interested in acquiring Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

Crasnick notes that the Royals are "more likely than not" to deal Moustakas before the July 31 trade deadline. The Yankees have also been linked as a possible suitor for the impending free agent. Moustakas, 29, is hitting .249/.306/.466 with 19 homers and 58 RBI in 91 games this season. If he's indeed dealt away from the Royals' punchless lineup and pitcher-friendly home ballpark, it could be give a boost to his fantasy value.
Jul 15 - 5:13 PM

Salvador Perez will start at catcher for the American League in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Wilson Ramos was the slated starter but he suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday's game, knocking him out for next week's festivities. Enter Perez, who was selected as a backup for the AL. The All-Star game will be the sixth consecutive for Perez.
Jul 14 - 9:57 PM

Jorge Bonifacio went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored to lead his team over the White Sox 5-0 on Saturday.

He cracked a two-run bomb off Reynaldo Lopez in the first inning, then tripled home a run in the fifth. In the eighth inning he botched a bunt and reached base when the lead runner was nailed at third base, but then got to trot home on a Salvador Perez dinger. Bonifacio missed the first 80 games of the season due to being suspended when he got caught cheating with performance-enhancing drugs back in March. He has a .306 batting average with one homer and eight RBI in 13 games. He should get a lot of playing time in the second half of the season but his statistical projection is a question mark now that he is off the juice.
Jul 14 - 6:31 PM

Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored against the White Sox on Saturday.

He singled leading off the game and rode home on a Jorge Bonifacio home run. Merrifield is splitting time between second base and the outfield this season and has been productive at the plate and on the basepaths. He has a .307 batting average with five home runs, 30 RBI and 42 runs scored. His best fantasy contribution comes in the form of the stolen base, of which has 17 already. He is unlikely to match the 19 home runs or 34 stolen bases he registered a year ago, but he is hitting for a better batting average and getting on base more often.
Jul 14 - 6:20 PM

Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 and belted a two-run homer during Saturday's triumph over the White Sox.

His eighth-inning shot came off starter Reynaldo Lopez with Jorge Bonifacio along for the ride and essentially put the game out of reach. The veteran catcher's batting average has taken a tumble this year, which has knocked him off the table as one of the better fantasy catchers to own. He has 13 home runs and 41 RBI to go with a paltry .221 batting average. Only three out of 164 qualified major league hitters have an on-base percentage lower than Perez' .259 mark on the season.
Jul 14 - 6:15 PM

Danny Duffy registered eight strikeouts while shutting out the White Sox for seven innings during a win on Saturday.

He scattered four singles and three walks in the gem outing to improve his record to 5-8 on the season. The White Sox lineup is rather meek these days but it was a strong effort nonetheless from the Royals' southpaw. Duffy has a solid 8.16 K/9 this year but he's issued too many walks and teed up too many longballs and that combination has resulted in a poor 4.59 ERA in 20 starts. He has 103 strikeouts, 53 walks and 19 homers allowed in 113 2/3 innings.
Jul 14 - 6:07 PM

The Royals will wrap up the first half of the season by employing a bullpen day on Sunday against the White Sox.

So is the trend in Major League Baseball. Burch Smith will start for the Royals and is expected to work around three innings.
Jul 14 - 12:27 PM

Brad Keller was chased after yielding five runs over 2 2/3 innings Friday against the White Sox.

Keller walked the first two batters he faced, which set the tone for the night. He ended up giving up three runs in the first inning and found himself in trouble throughout the brief start. Keller gave up seven hits and struck out just one of the 19 batters he faced. The 22-year-old is an interesting long-term piece for Kansas City, but his control renders him a risky play in fantasy leagues.
Jul 14 - 1:30 AM

Jorge Bonifacio finished 1-for-4 with a two-run double and a run scored against the White Sox on Friday.

Bonifacio is now batting .289/.347/.400 with five doubles and five RBI over 12 games since returning from his PED suspension. The 25-year-old hasn’t shown much power yet, but he slugged 17 homers in 113 games last season. He’s occupied the No. 2 spot in the Royals’ order for five straight games, so there’s a path to relevancy here in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
Jul 14 - 1:28 AM

Ian Kennedy (oblique) is only expected to be sidelined for the next 5-7 days.

Kennedy aggravated an oblique injury during a start Tuesday and went back on the disabled list. However, the strain is isolated to one area and it sounds like he could be back immediately after the All-Star break.
Jul 13 - 5:48 PM

Heath Fillmyer is expected to start for the Royals on Sunday against the White Sox in place of Ian Kennedy (oblique).

Fillmyer allowed three runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Red Sox in a spot start earlier this week. He should be avoided in fantasy leagues versus the Pale Hose. It sounds like Kennedy should be ready to rejoin the rotation in time for his next turn after Sunday.
Jul 13 - 5:46 PM


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