Player News - Royals

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Adalberto Mondesi went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and a stolen base as his team lost to the Pirates on Wednesday.

He went yard against Chris Archer with the bases empty in the third inning for the Royals' only run. Raul's son has been on a hot streak in recent weeks and is finally starting to live up to the prospect hype he carried for years. The shortstop is slashing .288/.314/.485 with 10 home runs, 30 RBI and 26 stolen bases in just 65 games. If he had played the whole year at that pace he would be leading the majors in stolen bases -- and he has some power to go with it. Expect him to be a hot pick in fantasy drafts next March.
Sep 19 - 10:25 PM

Heath Fillmyer pitched well on Wednesday against the Pirates but came away with a loss after surrendering two runs in seven innings of work.

He struck out five, did not walk anyone and allowed eight total knocks. He yielded a solo home run to Adam Frazier. The other run came home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Colin Moran. It was one of the rookie's best outings of the season but all he has to show for it is a loss. He falls to 3-2 with a 4.56 ERA in 16 games (12 starts). The fact he has only 48 strikeouts in 75 innings indicates he will likely never be of much use in fantasy leagues.
Sep 19 - 10:10 PM

Jorge Lopez (ribs) is expected to start on Thursday.

Lopez was removed from his start on Thursday against the Twins with a left rib contusion. X-rays came back negative, but he told reporters that he was having difficulty breathing. The Royals won't start Lopez against Detroit if he still has that difficulty, but if things go well, he should toe the rubber against the Tigers on Thursday.
Sep 19 - 9:18 PM

Salvador Perez (thumb) is back in the Royals' lineup on Wednesday against the Pirates.

Perez was held out of the starting lineup on Tuesday due to soreness in his left thumb, but he came off the bench and went 1-for-2. He'll start at catcher and bat cleanup Wednesday versus right-hander Chris Archer.
Sep 19 - 3:18 PM

Eric Skoglund took a tough luck no-decision Tuesday, tossing six shutout innings against the Pirates.

Jameson Taillon posted the more dominant line with a boatload of strikeouts, but Skoglund was impressive in his own right, yielding just three hits and no walks while notching a pair of strikeouts. Two of those hits came in the first inning, as he yielded just one single over the next five frames. Skoglund had thrown just 85 pitches, but he just re-entered the rotation so manager Ned Yost thought that was enough. The lefty has pitched well in each of his two starts since the Royals gave him a shot to start again and isn’t a bad streaming option against a weak Tigers offense this weekend.
Sep 18 - 11:02 PM

Hunter Dozier hit a game-tying RBI double in the Royals' extra-innings loss to the Pirates on Tuesday.

Dozier pinch-hit for Brian Goodwin versus closer Felipe Vazquez and knotted things up with a two-bagger, with a second runner getting thrown out at the plate to end the frame. He's been battling a back issue lately, causing him to go in and out of the lineup. Dozier has faded lately after a hot stretch and that combined with the nagging injury makes him unownable in all but the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Sep 18 - 10:51 PM

Salvador Perez is out of the Royals' lineup Tuesday due to soreness in his left thumb.

Perez sprained the thumb late last month, and the last-place Royals will probably take it easy on him for what remains of the 2018 regular season. Meibrys Viloria is catching and batting eighth Tuesday versus Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon.
Sep 18 - 7:30 PM

Salvador Perez was scratched from the Royals' lineup Tuesday night against the Pirates.

No word yet as to the reason. Meibrys Viloria is now catching and batting eighth versus Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon.
Sep 18 - 7:12 PM

Hunter Dozier (back) went 1-for-4 with a double in his return to the starting lineup Monday against the Pirates.

Dozier missed a couple of games with back soreness, but he's feeling better now. The 27-year-old is batting .231/.281/.393 with nine home runs and 29 RBI over 91 games this season.
Sep 18 - 8:40 AM

Brad Keller yielded four runs on 10 hits over six innings Monday in a no-decision against the Pirates.

Kansas City wound up losing this one 7-6 on a walk-off RBI single by Jacob Stallings in the bottom of the ninth inning. Keller turned in one of his worst starts since officially joining the Royals' rotation back in June. He still has an impressive 3.17 ERA in 133 1/3 total innings this year. Up next for the young rookie is a road start against the Tigers.
Sep 17 - 10:42 PM

Ryan O'Hearn finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the Royals' loss to the Pirates on Monday.

O'Hearn contributed an RBI double to the Royals' four-run fifth inning and cranked a solo homer off Pirates left-hander Steven Brault in the top of the eighth. The 25-year-old first baseman has been an offensive force since Kansas City called him up from Triple-A Omaha on July 31, boasting a 1.037 OPS with 11 home runs and 27 RBI through his first 36 major league games.
Sep 17 - 10:38 PM

Brett Phillips (shoulder) went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts in his return to the starting lineup Sunday against the Twins.

It was his first time back in the lineup since bruising his right shoulder when he crashed into the outfield wall on September 4. After some extended rest, he should be good to go moving forward.
Sep 17 - 8:51 AM

Ryan O'Hearn went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in a loss to the Twins on Sunday.

O'Hearn's RBI came in the first inning on a double off of Kyle Gibson. The two doubles give the first baseman seven on the season, and that goes along with 10 homers in just 35 games and 115 at-bats. O'Hearn is also a patient hitter who draws walks (.378 on-base percentage), but his lack of contact makes him a hard bet to hit for average. Still, O'Hearn has been excellent, and just might be the Royals' first baseman of the future.
Sep 16 - 5:59 PM

Adalberto Mondesi went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer in a loss to the Twins on Sunday.

Mondesi blasted a two-run shot of Kyle Gibson, and it gives the 23-year-old infielder nine on the season in 62 games. He also had a pair of singles, and it helps raise Mondesi's average to .291. He's never going to walk much, but the new-found power along with a chance to hit for average and speed (25 steals) make him a very intriguing -- if volatile -- fantasy option in 2019.
Sep 16 - 5:55 PM

Jake Junis gave up eight hits and four runs in three innings in a no-decision on Sunday against the Twins.

Three of those hits that Junis allowed were homers. The right-hander had pitched well since August, and this breaks a streak of seven straight starts where he’d allowed no more than three earned runs in an outing. It was clear that he didn’t have his best stuff today, however, and even a mediocre lineup like Minnesota can take advantage of it. Junis owns a 4.42 ERA and a 153/41 K/BB ratio in his 165 innings, and should be firmly entrenched as a member of the Kansas City rotation next year. He’s facing the Tigers next on Saturday.
Sep 16 - 5:43 PM


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