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  • Chandler Champlain Tallies Season-High 10 Punchouts

    Kansas City Royals starting pitching prospect Chandler Champlain posted his best outing of the season by tallying 10 punchouts across 6 1/3 shutout innings on Wednesday. This outing brings the 24-year-old to a 3.50 ERA and 0.92 WHIP through 36 innings at Double-A. Champlain has been on a nice run since the start of May with a 0.52 ERA, 0.58 WHIP, and 24 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings. Champlain is ranked as the 11th-best prospect in the Kanas City system on MLB Pipeline and is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. However, dynasty fantasy managers should begin to pay close attention to him, as a promotion to Triple-A could be imminent. He has totaled 109 innings at Double-A over the past two years.

    May 16 · Source via Prospects Kansas City Royals Chandler Champlain
  • Maikel Garcia Getting A Breather Wednesday

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    Kansas City Royals third baseman Maikel Garcia is not in the team's starting lineup on Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners. This will be only Garcia's second game of the season starting on the bench. In his absence, veteran Adam Frazier will start at third base and hit out of the leadoff spot for KC against Mariners right-hander Bryan Woo. Garcia has been productive for the upstart Royals in 2024, hitting .239/.288/.369 with four home runs, 25 RBI, 10 stolen bases and 20 runs scored in 192 plate appearances. He's riding a modest four-game hitting streak in which he's gone 4-for-17 (.235) with an RBI and two steals. Frazier will have more DFS upside as a sleeper on Wednesday out of the leadoff spot, but he's never faced Woo in his career and has gone just 15-for-84 (.179) on the year with a homer and eight RBI.

    May 15 · Source via Kansas City Royals Maikel Garcia
  • Cayden Wallace Showing Improvement At Double-A

    Kansas City Royals third base prospect Cayden Wallace has been settling in at Double-A and is making a case to be promoted to Triple-A. Through 28 games this season he boasts a .284/.368/.441 line with three home runs and three swiped bags. This is a significant improvement compared to his .236/.300/.362 line he posted in 33 games at the same level last season. With his recent success, the 22-year-old could make a case to be promoted to Triple-A soon, which could open the door for a late-season MLB debut. Currently ranked as the number two prospect in the Royals system, he should be left on the waiver wire in dynasty formats for now but could be worth stashing if he carries this momentum into Triple-A.

    May 14 · Source via Prospects Kansas City Royals Cayden Wallace
  • James McArthur Records Ninth Save

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    Kansas City Royals relief pitcher James McArthur was called upon to hold a three-run lead versus the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. The right-hander allowed a solo blast to cut the lead down to two runs. McArthur would retire the next three batters he faced to earn his ninth save of the season. The 27-year-old now holds a 4.42 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and an 18/3 K/BB ratio across 18 1/3 innings. McArthur has converted nine of his 12 save chances this season. Despite some struggles, the Royals appear to be sticking with McArthur as the closer going forward.

    May 12 · Source via Closers Kansas City Royals James McArthur
  • Seth Lugo Racks Up 12 Strikeouts

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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Seth Lugo was excellent on the mound during Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. The right-hander has been outstanding lately and his success continued here. Lugo coasted through eight innings, allowing one run, and racked up a career-high 12 strikeouts. The veteran right-hander holds a 6-1 record, 1.66 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and a 48/12 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 innings. He'll look to keep the great times rolling against the Oakland Athletics next weekend.

    May 12 · Source via Kansas City Royals Seth Lugo
  • Vinnie Pasquantino Idle From Sunday's Lineup

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    Kansas City Royals first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino will be receiving the day off on Sunday as the Royals look to clinch a series victory in a four-game set against the Los Angeles Angels. After getting off to a slow start to the season, the 26-year-old has been turning things around the past few weeks with a .350/.370/.600 line since April 30. As a result, Salvador Perez will shift to first base, which opens catching duties for Freddy Fermin, who will bat in the five-hole. Fermin has posted an excellent 11.1% K rate and a modest .241/.302/.328 line with one long ball through 20 games. He could be worth consideration in DFS as he faces southpaw Patrick Sandoval, who enters Sunday with a 4.85 ERA and 1.49 WHIP.

    May 12 · Source via Kansas City Royals Vinnie Pasquantino
  • Cole Ragans Aiming For Third Straight Quality Start On Saturday

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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Cole Ragans will aim to notch his third straight quality start on Saturday when he takes the hill against the Los Angeles Angels. Ragans has been living up to the potential the Royals were looking for when they traded for him last season. The lefty ranks third in K/9 among American League starters who have thrown at least 20 innings with an 11.39 K/9 behind only Garrett Crochet and Jack Flaherty. The lefty should continue to dominate and may even have room for improvement as his 3.38 ERA and 2.35 FIP suggest he could be even better. Fantasy managers and DFS players will want to target the lefty Saturday against the struggling Los Angeles Angels, who are only hitting for a .217 BA over the last seven days.

    May 11 · Source via Kansas City Royals Cole Ragans
  • Chandler Champlain Finding His Stride At Double-A

    Kansas City Royals starting pitching prospect Chandler Champlain posted another strong outing on Thursday with six shutout innings, only allowing three hits and striking out seven. After posting a hefty 6.27 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in his four starts of the season, the 24-year-old has begun to find his stride. In his recent two outings, he has tossed eleven innings to the tune of an 0.82 ERA and 0.55 WHIP. This is a big step for Champlain as he not only struggled against Double-A pitchers through the early part of this season but posted a disappointing 3.82 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 73 innings at this level last season. The eleventh-ranked prospect in the Kansas City pipeline is projected to make his major league debut in 2025 but could be worth adding in dynasty leagues if he reaches Triple-A by the end of the summer.

    May 10 · Source via Prospects Kansas City Royals Chandler Champlain
  • Garrett Hampson Busy On Thursday

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    Kansas City Royals outfielder Garrett Hampson contributed in a lot of different areas in Thursday night's 10-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Hampson went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base, a run scored and a walk at the bottom of the Royals' batting order. The 29-year-old is currently hitting .268/.302/.317 with no home runs, three RBI, four stolen bases and five runs scored in just 41 at-bats in 2024. The former third-round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2016 out of Long Beach State offers plenty of defensive versatility but is merely an option for fantasy baseball managers in AL-only leagues because he's currently on the short side of a platoon with Kyle Isbel in center field for the Royals.

    May 10 · Source via Kansas City Royals Garrett Hampson
  • Maikel Garcia Tallies Three Hits In Thursday's Victory

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    Kansas City Royals third baseman Maikel Garcia went 3-5 at the plate with two RBI and two runs in Thursday's victory. Garcia tallied his first hit of the night with a single in the third and then lacked a double in the fifth. Later in the sixth, he knocked his second double of the game which scored two. This excellent performance brings Garcia to a .247/.302/.396 line with four long balls and eight swiped bags. His underlying metrics suggest the 24-year-old could be in for a big summer as he holds a strong 91.7 mph average exit velocity and 47.6% hard-hit rate, which are both well above average among qualified hitters. Garcia should be rostered in all leagues with his potent combination of power and speed.

    May 10 · Source via Kansas City Royals Maikel Garcia
  • Vinnie Pasquantino Continues Hot Stretch

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    Kansas Royals first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino went 2-4 at the plate on Thursday and launched his fifth home run of the campaign. After getting off to a slow start to the season, Pasquantino looks to be rounding into form. Overall on the season, the 26-year-old has a solid .256/.340/.457 line, but it has been even better as of late. Since May 1, he is riding an incredible .429/.441/.714 line with 11 RBI and a 3:4 BB:K ratio. Hitting third in the Royals lineup every day presents him with significant opportunities to get on the scoresheet batting behind superstar Bobby Witt Jr. and in front of backstop Salvador Perez. Pasquantino is a solid play in any DFS matchup and should always remain in your fantasy lineup.

    May 10 · Source via Kansas City Royals Vinnie Pasquantino
  • Michael Wacha Bounces Back With Second Victory On Thursday

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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Michael Wacha tallied his second victory of the season against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday by tossing six innings of three-run ball (two earned). Wacha allowed just three hits but struggled with his control, giving up five free passes. He struck out six. This was a big bounce-back performance for the 32-year-old as he got chased out of his previous start on May 4 against the Texas Rangers, allowing seven earned runs in just three innings. Wacha now sits with a 5.15 ERA and 1.44 WHIP with just 37 punchouts across 43 innings. Wacha has done well with limiting hard contact with an excellent 35.0% hard-hit rate and sports a 4.08 xERA, suggesting he could be due for some positive regression. However, Wacha remains an option for deeper leagues and should only be deployed in favorable matchups.

    May 10 · Source via Kansas City Royals Michael Wacha
  • Dairon Blanco Does It All In Blowout Win

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    Kansas City Royals outfielder Dairon Blanco showed up big on Thursday, leading his team to a 10-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Blanco went 3-for-3 with four runs scored, two RBI, a homer, and two stolen bases. It was a full stat line for Blanco, but unfortunately the 31-year-old hasn't done much to warrant being rostered in fantasy outside of this game. He will steal the occasional base, with 10 on the season, but he hardly starts games and is usually used as a late-game pinch-runner. He might see more at-bats now, but he shouldn't be rostered unless steals are at a premium.

    May 10 · Source via Kansas City Royals Dairon Blanco
  • James McArthur Tallies Eighth Save

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    Kansas City Royals closer James McArthur tallied his eighth save of the season in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, recording the final two outs of the contest. It was veteran Tyler Duffey who was called upon to protect a four-run lead in the ninth inning on Wednesday, but it became a save situation for McArthur after Duffey coughed up two runs. McArthur put out the fire via two groundouts. The big 27-year-old right-hander badly needed a bounce-back outing after giving up four runs with two blown saves over his past three innings, still carrying a mediocre 4.15 ERA and 1.38 WHIP while fanning 18 and walking only three across 17 1/3 frames on the campaign. McArthur remains the favorite for saves out of KC's bullpen, and he should be rostered in most competitive fantasy leagues.

    May 9 · Source via Closers Kansas City Royals James McArthur
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Keeps Raking In Win

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    Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. stayed hot in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, going 2-for-3 with a home run and a double while scoring three runs. After doubling in the first inning, Witt greeted Brewers right-hander Joel Payamps with a solo shot to deep left center in the eighth frame. The 23-year-old former top prospect has been spectacular all year long, but over his last 15 games since April 23, he's batting .377 with the aforementioned homer, 12 RBI, 16 runs scored, and nine stolen bases. A four-game set against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim starting on Thursday is on tap for Witt. In nine games against the Angels in his career, Witt is surprisingly hitting just .237 with three taters, 10 RBI, three runs scored, and zero steals.

    May 8 · Source via Kansas City Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Salvador Perez Getting A Day Off Wednesday

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    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez is getting a breather on Wednesday against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. Freddy Fermin will do the catching for right-hander Brady Singer and will bat eighth in the order against Brewers right-hander Joe Ross. It's a regular day of rest for Perez in a day game after a night game. The 33-year-old backstop has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball to start the 2024 season, as he's slashing .326/.387/.558 with a .945 OPS, eight home runs, a league-leading 31 RBI and 15 runs scored in 129 at-bats. Perez should be back in action for the Royals for the series opener in Los Angeles on Thursday against the Angels. Fermin is batting just .218 (12-for-55) with a homer and two RBI and is low-upside streamer in DFS in the eight-hole on Wednesday.

    May 8 · Source via Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Alec Marsh Looks Good In Rehab Outing

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    Kansas City Royals right-hander Alec Marsh (elbow) looked good in his minor-league rehab start for Triple-A Omaha on Sunday, tossing four shutout innings while allowing one hit, walking one and striking out six. The Royals were hoping that Marsh threw 60 to 65 pitches in the outing, but he pitched so well and efficiently that he only threw 53 pitches (38 for strikes). The 25-year-old could be ready to return from the 15-day injured list when he's eligible on Friday, but if the Royals play it safe and have him make another rehab start, Daniel Lynch would be in line to take another turn through KC's rotation. Marsh was looking good before landing on the IL, going 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 17 strikeouts and seven walks in 26 2/3 innings pitched, so he'll be guaranteed a spot back in the team's rotation when he's ready.

    May 7 · Source via Kansas City Royals Daniel Lynch Alec Marsh
  • Chris Stratton Earns Second Save Monday

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    Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Chris Stratton picked up his second save of the season in Monday's 3-2 win over the Brewers. Stratton came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by one. He allowed a leadoff walk, induced a ground-ball double-play, allowed another walk, and ended the game with a groundout. Closer James McArthur pitched two innings in Sunday's game, so he was likely unavailable. Stratton has struggled this season with a 5.40 ERA and a 7.20 BB/9 rate in 15 innings of work. His fantasy value will remain limited if he cannot improve those metrics.

    May 7 · Source via Closers Kansas City Royals Chris Stratton
  • Cole Ragans Set To Face Brewers On Monday

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    Kansas City Royals left-hander Cole Ragans (calf) is slated to make his next start on Monday against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. Ragans dealt with cramping in his left calf in his most recent start last Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays after throwing 6 2/3 innings. It was obviously just a minor injury, and the 26-year-old southpaw is ready to go for his next turn through KC's rotation. With a two-start week on tap, fantasy managers are going to want to lock Ragans into their starting lineups this week despite coming off an injury in his last start. He's set to face the Los Angeles Angels this Saturday. Ragans is currently 2-2 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.36 WHIP while walking 13 and striking out 46 in 36 2/3 innings over his first seven starts of the season.

    May 6 · Source via Kansas City Royals Cole Ragans
  • Alec Marsh Scheduled For Rehab Start On Sunday

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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Alec Marsh (elbow) is set for a rehab start with Triple-A Omaha on Sunday. Marsh is expect to throw between 60-65 pitches in the start. As of now it's unclear if Marsh will need multiple rehab starts before rejoining the Royals, so there is a chance that if all goes well then he will rejoin Kansas City when he can be activated off the IL on May 10th. Marsh had been having a solid season before getting drilled with a liner when facing the Toronto Blue Jays. The right-hander has posted up a 2.70 ERA and recorded three wins in five starts. Marsh may be a sneaky add that fantasy managers can stash on their bench until he returns.

    May 4 · Source via Kansas City Royals Alec Marsh
  • The Royals’ Outfield Drought

    The Royals' 20-13 start to the season on the heels of an active offseason that saw Kansas City spend more than $100MM on nine free agents - to say nothing of trades acquiring relievers John Schreiber and Nick Anderson - has plenty of people buzzing. The Royals are right in the thick of things in...

    May 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals
  • Salvador Perez Homers, Drives In Three Friday

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    Kansas City Royals first baseman Salvador Perez went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Friday's 7-1 victory over the Rangers. It was the eighth time he's gone deep this season and the three RBI put him at 30, good for third-most in all of baseball. The 33-year-old is having a fantastic season thus far, slashing .351/.413/.605 with a .438 wOBA and 184 wRC+. After an 86 wRC+ season last year, the veteran has cut down his K% to a measly 10.3% and his Contact% of 83.2% is his best since 2015. The 8x All-Star has hit safely in 25 of the 32 games he's played and has 11 multi-hit efforts. Ranking behind only William Contreras for top fantasy catcher, Perez is looking like an early AL MVP contender and probable All-Star.

    May 4 · Source via Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Chandler Champlain Strikes Out Seven To Earn First Victory Of The Season

    Kansas City Royals starting pitching prospect Chandler Champlain tossed five innings of one-run ball with just two hits, and one free pass to earn his first victory of the season. The 24-year-old tallied seven punchouts to increase his season total to 31. The former USC Trojan has a 5.32 ERA and 1.10 WHIP across 23 innings at Double-A this season. However, Champlain has been pitching much better as of late, and his ERA seems to remain inflated by his first start of the season, where he surrendered eight earned runs. Since then, he has never allowed more than two earned runs in a start. The 24-year-old could see time in Triple-A this season and is worth keeping an eye on in dynasty formats, especially if he can continue this turnaround.

    May 3 · Source via Prospects Kansas City Royals Chandler Champlain
  • Seth Lugo Has Another Strong Outing

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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Seth Lugo continued his hot stretch on the mound during Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing one earned run, and struck out eight batters in the win. Lugo has now struck out 17 batters over his last two starts. He has been solid on the mound throughout most of his starts. Fantasy managers in need of pitching help should consider Lugo as an option.

    May 1 · Source via Kansas City Royals Seth Lugo
  • Hunter Renfroe Takes A Seat Wednesday

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    Kansas City Royals outfielder Hunter Renfroe will retreat to the bench on Wednesday as the team faces the Toronto Blue Jays. Adam Frazier will get the nod in right field for the Royals and will hit eighth against Blue Jays right-hander Chris Bassitt. Renfroe has gone 1-for-12 in the last four games to drop his season line to a weak .150/.218/.268 in 80 at-bats. The 32-year-old veteran right-handed slugger has added just two home runs, 10 RBI and seven runs scored for the Royals and could lose playing time moving forward unless he turns it around soon. Frazier hasn't been much better at all, though, and should be avoided in DFS formats on Wednesday. The left-handed batter is hitting .185 (12-for-65) with no homers, five RBI and one stolen base.

    May 1 · Source via Kansas City Royals Hunter Renfroe
  • James McArthur Notches Seventh Save Tuesday

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    Kansas City Royals closer James McArthur picked up his seventh save of the season in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jays. McArthur entered the game to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning up by three and shut the door with two pop-outs and a strikeout. The 27-year-old has provided plenty of fantasy value this season, converting all but one of his save opportunities with a 2.63 ERA, a 9.88 K/9 rate, and a 1.32 BB/9 rate. He should continue to serve as a reliable fantasy option if the Royals keep playing well.

    May 1 · Source via Closers Kansas City Royals James McArthur
  • Cole Ragans Leaves His Start With Calf Cramp

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    Kansas City Royals left-hander Cole Ragans (calf) left his start on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays early due to a left-calf cramp. Ragans made it through 6 2/3 innings and got the win despite his injury in the 4-1 victory, allowing four hits and one earned run while walking three and striking out nine. The 26-year-old southpaw didn't look to be too bothered by his injury after leaving the game, but fantasy managers will want to keep a close eye on him as to whether he'll be available to make his next start. Ragans secured his second win of the season with the strong start against the Blue Jays on Tuesday and was able to lower his season ERA to 3.44 in the process. He's been a strong top-of-the rotation starter for KC and belongs on fantasy rosters in all formats.

    Apr 30 · Source via Kansas City Royals Cole Ragans
  • Salvador Perez Back In Action Tuesday

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    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (back) is playing first base and is batting cleanup for the Royals on Tuesday against right-hander Jose Berrios and the Toronto Blue Jays. Freddy Fermin is doing the catching and will bat sixth. Perez was scratched from Monday's lineup with back tightness, but he singled in a pinch-hit appearance late in the game and is back in the lineup a day later. Fantasy managers will want to get the 33-year-old All-Star back into their starting lineups immediately. Perez has been going off offensively with a .346/.404/.596 slash line with seven home runs in his first 29 games this year. He has a lot of experience against Berrios in his career, too, but he's hit just .214 with a home run and five RBI in 42 at-bats.

    Apr 30 · Source via Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Blake Mitchell Hitting Well In Single-A

    Kansas City Royals catcher prospect Blake Mitchell has been off to a solid start for Single-A Columbia. Mitchell, 19, is hitting .273 with two homers and six RBI. Mitchell was drafted out of high school with the eighth overall pick in the 2023 draft and has become the Royals No. 1 prospect. As one of the better hitting prospects behind the dish and at such a young age, Mitchell has the potential to offer plenty of power. However, to make a big leap, Mitchell will have to learn to be less aggressive at the plate. If Mitchell can improve his plate discipline and continue to tap into his raw power, he can have a bright future as the Royals catcher after Salvador Perez hangs it up. For now, he is a name for dynasty managers to monitor as he is years away from a potential big-league debut.

    Apr 30 · Source via Kansas City Royals Blake Mitchell
  • Salvador Perez Scratched With Back Tightness

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    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (back) has been scratched from Monday's lineup against the Blue Jays in Toronto due to back tightness. Freddy Fermin will now catch right-hander Jonathan Bowlan and hit sixth in the batting order against Blue Jays right-handed rookie Yariel Rodriguez. For now, fantasy managers should consider Perez as day-to-day, but this is certainly something that could sideline the 33-year-old veteran for multiple days or even land him on the injured list. We'll keep an eye out for more updates on Perez, but for now, fantasy managers will obviously want to remove him from their starting lineups on Monday. Injury aside, Perez has been excellent through the season's first month, hitting .340/.398/.592 with a .990 OPS, seven home runs and 26 RBI in his first 103 at-bats.

    Apr 29 · Source via Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Jonathan Bowlan Called Up To Start Monday

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    The Kansas City Royals recalled right-hander Jonathan Bowlan from Triple-A Omaha and optioned right-hander Will Klein to Omaha in a corresponding move on Monday. Bowland will be making his 2024 debut with Kansas City to start in the series opener on Monday against the Blue Jays in Toronto. This will be the 27-year-old's second career start after he made his big-league debut in 2023, going 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, no walks and three strikeouts in just three innings pitched. Bowlan will help cover the rotation spot of Alec Marsh (elbow) for at least this turn through KC's rotation. In his 21 innings at Omaha this year, he has posted a 2.57 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with five walks and 21 strikeouts. Fantasy managers should consider him an extremely shaky streaming option in Toronto.

    Apr 29 · Source via Kansas City Royals Jonathan Bowlan
  • Maikel Garcia Has Multi-Hit Day On Friday

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    Kansas City Royals third baseman Maikel Garcia hit two singles, drew a walk, drove in two runs and scored a run in the Royals' 8-0 win on Friday. Garcia now has multiple hits in four of his last seven games, a good sign after going through a bit of a slump over the past couple weeks. The 24-year-old is now hitting for a .651 OPS and has 18 RBI on the season. If Garcia is able to avoid another major slump, then he may be someone fantasy managers want to keep on their radar as an option to stash on their bench. Garcia will get matchups against Casey Mize on Saturday and Tigers ace Tarik Skubal on Sunday.

    Apr 26 · Source via Kansas City Royals Maikel Garcia
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Hits Triple, Has Three-RBI Day

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    Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. notched three RBI in the Royals 8-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday afternoon. Witt Jr. went 1-4 with a two RBI triple and an RBI sacrifice fly. He also scored a run in the Royals' seven-run ninth. The 23-year-old now has 14 RBI on the season with a .915 OPS and leads the league in triples with four. As a top option in fantasy baseball, Witt Jr. is delivering for fantasy managers who took him in the first round. Witt Jr. faces Casey Mize on Saturday and will have a tough matchup against Tigers ace Tarik Skubal on Sunday.

    Apr 26 · Source via Kansas City Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Seth Lugo Has Excellent Outing Friday

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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Seth Lugo continued his stellar work on the mound during Friday's game against the Detroit Tigers. The right-hander threw seven shutout innings while striking out nine batters in the win. Lugo only gave up three singles during this game and a pair of walks. He holds a 1.66 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and a 23/9 K/BB ratio across six starts. He'll look to continue his strong campaign against the Toronto Blue Jays next week.

    Apr 26 · Source via Kansas City Royals Seth Lugo
  • Hunter Renfroe On The Pine Again Friday

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    Kansas City Royals outfielder Hunter Renfroe finds himself on the bench again on Friday against the Detroit Tigers. This will be the second straight game that Renfroe will be starting on the bench. In his absence, the left-handed-hitting Adam Frazier will make the start in right field for the Royals and will hit eighth against Tigers right-hander Reese Olson. The 32-year-old Renfroe has hit just .149 (10-for-67) with two home runs, 10 RBI, five walks and 16 strikeouts in his first 72 plate appearances in 2024 and is quickly losing playing time in Kansas City's outfield rotation. Frazier, also 32, hasn't been much better, going 11-for-55 (.200) with no homers, four RBI and one stolen base in 22 games. He's never faced Olson in his career.

    Apr 26 · Source via Kansas City Royals Hunter Renfroe
  • Salvador Perez Goes Deep On Thursday

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    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez came up clutch for his team during Thursday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The veteran catcher blasted a two-run home run off right-hander Jose Berries. That home run ended up being enough as the Royals won the game 2-0. The 33-year-old now has seven home runs on the year and is showing no signs of slowing down.

    Apr 26 · Source via Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Cole Ragans Notches First Win On Thursday

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    Kansas City Royals left-hander Cole Ragans managed to earn his first win of the season as part of a weather-shortened, five-inning, 2-1 win over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. It turns out the 26-year-old was the only pitcher the club needed on the afternoon as Ragans tossed five innings of one-run ball on three hits and three walks while striking out four on the day. The outing lowered his ERA to 3.90 through six starts while he has recorded 37 strikeouts against 10 walks across 30 innings of work. Claimed off waivers from the Rangers last season, Ragans broke out with a 2.64 ERA with 89 strikeouts against 27 walks across 12 starts and 71 2/3 innings in the Royals' rotation, making him a sought-after fantasy asset in drafts this spring.

    Apr 25 · Source via Kansas City Royals Cole Ragans
  • Royals Place Alec Marsh On Injured List, Recall Will Klein For MLB Debut

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    The Royals announced Thursday that righty Alec Marsh is headed to the 15-day injured list with a right elbow contusion. Right-handed reliever Will Klein has been recalled to take his spot on the roster and will be making his MLB debut the first time he gets into a game. Marsh took a comeback liner from...

    Apr 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Will Klein Alec Marsh
  • Alec Marsh Lands On Injured List

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    The Kansas City Royals placed right-hander Alec Marsh (elbow) on the 15-day injured list on Thursday with a right-elbow contusion and recalled right-hander Will Klein from Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move. X-rays came back negative on Marsh's elbow after he was hit by a comebacker on Wednesday and forced to leave his start early against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he's still going to have to miss at least two weeks. It's unclear who will replace the 25-year-old in Kansas City's rotation moving forward. Klein will give the Royals some more depth in the bullpen. Marsh, a former second-round pick in 2019 out of Arizona State, should return to the Royals' rotation when his 15 days are up after going 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in his first five starts in 2024.

    Apr 25 · Source via Kansas City Royals Alec Marsh
  • Royals Release Mike Brosseau

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    The Royals released infielder Mike Brosseau from his minor league contract last night. The move was announced by Kansas City's Triple-A club in Omaha this morning. Brosseau, 30, signed with Kansas City over the offseason. He appeared in 12 games this spring, hitting .156 without an extra-base knock. Those struggles carried into the regular season with...

    Apr 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Michael Brosseau
  • X-Rays Come Back Negative On Alec Marsh

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    Updating a previous report, Kansas City Royals manager Matt Quatraro said that X-rays came back negative on right-hander Alec Marsh (elbow, forearm) after he was forced to leave his start early on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays when he was hit by a comebacker on his right elbow/forearm in the fifth inning. Marsh was in a lot of pain initially, but the feeling came back in his arm quickly after he was pulled. "We feel like we got pretty lucky. Everything is good. X-rays are negative," Quatraro said. The 25-year-old could still be forced to miss his next scheduled start on Monday against these same Blue Jays, but it's obviously good news he avoided any kind of fracture in his arm. Before leaving on Wednesday, Marsh tossed 4 1/3 shutout innings with two hits allowed, two walks and only one strikeout to drop his season ERA to a strong 2.70.

    Apr 25 · Source via Kansas City Royals Alec Marsh
  • Another Save For James McArthur

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    Kansas City Royals closer James McArthur continued cementing his status atop the club's bullpen hierarchy in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, collecting his sixth save of the season after fanning two hitters in a clean ninth inning to preserve the victory. McArthur was summoned to sit down the lower part of Toronto's batting order and made the game a bit interesting by letting pinch-hitter Justin Turner reach on a single to get the tying run aboard, but he prevented things from getting out of hand. The big 27-year-old right-hander is starting to leave veteran William Smith in the dust when it comes to handling save opportunities for the Royals going forward, as he's now rattled off eight consecutive scoreless appearances while going 6-for-6 on save chances over his last 9 2/3 frames since April 5. There's no reason for McArthur to be on any fantasy waiver wires at this point.

    Apr 25 · Source via Closers Kansas City Royals James McArthur
  • Alec Marsh Leaves Game After Being Hit By Comebacker

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    Kansas City Royals right-hander Alec Marsh (elbow, forearm) left his start on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays after being hit on the right elbow/forearm area on a comebacker up the middle. It did not look good, and Marsh appeared to be in a significant amount of pain. Before leaving the game, Marsh threw 4 1/3 shutout innings with two hits allowed, two walks and only one strikeout in what would be a no-decision in the 3-2 loss. It's being called a right-forearm contusion for Marsh for now, but he's surely to undergo X-rays and is in danger of missing his next start or landing on the injured list. The 25-year-old's ERA is down to 2.70 on the season after shutting Toronto out for 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday. Check back for an update on his condition later on Wednesday or on Thursday morning.

    Apr 24 · Source via Kansas City Royals Alec Marsh
  • James McArthur Earns Fifth Save Of Season Tuesday

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    Kansas City Royals relief pitcher James McArthur picked up his fifth save of the season in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jays. McArthur came in to pitch the top of the eighth inning up by one. He got the first out on a groundout, allowed a walk, and induced a double play to end the inning. He started the ninth inning with a groundout, allowed a single, and got consecutive ground-ball outs to end the game. The 27-year-old has emerged as a useful fantasy option on a surprisingly competitive team and has now converted all but one save opportunity with a 3.09 ERA, a 9.26 K/9 rate, and a 1.54 BB/9 rate.

    Apr 24 · Source via Closers Kansas City Royals James McArthur
  • Steven Zobac Named MiLB High-A Pitcher Of The Week

    Kansas Royals pitching prospect Steven Zobac was named High-A Pitcher of the Week credited to his performance on April 19, where he threw six shutout innings and only surrendered one hit. He struck out six. Zobac has been stellar to open the season, posting a 1.20 ERA and 0.67 WHIP across 15 innings. Zobac, who is currently ranked as the 24th prospect in the Kansas City system according to MLB Pipeline, is making quite a case for an early promotion to Double-A. Zobac is someone to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues, as he could quickly rise the pitching ranks during the summer.

    Apr 23 · Source via Prospects Kansas City Royals Steven Zobac
  • No Timeline For Jordan Lyles' Return

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    The Kansas City Royals placed right-hander Jordan Lyles (personal) on the inactive list on Saturday, and team is not disclosing the reason for his absence other than describing it as a "personal matter." There's no timeline for his return, but because of the type of inactive list Lyles was placed on, it opened a 40-man roster spot for the Royals to call up veteran right-handed reliever Tyler Duffey. Lyles has thrown five scoreless innings with three strikeouts in five appearances out of KC's bullpen during the 2024 regular season, but he hasn't pitched since April 12. With no defined role and most of his work coming in mop-up duty this year, however, the 33-year-old journeyman belongs on fantasy waiver wires while he's unavailable. There's no clear-cut fantasy beneficiary of his absence, either.

    Apr 22 · Source via Kansas City Royals Jordan Lyles
  • Royals Select Tyler Duffey

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    1:35pm: The Royals announced that Duffey' contract has indeed been selected from Omaha. Left-hander Anthony Veneziano was optioned to open a spot on the active roster. Regarding Lyles, the team understandably hasn't disclosed the nature of his personal matter, but it sounds as though he could be in for a notable absence. Anne Rogers of...

    Apr 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Tyler Duffey Anthony Veneziano
  • Michael Massey Activated And Starting Friday

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    The Kansas City Royals reinstated infielder Michael Massey (back) from the 10-day injured list on Friday and optioned infielder Nick Loftin to Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move. Massey is immediately back in the Royals' starting lineup on Friday, starting at second base and batting seventh against Baltimore Orioles right-hander Dean Kremer. Massey is back in Kansas City after a back strain caused him to miss the start of the 2024 regular season. The 26-year-old looked good on his minor-league rehab assignment and figures to split playing time at the keystone with veteran left-handed hitter Adam Frazier. In 129 games with the Royals in 2023, Massey slashed an underwhelming .229/.274/.381 with 15 home runs, 55 RBI and six stolen bases in 461 plate appearances. He's worth a pickup in AL-only leagues, at least, for middle infield depth.

    Apr 19 · Source via Kansas City Royals Michael Massey
  • Michael Massey Could Return Friday

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    Kansas City Royals second baseman Michael Massey (back), who was placed on the injured list back on Opening Day due to lower back tightness, is closing in on returning to the major-league lineup and making his 2024 debut. Entering Wednesday's action, Massey is batting .407 (11-for-27) with six extra-base hits and eight RBI over six games on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha. He could rejoin the Royals as early as Friday for the start of a three-game weekend set versus the visiting Baltimore Orioles. The 26-year-old lefty-hitting infielder should serve as the club's everyday second baseman upon his imminent activation, with neither Adam Frazier nor Nick Loftin doing much to stand out at the keystone in the early stages of the season. With KC's lineup hitting well to begin the campaign, Massey is a name to watch for fantasy managers in AL-only or deep mixed leagues.

    Apr 17 · Source via Kansas City Royals Michael Massey
  • Salvador Perez Smacks Go-Ahead Homer

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    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (groin) made a significant impact during his return to the lineup on Wednesday. The 33-year-old backstop is playing through a Grade 1 left groin strain that he suffered earlier in the week. On Wednesday, Perez smacked a go-ahead two-run home run off right-hander Michael Kopech in the eighth inning. Perez is off to a red-hot start at the plate this season. He has five home runs and 17 RBI through 17 games.

    Apr 17 · Source via Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Salvador Perez Returns On Wednesday

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    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (groin) is back behind the plate and is hitting cleanup for the Royals in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox and rookie right-hander Jonathan Cannon, who is making his big-league debut. A Grade 1 left-groin strain kept Perez out of Monday's lineup before Tuesday's contest was postponed. The 33-year-old's injury clearly wasn't too serious, but he'll most likely sit out for the second game of the doubleheader. The eight-time All-Star should be reinserted into all fantasy lineups now that he's active again. Perez is off to an excellent start at the plate in 2024, going 21-for-62 (.339) with four home runs, 15 RBI and eight runs scored in his first 16 games.

    Apr 17 · Source via Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Michael Wacha In Prime Rebound Spot

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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Michael Wacha allowed 10 hits and gave up five runs while taking a loss in last Friday's 6-1 defeat to the New York Mets, but he finds himself in prime position to bounce back in Wednesday's start on the road in one part of a doubleheader against the division-rival Chicago White Sox. Although Wacha holds a mediocre 4.00 ERA (2.75 FIP) through 18 innings (three starts) to begin his Royals debut season, his 1.05 WHIP is a cause for optimism. Since 2023, the 32-year-old journeyman right-hander is 2-0 with 14 scoreless frames and 15 strikeouts over two appearances against the White Sox. Additionally, the current Chicago roster is hitting a career .141 across 72 plate appearances versus Wacha. With the ChiSox sitting dead last in baseball with 34 runs scored, treat Wacha as a confident fantasy option on Wednesday's full slate.

    Apr 16 · Source via Kansas City Royals Michael Wacha
  • White Sox-Royals Postponed On Tuesday

    Tuesday's contest between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals in Chicago has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a straight doubleheader on Wednesday, starting at 1:10 pm CT. Rookie right-hander Jonathan Cannon was set to make his major-league debut and start for the White Sox, while right-hander Brady Singer was the Royals' scheduled starter on the mound. Both pitchers will presumably be pushed to one of the games of the doubleheader on Wednesday. Fantasy baseball managers obviously need to make sure that they remain any players from these two teams that might have been in their starting lineups for Tuesday's action.

    Apr 16 · Source via Chicago White Sox Kansas City Royals
  • Salvador Perez Remains Out On Tuesday

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    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (groin) remains out of the starting lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox. The veteran catcher has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 left groin strain. Despite that, Perez hasn't been placed on the injured list and is considered as day-to-day. It wouldn't be shocking to see Perez miss a few more games while he recovers from this issue. Freddy Fermin will cover behind the plate and bat eighth during Tuesday's game.

    Apr 16 · Source via Kansas City Royals Freddy Fermin Salvador Perez
  • Seth Lugo Improves To 3-0

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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Seth Lugo improved to 3-0 with a victory against the Chicago White Sox on Monday. Lugo tossed seven innings on scoreless ball and allowed four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. It was the second time this season that Lugo has earned a quality start against his division foe. With the outing, Lugo now has an impressive 1.05 ERA. Facing the White Sox twice in four starts is always helpful, but Lugo also has held his own against the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros. Lugo's biggest flaw for fantasy managers is that he doesn't collect many strikeouts and that makes him more attractive as a streamer than a must-roster player outside of very deep leagues. Lugo will look to improve to 4-0 when he squares off in a tough matchup against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

    Apr 16 · Source via Kansas City Royals Seth Lugo
  • Salvador Perez Has Grade 1 Groin Strain

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    An MRI exam on Monday morning revealed that Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (groin) has a Grade 1 groin strain. Perez said he's pain-free and just has a little tightness/pinch after getting hurt on Sunday against the New York Mets. The veteran backstop was held out of the lineup on Monday versus the Chicago White Sox but is hoping to return to action on Tuesday. He went straight to manager Matt Quatraro's office on Monday and lobbied to play, but Freddy Fermin is doing the catching and is batting eighth against White Sox rookie righty Nick Nastrini. The 33-year-old Perez shouldn't need a trip to the injured list, and fantasy managers should check back on Tuesday to see if he's back in the starting lineup. Perez is off to a great start in 2024, batting .339 (21-for-62) with four home runs, two doubles and 15 RBI in just 16 games.

    Apr 15 · Source via Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Salvador Perez Not Playing Monday

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    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (groin, hip) is not in the starting lineup on Monday against the Chicago White Sox on the road. It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that Perez isn't in there after he was pulled early from Sunday's game New York Mets with left groin and hip injuries. Catcher Logan Porter is currently on the team's taxi squad to begin the week just in case the 33-year-old Perez's injury ends up costing him more than just a few days. Freddy Fermin would be the team's primary backstop if Perez is forced to the injured list. Fermin is behind the plate and is batting eighth on Monday against White Sox rookie right-hander Nick Nastrini, who is making his big-league debut. Fermin has just five hits in his first 26 at-bats in 2024 for a .192 batting average and one RBI.

    Apr 15 · Source via Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Frank Mozzicato Makes Season Debut

    Kansas City Royals pitching prospect Frank Mozzicato tossed four innings in his season debut for High-A Quad Cities. The 20-year-old allowed just one hit and struck out four with no runs allowed, but surrendered three walks. Walks have been the left-hander's kryptonite early on in his career and he will need to maintain those to improve. The former first-round pick of 2021 has very good spin on his breaking ball and has worked on a changeup to add to arsenal. The talent is all there for the youngster, but he will need to limit his walks and have better command to get to the next level. Mozzicato is only a name for dynasty managers to consider at this point.

    Apr 15 · Source via Prospects Kansas City Royals Frank Mozzicato
  • Salvador Perez Has Left Groin, Hip Injuries

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    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez suffered a left groin and hip injury on Sunday when he collided with New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte at home plate. The veteran backstop left the game and was seen limping off of the field following the collision. He will be evaluated on Monday and an update is expected before the club kicks off a series against the rival White Sox. It's been a big start to the 2024 season for the long-time Royals catcher as Perez has hit .339 with four home runs and 15 RBI across 16 games and 65 trips to the plate, posting a healthy .934 OPS in the process. The heavily-used backstop continues to deliver quality power numbers into his mid-30s and should continue to drive in plenty of runs on an improved Royals offense in 2024.

    Apr 15 · Source via Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Salvador Perez Exits Early On Sunday

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    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez left Sunday's game early after a collision at home plate with Starling Marte. Freddy Fermin entered the game for Perez, who walked off the field with a noticeable limp. It is too early to determine the severity of Perez's injury but hopefully it is nothing long term. Fermin would be the likely replacement if the 33-year-old is forced to miss time. Fermin had modest success at the plate in 2022, but he would only have true value in two-catcher leagues or AL Only formats.

    Apr 14 · Source via Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Vinnie Pasquantino Not In Saturday's Lineup

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    Kansas City Royals first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino is not in Saturday's lineup as the Royals continue a three-game set in Queens. Pasquantino was off to a slow start, as he tallied just five hits in his first eleven games. Since then, Pasquantino has hit for a .583 AVG with two doubles and one home run. Salvador Perez will shift to first base today, and Freddy Fermin will serve as the backstop for pitcher Alec Marsh. This will be Fermin's sixth start of the season and will have a difficult matchup as he faces southpaw Sean Manaea, who has a dominant 0.82 ERA and 0.73 WHIP across his first two starts.

    Apr 13 · Source via Kansas City Royals Vinnie Pasquantino
  • Ben Kudrna Tosses Gem On Friday

    Kansas City Royals starting pitching prospect Ben Kudrna threw six no-hit innings en route to his first victory of the season at High-A. Kudrna allowed two base runners in the opening frame, one via a walk and the other via a hit-by-pitch, but then kept the bases empty for the remainder of his start. This was an excellent bounce back performance for the number three overall prospect in the Kansas City system, as he allowed two runs in just three innings in his first start. The 21-year-old is projected to make his major league debut sometime in 2025 and is worth kicking the tires on if available in your dynasty and keeper leagues.

    Apr 13 · Source via Prospects Kansas City Royals Ben Kudrna
  • Brady Singer Picks Up Win Against Astros

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    Kansas City Royals right-hander Brady Singer allowed one run on five hits across five innings of work during Thursday's win over the Houston Astros. Singer struck out four in the contest while walking two. The 27-year-old is now 2-0 on the season with a sparkling 0.98 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 18/4 K/BB rate. Singer was a sizeable disappointment for fantasy managers in 2023, but he has passed all the tests thus far in 2024. He is set to face the lowly Chicago White Sox in his next projected start and should be rostered in all formats while his resurgence continues.

    Apr 11 · Source via Kansas City Royals Brady Singer
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Has Monster Day At The Plate

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    Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. went 4-for-5 with two home runs, five RBI and four runs scored during Thursday's 13-3 demolition of the Houston Astros. Witt also picked up his third stolen base during the blowout. It was a banner day for the 23-year-old, who is now slashing a robust .358/.414/.755 with four home runs, eight RBI and 13 runs scored on the season. Witt looks like bonafide superstar to start 2024 and is a must-start option whenever he takes the diamond.

    Apr 11 · Source via Kansas City Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Vinnie Pasquantino Snaps Cold Spell With Five RBI

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    Kansas City Royals first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino broke out of a slump in Wednesday's 11-2 blowout win over the visiting Houston Astros, going 3-for-3 with a home run, a double, and a career-high five RBI. Pasquantino doubled to shallow left to drive in two runs in a seven-run third inning for the Royals before homering to right during the fourth frame. It was already a huge evening at the dish, but Pasquantino added a sacrifice fly to bring in one more in the sixth. The 26-year-old former top prospect was a popular fantasy drop candidate after an abysmal 4-for-37 start to the year, but Wednesday's three-hit attack raised his batting average to .175 and his OPS to .552 over 11 games. Pasquantino occupies a premium lineup spot in KC's lineup every day and should continue to have plenty of RBI chances going forward.

    Apr 11 · Source via Kansas City Royals Vinnie Pasquantino
  • Michael Massey Resumes Rehab Assignment

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    Kansas City Royals second baseman Michael Massey (back) returned to his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with three RBI while playing seven innings in the field. After playing one rehab game at Double-A Northwest Arkansas and experiencing minor soreness, Massey felt good enough to play on Tuesday. Closing in on a return for KC, Massey likely still needs a few more rehab games before doing so. The 26-year-old lefty-hitting infielder has been on the injured list since Opening Day with lower back tightness, and the Royals hope it won't linger and Massey can return as their everyday second baseman after he slashed .229/.274/.381 with 15 home runs, 18 doubles, 55 RBI, and six stolen bases over 428 at-bats last season. Adam Frazier is filling in as the primary option at the keystone for now, but he's not doing enough to warrant consideration outside of the deepest fantasy leagues.

    Apr 10 · Source via Kansas City Royals Michael Massey
  • Zach Davies Signs Minor-League Deal With Royals

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    The Kansas City Royals have signed starting pitcher Zach Davies to a minor-league contract on Monday. The former Arizona Diamondback had a 2023 season he would like to forget, pitching to an even 7.00 ERA in only 82 1/3 innings, striking out only 72 batters, and giving up 39 walks. This move by the Royals is clearly a depth move, as the rotation is solid with Cole Ragans, Seth Lugo, Brady Singer, Michael Wacha, and Alec Marsh leading the way. Look for Davies to begin ramping up in the minors and be a potential replacement in the rotation if any of those five guys struggles or gets injured.

    Apr 9 · Source via Kansas City Royals Zach Davies
  • Royals Sign Zach Davies To Minor League Deal

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    The Royals announced this evening that they've signed starter Zach Davies to a minor league pact. The Boras Corporation client has been assigned to Triple-A Omaha. Davies adds a veteran rotation option to the upper levels of the K.C. system. He was in Nationals camp this spring but didn't make the MLB roster and was cut loose...

    Apr 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Zach Davies
  • James McArthur Notches Second Save

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    Kansas City Royals relief pitcher James McArthur shut down the Chicago White Sox on Sunday to earn his second save in a 5-3 win. McArthur tossed a scoreless ninth, although he did allow a hit and a walk and brought the go-ahead run to the plate. McArthur now has two of the Royals' last three saves, but this is looking like a true committee situation after Chris Stratton got a save last night. Will Smith threw the eighth tonight, but he could also be in line for saves when the situation calls for a lefty. McArthur is probably the best option to roster in fantasy, but he should only be added in deeper leagues where saves are scarce.

    Apr 8 · Source via Closers Kansas City Royals James McArthur
  • Royals Acquire Colin Selby From Pirates

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    The Royals have acquired right-hander Colin Selby from the Pirates in exchange for minor league left-hander Connor Oliver.  Both teams have announced the trade, and Kansas City further noted that left-hander Josh Taylor has been shifted to the 60-day injured list to create space for Selby on the 40-man roster. Pittsburgh designated Selby for assignment...

    Apr 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Pittsburgh Pirates Colin Selby Josh Taylor
  • Chris Stratton Earns First Save Of The Season

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    Kansas City Royals right-hander Chris Stratton struck out one over a perfect inning to earn the save in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. Stratton needed 12 pitches to make quick work of the White Sox top of the order to collect his first save of the season. Royals manager Matt Quatraro used James McArthur on Friday during a save situation and decided to go with Stratton for Saturday's game. Kansas City continues using a committee to save situations between McArthur, Stratton, and William Smith. The way the Royals use their bullpen can frustrate fantasy managers. Still, McArthur, Stratton, and Smith should be rostered in 12-team plus leagues despite Kansas City rotating their relievers during save chances early on.

    Apr 6 · Source via Kansas City Royals Chris Stratton
  • Michael Wacha Tosses Seven Scoreless Frames, Picks Up The Win

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    Kansas City Royals right-hander Michael Wacha (1-0) allowed two hits and a walk while striking out eight over seven scoreless innings in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. He picked up his first win of the season. Wacha was terrific on Saturday, blanking the White Sox over seven frames. The 32-year-old threw 93 pitches, landing 59 for strikes. He owns a 2.25 ERA, 0.58 WHIP, and 13 strikeouts over 12 innings in 2024. He is off to a hot start and will look to build on Saturday's performance in his next start Friday on the road against the New York Mets. Wacha can be used as a streamer and should be rostered in all leagues while he continues to pitch well in 2024.

    Apr 6 · Source via Kansas City Royals Michael Wacha
  • William Smith Pulled From Save Chance On Friday

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    Kansas City Royals left-handed reliever William Smith was brought in for the ninth inning on Friday night with the club holding a 2-1 lead over the visiting Chicago White Sox, but the veteran southpaw was pulled after allowing a hit and walking one in favor of James McArthur, who ended up picking up his first save. Smith did pick up a strikeout and the hold, but it's not a good sign that manager Matt Quatraro gave him the quick hook after he allowed a double and a walk after his strikeout. The 34-year-old wasn't a high-end fantasy baseball closer to begin with, but Smith might already be losing his hold on the closer gig in Kansas City after the first week. Smith already has allowed six earned runs in three innings with a blown save and two losses, so fantasy managers scrounging for saves in the early going should consider picking McArthur up off the waiver wire.

    Apr 6 · Source via Closers Kansas City Royals Will Smith
  • James McArthur Needs Two Pitches For First Save

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    Kansas City Royals relief pitcher James McArthur posted his first save of the season in Friday's 2-1 win over the division-rival Chicago White Sox, recording the final two outs of the game. After struggling incumbent closer Will Smith allowed a double and a walk to make things interesting, McArthur only needed two pitches to induce a double play and put out the ninth-inning fire. Although the save should get McArthur on most fantasy radars, he still has a poor 9.82 ERA and 1.91 WHIP with three punchouts in 3 2/3 frames to begin the year. Smith has been worse; the veteran holds an abysmal 18.00 ERA and 3.33 WHIP with three K's over his three innings of work for the Royals in 2024. KC's closing situation looks like a fluid one that could witness a form of hot-hand or matchup-based approach until one arm or the other pulls away in the competition, but McArthur is worth a speculative add.

    Apr 6 · Source via Closers Kansas City Royals James McArthur
  • Brady Singer Aiming To Dazzle Again Friday

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    Kanas City Royals right-hander Brady Singer will look for his second straight excellent outing on Friday when he and the Royals play host to the Chicago White Sox. The 27-year-old dominated the Minnesota Twins in his first outing of the season, tossing seven scoreless innings with just three hits and one walk allowed while he stuck out 10 Twins on the day. It was certainly an encouraging start to the season for Singer who struggled to a 5.52 ERA in 29 starts last season, although his 4.29 FIP, 4.46 SIERA, and 7% BB% all suggest he wasn't as poor as his surface ERA indicates. A drop to an 18.9% K% was concerning, however, as Singer's mediocre 22.1% K% for his career puts a cap on his fantasy value.

    Apr 5 · Source via Kansas City Royals Brady Singer
  • Nelson Velazquez Blasts Second Homer

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    Kansas City Royals outfielder Nelson Velazquez had a strong night in Thursday's blowout victory against the Chicago White Sox. The outfielder went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and two RBI on the evening. Velazquez was a popular sleeper entering this season with his ability to go yard and he now has two round trippers on the season. In addition to the outfield, Velazquez also has slotted into the designated hitter spot. Although he has big bat ability with his power, he does strikeout a lot. As long as managers are willing to take the good with the bad, he is a fine option in deeper leagues.

    Apr 5 · Source via Kansas City Royals Nelson Velazquez
  • MJ Melendez Knocks Two Extra-Base Hits On Thursday

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    Kansas City Royals outfielder MJ Melendez continued his hot start to the season on Thursday, leading the Royals to a 10-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. Melendez went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, two runs scored, and two RBI. The 25-year-old hasn't lived up to expectations in his first few years in the bigs, but it is important to remember that he is still young and he may be coming around, as he is hitting .333/.391/.667 so far this year. It is a small sample, but it is something worth keeping an eye on, especially in leagues where he is still catcher eligible.

    Apr 5 · Source via Kansas City Royals MJ Melendez
  • Seth Lugo Grabs First Win

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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Seth Lugo had another solid start on Thursday, picking up the win in a 10-1 trouncing over the Chicago White Sox. Lugo threw 6 innings of one-run ball, allowing eight hits and two walks while striking out three. The baserunners allowed were a bit alarming in this one, but Lugo was able to escape damage by inducing four double-play balls. That obviously isn't sustainable, but Lugo has shown that he can be a solid starter who can give decent length. He should be a good source of quality starts and shouldn't hurt fantasy manager's ratios either. Lugo is also a very good points league option.

    Apr 5 · Source via Kansas City Royals Seth Lugo
  • Michael Massey To Start Rehab Assignment Friday

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    Kansas City Royals infielder Michael Massey (back) will start a minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Friday. Massey suffered a lower-back strain in spring training in the middle of March and was forced to open the 2024 regular season on the injured list for the Royals. The 26-year-old infielder is nearing a return, though, and could make his season debut in KC at some point next week as long as he doesn't suffer a setback during his rehab assignment. The former fourth-rounder in 2019 out of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an infield bench option, at best, in deep-mixed and AL-only leagues when he's healthy. Massey hit just .229/.274/.381 with 15 home runs, 55 RBI and six stolen bases in 129 games in his first full season in the majors in 2023.

    Apr 4 · Source via Kansas City Royals Michael Massey
  • Cole Ragans Throws Six One-Hit Innings

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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Cole Ragans took a tough-luck no-decision in Wednesday's 4-3 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles, but he threw 6 1/3 innings of one-hit ball with seven strikeouts and two walks. Some believed Ragans may have been in for some regression in 2024, but he's passed his first two tests of the season with flying colors and is swiftly settling in as KC's ace. The 26-year-old former first-round pick has allowed a lone run with 16 punchouts over his first 12 1/3 frames of the campaign, which is good for a 1.46 ERA and 0.89 WHIP thus far. Since landing with the Royals last July as part of the Aroldis Chapman deal, Ragans has dazzled with a 2.46 ERA and 105 strikeouts while hurling at least six innings in 11 of his 14 appearances. He'll draw a tough assignment when the Houston Astros and right-hander Cristian Javier come to town for the start of a three-game series next Tuesday.

    Apr 3 · Source via Kansas City Royals Cole Ragans
  • Salvador Perez Records Two RBI

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    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez hit his second home run of the season and drove in two runs in a 6-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. Perez took Dean Kremer deep to give the Royals a 3-0 lead. Perez finished the game going 1-for-4 with two RBIs, while also striking out once. The Royals catcher is now slashing .250/.294/.625 with two homers and six RBIs. Perez will continue to bring value as a hitter as he's batting cleanup for Kansas City this season.

    Apr 2 · Source via Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Michael Massey On Track For Rehab Assignment This Week

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    Kansas City Royals infielder Michael Massey (back) is progressing well and is playing in simulated games in Arizona and is on track to go on a minor-league rehab assignment this week, according to manager Matt Quatraro. Massey started the 2024 season on the 10-day injured list due to lower-back tightness that he experienced at the end of spring training, but Massey should be able to make his debut for the Royals sooner than later as long as everything goes well on his rehab assignment. In his first full MLB season for the Royals in 2023, Massey slashed .229/.274/.381 with 15 home runs, 55 RBI, six stolen bases and 42 runs scored in 461 plate appearances. He'll be an option for fantasy managers in AL-only leagues when he returns to KC.

    Apr 1 · Source via Kansas City Royals Michael Massey
  • Royals Sign Brian O’Keefe To Minor League Deal

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    The Royals announced Monday that they've signed catcher Brian O'Keefe to a minor league contract. He'll report to Triple-A Omaha tomorrow. O'Keefe spent spring training in the Twins organization after signing a minor league deal with Minnesota, but he was released late four days ago. O'Keefe, 30, has appeared with the Mariners in each of...

    Apr 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Brian O\'Keefe
  • Vinnie Pasquantino Off To Slow Start In 2024

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    After missing most of the 2023 season due to a shoulder injury, Kansas City Royals first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino has gotten off to a slow start in 2024. He has only one hit in 11 at-bats (1-for-11) and is slashing .091/.231/.091 over three games. Pasquantino will look to rebound this week against an awful White Sox team just swept by the Tigers. The 26-year-old is worth starting in all formats in a plus matchup versus Chicago, especially in OBP leagues. As long as Pasquantino is healthy, he is expected to be a four-category player and should be starting for your team in the long term.

    Apr 1 · Source via Kansas City Royals Vinnie Pasquantino
  • Bobby Witt Jr. A Double Shy Of The Cycle On Sunday

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    Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. went 3-for-5 with a single, triple, homerun, and three runs scored, falling just a double short of the cycle Sunday in the team's 11-0 blowout of the Minnesota Twins. Witt is hitting a scorching .545 (6-for-11) and an even hotter 1.888 OPS through three games in 2024. He will look to continue his hot hitting Monday against Dan Kremer and the Orioles for a three-game set. The 23-year-old is looking hot to start the season and is a must-start in all fantasy leagues and a great DFS option for Monday's main slate.

    Apr 1 · Source via Kansas City Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Nelson Velazquez On The Bench Saturday

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    Kansas City Royals outfielder/designated hitter Nelson Velazquez is on the bench to begin Saturday's game against the Minnesota Twins and right-hander Joe Ryan. The former Cub was reported to be the Royals' primary designated hitter for the 2024 season but he is already on the bench following a day off, albeit against a tough right-hander in Ryan. Acquired from the Cubs midway through the 2023 season, Velazquez combined to hit .235 with an impressive 17 homers and an .888 OPS across just 53 games. ATC projects another productive season for the 25-year-old with 23 home runs and six stolen bases in 104 appearances. It appears he will sit out at times against quality right-handers this season, something fantasy managers should keep in mind.

    Mar 30 · Source via Kansas City Royals Nelson Velazquez
  • Cole Ragans Looks Good On Opening Day

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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Cole Ragans delivered a solid opening day performance but ended up taking the loss in a 4-1 defeat against the Minnesota Twins. Ragans allowed just a pair of runs on five hits and three walks while striking out nine over six innings of work. The control was a little iffy in this one, but the 2023 breakout star showed why he was being drafted in the top 100, flashing his brilliant stuff. He should be able to rack up strikeouts, and if he can command his pitches a little bit better he has a chance to be a fantasy ace.

    Mar 29 · Source via Kansas City Royals Cole Ragans
  • Michael Wacha Not Expected To Miss Any Time

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    Kansas City Royals right-hander Michael Wacha (finger) is fine and isn't expected to miss any time to open the 2024 regular season. Manager Matt Quatraro said Wacha woke up Monday morning and even "forgot about it." Wacha is the club's No. 4 starter in his first year in KC, joining Cole Ragans, Seth Lugo, Brady Singer and Alec Marsh. The 32-year-old veteran suffered a bruised right middle finger during an intrasquad game on Sunday, but it won't impact his availability for the start of the 2024 campaign. He's expected to make his Royals debut on April 1 in a tough matchup against the defending American League East-champion Baltimore Orioles. Fantasy managers should expect regression from Wacha after two straight fortunate seasons in 2022 and 2023.

    Mar 25 · Source via Kansas City Royals Michael Wacha
  • Michael Massey Expected To Start Season On The Injured List

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    Kansas City Royals second baseman Michael Massey (back) is expected to start the season on the injured list due to lower back tightness. Massey has been sidelined since Tuesday due to back tightness. He will likely miss the start of the season and could return sometime in mid-April. The 26-year-old slashed .229/.274/.381 with 15 home runs, 55 RBI, 42 runs scored, and six stolen bases over 129 games in 2023. Adam Frazier and utilityman Nick Loftin should see extra playing time at second base with Massey sidelined. Despite receiving an uptick in at-bats, Frazier is mainly an option in deep-league formats heading into 2024 drafts.

    Mar 23 · Source via Kansas City Royals Michael Massey
  • Royals Release Sandy Leon

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    The Royals announced this evening that they’ve catcher Sandy Leon has requested and been granted his release by the organization. Leon had signed with the club on a minor league deal back in January. Leon, 35, made his big league debut with the Nationals back in 2012 and has made appearances in every major league…

    Mar 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Sandy Leon
  • Hunter Renfroe Hits First Spring Homer On Friday

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    Kansas City Royals outfielder Hunter Renfroe went 1-for-3 with a walk and hit his first home run of spring training on Friday in an 11-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. The home run was a welcome development for the 32-year-old veteran, who's having a very underwhelming spring after dealing with lower back tightness in February. He's hitting .179 with a .589 OPS in 28 AB this spring. He'll look to improve on a subpar 2023 season, and ATC projects a .244/.306/.437 slash line with 20 HR and 62 RBI. With an ADP of 232.3, Renfroe will likely only be a depth option for managers and is a starting option in deep-league and AL-Only formats.

    Mar 22 · Source via Kansas City Royals Hunter Renfroe
  • Bobby Witt Jr. Having Huge Spring

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    Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. has been having a tremendous Cactus League this spring. The talented 23-year-old is coming off a strong season that saw him hit .276 with 30 homers, 96 RBI and 49 stolen bases. This spring, he's picked up where he left off and has hit .372 with three homers, eight RBI and a stolen base in 43 at-bats. Witt enters this season as one of the most talented players both in real life and for fantasy purposes with his all-around skills. Still entering the prime of his career, Witt should make managers giddy over all he can do and is absolutely worth snagging as one of the first picks in upcoming drafts.

    Mar 22 · Source via Kansas City Royals Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Alec Marsh Wins Rotation Spot For Royals

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    Kansas City Royals right-hander Alec Marsh has been named the team's fifth starter to open the 2024 season, according to manager Matt Quatraro. Right-hander Jordan Lyles will begin the season in the bullpen. We reported on Wednesday that Marsh was the favorite for the No. 5 spot, and now it's official. The 25-year-old earned the final rotation spot for KC this spring by recording a 1.93 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, four walks and 17 strikeouts in 14 Cactus League innings. Marsh struck out 85 hitters in 74 1/3 innings in his rookie season last year for the Royals, but he also walked 39 in 17 appearances (eight starts) and allowed 50 runs (47 earned). Right now, he's only an option for strikeouts in AL-only leagues. Marsh will need to improve his control to become a legitimate streaming option in mixed formats.

    Mar 21 · Source via Kansas City Royals Alec Marsh
  • Alec Marsh Could Be Favorite For No. 5 Rotation Spot

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    Kansas City Royals right-hander Alec Marsh has made a strong impression in spring training, giving up three runs in 14 Cactus League innings, and might be considered the favorite for the fifth and final starting rotation spot to enter the season. Jordan Lyles is the incumbent behind Cole Ragans, Seth Lugo, Brady Singer and Michael Wacha, but he's been slowed in camp with lower-back tightness and it's unclear if he'll be built up to 90-plus pitches by Opening Day next week. Daniel Lynch IV is healthy and has also looked good this spring, though, and Anthony Veneziano is another candidate in the conversation as he continues to build up as a starter. The 25-year-old Marsh, a former second-rounder in 2019 out of Arizona State, went 3-9 in his rookie year in 2023 with a 5.69 ERA and 1.56 WHIP with 39 walks and 85 K's in 74 1/3 innings over 17 games (eight starts).

    Mar 20 · Source via Kansas City Royals Alec Marsh
  • Michael Massey Considered Day-To-Day

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    Kansas City Royals infielder Michael Massey (back) has been sidelined since being scratched from the lineup ahead of Tuesday's game. The 25-year-old is reportedly dealing with lower-back tightness but is considered day-to-day. It sounds like Massey will continue to undergo treatment and will hopefully be ready to play in a few days. This spring, Massey is hitting .233/.233/.766 with two home runs and five RBI in 30 at-bats. It's tough to imagine Massey having much fantasy value heading into the season.

    Mar 20 · Source via Kansas City Royals Michael Massey
  • Michael Wacha Enjoying Solid Spring

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    Kansas City Royals right-hander Michael Wacha has enjoyed a nice spring through his first four outings of Cactus League action. The veteran has pitched to a 3.86 ERA to this point with two of his four outings coming as the scoreless variety. He has struck out 10 against four walks in his 9 1/3 innings of work. It appears the next step for the 32-year-old will be to build up his innings after maxing out at 3 2/3 frames his last time out. Wacha joined the Royals on a two-year, $32 million deal this winter on the heels of a 2023 campaign that saw him pitch to a healthy 3.22 ERA across 24 starts with the Padres, going 14-4 in the process. However, he also posted a 4.43 SIERA, suggesting some regression for 2024 as ATC projects a 4.45 ERA across another 24 starts for him this upcoming season.

    Mar 20 · Source via Kansas City Royals Michael Wacha
  • Asa Lacy Undergoes Tommy John Surgery Tuesday

    Kansas City Royals starting pitching prospect Asa Lacy (elbow) announced on his Twitter page Tuesday that he had Tommy John surgery on his elbow. The 24-year-old, who was a former first-round pick, has been plagued with injuries throughout his career. He last pitched professionally in 2022 with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, managing just 20 innings pitched. It is another unfortunate setback for Lacy, whose inability to stay healthy has limited his fantasy value even in deeper dynasty leagues.

    Mar 20 · Source via Prospects Kansas City Royals Asa Lacy
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