Bonifacio went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Yankees.
His seventh-inning blast ended up being the game-winner for the Royals. Bonifacio now has home runs in three of his last four contests and has a seven-game hitting streak, raising his slash line on the season to .267/.326/.488. The Royals' outfield is crowded with the likes of Alex Gordon, Jorge Soler, and Lorenzo Cain, but manager Ned Yost should find a way to get Bonifacio regular at-bats so long as he's hot at the dish.
Bonifacio went 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run in Friday's extra-inning loss to the Twins.
His third-inning blast, Bonifacio's third homer of the season, looked like it would hold up as the game-winning hit until Kelvin Herrera blew the save in the ninth. The 23-year-old outfielder seems to be sliding into a platoon role -- he got the start Friday with Brandon Moss on the bench against lefty Hector Santiago -- but given Bonifacio's .323/.389/.452 slash line over the last two weeks, the Royals may begin to use him more frequently at the expense of slumping veterans like Alex Gordon.
Bonifacio is out of Saturday's lineup against the Indians, 610 Sports Radio reports.
With Jorge Soler getting activated from the 10-day DL and starting in right field, Bonifacio now faces an uncertain future. He held his own with a .262/.326/.405 slash line, two home runs and an 11:4 K:BB in 46 plate appearances, but Soler is one of the team's long-term building blocks, so he figures to get the start in right field almost every day going forward. Bonifacio may be ticketed for the short side of a DH platoon with Brandon Moss, but that will make it tough to extract value in standard formats.
Earlier this week, Royals management made it clear they're not going to rush Soler back from his rehab assignment, which will expire on May 10. However, once he returns, manager Ned Yost will have a tough decision to make. Bonifacio has arguably been the team's best hitter since taking over for Soler, but it'll be tough to find room for everyone in a crowded outfield that includes Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon. If Bonifacio, the organization's No. 10 prospect, isn't going to receive routine at-bats in the majors, then sending the 24-year-old back to Triple-A Omaha would make the most sense for his development.
Bonifacio went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Monday's 6-1 win over the White Sox.
The 23-year-old now has two home runs, four RBI and a .333 average in 30 plate appearances in his first eight MLB games. If he continues to produce, the last-place Royals could continue to give him playing time, although Jorge Soler (oblique) is set to come off the disabled list sometime next week. Monitor Bonifacio in AL-only leagues for the time being.
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|2013||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||25||93||15||28||7||0||2||19||11||23||2||1||.371||.441||.301|
|2013||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||54||206||32||61||11||3||2||29||23||40||0||2||.368||.408||.296|
|2014||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||132||505||49||116||20||4||4||51||50||127||8||3||.302||.309||.230|
|2015||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||125||483||60||116||30||2||17||64||42||126||3||2||.305||.416||.240|