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Royals' Whit Merrifield: Heating up at plate
Merrifield went 1-for-5 with an RBI and his sixth stolen base of the season in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the White Sox.
Merrifield's season-long batting average (.204) barely sits over the Mendoza Line, but after a brutal first month, he's at least started to settle in nicely at the plate. His base hit Wednesday extended his hitting streak to a 10 games, with the 33-year-old having slashed .372/.391/.558 with two home runs, two doubles, three stolen bases, 10 runs and 10 RBI over that stretch. He's since recaptured the leadoff job for Kansas City and once again finds himself atop the lineup for Thursday's series finale.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Lifts second homer
Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Sunday's 8-7 win over the Rockies.
Merrifield hit a solo shot in the sixth inning and a sacrifice fly in the seventh. It's been a bounce-back week for the 33-year-old, who has hit safely in six straight games, going 10-for-27 (.370) with both of his home runs this season in that span. For the year, he's at a .183/.213/.252 slash line with 13 RBI, 13 runs scored and five stolen bases in 32 contests, though the recent uptick in hitting should be encouraging for fantasy managers who have been patient with him.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Notches theft in loss
Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a stolen base in a loss to the Rockies on Saturday.
Merrifield was slotted atop the order for the second straight game and extended his modest hitting streak to five contests with a third-inning single that plated a run. He subsequently stole second base and came around to score on a Salvador Perez long ball. Merrifield's average still sits at .173 on the season, but he's starting to round back into form, going 8-for-23 with a home run, five RBI, eight runs and two steals over his past five games.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Homers, steals base in big effort
Merrifield went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, four total runs and a stolen base in a win over the Rangers on Wednesday.
Merrifield has struggled so much this season that he was dropped to the eighth spot in the order Tuesday. He responded with a single and an RBI in his first game in that position, then broke through Wednesday with his first three-hit game and first long ball of the campaign. Merrifield also notched his first stolen base since April 14. The second baseman hasn't hit any lower than .277 in any of his six big-league campaigns, so it stands to reason that he'll break out of his early-season funk at some point. His performance Wednesday may very well be the spark that gets him going.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Whit Merrifield: On base three times
Merrifield went 1-for-3 with two walks in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Yankees.
Merrifield hadn't gotten on base multiple times in a game since April 12 as he's struggled to begin the season. The versatile veteran is slashing just .141/.190/.179 with three stolen bases, four RBI, four runs scored and three doubles in 19 contests. He's been bumped from the leadoff spot for Nicky Lopez, though neither of them are doing much to impress with the bat. With Adalberto Mondesi (knee) likely out for the season, Merrifield should serve as the everyday second baseman. His strong defense is enough to keep him in the lineup, allowing him the opportunity to play through a slump on offense.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Knocks in pair
Merrifield went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the White Sox.
Merrifield hit an RBI single in the sixth and tied the game at 3-3 with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. He's hit safely in three of the last four contests, but he's just 3-for-18 in that span. Manager Mike Matheny has shuffled his lineup a bit since Opening Day, with Merrifield now hitting second against right-handed pitchers, which could allow him a few more chances to generate RBI. He's slashing .136/.171/.167 with four RBI, two runs scored, three stolen bases and two doubles through 16 games.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Batting average sinks to .127
Merrifield will start at second base and bat second in Wednesday's game against the White Sox.
After going a collective 1-for-10 with six strikeouts at the dish while starting both of the past two games out of the leadoff spot while the Royals opposed left-handed pitchers, Merrifield will drop down a spot in the order with Chicago bringing a right-hander (Dylan Cease) to the hill. Though Merrifield doesn't appear in any jeopardy of dropping lower than second in the order, he's undoubtedly been a disappointment for fantasy managers who were banking on him being a stabilizer in the batting-average category. He's hitting just .127 heading into Wednesday's contest, but a .151 BABIP and a Statcast-measured .243 expected batting average suggest that Merrifield is due for some considerable correction in that category.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Steal and RBI
Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a RBI and a stolen base in a 4-2 loss Thursday against Detroit.
Merrifield tied the game 2-2 with an RBI single in the fourth inning and stole second before being stranded. It was his third consecutive game with at least one hit and a stolen base. The right fielder also had a critical outfield assist in the sixth, throwing out Austin Meadows at the plate and, temporarily, keeping the score tied. He has now hit leadoff and started in right field every game this season.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Notches another steal
Merrifield went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Cardinals.
Merrifield has stolen a base in each of the last two games. His offense has also ticked upward in that stretch -- he went 3-for-8 with an RBI in that span. The 33-year-old speedster remains a fixture atop the Royals' lineup. He hasn't missed a game since the 2018 season, so it would likely take a significant slump for him to lose the leadoff spot in the order due to performance.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Steals bag Monday
Merrifield went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base in Monday's 10-7 loss to the Guardians.
Merrifield singled and swiped second in the first inning before collecting an RBI on a fourth-inning groundout. The speedy veteran was in a 1-for-12 slump to begin the season before Monday's multi-hit effort. He hasn't recorded a strikeout since punching out twice on Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Restructures deal with Royals
Merrifield and the Royals agreed to a restructured contract Wednesday, which includes the team exercising his $6.75 million club option for 2023 while adding an $18 million mutual option for 2024, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Merrifield hasn't missed a game of the past three seasons and is now officially locked in with Kansas City through the 2023 campaign. The 33-year-old had a .277/.317/.395 slash line with 10 home runs, 97 runs, 74 RBI and 40 stolen bases last year and is poised to operate as the Royals' primary right fielder in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Set to maintain versatile role
Merrifield is expected to begin the season as the Royals' primary right fielder, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Merrifield provided quality defense at second base last season, but the Royals plan on using Adalberto Mondesi at shortstop, which moves Nicky Lopez back to second. This likely won't affect Merrifield's versatility -- he's moved between the infield and outfield with relative ease before and will likely draw some starts in a number of positions this season. The 33-year-old hasn't missed a game in this last three seasons and he's twice logged 40 stolen bases in his career, so he's a quality fantasy option for managers in need of speed.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Logs three hits Friday
Merrifield went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 11-6 win over Minnesota.
Across his last nine games, the second baseman is batting .314 (11-for-35). Merrifield hasn't attempted a stolen base since Sept. 11, and he hasn't successfully notched a theft since Sept. 8. He's slashing .279/.319/.397 with 40 steals, 10 home runs, 74 RBI and 97 runs scored across 711 plate appearances, and he's on track to play in every game for the third straight season.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Records three hits in win
Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored in Sunday's 2-1 win over Detroit.
The second baseman has recorded multiple hits in six of his last 13 games, although he's also posted 0-fers in four of those contests. Merrifield lifted his slash line to .280/.320/.398 with 10 home runs, 40 stolen bases, 72 RBI, 93 runs scored and 39 doubles through 688 plate appearances. The leadoff hitter has put together a solid year even though his .718 OPS is his second-lowest mark in six seasons in the big leagues.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-1, 195 lbs|
|Birthplace: Florence, SC|
|School: South Carolina|
|Bats/Throws: R, R|