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May 24, 2024 1 0 0 1 3
May 22, 2024 1 2 1 1 8.5
May 19, 2024 0 0 0 0 -0.5
May 18, 2024 2 0 0 1 2.5
May 17, 2024 0 0 0 0

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Nelson Velazquez played in just 13 games for the Cubs in 2023 before being shipped to the Royals at the trade deadline, and he appeared in 40 games over the final two months of the year. The 25-year-old showed off his power with 17 home runs plus 35 runs and 34 RBI in just 179 plate appearances overall. He improved his strikeout rate three points from his first look in MLB during 2022, though it was still high at 28.5 percent, and he had a solid 8.0 percent walk rate. A 21.4 percent barrel rate trailed only Aaron Judge among players with at least 170 plate appearances, while a 32.1 HR/FB led the league in the same sample size. All of those figures are clearly unsustainable, but Velazquez's power potential is obvious with 23 homers in his first 130 MLB games. He should have plenty of at-bats for Kansas City in 2024, and he appears to be a safe bet for double-digit and possibly 20-plus homers, though the swing-and-miss in Velazquez's stroke still leaves plenty of risk despite the clear upside.

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2024 771.8 20 4 14 12 1 .226
2023 154.52.9 35 17 34 14 .235
2022 111.51.4 20 6 26 19 5 .205
3y Avg. 1342.1 28 12 30 16 2 .218
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Knocks homer

    Velazquez went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two walks and two total runs scored in Wednesday's 8-3 win over the Tigers. Velazquez had sat out the previous two games, suggesting he could be losing some playing time versus right-handed pitchers. He looked solid against Tigers lefty ace Tarik Skubal, taking him deep in the fourth inning. Velazquez is batting a meager .224 (11-for-49) in May, but he's hit two homers and driven in five runs over his last five games. The outfielder is slashing .226/.295/.368 with four homers, 13 RBI, 20 runs scored, one stolen base and seven doubles over 146 plate appearances this season. He's struggled to consistently tap into power as he did with 17 homers over 53 games a year ago, so it's possible Velazquez could continue to lose playing time to Adam Frazier or Freddy Fermin if he can't turn things around.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Not starting Tuesday

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers. Velazquez will sit for a second straight game, leaving DH duties to Adam Frazier on Tuesday. Since May 10, Velazquez is 8-for-28 (.286) with a three-run home run.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Taking seat Monday

    Velazquez is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Tigers. Velazquez had started seven of the last eight contests but will begin this one on the bench. Salvador Perez will be the designated hitter, Hunter Renfroe will start in right field and Freddy Fermin will be at catcher.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Absent from lineup again

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Monday's contest versus the Brewers. It's the second straight day on the bench for Velazquez, who is in a 2-for-32 tailspin at the plate. He served as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Rangers and will be available off the bench Monday. Adam Frazier will serve as the Royals' designated hitter, and Kansas City could continue to rotate a number of players at that spot in the lineup while Velazquez has seemingly lost hold of an everyday role.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: On bench Sunday

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Rangers. Velazquez went 1-for-4 with a double and a run Saturday but still has just two hits over his past 11 games. Salvador Perez is resting his legs at designated hitter Sunday while Freddy Fermin starts behind the plate.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Sitting again

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers. Velazquez has been less and less of an everyday option for the Royals as the team continues to trot out lineups with Salvador Perez as first base, Vinnie Pasquantino at DH and Freddy Fermin behind the dish. Velazquez hasn't done much to warrant an everyday role after starting the season red hot, managing just one hit in his last 27 at-bats.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Not starting Saturday

    Velazquez is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Tigers. Velazquez will begin Saturday's game on the bench with the Tigers sending out right-hander Casey Mize. Velazquez is hitless over his last six games and has reached base twice on walks over that span. Lefty-hitting Adam Frazier will start at DH and bat fifth in the lineup Saturday.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Heads to bench Thursday

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Blue Jays. With the Royals looking to give Vinnie Pasquantino a day out of the field and Salvador Perez a day off behind the plate in the series finale, Velazquez will be a casualty from the Kansas City lineup. Pasquantino will serve as the Royals' designated hitter in Velazquez's stead, while Perez takes over Pasquantino's usual spot at first base.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Records steal Saturday

    Velazquez went 2-for-5 with one RBI, a stolen base and one run scored in Saturday's 11-7 win over the Mets. Velazquez was one of six Royals to log multiple hits Saturday. He's known for his power more than his speed -- this was his first steal and attempt since 2022. He's earned a significant role early in 2024, slashing .333/.385/.521 with two home runs, seven RBI, eight runs scored and three doubles over 13 contests as the Royals' primary designated hitter.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Smacks homer in win

    Velazquez went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, an additional RBI, a walk and two runs scored in Thursday's 10-1 win over the White Sox. Velazquez provided the Royals' early offense with an RBI single in the second inning and a solo shot in the fourth. The 25-year-old has some interesting power -- he's already swatted two homers through five games this season after hitting 17 in 53 contests a year ago. Velazquez is batting .294 with a 2:7 BB:K, three RBI and four runs scored over 19 plate appearances. The Royals are making sure he's not a full-time player against right-handed pitchers early on, though he could force his way to that kind of role if he continues to hit well.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Not in Wednesday's lineup

    Velazquez is absent from the lineup for Wednesday's contest in Baltimore. With ace right-hander Corbin Burnes toeing the slab for the Orioles, it's not a bad time for the Royals to give the right-handed-hitting Velazquez a day off. Vinnie Pasquantino will serve as the designated hitter Wednesday, while Salvador Perez will cover first base and Freddy Fermin will handle catching duties.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Not in Sunday's lineup

    Velazquez is not in Sunday's lineup against the Yankees. Velazquez hit .244 with nine home runs, 17 runs and 20 RBI over 23 games in a huge month of September. It would seem that he played well enough down the stretch to enter 2024 as a regular in the middle of the Royals' lineup.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Absent from lineup

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Thursday's game versus the Tigers. It's a routine day off for Velazquez, who had started each of the previous 11 contests for the Royals. Drew Waters will occupy right field Thursday while Edward Olivares serves as the designated hitter.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Goes deep twice

    Velazquez went 2-for-3 with two solo homers in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Astros. Velazquez tallied the first Royals run of the game with his 380-foot homer off Hunter Brown in the second inning. He wasn't done for the day, as he cranked a 396-foot solo shot the next inning, again off Brown. Velazquez has been on a torrid power tear lately, hitting five home runs over his past nine games. The former Cub is slashing .239/.313/.632 with 14 homers, 25 runs and 27 RBI over 36 games since joining the Royals.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Smacks homer in win

    Velazquez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's 4-2 win over the Astros. He's not seeing a full-time role in September, but Velazquez has made the most of his playing time with five homers over his last 11 games. He's hitting .289 this month, which has gotten him up to a .246/.305/.619 slash line with 13 homers, 24 RBI, 25 runs scored and five doubles over 41 games between the Royals and Cubs. Velazquez should continue to see a bit more than a typical platoon role while filling in at designated hitter and the corner outfield spots.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Gets breather Sunday

    Velazquez is absent from the lineup Sunday at Toronto. This looks to be a routine day of rest for Velazquez, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays but still boasts a .916 OPS across his first 87 plate appearances with Kansas City. Edward Olivares is filling the DH role Sunday as Drew Waters patrols right field.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Possible waiver wire pickups

    Velazquez showed plenty of power over the course of his minor-league career, but he never got much of an opportunity in a Cubs organization that clearly just saw him as a spare part. The Royals have made him a fixture in their lineup, though, and he's responded with nine home runs in 23 games, including four in six already this month. The exit velocities, whether the 91.3 mph average or the 111.4 max, certainly back up the production, and the 25.9 percent strikeout rate has been a pleasant surprise for a guy who struck out more than 30 percent of the time over his minor-league career. Maybe that's smoke and mirrors and major-league pitchers ultimately do get the better of him, but if you're looking to make up ground in home runs in a five-outfielder Rotisserie league, it's time to take notice of Velazquez.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Keeps up power binge

    Velazquez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the White Sox. This was Velazquez's third straight game with a homer, and he's already gone deep four times over six contests in September. The outfielder is 8-for-24 (.333) this month, which has helped him become a near-everyday player in the Royals' lineup. For the year, he's batting .250 and slugging .644 with 12 homers and 23 RBI over 36 games between the Royals and the Cubs.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Smacks another homer

    Velazquez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the White Sox. Velazquez already has three homers in September, which comes after he hit five long balls in his first 17 games with the Royals. The outfielder's power has helped him earn consistent playing time since he was traded from the Cubs. For the season, the 24-year-old has a .250/.306/.630 slash line with 11 homers, 21 RBI, 23 runs scored and five doubles over 108 plate appearances.
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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Reaches double-digit homers

    Velazquez went 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored in Monday's 12-1 win over the White Sox. Velazquez hit a ball 419 feet for his 10th homer (sixth with the Royals) of the season in the fourth inning. The 24-year-old drew his eighth straight start and appears to be gaining the trust of manager Matt Quatraro. Velazquez has hit .250 with three homers, eight RBI and five runs in 28 at-bats over that eight-game span.
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