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AL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
22-16 5-5 W1
18-19 4-6 L2
16-18 5-5 L2
14-22 5-5 W2
13-25 5-5 L2

2022 Batting

STATS AVG
Batting Average
HR
Home Runs
RBI
Runs Batted In
OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .225 0 3 .513 0

Top Kyle Isbel News

  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Gets fourth consecutive start

    Isbel will start in right field and bat eighth in Wednesday's game against the White Sox.

    The 25-year-old will be making his fourth consecutive start Wednesday, and he looks like he could get the chance to play regularly against right-handed pitching in the wake of Salvador Perez (thumb) moving to the injured list. With Perez out of commission, MJ Melendez will take over as the Royals' primary catcher, thereby allowing Hunter Dozier to see more work as a designated hitter or first baseman while Isbel picks up starts in the outfield.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: On bench versus righty

    Isbel is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

    The lefty-hitting Isbel was on the bench in Monday's 1-0 loss to the Cardinals with southpaw Steven Matz on the hill for St. Louis, but the former's absence from the lineup Tuesday comes as a bigger surprise since the right-handed Dakota Hudson is starting for the opposition. Edward Olivares will pick up his fourth start in five games in right field and could be receiving a look in an everyday role at the position rather than as a short-side platoon player.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Takes seat against lefty

    Isbel is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cardinals.

    With southpaw Steven Matz on the hill for St. Louis, the lefty-hitting Isbel will bow out of the starting nine. Edward Olivares will get the nod in right field, where the Royals could look to run a platoon featuring Isbel as the strong-side option after Whit Merrifield was moved back to the infield following Adalberto Mondesi's season-ending knee injury.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Not starting Friday

    Isbel isn't in the lineup Friday against the Yankees.

    Isbel was called up by the Royals on Thursday and went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a walk in a win over the White Sox. Edward Olivares will start in right field and bat eighth with left-hander Nestor Cortes starting for the Yankees. While the Royals haven't indicated that the two players will be in a strict platoon, it wouldn't be surprising to see most of Isbel's at-bats come against right-handed pitchers.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Hits two-run single in extra frame

    Isbel went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI during Thursday's 5-2 win over the White Sox.

    The rookie made an instant impact after being called up from Triple-A Omaha, helping to seal the win in extra innings. Isbel returned to the majors with Adalberto Mondesi (knee) on the injured list, but he's displayed an explosive bat in the minors and could provide much-needed left-handed depth in an outfield dominated by right-handed hitters. Mondesi's injury appears to be a season-ender, so Isbel is expected to platoon with Edward Olivares in an outfield corner.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Called up, starting Thursday

    The Royals recalled Isbel from Triple-A Omaha on Thursday, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

    Isbel began the season on the major-league roster but hasn't yet started any games for the Royals. During his brief stint at Triple-A, he hit .250 with a home run, two doubles, four runs and four RBI in five games. He's starting in right field Thursday and should see some playing time at the position while Adalberto Mondesi (knee) is on the injured list.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Sent down Thursday

    Isbel was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

    Although Isbel began the season on the major-league roster, he appeared in just two games and went 0-for-1 with a run. He should see more playing time in the minors and will be a candidate to rejoin the Royals later in the year if their outfielders deal with injuries.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Wins roster spot

    Isbel secured a spot on the Royals' Opening Day roster, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

    Both Isbel and Edward Olivares broke camp with the big club as reserve outfielders. Andrew Benintendi, Michael Taylor and Whit Merrifield compose the Royals' starting outfield from left to right and should have a fair amount of security in those roles against both left- and right-handed pitching, so Isbel and Olivares could struggle to find consistent playing time. Isbel has two minor-league options remaining and will be a prime candidate for a demotion if the team needs to clear up a roster spot.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Homers Tuesday

    Isbel went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 11-4 win over the Mariners.

    Isbel got the start in center field Tuesday with Michael Taylor (hip) scratched from the lineup. The homer was Isbel's second in nine Cactus League games. He's gone 5-for-19 with four walks, seven RBI, five runs scored and a triple. When the Royals are at full health, there's no clear path for Isbel to receive regular at-bats, so he may have to settle for being a reserve outfielder to start the season if he breaks camp in the majors.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Sitting again Sunday

    Isbel is on the bench for Sunday's game against the Twins.

    Isbel sits for a fourth consecutive game, but there's been no indication of an injury or other issue. Unless he pinch hits Sunday, he'll finish the season hitting .274 with a home run and seven RBI in 73 at-bats. Whit Merrifield starts in right field while Hanser Alberto plays second base.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Riding pine Saturday

    Isbel isn't starting Saturday's game against the Twins.

    Isbel will be out of the lineup for a third consecutive game after he went 2-for-13 with a double, three runs, an RBI and a stolen base across his last five appearances. Hunter Dozier will start in right field while Cam Gallagher starts behind the plate.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Sits again Friday

    Isbel remains on the bench for Friday's game against the Twins.

    Isbel has now sat for two straight games after previously starting seven out of eight. He's looked good when in the lineup this season, hitting .274/.338/.438, but it will be Hunter Dozier who starts in right field Friday.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Gets breather Thursday

    Isbel isn't starting Thursday's game against Cleveland.

    Even with right-hander Shane Bieber on the mound for Cleveland, Isbel will take a seat after he went 2-for-8 with a double, three runs, an RBI and a stolen base across the last three games. Hunter Dozier will shift to right field while Cam Gallagher enters the lineup at catcher.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Busy against Cleveland

    Isbel went 1-for-2 with an RBI, two runs scored, a stolen base and two walks Wednesday against Cleveland.

    Isbel began the effort with an RBI single in the second inning and came around to score in the same frame. He reached base three times, which also allowed him to steal his second base of the season. Since being recalled on Sep. 12, Isbel has hit .282/.364/.538 with one home run, 10 runs scored and four RBI across 15 games and 44 plate appearances.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Out of lineup

    Isbel will sit Saturday against the Tigers.

    Isbel hits the bench after starting three straight games. He's gone 9-for-26 with six extra-base hits (including one homer) in 10 games since joining the big-league roster in mid-September. Edward Olivares starts in center field Saturday, with Hunter Dozier starting in right.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Retreats to bench role

    Isbel is out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader with Cleveland.

    Isbel picked up four starts in the outfield over a five-game stretch from Sept. 12 through Sept. 16, but he'll be on the bench for a third straight contest now that Michael Taylor is back in action after a brief leaf of absence from the team to tend to a personal matter. Unless the Royals lose one of Taylor, Andrew Benintendi or Hunter Dozier over the final two weeks of the season, Isbel looks poised to remain a fourth outfielder for Kansas City.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Sits after two straight starts

    Isbel isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Athletics.

    Isbel was in the lineup for each of the last two games after he was called up Sunday, and he went 4-for-7 with a home run, a double, three runs, three RBI and a walk. He'll get a breather as Edward Olivares shifts to center field while Hanser Alberto starts at third base.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Hits first big-league homer

    Isbel went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, two RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's 10-7 win over Oakland.

    The outfielder made an impressive impact from the No. 9 spot in the order, including his first major-league homer. Isbel has played in 14 games with the Royals, batting .317 with six RBI, eight runs scored, a stolen base, a triple and a double. He should continue to fill in for center fielder Michael Taylor, who is on the family medical emergency list.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Rejoins big-league club

    The Royals recalled Isbel from Triple-A Omaha on Sunday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. He's batting eighth and playing center field Sunday against the Twins.

    Isbel hit .265/.306/.324 with three RBI in 36 early-season plate appearances. He's enjoyed a solid season at Omaha, hitting .264 with 15 home runs, 55 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 105 games. Isbel temporarily fills the roster spot of Michael Taylor, who went on the family medical emergency list Sunday.

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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Optioned off roster

    Isbel was optioned off the active roster Friday, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

    Isbel won a spot on the Royals' Opening Day roster, something of a surprise considering he'd never played above High-A and was a below-average hitter in 52 games at that level in 2019. He looked overmatched in 12 major-league games so far this season, as it took a clearly unsustainable .474 BABIP just to get him to a .265/.306/.324 slash line, and he struck out in 41.7 percent of his plate appearances. Isbel could return at some point this season but did nothing in his brief cameo to suggest he'll be an exciting fantasy option if that happens.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Fontana, CA
Age: 25
School: UNLV
Bats/Throws: L, R