Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks.
The long ball was Merrifield's 19th of the season, putting him just one shy of becoming the fourth second baseman in American League history to compile 20 home runs, 30 doubles and 30 stolen bases in a season. Even if Merrifield, who is also hitting .289 on the season, falls short of that achievement, he's still been a far greater fantasy contributor than his owners could have imagined coming out of spring training. Raul Mondesi scuffled early on as the team's everyday second baseman, allowing Merrifield to claim the starting gig and never look back on his way to becoming one of the top fantasy options at the position.
Merrifield went 1-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Detroit.
Merrifield came around to score after leading off the fourth inning with a double and drove in the go-ahead run with a sac fly in the fifth. The leadoff man was also caught stealing after reaching on a fielder's choice in the seventh, falling to 33-for-39 in steal attempts for the season. He's now slashing .286/.324/.459.
Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a homer, two steals, two RBI and three runs against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Although this long ball ended an 18-game power outage for Merrifield, he stayed productive in that stretch, hitting .314 with six doubles, a triple and four steals, not to mention an 8:8 K:BB. The sophomore second baseman has been quite the coup for his lucky/wise fantasy owners, as his lofty totals of 18 home runs and 32 steals alongside a .290 average were not exactly in the preseason forecast.
Despite going 0-for-2 Wednesday against the White Sox, Merrifield managed two walks and inched closer to the AL stolen base lead with his 29th swipe of the season.
Merrifield sits just two stolen bases shy of Astros' second baseman Jose Altuve, and three swipes shy of matching his own minor-league career high. The second baseman has put together an impressive campaign after not making the Opening Day roster, and Merrifield (17 homers) is within reach of a 20-30 campaign in just his second MLB season.
Merrifield went 3-for-6 with a trio of doubles, three RBI and a pair of runs in Wednesday's 13-2 drubbing of the Tigers.
Merrifield came in on a little five-game skid without an extra-base hit, but he made up for that in impressive fashion. The sophomore second baseman continues to post a well-rounded line for his fantasy owners, and he's certainly part of the reason why the Royals are not yet out of the AL wild-card race.
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|2011||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||126||477||74||125||30||3||5||36||52||89||24||14||.337||.369||.262|
|2012||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||24||96||12||25||2||1||1||8||8||19||3||2||.314||.333||.260|
|2012||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||101||380||59||98||20||3||8||36||41||69||25||5||.333||.389||.258|
|2013||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||94||322||31||87||20||5||3||43||22||57||17||7||.319||.391||.270|
|2014||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||44||162||22||45||13||1||5||20||22||27||5||4||.366||.463||.278|
|2014||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||76||321||57||109||28||3||3||29||17||52||11||7||.373||.474||.340|
|2015||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||135||544||83||144||29||5||5||38||39||66||32||9||.317||.364||.265|