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.
Isbel is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Rays.
He will once again head to the bench with a lefty (Rich Hill) starting for Tampa Bay. Hunter Dozier will start in right field while Hanser Alberto gets the nod at the hot corner.
Isbel is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rays.
After being on the bench for five straight games while managing an unspecified injury, Isbel checked back into the lineup Sunday and went 2-for-3 with a walk in the Royals' 2-0 win over the Blue Jays. Though the lefty-hitting Isbel still appears to be the Royals' top option in right field, he'll take a seat Monday with southpaw Josh Fleming on the mound for Tampa Bay. The Royals will add an extra right-handed bat (Hanser Alberto) to the lineup as a replacement for Isbel.
Isbel (undisclosed) is starting in left field and batting eighth Sunday against the Blue Jays.
The 23-year-old was scratched from Thursday's lineup for unspecified reasons and remained on the bench for both ends of Saturday's doubleheader, but he's back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale. Isbel has a .250/.276/.321 slash line with one triple, five runs, three RBI and one stolen base through his first nine big-league games.
Isbel (undisclosed) isn't starting the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Toronto, Joel Goldberg of Bally Sports Kansas City reports.
Isbel didn't appear in Saturday's matinee, and Jorge Soler will take his place in right field for Game 2 while Salvador Perez serves as the designated hitter. It's not yet clear whether Isbel will be available off the bench for the nightcap.
Isbel (undisclosed) isn't starting the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.
Isbel was scratched from Thursday's lineup against Toronto for an unspecified reason, and he'll remain on the bench for Saturday's matinee. Hunter Dozier will start in right field in the first game of the twin bill while Hanser Alberto takes over at third base.
Isbel was scratched from the lineup for Thursday's game against the Blue Jays for an unspecified reason.
Isbel was initially slated to start in right field Thursday, but Hunter Dozier will now serve as the right fielder while Hanser Alberto enters the lineup at third base. While the Royals haven't yet provided a reason for Isbel's removal from the lineup, the Blue Jays announced their starting pitcher late Thursday, so it's possible that manager Mike Matheny is just playing matchups.
Isbel isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Angels.
Isbel will sit for a second consecutive game after hitting just .105 with a walk and 12 strikeouts in the past six contests. Jorge Soler will start in right field Wednesday while Salvador Perez serves as the designated hitter.
Isbel is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Angels, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
The promising rookie had five hits in his first two games but is hitting .105 with 12 strikeouts and one walk over his last six games. He has at least managed to chip in a steal over that cold stretch. Jarrod Dyson will start in right field and bat eighth.
Isbel will sit for the first time this season Monday against Cleveland.
Isbel started each of the Royals' first three games in right field, grabbing five hits in 13 at-bats while striking out five times. Jorge Soler will move from the designated hitter spot to man the position in his absence, with Ryan McBroom making his first start of the season as the designated hitter.
Isbel went 0-for-4 with a stolen base and three strikeouts in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Rangers.
Isbel got on base due to Rangers catcher Jonah Heim's second-inning error. Isbel was able to steal second base but couldn't come around to score. The 24-year-old outfielder went 5-for-13 (.385) with three RBI, three runs scored, a triple and five strikeouts in his first three major-league games. As long as he keeps hitting reasonably well, he should maintain a starting role in right field.
Isbel went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run in Thursday's 14-10 win over the Rangers.
Making his MLB debut, the 24-year-old singled to score Carlos Santana in the middle of a five-run first inning. Isbel added an infield single to plate Salvador Perez for an insurance run in the seventh. The 2018 third-round pick posted a .216/.282/.361 slash line with five homers and 23 RBI in 52 games for High-A Wilmington in 2019 before spending all of last year at the Royals' alternate training site. Set to be the team's primary right fielder, Isbel hit seventh on Opening Day, but more strong performances could move him up the lineup eventually.
Manager Mike Matheny said Isbel will start in right field Opening Day against the Rangers on Thursday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The 24-year-old was reassigned to minor-league camp last week, but he he apparently showed enough during spring training to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster. Isbel spent 2020 at the alternate training site and will make his major-league debut Thursday versus Texas.
Isbel remains in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Isbel was reassigned to minor-league camp Monday but continues to get opportunities in Cactus League games. He's yet to advance beyond High-A, where he struggled to a .262/.282/.361 line in 52 games in 2019, but he's making a strong case for himself this spring, hitting .313/.395/.563 through 19 contests.
The Royals reassigned Isbel to their minor-league camp Monday.
Kansas City sent several of its top prospects back to minor-league camp Monday, as Isbel was reassigned along with infielder Bobby Witt and pitchers Jackson Kowar and Daniel Lynch. Isbel is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Omaha or Double-A Northwest Arkansas after slashing .216/.282/.361 over 214 plate appearances at his last minor-league stop in High-A Wilmington back in 2019.
Isbel received an invitation Friday to Kansas City's major-league spring training.
The 23-year-old spent 2020 at the Royals' alternate training site and will be at big-league camp for the second straight season. Isbel had an impressive spring training before things were shut down last year, and he could make his major-league debut in 2021 if he puts together another strong spring performance.
Isbel will be a part of the Royals' 60-man player pool this season, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports.
Isbel is one of the Royals' top position player prospects and turned heads in the Arizona Fall League in 2019 and in spring training this year. However, he has never played at Double-A or Triple-A, so he is unlikely to fill a major role with the big club in 2020.
Isbel was one of the most impressive Royals players during spring training, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Lewis notes that Isbel wasn't just impressive by prospect standards, but that he was simply one of the best overall players in camp. He made a couple highlight reel catches and hit .241 with two home runs, a triple, two doubles and a 6:1 K:BB in 30 plate appearances. Hamstring troubles and a fractured hamate bone cut his 2019 season short, but he hit .315/.429/.438 in 21 games in the Arizona Fall League. One big-league coach said Isbel looked like a big leaguer already, despite the fact that he has never played at Double-A or Triple-A. He may open the year at Double-A, but it seems like he is firmly on the fast track to the big leagues.
Isbel was invited to the Royals' big-league spring training Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Isbell will get to work with the Royals' big-league coaching staff for a few weeks, though he's not particularly close to joining them for good. In 52 games for High-A Wilmington last year, the highest level he's reached, he hit just .216/.282/.361.
Isbel (wrist) was activated from the 7-day injured list with High-A Wilmington.
He hit .360/.407/.680 with two home runs and three steals in seven rehab games in the AZL. Isbel has been outstanding in a 13-game sample for the Blue Rocks this season, and he could shoot up prospect rankings if he picks up where he left off after missing almost three months with a wrist injury.
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