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Jun 19, 2024 2 0 0 0 1.5
Jun 18, 2024 1 1 0 0 4
Jun 16, 2024 0 0 0 0
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Jun 13, 2024 1 1 0 0 1.5

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Kyle Isbel demonstrated some growth in his age-26 season, though not enough to get fantasy managers particularly excited about his prospects for 2024. In particular Isbel improved his strikeouts, shaving more than eight full percentage points off his strikeout rate from the prior season. That resulted in nearly 30 added points in batting average and 40 added points in slugging. In the end, Isbel still totaled a mere five homers and seven steals in 313 plate appearances around an extended absence due to a Grade 2 left hamstring strain. On the positive side, his efficiency on the bases was improved, as he was only caught stealing once after six CS in 15 attempts in 2022. His defense is a plus, but it's uncertain whether that will be enough to earn him regular starts in the Kansas City outfield after the team added Hunter Renfroe to the mix.

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2024 111.51.8 25 4 19 11 4 .228
2023 191.52.1 45 5 34 17 7 .240
2022 140.51.3 32 5 28 16 9 .211
3y Avg. 1301.7 31 4 23 13 6 .231
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Getting breather

    Isbel is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers. Even with righty Yoshinobu Yamamoto on the mound for Los Angeles, Isbel will yield to Garrett Hampson in center field. Isbel had started in each of the Royals' past four games, going 4-for-13 with three runs scored.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Sitting against southpaw

    Isbel is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Yankees. After he was held out of the lineup June 4 due to a head injury, the lefty-hitting Isbel started in each of the Royals' last four games, all of which came against right-handed pitchers. He'll hit the bench Monday with southpaw Carlos Rodon on the hill for the Yankees, opening up a spot in center field for Garrett Hampson.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Back in action Wednesday

    Isbel (head) will start in center field and bat ninth in Wednesday's game against the Guardians. After exiting Sunday's 4-3 win over the Padres when he was kneed in the head in a collision with teammate Bobby Witt, Isbel was withheld from the lineup for Tuesday's 8-5 loss, but he's back in action Wednesday. Garrett Hampson spelled Isbel in center field Tuesday but will move to second base for the second game of the series in Cleveland.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Sitting out Tuesday

    Isbel (head/neck) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game in Cleveland. Isbel departed Sunday's game against the Padres after taking a knee to the head during a collision with teammate Bobby Witt. He avoided a concussion, but Isbel isn't feeling well enough to play even after Monday's team off day. Garrett Hampson will cover center field Tuesday.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Leaves Sunday's game

    Isbel was removed from Sunday's 4-3 win over the Padres in the top of the sixth inning with a non-concussive head/neck injury. He went 0-for-1 prior to leaving the game. The 27-year-old took a knee to the head as he collided with shortstop Bobby Witt in the outfield in the top of the fifth inning, per Anne Rogers of MLB.com. Isbel was initially able to stay in the contest, but after the Royals returned to the field for the top of the sixth, Garrett Hampson came on to replace him in center field. He'll have Monday's team off day to aid in his recovery ahead of Tuesday's series opener in Cleveland.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Records steal in return

    Isbel went 0-for-2 with one RBI, one walk and one stolen base in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Twins. Isbel missed two games after taking a foul ball off his face Saturday. The outfielder is just 1-for-10 over his last four contests, but he was able to pick up his first RBI since May 18 on a groundout Tuesday. Isbel is at four steals, four home runs, 13 RBI, 18 runs scored and a .212/.260/.336 slash line through 147 plate appearances as the Royals' primary center fielder this year.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Returns to lineup

    Isbel (face) will start in center field and bat ninth in Tuesday's game in Minnesota. Isbel missed two games after fouling a ball off his face over the weekend, but he's feeling well enough to take part in Tuesday's contest. The 27-year-old has just a .599 OPS this season as the Royals' primary center fielder.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Held out again Monday

    Isbel (face) remains out of the lineup for Monday's contest in Minnesota. Isbel suffered a facial injury Saturday and will now miss a second straight start. He's considered day-to-day. Dairon Blanco will get the call in center field Monday.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Sitting out Sunday

    Isbel (face) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays. Isbel will get at least one day off to heal up from the facial injury he suffered in the Royals' 7-4 win Saturday, when he fouled a ball off himself in the seventh inning. Garrett Hampson will spell Isbel in center field.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Exits with injury

    Isbel was removed from Saturday's game against the Rays after getting hit in the head by a foul tip, Jaylon T. Thompson of The Kansas City Star reports. Isbel was hit in the face by a fastball that deflected off the handle of his bat during the seventh inning of Saturday's contest. The Royals will take a look at him and should offer an update relatively soon, but there is a good chance the 27-year-old outfielder misses at least a game or two.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Idle against southpaw

    Isbel is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Oakland. With southpaw JP Sears taking the mound for the Athletics, the lefty-hitting Isbel will get a rest day. Garrett Hampson will take over center field duties and bat ninth while Dairon Blanco and Hunter Renfroe round out Kansas City's outfield.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Homers in Saturday's win

    Isbel went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Athletics. The homer was Isbel's first since April 29. The outfielder has seen a dip in playing time in May, in part because he's hitting .222 (8-for-36) over 11 contests this month. Overall, he has a .218/.262/.361 slash line with four homers, three stolen bases, 12 RBI, 15 runs scored, three doubles and a triple over 127 plate appearances. Isbel will likely continue to be out of the lineup versus most southpaws, with Garrett Hampson or Dairon Blanco options to pick up the short-side at-bats in center field.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Sitting against southpaw

    Isbel is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels. The lefty-hitting Isbel will cede center field to Garrett Hampson while the Angels bring southpaw Patrick Sandoval to the hill for the series finale.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Taking seat Monday

    Isbel is absent from the lineup for Monday's game in Cleveland. The left-handed-hitting Isbel will take a seat against Milwaukee right-hander Bryse Wilson while Dairon Blanco gets the start in center field. Isbel had started each of the last 13 contests when the Royals faced a right-hander.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Pops homer in loss

    Isbel went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI single in Monday's 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays. Isbel's bat has started to come around -- he's gone 7-for-21 (.333) with four extra-base hits over his last seven games. The outfielder has held onto a strong-side platoon role in center field this season. He's slashing .225/.262/.388 with three homers, three stolen bases, eight RBI, 10 runs scored, two doubles and a triple over 85 plate appearances. Isbel still most frequently bats at the bottom of the Royals' lineup when he's playing.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Goes deep off bench

    Isbel went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays. Isbel's homer was in the ninth inning, but the Royals weren't able to turn it into a rally. The outfielder had gone 0-for-12 across his previous four contests. He's batting .197 with a .533 OPS through 64 plate appearances while adding two homers, five RBI, three stolen bases and five runs scored. Isbel should remain on the strong side of a platoon in center field, with Garrett Hampson seeing most of the playing time versus southpaws.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Sits against left-hander

    Isbel is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Blue Jays. Isbel will stick on the bench for the second game in a row while the Royals oppose a second straight left-handed starting pitcher in Yusei Kikuchi. Garrett Hampson will spell Isbel in center field.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Not starting nightcap

    Isbel isn't in the Royals' lineup for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. An 0-for-4 performance during Game 1 will send Isbel to the bench for the second contest, giving Garrett Hampson a chance to start in center field while batting in the leadoff spot.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Day off against lefty

    Isbel isn't in the Royals' lineup Saturday against the Mets. Isbel will take a seat to begin Saturday's game as southpaw Sean Manaea starts on the hill for the Mets. Garrett Hampson will step in to cover center field while batting sixth.
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  • Royals' Kyle Isbel: Registers third steal

    Isbel went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Wednesday's 11-2 win over the Astros. Isbel is just 4-for-20 (.200) over his last seven games, but he has three steals in that span. The 27-year-old continues to see a strong-side platoon role in center field, sharing the position with utility man Garrett Hampson. Isbel has a .235/.257/.353 slash line with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored over 36 plate appearances this season, so it's unlikely he'll hit higher than the bottom third of the order.
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