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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Royals’ Kendrys Morales is old soul in clubhouse and a run-producer in lineup | The Kansas City Star

Kendrys Morales is an old soul of sorts, a fan of the classics, so as he made a home at Kauffman Stadium in 2015, he settled on a simple routine. He would show up to the stadium around noon, change into a pair of basketball shorts and a T-shirt and cue up a playlist from a past generation.

“Elvis,” Royals manager Ned Yost says. “Frank Sinatra.”

In his first season in Kansas City, the rhythms of Morales fit his new club perfectly. As a switch-hitting designated hitter with hands like cinderblocks, he swatted 22 homers and racked up a team-high 106 RBIs. As a veteran in the clubhouse, he offered a touch of swagger. One year after the worst season of his career, he rebounded with one of his best, recording an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of .847, the second highest of his career.

“He just created real depth in that lineup,” Yost said. “His ability to hit with power and drive the ball from both sides of the plate; he did a nice job for us.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2016 at 08:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
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