Royals Report: KC Finally Knocks Off Cards In 12
By John Viril
5) Kendrys Morales Looked Comfortable In RIght Field
Most KC Royals fans were surprised to see designated hitter Kendrys Morales playing in right field with the team in St. Louis. It was the first time in his Kansas City Royals career that Morales has played in the outfield, though he did log 18 games at the position early in his career with the California Angels.
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Much to everyone’s surprise, Kendrys Morales did a pretty good job as a corner outfielder. He made four putouts, fielded a long single in the corner while holding the runner at first base, and made a nice running catch to rob Matt Carpenter of extra bases on a ball deep in the right-center gap.
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Not only did Kendrys look good in the field, he went 3 for 4 at the plate though he wasn’t involved in any of the Kansas City Royals three runs. Clearly, the Kendrys Morales experiment worked well on Wednesday night. Expect to see him in right field again Thursday. Heck, Morales might just play right field during Kansas City’s three-game swing through Philadelphia after finishing up their series in St.Louis on Thursday.
Morales isn’t a fast runner so his range as an outfielder surprised me. Apparently, he can read to ball off the bat well enough to get solid jumps. Given Kendrys Morales scorching hot bat (he has five straight multi-hit games), his ability to play as a corner outfielder will come in handy in NL parks.
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