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Top Nelson Velazquez News

  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Homer, double in win

    Velazquez went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, an RBI double and two total runs scored in Saturday's 7-4 extra-innings win over the Rays.

    Velazquez has gone 12-for-39 (.308) with three homers and eight RBI over his last 11 games. The outfielder opened the scoring with a second-inning blast off Aaron Civale and added the go-ahead RBI in the 11th. Velazquez's power has been slow to show in 2024, but he looks to be going in the right direction for now. Overall, he's at .232/.301/.394 slash line with five homers, 16 RBI, 22 runs scored and one stolen base through 156 plate appearances.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Knocks homer

    Velazquez went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two walks and two total runs scored in Wednesday's 8-3 win over the Tigers.

    Velazquez had sat out the previous two games, suggesting he could be losing some playing time versus right-handed pitchers. He looked solid against Tigers lefty ace Tarik Skubal, taking him deep in the fourth inning. Velazquez is batting a meager .224 (11-for-49) in May, but he's hit two homers and driven in five runs over his last five games. The outfielder is slashing .226/.295/.368 with four homers, 13 RBI, 20 runs scored, one stolen base and seven doubles over 146 plate appearances this season. He's struggled to consistently tap into power as he did with 17 homers over 53 games a year ago, so it's possible Velazquez could continue to lose playing time to Adam Frazier or Freddy Fermin if he can't turn things around.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Not starting Tuesday

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.

    Velazquez will sit for a second straight game, leaving DH duties to Adam Frazier on Tuesday. Since May 10, Velazquez is 8-for-28 (.286) with a three-run home run.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Taking seat Monday

    Velazquez is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Tigers.

    Velazquez had started seven of the last eight contests but will begin this one on the bench. Salvador Perez will be the designated hitter, Hunter Renfroe will start in right field and Freddy Fermin will be at catcher.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Flips game around with homer

    Velazquez went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Mariners.

    Mariners starter Logan Gilbert was excellent until the seventh inning, and Velazquez made him pay. The homer was Velazquez's third of the year and his first since April 4. He went just 5-for-55 over a 19-game span from April 14 to May 9, but Velazquez now has a five-game hitting streak during which he's 6-for-16 (.375). Overall, he's at a .227/.292/.361 slash line with 11 RBI, 18 runs scored and a stolen base over 37 contests. With fellow corner outfielders MJ Melendez and Hunter Renfroe hitting .183 and .159, respectively, there's room for Velazquez to challenge them if manager Matt Quatraro opts for other players at designated hitter.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Retreats to bench Wednesday

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners.

    Velazquez hasn't fully regained an everyday role yet, but he started each of the last four games (two against right-handers, two against left-handers) and is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak in which he's slashed .375/.412/.625. Even so, Velazquez will find himself as the odd man out of the lineup Wednesday while the Royals give Salvador Perez a day off behind the plate while keeping his bat in the starting nine at DH.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Absent from lineup again

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Monday's contest versus the Brewers.

    It's the second straight day on the bench for Velazquez, who is in a 2-for-32 tailspin at the plate. He served as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Rangers and will be available off the bench Monday. Adam Frazier will serve as the Royals' designated hitter, and Kansas City could continue to rotate a number of players at that spot in the lineup while Velazquez has seemingly lost hold of an everyday role.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: On bench Sunday

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Rangers.

    Velazquez went 1-for-4 with a double and a run Saturday but still has just two hits over his past 11 games. Salvador Perez is resting his legs at designated hitter Sunday while Freddy Fermin starts behind the plate.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Sitting again

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers.

    Velazquez has been less and less of an everyday option for the Royals as the team continues to trot out lineups with Salvador Perez as first base, Vinnie Pasquantino at DH and Freddy Fermin behind the dish. Velazquez hasn't done much to warrant an everyday role after starting the season red hot, managing just one hit in his last 27 at-bats.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Not in Tuesday's lineup

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.

    Velazquez went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run Sunday, which broke a streak of 20 straight hitless at-bats. Vinnie Pasquantino will serve as the designated hitter while Salvador Perez (back) mans first base.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Not starting Saturday

    Velazquez is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Tigers.

    Velazquez will begin Saturday's game on the bench with the Tigers sending out right-hander Casey Mize. Velazquez is hitless over his last six games and has reached base twice on walks over that span. Lefty-hitting Adam Frazier will start at DH and bat fifth in the lineup Saturday.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Heads to bench Thursday

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Blue Jays.

    With the Royals looking to give Vinnie Pasquantino a day out of the field and Salvador Perez a day off behind the plate in the series finale, Velazquez will be a casualty from the Kansas City lineup. Pasquantino will serve as the Royals' designated hitter in Velazquez's stead, while Perez takes over Pasquantino's usual spot at first base.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Takes seat Tuesday

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.

    Velazquez is 2-for-21 in his past seven games and will head to the bench for the second time in Kansas City's past three contests. Adam Frazier is batting sixth as the designated hitter Tuesday.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Sitting for Game 2

    Velazquez is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Velazquez went 1-for-4 with a double and a run in Game 1, but he'll take a seat in the nightcap after making 12 straight starts. Salvador Perez will serve as the designated hitter while Freddy Fermin starts behind the plate.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Records steal Saturday

    Velazquez went 2-for-5 with one RBI, a stolen base and one run scored in Saturday's 11-7 win over the Mets.

    Velazquez was one of six Royals to log multiple hits Saturday. He's known for his power more than his speed -- this was his first steal and attempt since 2022. He's earned a significant role early in 2024, slashing .333/.385/.521 with two home runs, seven RBI, eight runs scored and three doubles over 13 contests as the Royals' primary designated hitter.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Smacks homer in win

    Velazquez went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, an additional RBI, a walk and two runs scored in Thursday's 10-1 win over the White Sox.

    Velazquez provided the Royals' early offense with an RBI single in the second inning and a solo shot in the fourth. The 25-year-old has some interesting power -- he's already swatted two homers through five games this season after hitting 17 in 53 contests a year ago. Velazquez is batting .294 with a 2:7 BB:K, three RBI and four runs scored over 19 plate appearances. The Royals are making sure he's not a full-time player against right-handed pitchers early on, though he could force his way to that kind of role if he continues to hit well.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Not in Wednesday's lineup

    Velazquez is absent from the lineup for Wednesday's contest in Baltimore.

    With ace right-hander Corbin Burnes toeing the slab for the Orioles, it's not a bad time for the Royals to give the right-handed-hitting Velazquez a day off. Vinnie Pasquantino will serve as the designated hitter Wednesday, while Salvador Perez will cover first base and Freddy Fermin will handle catching duties.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Launches homer in win

    Velazquez went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's 11-0 win over the Twins.

    Velazquez singled in the first inning and walked and scored in the second frame before launching a solo homer off of reliever Cole Sands in the bottom of the sixth. The outfielder was making only his second start of the season, but if he can keep producing like he did Sunday, he'll see an uptick in playing time as the season goes on.

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  • Royals' Nelson Velazquez: Won't start Saturday vs. Twins

    Velazquez is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against Minnesota.

    Velazquez got the start at DH for the season opener Thursday, finishing 0-for-3 with one strikeout. Nick Loftin will be the designated hitter for the Royals on Saturday and bat eighth against Twins right-hander Joe Ryan.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Age: 25
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R