Kyle Isbel
22-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Kansas City Royals A+
2020 Fantasy Outlook
While Isbel missed almost three months with hamstring and hamate injuries, he still had one of the better 2019 seasons by a Royals position player prospect (Nick Pratto, MJ Melendez and Seuly Matias all flopped). This is important to factor in, as the organizational depth chart looks pretty bleak over the next couple years, so basic competency will give a player a chance to play a lot when they first get to Kansas City. Isbel, who turns 23 in March, hit .348 through his first 13 games before the injuries struck. His performance was poor upon his return, which could be chalked up to the long layoff, but he rebounded by hitting .315/.429/.438 with a 20:14 K:BB and six steals on seven attempts in 91 PA in the Arizona Fall League. Isbel has plus speed and could be a center fielder in the early-career Adam Eaton mold. Given his age, the Royals will keep him on a fast track to the majors. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Royals in June of 2018 that includes a $594,800 signing bonus.
Will join big-league camp
OFKansas City Royals  A+
January 13, 2020
Isbel was invited to the Royals' big-league spring training Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of 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.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Isbel, the 94th overall pick in the 2018 draft, put up some of the best statistics of any player in that class after signing for $592,300. Let's throw out what the 21-year-old did in the hitter-friendly Pioneer League. He was old for the level and there is a lot of noise in those numbers. After getting a promotion to the Sally League, his K% jumped from 14.3% to 24.7% and his walk rate dipped from 11.8% to 6.9%. However, he started using the whole field more, dropping his Pull% from 51.1% to 41.0%, which will be important for the left-handed hitter as he moves up the ladder. His plus speed and aggressiveness on the bases were apparent at both stops, and those are the top selling points in dynasty leagues. Isbel has a chance to develop into a center fielder who steals 25-plus bases and hits double-digit home runs. If he can improve his contact rate, or regain the patient approach he showed in rookie ball, he could be the Royals' leadoff hitter in a couple years.
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Back in action at High-A
OFKansas City Royals  A+
July 13, 2019
Isbel (wrist) was activated from the 7-day injured list with High-A Wilmington.
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Begins rehab assignment
OFKansas City Royals  A+
July 5, 2019
Isbel (wrist) went 2-for-3 with a home run and stolen base Thursday while serving as the designated hitter in a rehab game for the Royals' rookie-level Arizona League affiliate.
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Hot start interrupted by face injury
OFKansas City Royals  A+
April 23, 2019
Isbel was placed on the 7-day injured list at High-A Wilmington after a ball went off his face on defense, Clint Scoles of reports.
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Selected by Royals
OFKansas City Royals  A+
June 5, 2018
The Royals have selected Isbel with the 94th overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft.
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