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On-base Plus Slugging
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Regular Season .271 1 2 .723 11

Top Dairon Blanco News

  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Not in Wednesday's lineup

    Blanco is absent from the lineup for Wednesday's game in Seattle.

    Blanco went through a stretch with four starts in five games, reaching base seven times while hitting one home run and stealing three bases. However, he's now been out of the lineup for two straight contests. The outfielder certainly has the ability to help fantasy managers with his speed if he gets regular reps, so his playing time is worth tracking.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Records 11th steal

    Blanco went 1-for-3 with a stolen base in Monday's 6-2 loss to the Mariners.

    Blanco was 1-for-2 on stolen base attempts in the game. The outfielder began the year in a bench role, but he's hit his way into starting four of the last five games with time at all three outfield positions. He's gone 7-for-17 (.412) since May 6. Blanco doesn't have much of a track record in a starting role, but he's slashed .293/.356/.439 with a home run, two RBI, 14 runs scored and 11 steals through 45 plate appearances this season as a speed-and-defense option. Blanco's increased playing time has primarily come at the expense of MJ Melendez and Kyle Isbel.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Big day against Halos

    Blanco went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, a two-run home run, four runs scored and two steals in Thursday's win over the Angels.

    Blanco kicked off a four-run third inning for Kansas City with his first home run of the season and then led off the fifth with an infield single, eventually scoring a season-high four runs. It was Blanco's first three-hit performance of the campaign, and he's making the most of his sporadic playing time, batting .364 (8-for-22) over his last 12 appearances with eight runs and five steals in five attempts.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Swipes two bags in loss

    Blanco secured two stolen bases in Sunday's 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Rangers.

    Blanco entered the game in the bottom of the eighth inning as a pinch runner for Vinnie Pasquantino, stealing both second and third base. The outfielder is now up to eight stolen bases this season, and he's gotten three total swipes over the last three games. On the flip side, Blanco draws only an occasional spot in the starting lineup, limiting his upside as a stolen-base option for fantasy managers.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Picks up steal

    Blanco went 0-for-1 with a stolen base and a run scored in Friday's 7-1 win over the Rangers.

    Blanco pinch ran for MJ Melendez in the seventh inning, swiping a bag and scoring on a Kyle Isbel single. The steal was Blanco's first since April 9, though he went 5-for-20 with two doubles and a walk over 11 contests between thefts. He has seen a little more playing time recently, though his starts often come when another outfielder needs a day off -- there's no obvious platoon situation emerging that would get Blanco in the lineup regularly. The speedster has six steals, no home runs, no RBI, eight runs scored and two doubles over 26 plate appearances this season.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Notches fifth steal

    Blanco stole a base as a pinch runner in Tuesday's 4-3 extra-inning win over the Astros.

    Blanco is tied for third in the American League with five steals despite logging just three plate appearances over eight games. He's also scored four runs. The 30-year-old is on the Royals' roster for speed and defense as a late-game replacement, but it's fair to assume he's not first in line to take a starting role if one of the team's other outfielders gets injured.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Two steals off bench Monday

    Blanco stole two bases and scored a run as a pinch runner in Monday's 6-4 loss to the Orioles.

    This will be a familiar role for Blanco -- enter the game late and let speed do the rest. He ran for Kyle Isbel in the ninth inning, then stole second and third before coming home on a Maikel Garcia sacrifice fly. Blanco has logged just one at-bat over three contests so far. As a fourth outfielder, his playing time is likely to be minimal, but his speed off the bench offers a little intrigue in AL-only fantasy formats.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Makes roster as extra outfielder

    Manager Matt Quatraro informed Blanco that he'll be on the Royals' Opening Day roster, Anne Rogers of reports Saturday.

    Blanco is likely to fill a bench role as a speed-and-defense option off the bench. The Royals are expected to begin the year with MJ Melendez, Kyle Isbel and Hunter Renfroe as the starting outfield from left to right. Blanco stole 24 bases in 2023 despite logging just 138 plate appearances, so he could have some appeal in AL-only fantasy formats.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Back in action

    Blanco (calf) is starting in center field in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Giants.

    Blanco returned to Cactus League play Sunday after suffering a mild calf strain last week, and he'll look to keep his hot streak alive against San Francisco. Blanco has registered six hits in 16 at-bats this spring while driving in one run and scoring three times, and the 30-year-old remains in the race for a bench spot on Kansas City's Opening Day roster.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Has mild calf strain

    Blanco has been diagnosed with a mild calf strain following an MRI, Anne Rogers of reports.

    Royals manager Matt Quatraro referred to the strain as "very mild" and said he expects Blanco to be ready for Opening Day. The speedy outfielder will take a break from running for a few days but will still be able to hit and throw.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Heading for MRI

    Blanco will undergo an MRI on his calf Monday, Anne Rogers of reports.

    Blanco dealt with cramping in his camp during Saturday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks and was forced to exit the contest early. The MRI is considered precautionary, and he should be back in action in a few days if the results come back clean.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Has edge for fourth outfield spot

    Blanco is viewed as the favorite to be the Royals' fourth outfielder, Anne Rogers of reports.

    The 30-year-old Blanco offers reliable defense and speed off the bench, making him better suited to be an extra outfielder. With a utility man (Garrett Hampson) and designated hitter (Nelson Velazquez) with outfield experience, the Royals may opt to have Drew Waters develop more at Triple-A Omaha, while Blanco can be a late-game replacement. Blanco hit .258 with a .776 OPS and 24 stolen bases in just 138 plate appearances last season in a similar role.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Socks home run, steals two in win

    Blanco went 3-for-3 with a home run, one RBI, two runs scored and two steals in Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Yankees.

    Blanco contributed across the board in his return to the starting lineup after coming off the bench in the two games prior. Sunday's game marked his sixth multi-steal effort of the campaign and he concluded the season with 24 stolen bases in 68 games. In that span, the rookie outfielder slashed .258/.324/.452 with three home runs, 19 runs and 18 RBI in a part-time role.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Adds two steals Saturday

    Blanco went 0-for-4 with two stolen bases in Saturday's 10-8 win over the Astros.

    Blanco has logged five steals over seven games in September despite going just 3-for-16 (.188). The outfielder didn't need a hit Saturday, getting on base on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning before swiping second and third. He's up to 22 thefts in 27 attempts through 126 plate appearances, and Blanco also sports a .230/.304/.407 slash line.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Swipes two more bags

    Blanco went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two steals in Tuesday's 11-10 victory over the White Sox.

    Blanco hasn't done much at the plate, going 4-for-20 (.200) in his last nine games, though he now has five stolen bases in that span. On the year, he's slashing .239/.314/.422 with two homers, 17 RBI, 16 runs and 20 stolen bases. The 30-year-old outfielder has primarily filled a bench role for the Royals, though he could be a source of speed in deeper fantasy leagues down the stretch.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Lifts second homer

    Blanco went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays.

    Blanco also struck out three times. The part-timer has gone just 5-for-25 (.200) over his last 11 games, though it's a span that includes both of his homers this season. He's slashing a meager .238/.310/.429 with 17 RBI, 18 stolen bases and 15 runs scored through 117 plate appearances.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Registers 18th steal

    Blanco went 1-for-3 with a walk, two RBI and a stolen base in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Red Sox.

    Blanco's role remains fairly limited -- he'd logged just six at-bats over his previous four games. The outfielder has been a speed threat when he can get into games, with 18 steals on 23 attempts this season, and a .313 on-base percentage is passable for a player in a reserve role. He's added a home run, 16 RBI and 13 runs scored over 113 plate appearances.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Logs steal in loss

    Blanco went 0-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Pirates.

    Blanco has recorded nine of his 17 steals this season over 20 games in August. He continues to be most impactful as a pinch runner -- he's seen just 31 at-bats this month while working in a part-time role. For the season, he's slashing .245/.317/.426 over 105 plate appearances.

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  • Royals' Dairon Blanco: Notches 16th steal

    Blanco went 1-for-3 with a stolen base in Saturday's 15-2 loss to the Mariners.

    Blanco has gone 4-for-13 with four steals and two RBI over his last 10 contests. The speedster is now 16-for-21 on the basepaths this season while batting .250 with a .752 OPS across 102 plate appearances. He continues to operate as a fourth outfielder for the Royals, with MJ Melendez, Kyle Isbel and Drew Waters getting the majority of the playing time.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 170 lbs
Birthplace: Florida, Cuba
Age: 31
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R