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Freddy Fermin went back-and-forth between the majors and minors in April but was with the big club for good by early May when the Royals decided to no longer use MJ Melendez at catcher. The 28-year-old was quietly very productive, hitting .290/.324/.495 with nine home runs over 205 plate appearances from May-to-August before his season ended in early September with a fractured finger. Fermin is a late bloomer, but he had an .874 OPS with 20 homers in 105 games at the Triple-A level and his hard-hit rate (42.7 percent) and barrel rate (9.9 percent) in 2023 with the Royals were both above-average. His emergence led to Kansas City using Salvador Perez for a career-high 21 starts at first base in addition to 29 starts at designated hitter and it's possible they'll follow a similar setup in 2024. It could be enough for Fermin to carve out some deep-league value again.

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2024 1152.1 26 4 21 13 .296
2023 1472.1 26 9 32 13 .281
2022 -1.5-0.5 1 .000
3y Avg. 701.9 14 4 16 6 .268
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Heading to bench Friday

    Fermin is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox. Fermin started the previous six games and will receive a day off after he went 7-for-20 with two walks, two RBI and four runs during that span. Adam Frazier will serve as Kansas City's designated hitter Friday.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Gaining foothold in regular lineup

    Fermin will start at designated hitter and bat sixth in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals. Fermin will stick in the lineup for the fifth game in a row, with the 29-year-old having now made three starts at catcher and two at designated hitter. With Michael Massey having been cleared to resume playing at second base after initially being limited to DH duties upon his return from the injured list June 24, the Royals should have a regular spot in the lineup for Fermin, at least while he's producing at the dish. Fermin will take a five-game hitting streak into the doubleheader and is slashing .304/.356/.435 over 177 plate appearances on the season.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Racks up three hits

    Fermin went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Rockies. Fermin has three multi-hit efforts over his last eight games, but that's a span that dates back to June 20. The backup catcher is making the most of his opportunities this year, slashing .303/.355/.439 with four home runs, 19 RBI, 24 runs scored and nine doubles over 169 plate appearances. Fermin's reliability has allowed Salvador Perez to rest or serve as the designated hitter regularly. Fermin's playing time had declined while Michael Massey was limited to designated-hitter duties, but Massey has been cleared to play the field and should see more time at second base in the second half.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Drives in two in Wednesday's win

    Fermin went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Marlins. The Royals' offense was stuck in neutral until the eighth inning, but Fermin capped a five-run outburst with a two-run single. The 29-year-old had been on the bench the prior three games with Michael Massey serving as the DH in his return from a lower-back strain, which kept Salvador Perez behind the plate. But playing time should open up for Fermin again once Massey is ready to resume defensive duties at second base. On the season, Fermin is slashing .294/.340/.434 with four homers, 18 RBI and 21 runs in 48 contests.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Taking seat Monday

    Fermin is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Marlins. Fermin is on the bench for the second day in a row, but his playing time could be on the upswing nonetheless while he's produced a .271/.314/.500 slash line through the first three and a half weeks of June. In addition to filling in at catcher on days that top backstop Salvador Perez gets days off behind the dish, Fermin will factor into the equation at designated hitter, where he had made two of his last three starts.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Playing time picking up

    Fermin will start at catcher and bat sixth in Thursday's game against the Yankees. Fermin remains the Royals' No. 2 catcher, but he's been playing more than the typical backup of late due to Kansas City's willingness to deploy top backstop Salvador Perez at first base or designated hitter on his non-catching days. With Perez serving as the Royals' DH for Thursday's day game, Fermin will pick up his fourth start in five games. Fermin is hitting .298 with two home runs, 17 runs and 13 RBI over 122 plate appearances on the season, and his recent surge in playing time could be enough to make him a viable option in AL-only leagues or mixed leagues that start two catchers.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Working behind plate Wednesday

    Fermin will start at catcher and bat sixth in Wednesday's game against the Tigers. He'll be rewarded with his third start in four games after going 4-for-7 with a walk, an RBI and two runs between his previous two turns behind the plate. The Royals will likely continue to make room for Fermin in the lineup when the team opposes left-handed pitching, but his opportunities against right-handers will likely remain more limited while top backstop Salvador Perez is healthy.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Workload picking up

    Fermin will start at catcher and bat seventh in Sunday's game against the Rangers. Fermin will be behind the dish for the fifth time in seven games while Salvador Perez gets a day off from catching and serves as the Royals' designated hitter. Nelson Velazquez has served as the Royals' primary DH all season, but he's been occupying more of a part-time role of late as manager Matt Quartaro has look to make room in the lineup for Fermin, who has gone 5-for-18 with a solo home run and three walks over his last six games.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Scores run in win

    Fermin went 2-for-3 with one double and one run in Sunday's win against the White Sox. Fermin has totaled 15 at-bats with two runs and three hits over five games played as the main backup to starting catcher Salvador Perez. The 28-year-old hasn't built upon his solid .782 OPS from the 2023 campaign, as Fermin has just a .467 OPS through the small sample this year.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Projected as backup catcher

    Fermin is projected to be the Royals' backup catcher to begin 2024, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. The Royals recently signed Austin Nola, but he's viewed as an experienced depth option. Fermin has gone 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout over two Cactus League games. With Salvador Perez in the latter half of his career, it wouldn't be surprising to see Fermin shoulder more of the workload behind the dish, which could see Perez take more games at first base or designated hitter.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Transferred to 60-day IL

    Fermin (finger) was transferred to the 60-day injured list from the 10-day IL on Monday. The move frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for fellow catcher Tyler Cropley, whose contract was selected from Omaha. Fermin had already been ruled out for the season following surgery last week to repair a fractured left middle finger.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Season over after finger surgery

    Fermin underwent season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured left middle finger, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. Fermin suffered the injury last Friday on a catcher's interference call. He is certainly done for the season, but the hope is that he will be fully healthy by the time spring training rolls around. It's an unfortunate ending to what has been a nice season for Fermin, who batted .281/.321/.461 with nine home runs over 235 plate appearances in 2023. The 28-year-old has positioned himself to open 2024 as Salvador Perez's backup again, or perhaps even take over as starter if the Royals decide to trade Perez over the winter.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Hits bench Tuesday

    Fermin is not in the lineup Tuesday versus the Athletics. Fermin will sit for the second time in the past three games. Prior to that, he had made four consecutive starts, going 3-for-10. With Nick Pratto still on the injured list, Salvador Perez will move back to catcher Tuesday and Matt Duffy will start at first base.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Receives Sunday off

    Fermin is out of the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Cubs. Fermin worked behind the plate the previous three games and will receive a day off after going 3-for-10 with a double, a walk and two RBI. Salvador Perez will move back to catcher while Matt Beaty starts at first base.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Running hot at plate

    Fermin went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Phillies. Fermin closed out the weekend with a fourth consecutive two-hit game, and he's now slashing a blistering .388/.404/.714 with four home runs, eight RBI and 11 runs in 13 games since the All-Star break. An injury to Nick Pratto (groin) along with his own hot bat has allowed Fermin to take hold of a regular spot in the lineup alongside veteran catcher Salvador Perez, who has been seeing more time at first base and designated hitter of late. Perez is out of the lineup Monday in Boston due to what appears to be a minor hand injury, so Matt Beaty will fill in at first base while Fermin bats sixth and settles in behind the plate for what will be his fifth consecutive start.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Takes seat Wednesday

    Fermin is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mets. Fermin will head to the bench after he served as the Royals' starting catcher in four of the past five games. Salvador Perez, who started at first base and designated hitter in the last two contests, will move behind the plate Wednesday.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Playing time trending upward

    Fermin will start at catcher and bat sixth in Sunday's game against the Twins. With the Royals frequently deploying Salvador Perez at designated hitter of late and even handing him a start at first base Friday for the first time since 2020, Fermin has benefited with an uptick in opportunities behind the plate. The 28-year-old will pick up his third start at catcher in four games Sunday, and he's done his part thus far to justify the increased work. He'll take a five-game hitting streak into Sunday's contest and owns an .830 OPS over 134 plate appearances on the season.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Tallies three hits

    Fermin went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Tigers. Fermin tallied half of the Royals' six hits in the contest. It was his third three-hit effort since June 21, a span in which he's hitting .370 with one home run, 11 RBI, seven runs scored and four doubles. Fermin should have a chance to play more this week as Salvador Perez recovers from a low-grade hamstring strain. Through 117 plate appearances, Fermin is slashing .275/.319/.440 with four home runs, 19 RBI, 11 runs scored, four doubles and a triple.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Hits another home run

    Fermin went 1-for-4 with a solo homer scored in Saturday's 5-4 loss against the Athletics. Fermin took Ken Waldichuk yard for a solo home run in the fourth inning, marking his second consecutive game with a home run. However, Fermin was unable to make an impact outside of the solo shot, with a pair of strikeouts and a foul out in his other three plate appearances. Though the 27-year-old remains firmly behind Salvador Perez on the depth chart, he could push Kansas City to play Perez at DH if he continues to hit the ball well.
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  • Royals' Freddy Fermin: Clubs first big-league homer

    Fermin went 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple, a walk, two total runs and two total RBI in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday. Fermin was called up to the big club Tuesday and got the start behind the plate. The 27-year-old enjoyed by far his best performance as a major-leaguer, as he had just one hit over 14 career plate appearances entering the contest. Fermin fell a double short of the cycle, hitting a solo homer to left field in the third inning, knocking a triple and scoring a run in the fourth, and finishing his day with an RBI single in the ninth. Fermin isn't going to supplant primary catcher Salvador Perez (who was the team's DH on Thursday) on a regular basis, but he appears lined up to be KC's backup backstop and could earn more opportunities to have his bat worked into the lineup. He was excellent at the Triple-A level prior to his promotion, slashing .304/.448/.674 with five homers and 14 RBI across 58 plate appearances.
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