Seuly Matias
20-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Kansas City Royals A+
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The time to trade Matias in a dynasty league was in late June, when he was slugging .640 with 24 HR in just 59 games -- essentially pacing all of affiliated baseball in power production. Strikeouts were an issue at that point (37.0 K%), but he was just 19 years old, so that could be pushed to the side, given all those home runs. He hit .213 with just seven HR over his next 35 games and a mid-August thumb injury cut his season short. Matias was on pace to hit 50-plus HR, but when his power production dipped, his significant warts began to dominate the discussion. A 34.8 K% and 6.4 BB% against Low-A pitching is difficult to reconcile. Joey Gallo also toured the Sally League as a 19-year-old in 2013, and while he struck out slightly more (37.0 K%) than Matias, he was even more prodigious (163 wRC+, .365 ISO vs. 138 wRC+, .320 ISO) and he walked quite a bit more (10.8 BB%). Gallo is the ceiling for Matias -- the floor is he never makes the majors. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $2.25 million contract with the Royals in July 2015.
Suffers thumb laceration
OFKansas City Royals  A+
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August 25, 2018
Matias will miss the rest of Low-A Lexington's season after suffering a deep cut on his right thumb, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Matias sustained the injury in a bit of a freak accident as he loaded his luggage onto the team bus. The young outfielder -- who turns 20 on Sept. 4 -- will miss the last few weeks of Lexington's season, but the actual recovery timetable remains unclear. Matias has some extreme numbers this season, including a .231/.303/.550 slash line with 31 home runs and 131 strikeouts in 338 at-bats.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
In a system lacking in toolsy, high-pedigree position players, Matias is an outlier. One of the top prizes in the 2015 international signing class, Matias signed with the Royals for a $2.25 million bonus and made his stateside debut in 2016. While he currently has the speed for center field, his size (6-foot-3, 200 pounds and growing), plus power and plus arm make him an obvious long-term fit in right field. He tied for the Arizona League lead with eight home runs -- an impressive feat for a 17-year-old slugger. The power is clearly real, and he can already hit balls out to all fields. There are some obvious flaws in his game, but it's so early in the developmental process that it's hard to nitpick too much. He posted a 36.9 percent strikeout rate but also walked 11.1 percent of the time, which is rare for any 17-year-old. Matias is forever away, and there is plenty of risk, but he has a higher ceiling than any hitting prospect in the Royals' system.
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Connects on 24th homer
OFKansas City Royals  A+
June 25, 2018
Matias went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday for Low-A Lexington in its 5-3 loss to Columbia.
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Back from temporary inactive list
OFKansas City Royals  A+
May 21, 2018
Matias returned from the temporary inactive list Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Placed on temporary inactive list
OFKansas City Royals  A+
Not Injury Related
May 17, 2018
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Two long balls in Low-A debut
OFKansas City Royals  A+
April 6, 2018
Matias went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in his debut for Low-A Lexington on Thursday against Charleston.
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Inconsistent in second professional season
OFKansas City Royals  A+
September 14, 2017
Matias slashed .243/.297/.423 with seven home runs, 36 RBI and 27 runs over 57 games during 2017 in the Appalachian League.
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