Kyle Isbel is from Fontana, California, United States.
Isbel is the Royals’ top-ranked outfield prospect and presently ranks fifth in the organization.
He was selected in the third round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Royals out of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and he has been making excellent outfield plays since then.
While Kyle Isbel is rushing for the ball, it looks eerily similar to all of the plays that fans in Kansas City have seen from a left-field Gold Glover throughout the years.
In 2018, Isbel had success in his professional baseball debut. He sliced his way through rookie and single-A level. Over the course of 64 games, he hit .326/.389/.504 with seven home runs and 22 doubles.
He played rookie ball again in 2019, however he was promoted to A+. Over the course of 59 games, he hit .233/.296/.397 with seven home runs and nine doubles.
While his stats decreased, he was also battling with hamstring issues, which set him back, though he still showed some decent tools and appeared to be on the mend.
Isbel missed his chance to go through the minor levels as the 2020 minor league season was canceled. Fortunately, he was assigned to work at the Royals’ alternate site camp.
While it’s tough to replace the experience of playing in a game, he proved throughout spring training that he was still fighting for his spot.
Isbel has hit .345/.429/.621 over 18 games in spring training, including two home runs and two doubles.
Of course, spring training stats should be taken with a grain of salt, but it’s encouraging to see him putting up numbers and gaining confidence that he can carry into the minors this season.
Isbel was one of the prospects who was expected to break camp with the team and gain some major league time, but he was officially resigned on Monday, along with top prospect Brobby Witt Jr.