Comfortable with KC, Kendrys has impressed

Slugger providing plenty of production as Royals' new designated hitter

Comfortable with KC, Kendrys has impressed

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Royals could only have dreamed how well Kendrys Morales has fit in with the team as its new designated hitter.

Morales replaced longtime Royal and fan favorite Billy Butler, who left for Oakland.

In stepped Morales, and he is simply crushing the ball. After two more hits in the Royals' 12-3 win on Monday, including a monster homer in the second inning at Target Field that made it to the upper deck in right field, Morales is hitting .414. He also has two homers and five RBIs.

But Morales isn't taking credit for his hot start.

"I'm going to defer it to the club," Morales said through interpreter Pedro Grifol. "Everyone is seeing the ball well right now. It's a team effort and that's how we approach it."

Morales simply is enjoying the fun and lively environment in the Royals' clubhouse.

"There's a great mix of young and veteran players that feed off each other here," he said. "The young players give a lot of energy to the older players and the veteran players give that experience to the younger guys. It's just a great mix."

Asked what makes the Royals' clubhouse so special, Morales paused for a second to think.

"I've been in a lot of organizations, but the thing I see here is it's a family atmosphere," he said. "People here make you feel comfortable the minute you walk through the clubhouse."

Morales has fit right in the environment. And so has his bat. His home run Monday likely was the hardest hit by a Royal this season.

But Morales wouldn't even concede that.

"Sometimes you get three hits and none are homers, but you square them up really well," he said, before adding, "well, yeah, I hit that one well."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.