Full name is Cameron Joseph Gallagher…resides in Lancaster, Pa., during the offseason ... Graduated from Manheim Township (Pa.) in 2011…batted .434 with four homers, 19 RBI, 29 runs scored and 10 stolen bases as a senior…participated in the Aflac All-America Baseball Classic following his junior season ... Father, Glenn, pitched in the Toronto Blue Jays' organization after being selected in the third round of the 1981 First-Year Player Draft ... Older brother, Austin, was a third-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007.
Made the Opening Day roster for the second straight season and played in a career-high 45 games, including 36 starts behind the plate ... Placed on the 10-day Injured List on Aug. 8 with a strained left oblique…reinstated when rosters expanded on Sept. 1, but did not play ... Hit just .100 (4-for-40) in his first 14 games through May 16, but hit .302 (26-for-86) in 31 games the rest of the season ... Homered in back-to-back games on July 31 vs. Toronto and Aug. 2 at Minnesota, both coming within a span of five plate appearances…he homered three times in his previous 228 carer plate appearances in the Majors ... Seven of his last 12 hits went for extra bases from July 14- Aug. 4, including five doubles and two home runs ... Doubled and scored twice and caught all 9.0 innings of Glenn Sparkman's shutout on July 16 vs. Chicago, which was the first shutout by a Royal since June 2, 2017 vs. Cleveland (Jason Vargas) ... Had three RBI bunt hits: April 14 vs. Cleveland, April 24 at Tampa Bay and July 18 vs. Chicago…his three RBI bunt hits were more than any Royals catcher in an entire career, and he's the first catcher to record three RBI bunt hits in a single season since San Diego's Brad Ausmus in 1995.
Made the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career and played 22 big league games, batting .206 with three doubles, a homer and seven RBI…appeared in eight of the Royals' first 20 games prior to Salvador Perez's return from the disabled list...Recalled on Aug. 31 and hit his only home run of the season that night…reached base three times, which included a pair of hits in a 9-2 triumph over the Orioles...Made 12 starts behind the plate following his Aug. 31 recall, and allowed just one stolen base in 98.2 innings, after allowing four steals in 53.2 innings in his first stint with Kansas City...Batted .265/.334/.358 (71-for-268) with a career-high 42 doubles in 77 games with Omaha (AAA)...Threw out 20 of 65 would-be base stealers (30.8%), the third-most runners caught stealing and the fifth-best rate among qualifying catchers in the Pacific Coast League.
Spent most of the season with Omaha (AAA), where he hit .292 (76-for-260) with five HR and 37 RBI in 73 games ... Debuted on Aug. 6 vs. Seattle (Game 1), entering as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning...made his first big league start on Aug. 6 vs. Seattle (Game 2)…walked and scored his first run in the seventh inning and recorded his first Major League hit in the eighth ... Hit .385/.500/.692 (5-for-13) with five RBI in five games (four starts) during Salvador Perez's 16-day DL stint ... Recorded his first career home run in his fourth game on Aug. 14 at Oakland, a grand slam off Jharel Cotton in the Sonic Slam sixth inning…the Sonic Slam won Tim Brown of Shawnee, Kan. $25,000 and was the eighth Royals' Sonic Slam since the promotion began in 1995 and first since Lorenzo Cain did it on July 4, 2013 ... Became the second Royal to have his first career HR be a grand slam, joining fellow catcher Paul Phillips on Aug. 17, 2005 vs. Seattle…he's the first Royal to hit a grand slam within his first four career games ... Made two starts (eight outings) in September, going 1-for-11.
Spent the entire season with Northwest Arkansas (AA), where he played in 91 games, including 79 starts behind the dish...Led Texas League catchers in total chances (713), putouts (648), assists (62), double plays (nine) and caught stealing percentage (.476, 30-of-63)...Batted .259 (78-for-301), his highest mark since 2012 (.276)...Recorded his first career multi-home run game on July 21 in an 8-1 win vs. Springfield.
Spent the entire 2015 season at Wilmington (A)…missed a pair of stretches due to stints on the disabled list ... Ranked second among Carolina League catchers with a .323 on-base percentage and fifth with 15 doubles in 2015.
Named a Carolina League All-Star in 2014 and went 1-for-2 with a single in the Carolina League vs. California League game ... Threw out 40 percent (50 of 125) of would-be base stealers in 2014.