Full name is Jorge Luis Bonifacio...name pronounced: bohn-i-FAH-see-oh...Older brother, Emilio, is a Major League infielder, who played with the Royals in 2013.
His 17 home runs in 113 games with the Royals were seventh most among American League rookies and most by a Royals rookie since Eric Hosmer (19) in 2011 ... Hit .314/.386/.608 (16-for-51) with seven extra-base hits and 12 RBI in 13 games with Omaha (AAA) before his recall on April 21 ... Homered in his second Major League game on April 23 at Texas off Yu Darvish, becoming the sixth Royal to homer within his first two career games and first since Mike Moustakas in 2011 ... Hit .294 (10-for-34) with two doubles, five home runs and 10 RBI during a nine-game road trip to Minnesota, New York and Cleveland from May 19-28, including a two-run double in the eighth inning off Andrew Miller on May 26 and a go-ahead, two-run HR in the seventh on May 23 in the Bronx ... Homered in three consecutive games from July 22-24, becoming just the fifth Royals rookie to do so and the first since Abraham Nunez in 2004 ... Played in 81 of the Royals' 88 games (76 starts) from the time of his call-up to the Melky Cabrera trade on July 30, and hit 14 HR with 33 RBI…played in just 32 of the Royals' 59 games (20 starts) following the trade and hit three HR with seven RBI ... Five of his 17 HR gave the Royals a lead, including a three-run shot in the sixth inning on Sept. 30 vs. Arizona off Archie Bradley, snapping Bradley's streak of 49.2 innings without a HR, which was tied for the third-longest streak in the Majors at the time ... Hit .287 (51-for-178) with eight home runs and 17 RBI in 56 games vs. AL Central opponents, including .350 (14-for40) vs. Cleveland and four HR vs. the White Sox.
Played 134 games for Omaha (AAA), batting .277/.351/.461 with 46 extra-base hits (19 home runs) and 86 RBI, which ranked fifth in the Pacific Coast League...Named Storm Chasers Player of the Year by the Omaha media after leading the team in runs (82), hits (137), triples (six) home runs, RBI, total bases (228) and walks (51)...Selected to participate in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Petco Park…served as the starting designated hitter for the World Team and walked in both of his plate appearances...Hit two grand slams in 2016, including a 10th-inning shot in a 6-4 win at Memphis on Aug. 3...Recorded 17 outfield assists, one shy of the PCL lead, including seven assists at home plate.
Spent the entire season with Double-A Northwest Arkansas for the second straight season...Named a Texas League All-Star for the second time, earning the game's "Top Star" honor, blasting the go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning...Tied for fourth in the Texas League in homers, while he ranked seventh in doubles and tied for 11th in RBI ...also tied for sixth in the league in strikeouts...Batted .267 with a .332 on-base percentage at home, compared to a .217 average and a .281 OBP on the road...Best month came in June when he hit .289 with five doubles, six homers and 15 RBI...also hit .281 in August with five doubles, two homers and nine RBI.
Rated as the fourth-best prospect in the Royals' organization by Baseball America entering 2014...Jorge spent the full year at Northwest Arkansas (AA), batting .230 with 4 homers and 51 RBI in a career high 132 games...Tied for ninth in the Texas League with four triples, which also led the Naturals…also ranked ninth in hits (116) and 10th in walks (50)...Batted just .199 (29-for-146) against left-handed pitching, after hitting .383 (31-for-83) vs. southpaws in 2013...Collected a career-high five hits vs. Springfield (5-for-6) with a triple and two runs scored on August 21.
Jorge put together a solid year despite missing six weeks (May 14-June 24) with a broken bone in his hand...Opened season at Wilmington (A-Advanced) and was promoted to Northwest Arkansas (AA) after returning from the disabled list, July 26...Batted .373 (31-for-83) with a .627 slugging percentage (9 doubles, 1 triple) against left-handed pitching combined over the three levels...Over the final five weeks of the season, ranked eighth in the Texas League in batting average (.301) and 10th in on-base percentage (.371).
Named 2012 Kane County (A) Player of the Year and a Midwest League All-Star...ranked in the top 20 in the
league in triples (T-18th) and slugging percentage (17th)...Rated as the 13th-best prospect in the Midwest League by Baseball America prior to the 2012 season.
In 2011, finished tied for fourth in the Appalachian League in doubles (20), tied for ninth in triples (4) and total
bases (116)...selected Burlington (R) Royals Player of the Year.
Tabbed Dominican Royals Player of the Year and was a Dominican Summer League All-Star in 2010...finished
sixth in the league in batting average (.355), slugging percentage (.476) and OPS (.904).