Ryan Patrick O’Hearn resides in Prosper, Texas...Graduated from Wakeland High School (Texas) in 2011...batted .505 with 15 homers and 55 RBI as a senior, earning Second Team All-America honors from Baseball America...Attended Sam Houston State University (Texas)...batted .292 with eight homers and 44 RBI during his final collegiate season (2014)...Participated in Royals FanFest in 2019 and 2020...also met with kids at Kauffman Stadium as part of the Dream Factory and participated in a photo shoot for Braden’s Hope Calendar.
Played in 84 games in his fourth Major League season, making starts as the designated hitter (28), in right field (22), first base (13) and left field (1)...Opened the season in the minors but was recalled to Kansas City on April 23 and hit a home run and drew two walks in his season debut that night in Detroit...he hit .176 (9-for-51) with two HR and 20 strikeouts over his next 19 games, and was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on May 28...Homered in his second plate appearance of the season on April 23 at Detroit (after walking in his 1st place appearance), becoming the second Royal to homer in his first official at-bat of the 2021 season, joining Jorge Soler, who went deep in his first at-bat on Opening Day vs. Texas...Broke up a shutout bid on May 27 at Tampa Bay, coming off the bench to hit a two-run shot in the sixth inning...it marked the first home run by a Royal who entered the game as a defensive replacement (not as a pinch hitter) since Chris Owings on April 20, 2019 at Yankee Stadium...Was recalled to Kansas City on June 22 and spent the rest of the season with the Royals...he homered in each of his first two games back on June 22-23 at Yankee Stadium...Hit a go-ahead, two-run shot as a pinch hitter for Mike Minor on July 20 vs. the Brewers to break a 2-2 tie in front of friends and family in Milwaukee...it marked his third career pinch-hit home run, matching Ryan McBroom for the most pinch-hit homers in franchise history...Eight of his nine homers came on the road, with his lone home run at Kauffman Stadium coming on July 23 vs. Detroit, snapping a streak of 12 straight homers on the road, dating back to his pinch-hit, walk-off blast on Sept. 3, 2019 vs. Detroit...21 of his 29 RBI and 11 of his 15 extra-base hits came on the road.
Appeared in 42 games, including 25 starts at first base and six as the designated hitter…started the season on the Injured List, missing the first three games, before being reinstated on July 27 and played in 27 of the Royals’ 32 games from July 27-Aug. 31…played in just 15 of the last 25...Batted .260 (19-for-73) with five doubles, two homers, 17 RBI and 12 walks (.360 OBP) through his first 25 games (through Aug. 29), but went 3-for-40 (.075) with one RBI over his final 17 games from Aug. 30-Sept. 27, including a 0-for-19 skid...Drew 18 walks in 132 plate appearances—tied for third most on the team behind Hunter Dozier (27) and Jorge Soler (19)—for the best walk rate of his career (7.33 PA/ BB)…his .303 on-base percentage was 22 points higher than his mark in 2019 (.281), despite hitting for the same average in both seasons...Batted .387 (12-for-31) with runners in scoring position, which ranked fifth in the American League (min. 30 AB)…that included hitting .480 (12-for-25), before going 0-for-his-last-6 with RISP...Hit .318 (7-for-22) with a double, a homer, five RBI and seven walks (.483 on-base percentage) in eight games vs. the Chicago White Sox... Matched a career high with three hits twice: Aug. 1 vs. the White Sox and Aug. 25 at St. Louis, his seventh and eighth career games with three knocks…on Aug. 1, all three of his hits came vs. left-handed pitching (one each off Gio González, Jace Fry and Aaron Bummer)...Hit a game-tying HR off Adam Wainwright on Aug. 25 in St. Louis, marking the sixth tying HR of his career, all of which have been in the sixth inning or later...He was intentionally walked twice on Aug. 26 at St. Louis, becoming the first Royal to be intentionally passed twice in the same game since Mike Moustakas on Aug. 10, 2017, also at St. Louis.
Made the Opening Day roster for the first time, but hit just .188 (35-for-186) with six home runs and 18 RBI through his first 56 games, and was optioned to Omaha (AAA) on June 14 ... Hit his first career grand slam on May 7 at Houston off Collin McHugh ... Hit .295 (38-for-129) with a .383 on-base percentage, .597 slugging percentage, 20 extra-base hits (9 HR) and 28 RBI in 35 games with Omaha from June 15-July 26 ... Recalled to Kansas City on July 27 and spent the rest of the season with the Royals, batting .204 (29-for-142) with eight homers and 20 RBI in 49 games ... Went 7-for-68 (.103) in his first 21 games following the July 27 recall, including an 0-for-15 skid ... Hit .455 (10-for-22) with four homers over his next eight games from Aug. 25-Sept. 3, including a two-homer game on Aug. 25 in Cleveland, the second of which broke an 8-8 tie in the 10th inning ... Hit .297 (22-for-74) in his final 28 games (from Aug. 25 through season's end) with five doubles, seven home runs, 16 RBI and a 1.025 OPS…his .649 slugging percentage during that stretch ranked eighth in the American League (min. 85 PA) ... Hit a pinch-hit, walk-off homer run off Detroit's Zac Reininger on Sept. 3, the first walk-off homer of his career and just the second pinch-hit, walk-off homer in Royals history, joining Pat Tabler's pinch-hit, walk-off shot on Sept. 12, 1989 off Texas' Kenny Rogers ... Had a career-high-tying three hits, including a game-tying, two-run homer in the sixth inning off José Berríos on Sept. 21, prior to Kansas City's seven-run, ninth-inning rally ... Also homered off Berríos on April 2, and was one of four players to hit two homers off him in 2019, joining Mookie Betts, James McCann and Danny Santana ... Hit .256 (32-for-125) with nine homers vs. American League Central teams, but hit .158 (32-for-203) with five homers vs. everyone else.
Started the season with Omaha (AAA), where he hit .232/.322/.391 (82-for-353) with 33 extra-base hits and 52 RBI in 100 games... Selected from Omaha on July 31 and made his Major League debut that night in Chicago, where he hit a tworun HR in the fifth inning off James Shields, becoming the third Royal to HR in his first Major League game, joining Clint Hurdle (Sept. 18, 1977) and Mark Quinn (Sept. 14, 1999 (Game 2))...His 12 HR and 24 extra-base hits are most by a Royal through 44 career games, and his 30 RBI trail only Mark Quinn (32) and Bob Hamelin (31)...Since 1908, only five American League players have more than 12 HR and 30 RBI through 44 career games, including: Gary Sánchez (2015-16), José Abreu (2014), Wally Joyner (1986), Sam Horn (1987) and Zeke Bonura (1934)...From July 31 (his Major League debut) through season's end, his .597 slugging percentage ranked sixth in the American League (min. 150 PA)... Hit .105 (2-for-19) through his first six games, but hit .285/.367/.646 (37-for-130) with 23 XBH (11 HR) and 27 RBI in 38 games after that... From July 31 (his Major League debut) through season's end, his .705 slugging percentage and 1.108 OPS vs. right-handed pitchers ranked third in the Majors, trailing Christian Yelich (.768/1.223) and Shohei Ohtani (.718/1.125)...Hit the first of back-to-back HR with Hunter Dozier to walk-off Cleveland on Aug. 24, becoming the first rookie teammates in Major League history, according to Elias, to hit back-to-back game-tying and gameending HR in the ninth inning or later...Had a career-high-tying three hits and a career-high four RBI in a 9-2 win on Aug. 31 vs. Baltimore, becoming the seventh Royal with a three-hit, four-RBI effort within his first 21 career games and first since Irving Falu on July 1, 2012 (Game 15)...Hit .314/.400/.743 (11-for-35) with eight extra-base hits (3 HR) and nine RBI in 10 games vs. Cleveland, including his first career multi-HR game on Sept. 3 at Progressive Field...Hit .276/.382/.579 (21-for-76) with 12 extra-base hits (5 HR) and 16 RBI in 22 home games…only two other left-handed batting Royals have had a higher singleseason slugging percentage at Kauffman Stadium (min. 80 PA): Bob Hamelin (.646 in 1994) and George Brett (.628 in 1985, .685 in 1980 and .633 in 1979)...During a five-week stretch from Aug. 13-Sept. 17, his average exit velocity of 93.0 mph ranked sixth in the American League (min. 50 batted balls), according to Statcast...Hit just .108 (4-for-37) vs. left-handed pitchers, but two of those hits were HR, including a solo shot vs. AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell (who allowed just 2 HR vs. left-handed batters in 137 PA), and a solo shot vs. Steven Brault (the 1st HR he'd allowed vs. a lefthanded batter in 185 career PA)…hit .271/.370/.471 (23-for-85) vs. left-handed pitchers with Omaha...Hit just .181 (17-for-94) in his first plate appearance vs. a pitcher in a game, but hit .400 (22-for-55) after seeing him a second or third time.
Spent a majority of the season at Omaha (AAA), but played his final 19 contests at Northwest Arkansas (AA)…played in 133 games combined, one shy of matching his career high from 2016... His 22 home runs combined between his two stops were third-most among Royals' farmhands, trailing only Jorge Soler (24) and Frank Schwindel (23)... Opened the year hitting .316/.372/.570 (25-for-79) with five doubles, five homers and 12 RBI in his first 20 games…also hit .297/.387/.574 (30-for-101) in the month of July... Recorded the fifth multi-homer game of his pro career on July 1, hitting a two-run shot and a three-run shot vs. Colorado Springs…matched a season-high with five RBI... Optioned to Northwest Arkansas on Aug. 14, where he homered four times in his final 19 games... Entered the year as the No. 8 prospect in the Royals' organization according to Baseball America…ranked as the No. 14 prospect by MLB.com following the season.