Week 8 Recap and Awards

The KC Royals went 3-3 last week, but still are in last place in the American League Central at 21-28. They still have the worst record in the AL (third worst overall). The Royals begin a ten-game homestand today, beginning with division rival Detroit.

Three players on the DL began rehab assignments in the minors this week. Third baseman/outfielder Hunter Dozier began play on Tuesday night for High-A Wilmington. In three games there (one at third base and two in right field), Dozier went 4-for-11 with a double, a walk, an RBI, a run scored, and six strikeouts.

TROPHYLefty reliever Scott Alexander pitched on Friday night for Triple-A Omaha, allowing a run on two hits and a walk in one inning of work. Fellow lefty Brian Flynn made his season debut with Omaha on Saturday. He allowed a hit and struck out one in an inning of work.

Speaking of Triple-A Omaha, they went 5-2 last week, but are still 3.5 games back in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division at 26-23. The Storm Chasers have won four in a row and continue their series with Round Rock this afternoon.

There were a bunch of roster moves on Monday that involved Omaha, as they received both starter Jake Junis and infielder Raul Mondesi back from brief big league stints. Junis made the start on Friday night for the Storm Chasers, allowing just two hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings. He took the no decision while striking out 12. Mondesi has a hit in each game since his demotion (11-for-27 with a double, two triples, 8 RBIs, and seven runs scored). Mondesi also has four stolen bases. Reliever Al Alburquerque was designated for assignment and accepted that assignment. He pitched on Saturday, allowing a hit and striking out one in his inning of work.

Catcher Brayan Pena was activated from the DL over the weekend and went 0-for-2 with a walk on Sunday.

Double-A NW Arkansas went 3-4 last week, but are tied for first place in the Texas League North Division (25-23 overall). The Naturals will enjoy this Memorial Day off before heading out on the road for six games, beginning in Frisco Tuesday night.

Catcher Allan de San Miguel was placed on the DL following a knee injury and fellow catcher Luis Villegas was activated to take his place. Villegas made his season debut on Thursday (he has gone 0-for-7 with two strikeouts in two games). Catcher Parker Morin was added to the roster from Omaha over the weekend and he caught on Sunday, going 0-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored (Zane Evans was “sent” to extended spring training).

High-A Wilmington went 5-2 last week, but are still four games back in the Carolina League Northern Division (26-24). The Blue Rocks have won three in a row and look to win their series against Potomac this afternoon.

The Blue Rocks received reliever Andrew Edwards, who has been on Omaha’s DL since the beginning of April. Edwards appeared in two games last week: 4.1IP, 3H, R 3BB, 8K.

Reliever Gabe Cramer, who started the season in extended spring training, was placed on the DL. The Blue Rocks received Justin Camp from Low-A Lexington, who only pitched in two games there (4IP, H, 0R, BB, 5K).

Low-A Lexington went 5-2 last week and are seven games back in the South Atlantic League Southern Division (24-26). The Legends start a three-game road trip today in Asheville.

Outfielder Nick Heath made his season debut on Wednesday, but played in just two games before heading to the DL. The Legends received fellow outfielder Rudy Martin from extended spring training and he made his season debut in Sunday’s doubleheader (2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored).

 

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May 26th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won their series finale in Nashville, 8-3 in 11 innings. The Storm Chasers scored five runs in the top of the 11th, after the Sounds scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.

Raul Mondesi

Shortstop Raul Mondesi during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

With one out in the top of the 11th inning, Cam Gallagher broke the tie with an RBI single (he went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored). With the bases loaded and two outs, Raul Mondesi cleared the bases with a triple. Mondy would scored the final run on a wild pitch (he went 3-for-6 with his 11th stolen base).

Storm Chasers starter Jake Junis took the no decision, as he pitched seven innings of shutout baseball. He allowed just two hits and walked one while striking out 12 (100 pitches, 70 strikes). Lefty Scott Alexander, beginning his rehab assignment, allowed a run on two hits and a walk in the 8th inning. Fellow lefty Eric Stout allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a sac fly and a ground out (which came with the bases loaded and nobody out).

Bobby Parnell earned the victory, as he pitched two perfect innings of relief, while striking out one.

 

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May 25th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won in Nashville, 8-4.

omahaLefty Eric Stout was credited with the victory, despite allowing a solo home run in relief of starter Yender Caramo (4.2IP, 5H, R, 0BB, 3K). Kevin McCarthy came in with the bases loaded in the 7th inning and a run in and allowed one inherited run to score (2IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 0K).

The Storm Chasers collected nine hits, with two-hit games from Raul Mondesi, Ryan O’Hearn, Bubba Starling, and Cam Gallagher. Mondesi stole his tenth base while Starling hit a double. Gallagher doubled in two runs in the fourth.

 

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May 24th Minors Recap

It was a busy day in the KC Royals minor league system, with two teams playing doubleheaders.

omahaTriple-A Omaha lost their second straight in Nashville, losing 4-0 Wednesday night. The Storm Chasers out-hit the Sounds, 6-5.

The Storm Chasers had six singles. Leadoff hitter Billy Burns went 2-for-3, but was picked off twice. He did steal his tenth base. Raul Mondesi went 1-for-4 and stole his ninth base.

Starter Josh Staumont took the loss, as he allowed three runs on just two hits, but seven walks over five innings. He struck out six, but threw just 54 of his 103 pitches for strikes. Reliever Mark Peterson allowed a run on three hits and three walks over three innings. He struck out two, but threw just 23 of his 46 pitches for strikes.

 

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May 23rd Minors Recap

I’m back!!!

After a week away in the 90+ degree heat (it felt more like 100) and a delayed flight home yesterday, it’s been a little tough getting back into the swing of things. The KC Royals made a ton of roster moves at both the Major League and minor league levels while I was gone.

On Tuesday night, it was a short night in the Royals farm system, as two teams had their games suspended.

 

omahaTriple-A Omaha lost their series opener in Nashville, 10-0. It got so bad that infielder Dean Anna pitched the 8th inning. He allowed a run on two hits.

Storm Chasers starter Christian Binford took his first loss of the season, as he allowed seven runs on nine hits over two-plus innings.

The Storm Chasers collected just three hits. Ryan O’Hearn and Raul Mondesi each doubled in the loss. Terrance Gore had a pinch-hit single in the seventh.

 

Double-A NW Arkansas had a power failure at Arvest Park, leading Frisco 6-5 in the 5th inning. The game will be played in its entirety Wednesday afternoon with a seven-inning game to follow.

 

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May 15th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha enjoyed Monday off, but begin an eight games in seven days homestand Tuesday night starting with Tacoma.

 

nwaDouble-A NW Arkansas ended their four-game losing streak with a series opening win in Arkansas. The Naturals won 6-2.

The Naturals scored three runs in the top of the first and never looked back. Frank Schwindel got the scoring started with a one out RBI single and Elier Hernandez followed with a two-run double.

Schwindel, Donnie Dewees, and Samir Duenez each had two hits in the win. Duenez scored three runs and walked twice. Hernandez went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, while also stealing his first base in Double-A.

Ashton Goudeau earned the victory in relief, as he allowed a run on five hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out two. Goudeau allowed a solo home run in the fifth and an inherited run in the fourth. Miguel Almonte got the start and allowed a run on five hits over 3.2 innings. He struck out four.

Humberto Arteaga had his six-game hitting streak come to an end, as he went 0-for-4.

*In roster news, outfielder Logan Moon was promoted to Triple-A. The Naturals received reliever Jake Kalish from High-A Wilmington. Wonder what the move will be in Omaha?

 

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Week 6 Recap and Awards

The KC Royals went 6-1 last week, but are still in last place in the American League Central and have the worst record in the AL (tied with Oakland). The Royals will enjoy today off before playing three games against the NY Yankees at Kauffman Stadium.

Jake Junis was back up again on Tuesday in Tampa Bay and he earned his first big league victory, as the Royals won in 12 innings. The Royals then made a flurry of moves, with relievers Seth Maness and Al Alburquerque joining the club. Maness made his debut on Saturday, allowing a home run to Chris Davis in the sixth (the Royals came back to win and he was credited with the victory). Alburquerque made his debut in TB on Thursday, throwing a scoreless inning. He allowed two runs on a hit and a walk on Sunday against Baltimore (both runs scored after he was pulled).

TROPHYJunis was back with Triple-A Omaha in Las Vegas and made the start on Saturday night (6.1IP, 6H, R, 3BB, 9K).

Triple-A Omaha went 4-2 last week, as they swept Las Vegas in four games over the weekend. The Storm Chasers are now 18-17, 4.5 games back in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division (tied for second place). After enjoying today off, they will play eight games in seven days at home.

Outfielder Terrance Gore was promoted from Double-A and went 3-for-10 with two walks, an RBI, five runs scored, and two stolen bases in four games. Pitcher Yender Caramo returned to pitch in two games (4IP, 3H, R, 0BB, K).

Double-A NW Arkansas went 2-4 last week, as they were swept at home in four games by Tulsa. The Naturals are 18-16 and tied for first place in the Texas League North Division. They begin an eight-game road trip tonight at Arkansas.

Outfielder Elier Hernandez was promoted from High-A and went 2-for-12 with a walk and a run scored in three games. Infielder Carlos Diaz returned (0-for-4 in two games), as fellow infielder Jack Lopez was “sent” to rookie ball.

High-A Wilmington went 5-2 last week, as they swept a three-game series over the weekend (their first home series victory of the season). The Blue Rocks are still in last place in the Carolina League Northern Division at 17-20. They now begin an eight-game road trip against division rivals Potomac and Frederick and could move into second place by winning both series.

First baseman Chris DeVito was promoted from Low-A, where he leads the league in all three triple crown categories: batting average (.347), home runs (11), and RBIs (38). In four games so far with the Blue Rocks, DeVito is 6-for-14 with a double, a walk, two RBIs, and three runs scored. He has struck out just once.

Low-A Lexington went 4-2 last week and are now 16-21 overall (eight games back in the South Atlantic League Southern Division). The Legends have won three in a row and continue their series in Augusta tonight.

The Legends received first baseman Joe Dudek from extended spring training and he went 4-for-14 in four games with a double, four runs scored, and three RBIs. They also received pitchers Matthew Wynne and Anthony Bender from extended spring training to replace starters Gerson Garabito and Nolan Watson (who were “sent” to rookie ball). Wynne earned the victory in relief on Saturday, though he allowed a run on two hits in his one inning of work. Bender earned the save on Sunday, pitching three scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

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