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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Mother’s Day Minors Recap

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there who may be reading this. All four KC Royals affiliates were in action and three of them were victorious (along with the big league Royals).

omahaTriple-A Omaha swept Las Vegas, winning the finale by an 8-4 score. The Storm Chasers will enjoy Monday off before beginning an eight games in seven days homestand.

The Storm Chasers pounded out 19 hits, with every hitter having at least one (they had seven multi-hit games).

Ryan O’Hearn, Garin Cecchini, and Terrance Gore each had three hits. All three drove in a run and Gore scored two runs. Raul Mondesi tripled and homered. Ramon Torres, Bubba Starling, and Dean Anna each had two hits in the win. Anna scored two runs.

All of that offense made a winner of Luke Farrell, who improved to 4-1. He allowed two runs on four hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out five.

 

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May 13th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha was losing to Las Vegas, 1-0 when I went to bed (I just couldn’t do another 12:30-1am night).

omahaStorm Chasers starter Jake Junis made one mistake over the first six innings, as he allowed a solo home run in the second. Over six innings, Junis allowed six hits and walked two while striking out nine.

Through seven innings, the Storm Chasers had just two hits: a Garin Cecchini one out single in the third (though he was doubled up on a liner) and a Ryan O’Hearn double to start the fifth. In the 5th inning, Omaha had the bases loaded after the O’Hearn double and two walks, but Terrance Gore struck out to end the inning.

*No Paulo Orlando on Saturday night, as he fouled a ball off his shin on Friday.

 

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May 12th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won their second straight in Las Vegas, winning 8-3 on Friday night. The Storm Chasers collected ten hits and walked four times, going 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Paulo Orlando

Outfielder Paulo Orlando at the plate during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Paulo Orlando fell a triple short of the cycle. He singled in the first, homered in the fourth to give the Storm Chasers a 1-0 lead, and doubled in three runs in the fifth. Orlando struck out in the eighth and was hit by a pitch in the ninth (Terrance Gore pinch ran for him so hopefully he is okay).

Christian Binford picked up his second victory in his second Triple-A start in 2017. He allowed three runs on five hits and a walk over seven innings. Binford struck out five, but did allow two solo homers. He threw 62 of his 90 pitches for strikes.

*After getting off to a hot start (.312 in April), first baseman Ryan O’Hearn is struggling. He is 5-for-38 over his last 11 games with 12 strikeouts. One of those hits was a pinch-hit, two-run home run on May 4th.

 

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