Royals weekly recap & awards: Week 4

The KC Royals went 4-3 last week and are now 16-9 on the season (still a 1/2 game back of Detroit in the American League Central). The Royals continue their homestand on Tuesday night when they welcome Cleveland to town.

The Royals placed shortstop Alcides Escobar on the seven-day concussion list and brought back Orlando Calixte. Lorenzo Cain is currently serving his two-game suspension, as is Yordano Ventura (though his is seven games).

Triple-A Omaha went 3-3 last week and is now 12-11 on the season (5.5 games back in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division). The Storm Chasers begin an eight-game homestand tonight, beginning with Round Rock.

First baseman/DH Casey Kotchman was activated.

TROPHYDouble-A NW Arkansas is in the midst of an eight-game winning streak (14-9 overall), yet are still one game back in the Texas League North Division. The Naturals finish up their homestand against Tulsa today.

Starter Glenn Sparkman was placed on the DL, as the Naturals activated a third catcher (Micah Gibbs). Reliever Ali Williams was activated from the DL.

High-A Wilmington went 4-2 last week and are now 12-11 on the season (1/2 game back in the Carolina League Northern Division). The Blue Rocks finish up their homestand tonight against Winston-Salem.

Catcher Cam Gallagher was placed on the DL over the weekend with a back injury. Pedro Gonzalez was activated from extended spring training.

Low-A Lexington went 3-3 last week and are now 9-15 on the season (next to last in the South Atlantic League Southern Division). The Legends finish up their series in Asheville today.

 

Now to the awards…

Royals Hitter of the Week: Catcher Salvador Perez doesn’t get many days off, but his offense is starting to heat up. Last week, he went 9-for-25 (.360) with two doubles and three RBIs.

Royals Pitcher of the Week: This was an easy decision, as Chris Young made a spot start on Friday night and threw five hitless innings. He did walk three (in one inning), but escaped that bases loaded jam with three strikeouts.

 

Whit Merrifield at the plate during a big league spring training game in 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Whit Merrifield at the plate during a big league spring training game in 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Minor League Hitter of the Week: Omaha utility man Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 17 games, as he went 9-for-23 (.391) last week. He hit two doubles, a triple, and a home run. Merrifield scored four runs and drove in four runs.

Honorable Mention: Lexington’s Alfredo Escalera Maldonado. He went 7-for-19 (.368) last week. He scored two runs and drove in two.

Minor League Pitcher of the Week: Benino Pruneda rebounded after not pitching for a week to throw twice last week out of the Blue Rocks bullpen. Maybe he will begin to get more innings? In four scoreless innings, Pruneda walked one while striking out six. In five appearances this season, he has allowed just one hit and zero runs.

Honorable Mention: The first starts of the season in Double-A by both Andy Ferguson and Matt Murray. Ferguson allowed just two hits and two walks over six scoreless innings on April 29th (he is on the mound this afternoon). He struck out six. Murray allowed a run on four hits and a walk over five innings on May 2nd. He struck out three.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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