The KC Royals went 4-2 last week and after last night’s late night, extra inning and rain delayed win over Detroit, they are now 1.5 games ahead of the Tigers in the American League Central at 20-11. The Royals continue on their road trip, as they start a four-game series against Texas tonight. Maybe former Royal Spencer Patton will pitch?
The Royals will welcome reliever Kelvin Herrera back from suspension during the Rangers series.
Triple-A Omaha went 3-3 last week and are seven games back in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division at 15-14. The Storm Chasers finish their home series against first place OKC today with a doubleheader.
Double-A NW Arkansas went 5-2 last week to move into first place by a 1/2 game over Arkansas in the Texas League North Division. The two teams continue their series on Monday.
High-A Wilmington went 4-2 last week and are now tied for first place in the Carolina League Northern Division. The Blue Rocks finish their series against last place Lynchburg tonight. They welcomed veteran Rafael Furcal to the team and returned Cam Gallagher from the DL this weekend.
Low-A Lexington went 4-2 last week and are six games back in the South Atlantic League Southern Division (fifth place). The Legends continue their series at home against Kannapolis this morning. They welcomed 2014 draft picks Foster Griffin and Chase Vallot to their roster this weekend.
Now to the awards…
Royals Hitter of the Week: While he did not have the best batting average over the past week, first baseman Eric Hosmer had the most damaging overall numbers. He went 9-for-26 (.346) with two doubles, a triple, and two home runs. Hosmer drove in ten runs and scored four.
Royals Pitcher of the Week: This was a tough choice. I was going to go with setup man Wade Davis and his four scoreless innings of relief, but he has been putting up those types of numbers over the last year. But it is hard to argue with what two pitchers did last week for the Royals when the team needed them most.
It has been a struggle lately for Jeremy Guthrie, but when the Royals needed a long outing from a starter, he stepped up on Saturday. Over 7.1 innings, he allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three.
Chris Young, in a spot start on Sunday night, did the same thing for the Royals. Over six innings, he allowed an unearned run on just three hits while striking out three. Young also pitched in relief on May 6th against Cleveland, throwing 2.1 perfect innings.
Minor League Hitter of the Week: It is hard to argue with the week that Blue Rocks outfielder Logan Moon had. He went 8-for-15 (.533) with a triple and five RBIs. He also walked twice (compared to one strikeout) and stole three bases.
NWA DH Mike Bianucci also had a great week, going 8-for-23 (.348) with a double, three home runs, and nine RBIs.
Honorable Mention: Coming off being named Texas League Player of the Week, Balbino Fuenmayor continued to stay hot for the Naturals. He went 9-for-28 (.321) with two doubles, a home run, and two RBIs.
Minor League Starter of the Week: NWA’s JC Sulbaran has pitched very well of late for the Naturals, going six innings in his last three starts. In two starts last week, totaling 12 innings, he allowed three runs on 11 hits, two walks, and a hit batter. Though he allowed two homers, Sulbaran struck out five and earned two victories. He also lowered his ERA to 3.27.
Minor League Reliever of the Week: Omaha’s Brian Broderick pitched in two games last week and his only blemish was a walk. Over four hitless innings, he struck out two.