The KC Royals went 3-2 last week and moved back into first place in the American League Central (1.5 games up on Minnesota). They finish up their road trip with two games in Milwaukee beginning tonight.
Triple-A Omaha went 3-2 last week, but are now nine games back in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division (third place at 32-31). The Storm Chasers begin a three-game series at home tonight against second place Iowa.
Double-A NW Arkansas went 5-3 last week to increase their lead in the Texas League North Division to five games. The Naturals continue their home series against second place Arkansas tonight.
High-A Wilmington has seen their lead drop to three games with seven to go in the Carolina League Northern Division, as they went 1-6 last week on the road. The Blue Rocks begin a three-game series at home with Salem tonight (they were just swept in Salem over the weekend).
Four players (including three starting pitchers) will represent the Blue Rocks and the Carolina League in the California League-Carolina League All-Star Game on June 23rd.
Low-A Lexington went 3-3 last week, but are still in last place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division (six games back at 28-35) with seven games to go. The Legends finish up their homestand tonight against Greensboro.
Despite their record, six players will represent the Legends on June 23rd in the SAL All-Star Game.
Now to the awards…
Royals Hitter of the Week: Catcher Salvador Perez went 7-for-19 (.368) with a double and two home runs. He also drove in two.
Royals Pitcher of the Week: It is hard to argue with a guy who carried a no-hitter in the 7th inning. That is what Chris Young did in his start on June 9th in Minnesota. He allowed a one out triple in the seventh, but did walk three in the game.
Oh and the Royals took back first place in the AL Central that night.
Honorable Mention: Before heading to the DL this weekend, Jason Vargas made a start last Monday against Minnesota and picked up the win. He allowed five hits over six scoreless innings.
Minor League Hitter of the Week: Infielder Kenny Diekroeger started the season with Wilmington, barely played, was promoted to Omaha, then went back to Wilmington, and now has found a home with NWA. Playing virtually every game at second base, Diekroeger went 8-for-22 (.364) last week for the Naturals. He hit a double and a home run, scored four runs, and drove in three.
His seven-game hitting streak came to an end on Saturday.
Minor League Pitcher of the Week: Yohan Pino made two six inning starts for Omaha last week, but only earned one victory. Over 12 innings. he allowed two runs on 11 hits and three walks while striking out six.