For the second time in two days, the KC Royals will have a player stepping to the plate for their first Major League at-bat.
On Sunday, it was infielder Dusty Coleman pinch-hitting for Mike Moustakas in the bottom of the sixth. He struck out in his first AB and flied out in his next.
Moose was pinch-hit for because he left the game due to a family emergency. Today, he was placed on the family emergency list for the second time this season. Hopefully everything will be okay, but he will miss about three games.
To replace Moose, third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert was called up for the very first time. He is in the lineup tonight against Tampa Bay, batting eighth in his Major League debut.
Cuthbert was struggling at the time of his promotion, hitting just .189 in his last ten games. Overall at Triple-A Omaha, he was hitting .256 with 14 doubles and eight home runs. He scored 31 runs and drove in 33. Cuthbert walked 26 times compared to 47 strikeouts in 285 at-bats.
In other minor league promotion news…
- Carolina League All-Star and Wilmington Blue Rocks infielder Ramon Torres was promoted to Double-A. Torres played in both games on Sunday night in Potomac.
At the time of his promotion, Torres was hitting .257 with ten doubles, three triples, and a home run. He scored 29 runs and drove in 18 while mainly batting in the two-spot. However, he was hitting just .154 in his last ten games.
Fellow CL All-Star Eric Skoglund was placed on the DL. He had pitched poorly in two starts since the All-Star Game (8.2IP, 17H, 10R, 2BB, 8K).
- According to Clint Scoles of Pine Tar Press and the MiLB.com transaction page, the Blue Rocks will be getting pitcher Zach Lovvorn and outfielder Elier Hernandez from Low-A Lexington. Both were South Atlantic League All-Stars.
Lovvorn last pitched on June 30th. He was 5-6 with a 4.20 ERA in 14 games (13 starts). He allowed 87 hits (a .302 average) in 70.2 innings. Lovvorn walked 15 and struck out 50.
Hernandez was hitting .366 in his last ten games and .290 overall with 19 doubles, two triples, and 42 RBIs. He scored 37 runs and drove in 42. He walked just 14 times compared to 73 strikeouts in 290 at-bats.
Lovvorn would probably slide into Skoglund’s rotation spot on Wednesday (or piggy-back whatever reliever that may start). I do not understand the promotion of Hernandez without an outfielder being promoted, demoted, or released. Hernandez would give the Blue Rocks six outfielders (including Cody Stubbs, who also plays first base).
With the Torres promotion, the Blue Rocks have just Carlos Garcia and Jack Lopez to play second base and shortstop. Zero backups.
- The Legends received three players from rookie level Idaho Falls: pitchers Eric Stout and Brennan Henry, along with outfielder Alexis Rivera.
Stout pitched in one game with the Chukars (and two with the AZL Royals). With IF, he allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits over 2.2 innings. He struck out five.
Henry pitched in three games in June with the Legends, before pitching in four games with the Chukars (1.69 ERA). Over 5.1 innings with IF, he allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five.
Rivera hit .362 in 17 games with the Chukars. He hit five doubles and seven homers, while driving in 25. He also walked 17 times compared to 14 strikeouts in 69 at-bats.