Minor News: Kjerstad released, Edwards off DL, Almonte to AAA

High-A Wilmington is back in action tonight after enjoying the Tuesday off day. They return for five games in four days, starting with the completion of last week’s suspended game tonight.

Outfielder Dexter Kjerstad in Potomac on July 4, 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Outfielder Dexter Kjerstad in Potomac on July 4, 2015 (Jen Nevius).

The Blue Rocks return to the field without outfielder Dexter Kjerstad, who was released. With the addition of Elier Hernandez last week from Lexington (and Alfredo Escalera the week before), the Blue Rocks had six outfielders (including Cody Stubbs, who also plays first base) on their active roster. It was only a matter of time before someone was cut loose.

Kjerstad lost the numbers game.

Kjerstad was coming off a 2-for-4 game in Lynchburg on Sunday. Overall, he hit .247 in 51 games with three doubles, a triple, and two home runs. He scored 12 runs and drove in 15. The strikeouts were a concern though: 47 in 158 at-bats, compared to just seven walks.

Best of luck to Dext in whatever comes next!

With the open roster spot, right-handed reliever Andrew Edwards was activated from the DL. It hasn’t exactly been the year he was hoping for, as he has spent more time inactive than on the active roster over the last two months.

Edwards has pitched just two times since injuring his ankle and three total times since June 1st. Those last three appearances were good ones though: 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K.

Hopefully he can slide into the back end of the Blue Rocks bullpen heading into the postseason, as late inning relief has been a revolving door this season.


  • Right-hander Miguel Almonte pitching for Wilmington on May 12, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

    Right-hander Miguel Almonte pitching for Wilmington on May 12, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

    Earlier today, the Royals announced that right-hander Miguel Almonte has been promoted to Triple-A Omaha and will slide into the Storm Chasers rotation after the All-Star break. Almonte, and infielder Angel Franco, both posted the same picture of them in the NW Arkansas airport on Tuesday (with Almonte’s location being a hotel in Omaha).

Almonte has been talked about as a possible September callup for the KC Royals and they had been holding him to about 75 pitches during his starts so far this season with the Naturals.

2015 has been alot like 2014 for Almonte: inconsistent. Overall, he was 4-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 17 starts with the Naturals. Totaling 67 innings, he allowed 65 hits (.255 average) and 27 walks while striking out 55. Almonte allowed four home runs and hit eight batters.

Almonte has not thrown more than five innings this season and threw five innings in six starts, just once over his last five starts.

So I am guessing that Franco is headed back to Omaha too. Franco was a Texas League All-Star, but was injured and could not participate. He returned from the DL this past weekend with a short promotion to Omaha, going 1-for-3. He was back with NWA Sunday, going 2-for-7 over the next two games.

It will be curious to see what the roster moves will be when Omaha re-starts the season in Nashville on Thursday night following the All-Star break.


  • Kris Medlen is making another rehab start tonight, this time back in NWA. The Naturals begin a series in Springfield tonight.


  • Right-hander Glenn Sparkman, the biggest surprise in the Royals minor league system in 2014, has undergone Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season. Sparkman pitched in just four games this season at Double-A NW Arkansas before heading to the DL.

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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