Royals weekly recap & awards: Week 19

The KC Royals went 5-2 last week to increase their lead over Minnesota in the American League Central to 12 games (71-46). The Royals head out on the road for six games beginning Tuesday night in Cincinnati.

Triple-A Omaha went 4-2 last week, but are still in third place in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division (6.5 games back at 67-55). The Storm Chasers continue their road trip in Salt Lake tonight.

TROPHYDouble-A NW Arkansas went 2-4 last week and still are in last place in the Texas League North Division at 18-31. The Naturals begin a six-game road trip beginning in San Antonio Tuesday night.

High-A Wilmington went 3-3 last week and won their first series in more than a month. The Blue Rocks are still in last place in the Carolina League Northern Division at 17-32. They begin a seven games in six days homestand Tuesday night.

Starter Alec Mills returned from the DL after missing a month.

Low-A Lexington went 1-6 last week to drop into last place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division at 18-29 (12.5 games back). The Legends begin a three-game series with West Virginia tonight.

 

Now to the awards…

 

Royals Hitter of the Week: Utility man Ben Zobrist went 10-for-22 (.455) last week. He hit two doubles, drove in two runs, and scored five runs. Besides the high average, Zobrist walked eight times and did not strike out.

Royals Pitcher of the Week: Starter Johnny Cueto went 2-0 last week. Over 17 innings, he allowed a run on a solo home run. Cueto allowed 12 hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out 12.

 

Minor League Hitter of the Week: Legends outfielder Anderson Miller went 9-for-23 (.391) with two doubles and a triple. Miller scored four runs and drove in two.

Blue Rocks first baseman Ryan O'Hearn on July 18, 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Blue Rocks first baseman Ryan O’Hearn on July 18, 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Minor League Pitcher of the Week: Blue Rocks starter Zach Lovvorn pitched well in two of the team’s wins last week. Over 13 innings, he allowed two runs on 13 hits. Lovvorn walked three while striking out five.

Best end to the week: The promotion to High-A has been a struggle for most of the Legends players, but maybe first baseman Ryan O’Hearn is breaking out of his major slump. In the Blue Rocks final two games in Potomac, he went 6-for-9 with a double and three homers (he only had two homers prior). O’Hearn scored three runs and drove in nine (he only had eight RBIs prior).

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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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