The KC Royals went 5-2 last week and increased their lead in the American League Central over Minnesota to 13 games. The Royals begin a nine-game homestand against divisional opponents on Tuesday night, beginning with last place Detroit.
Triple-A Omaha went 6-1 last week and crept to 4.5 games back of OKC in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division. However, they are still in third place. The Storm Chasers begin their last road series tonight at Colorado Springs.
During this hot streak, the Storm Chasers have had the luxury of Alex Gordon batting in the leadoff spot (either as the DH or left fielder). Gordon went 12-for-28 during his rehab assignment with two doubles and a home run. He scored six runs, drove in five, and walked more (8) than he struck out (6). He will most likely be activated from the DL tomorrow (when rosters expand).
High-A Wilmington went 3-3 last week and are 22-39 in the second half. The Blue Rocks begin their final regular season homestand on Tuesday night, beginning with Winston-Salem. The Blue Rocks opponent in the Carolina League Division Series appears to be Lynchburg, as the Hillcats are one game from clinching the second half title.
Low-A Lexington went 1-5 last week and are in last place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division at 23-37. The Legends continue their road series in West Virginia tonight.
Now to the awards…
Royals Hitter of the Week: Mike Moustakas has rebounded from a rough stretch (he hit just .188 in July). Last week, he went 11-for-26 (.423) with four doubles and two home runs. He scored three runs and drove in ten.
Royals Pitcher of the Week: For the second straight week, this goes to setup man Wade Davis. He went 2-for-2 in save opportunities. Over three innings, Davis did not allow a base runner and struck out five. He threw 33 pitches, 21 for strikes in three games.
Minor League Hitter of the Week: Naturals outfielder Lane Adams has gotten hot at the right time, not just for the upcoming Texas League playoffs, but for a potential September callup. Last week, Adams went 10-for-22 (.454) with four doubles and a home run. He scored four runs and drove in seven.
Minor League Pitcher of the Week: Legends starter Matt Tenuta has pitched well over his last four starts since coming back from an injury, especially over the last week. Over 13 innings, he allowed an unearned run on ten hits. Tenuta walked three, hit one, and struck out nine.
Streakin’: Idaho Falls second baseman DJ Burt has had some kind of season (his second in the Royals organization after being drafted in the fourth round in 2014). He has reached base in 47 straight games while batting in the two-hole for the Chukars. He will look to extend his streak tonight.
Of the 58 total games he has played in 2015, Burt is hitting .284 with five doubles, six triples, 49 runs scored, and 20 RBIs. He has walked 35 times compared to 46 strikeouts.
Omaha first baseman/DH Casey Kotchman reached base in nine straight plate appearances from August 22-24 (6-for-6 with three walks). He flied out in his first AB on August 25th, but then went 3-for-5 in that game.