The KC Royals went 2-5 last week, yet are still 11 games up on Minnesota in the American League Central at 82-55. The Royals continue their home series tonight against the Twins.
Two of the Royals September callups made their Major League debuts last week. The first was right-hander Miguel Almonte, who took the mound in relief on September 1st. It was a disaster, as he allowed two runs on two hits (a home run) and a walk in just one inning. Almonte has pitched twice since, and allowed a hit and two walks while striking out three.
Lefty Scott Alexander debuted a day later and threw just ten pitches in his perfect inning of relief. However, he allowed two runs on three hits and a walk on September 5th.
On Monday, the Royals added relievers Louis Coleman and Joba Chamberlain to the 40-man roster. To make room, they designated pitcher Yohan Pino and infielder Dusty Coleman for assignment. Joba allowed two runs on two hits and a walk on Monday night in his Royals debut. Meanwhile, Coleman threw just four pitches in his perfect inning of relief.
Robinson Yambati made his Triple-A debut in the season finale on Monday with 2/3 of an inning.
Double-A NW Arkansas went 3-5 last week to end the second half at 29-40 and 69-70 overall. The Naturals begin their best-of-five Division Series on Wednesday night against Arkansas.
Lefty Eric Stout made his Double-A debut in the regular season finale. In taking the loss, he allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over 2.1 innings.
High-A Wilmington went 2-6 last week last week to end the second half at 24-45 and 62-77 overall (the worst record in the Carolina League). The Blue Rocks begin their best-of-three Division Series on Wednesday night in Lynchburg.
Third baseman Mike Hill and centerfielder Brandon Downes both made their Blue Rocks debuts in the regular season finale. Both entered on defense in the sixth and both struck out in their only at-bats.
Low-Lexington went 4-4 last week to end the second half at 27-41 and 58-80 overall.
Now to the awards…
Royals Hitter of the Week: Left fielder Alex Gordon returned from the DL like he never left. He went 6-for-14 (.429) in five games last week. He hit two doubles and drove in three runs.
Royals Pitcher of the Week: Lefty Franklin Morales continues to impress in his first season with the team. In three appearances last week (totaling three innings), he allowed two hits while striking out one.
Minor League Hitter of the Week: Legends infielder Austin Bailey finished the 2015 season on an eight-game hitting streak. He went 14-for-32 (.438) with four doubles, two triples, and a home run. Bailey scored six runs and drove in two.
Honorable Mention: Down the stretch, the Naturals have been led by two offensive players, Alex Liddi and Lane Adams. Liddi ended the regular season on a ten-game hitting streak, going 9-for-27 (.333) over the last week. He hit four doubles (to give him 39 on the season) and a homer, scored four runs, and drove in six. Adams went 9-for-24 (.375) over the last week with a double, a triple, and a homer. He scored seven runs and drove in two.
Minor League Starter of the Week: Though the Naturals Brooks Pounders did not collect a win last week, he did pitch well. Over 13 innings, he allowed just two runs on eight hits and five walks. He struck out five, as he was named the Game 3 starter for the Division Series.
Minor League Reliever of the Week: Storm Chasers right-hander Brian Broderick ended the season on a high note. Over his final two appearances (totaling 4.2 innings), he allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out five.
Honorable Mention: Blue Rocks righty Andrew Edwards is putting it all together at the right time. In two outings last week, he did not allow a run over 2.2 innings (BB, 4K). Edwards has not allowed a run over his last seven appearances (11IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 9K).