Week 2 Royals Recap and Awards

The KC Royals had a successful first road trip of the season, despite losing the weekend series in Oakland. Overall, they went 4-3. After enjoying today’s off day, the Royals begin a six-game homestand, starting with division rival Detroit tomorrow night.

Triple-A Omaha went 6-1 last week and have won five in a row (8-2 overall). The Storm Chasers finish up their series in New Orleans this afternoon before heading to Round Rock for four games. Rehabbing outfielder Jarrod Dyson went 6-for-18 last week with Omaha, scoring five runs. Dyson also stole four bases.

TROPHYThe first promotion of the season went to reliever Mark Peterson, who was promoted to Omaha and made his Triple-A debut on Saturday night (three innings in earning the save). Peterson was promoted due to the injury to fellow reliever Aroni Nina.

Double-A NW Arkansas went 2-4 last week and have now lost four in a row (3-7 overall). The Naturals continue their series in Midland tonight.

High-A Wilmington went 4-3 last week (4-6 overall), winning their first series of the season (at Potomac). The Blue Rocks continue their road trip tonight, as they begin a three-game series in Frederick.

Low-A Lexington went 2-5 last week and have now lost five in a row (5-6 overall). The Legends continue their road trip tonight, beginning a three-game series in Asheville. Second baseman DJ Burt saw his 68-game on-base streak come to an end on Saturday night.

 

Now to the awards…

 

Royals Hitter of the Week: First baseman Eric Hosmer had a very good week. He went 11-for-30 (.367) with two doubles and a home run. Hosmer scored five runs and drove in three.

Royals Pitcher of the Week: Closer Wade Davis went 3-for-3 in save opportunities. On Thursday in Houston, he entered with two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth and induced a game ending double play. In 2.2 scoreless innings, Davis walked two while striking out three.

 

David Huff

Lefty David Huff pitching during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Minor League Starter of the Week: Right-hander Brooks Pounders was a part of Omaha’s big week, as he went 2-0. In 10.1 innings, he allowed just two runs on ten hits, a hit batter, and two walks. Pounders struck out ten.

Minor League Reliever of the Week: After not making the big league club out of spring training, lefty David Huff has not let it affect him. In two relief appearances last week, he did not allow a run. Over six innings, Huff allowed just one hit and walked one while striking out five.

 

Austin Bailey

Blue Rocks infielder Austin Bailey at the plate on April 11, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Minor League Hitters of the Week: After a rough opening weekend at home, the Blue Rocks offense has begun to click. Austin Bailey has a hit in all seven games he has played. Last week, he went 9-for-21 (.428) with three doubles. Bailey scored four runs and drove in four.

No one may be hotter than Blue Rocks first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, who has three straight multi-hit games (and seven total). Last week, he went 12-for-27 (.444) with three doubles and three home runs. One of those homers was an inside-the-park home run. O’Hearn scored five runs and drove in eight. I am seeing a Double-A promotion in his near future.

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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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