The KC Royals went 4-2 during their homestand winning series against division rival Detroit and then Baltimore (12-6 overall). The Royals head back out West for six games in seven days beginning tonight against the LA Angels.
Triple-A Omaha went 4-3 last week and have the second-best record in the Pacific Coast League (12-6). The Storm Chasers have won three in a row and continue their home series with Colorado Springs tonight. Whit Merrifield continues the Royals minor league trend of running, as he leads the PCL with 15 stolen bases.
Double-A NW Arkansas went 3-4 last week and is 6-10 overall (second-worst record in the Texas League). The Naturals head back out on the road for eight games, starting tonight in Springfield.
High-A Wilmington went 2-6 last week and have lost five in a row (tied for the worst record in the Carolina League and are already eight games back). The Blue Rocks head back out on the road on Tuesday for six games beginning with Carolina.
Low-A Lexington went 3-4 last week and are 8-10 overall. The Legends head back out on the road on Tuesday for seven games beginning with Columbia. They lost outfielder Anderson Miller to a broken hamate bone and his replacement, Tanner Stanley, was taken to the hospital in the first inning of Sunday’s game with an injured neck (his first game).
Now to the awards…
Royals Hitter of the Week: Third baseman Mike Moustakas went 9-for-24 (.375) last week with three doubles and two home runs. He scored three runs and drove in five. Moose now has six home runs so far this season.
Royals Pitcher of the Week: Yordano Ventura made two starts this week, picking up wins in both. Over 12 innings, he allowed just three runs on nine hits. Ventura did walk five, but he struck out nine.
Minor League Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio continues to hit Triple-A pitching better than he ever hit those in Double-A. Last week, he went 10-for-29 (.345) with three doubles and a home run. He scored four runs and drove in four. Bonifacio is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak.
Honorable Mention: Sometimes you have to give the awards to someone else. That is the case here, as first baseman Ryan O’Hearn continues to terrorize Carolina League pitching (though he is striking out a lot lately on fastballs, as 13 of his 20 strikeouts came this week). He went 10-for-31 (.323) with two doubles and three home runs. O’Hearn is in the midst of an 11-game hitting streak (just two hitless games so far this season).
Minor League Starter of the Week: Pedro Fernandez seems to have made the adjustments after a disatrous High-A debut in 2015. He made two starts for Wilmington last week (1-0). Over 12 innings, he allowed just one run on eight hits. Though he walked five, he struck out 14. Fernandez leads the CL in innings pitched (22.1) and is third in the league in ERA (1.21). He is tied for third in strikeouts (23).
Minor League Reliever of the Week: Right-hander Malcom Culver pitched three times last week for the Storm Chasers. Over six innings, he allowed just three hits while striking out 11.