Rain wreaked havoc on the minor league schedule, so it was a fairly short week for some teams. It was also a bad week in terms of winning games.
The KC Royals went 1-5 last week, ending their losing streak on Sunday in Seattle. The Royals return home for a quick three-game Interleague Series with Washington before heading back out on the road for seven games (Cleveland and the NY Yankees).
Triple-A Omaha went 2-2 last week (14-8 overall), but had their final two games this weekend against OKC postponed due to rain. The Storm Chasers head out on the road for a four-game series against Memphis before returning home for eight games (Iowa and Memphis).
Outfielder Reymond Fuentes was placed on the DL and infielder Angel Franco was activated. Franco doubled in his lone at-bat.
Double-A NW Arkansas went 4-2 last week (10-12 overall), but lost Friday night’s game to rain. The Naturals finish up their series in Tulsa tonight before returning home for four games against Springfield.
High-A Wilmington lost all four games they played last week (two were lost to rain) and have now lost nine in a row (the worst record in the Carolina League at 6-16). The Blue Rocks begin a seven-game homestand tonight (Frederick and Myrtle Beach).
Low-A Lexington went 2-4 last week (10-14 overall) and finish up their series in Hickory today. The Legends then return home for a quick three-game series against Delmarva before heading back out on the road for four games in Greensboro.
First baseman Josh Banuelos was promoted to Wilmington on Sunday, though he only played in nine games with the Legends (he didn’t join the team until April 14th). He was hitting .241 at the time of his promotion and only played the field in four games.
Now to the awards…
Royals Hitter of the Week: First baseman Eric Hosmer has been carrying the load of a struggling Royals offense so far this season. Though his hitting streak came to an end at 18 games on Saturday, he still went 9-for-23 (.391) last week. Hosmer hit a double, two home runs, scored three runs, and drove in three.
Royals Pitcher of the Week: Lefty Danny Duffy pitched well in three games last week out of the bullpen. He entered with the bases loaded and nobody out on Sunday and allowed just one run to score. In the three games, Duffy allowed a hit and walked one while striking out four. He also stranded three of four inherited base runners.
Minor League Hitter of the Week: Mauricio Ramos has rotated between third base, first base, and DH so far this season in his first taste of Double-A. His offense has not skipped a beat (Mr. Consistent, just like last season). Last week, Ramos went 8-for-22 (.364) with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs. He also walked twice, compared to two strikeouts.
Minor League Pitcher of the Week: Lefty Matt Strahm won his first Double-A game on Sunday in his second start last week. Over 12 innings, he allowed three runs on ten hits, a walk, and a hit batter. Strahm struck out 13.