The KC Royals went 3-4 last week and dropped into second place in the American League Central. It didn’t help getting swept in a four-game series by now first place Cleveland. The Royals continue their road trip to Baltimore tonight.
Outfielder Brett Eibner went on the DL with an ankle sprain, as fellow outfielder Reymond Fuentes was called up (5-for-9). Dillon Gee was sent to Triple-A, where he is scheduled to start tonight.
Triple-A Omaha went 1-6 last week and fell under .500 (27-28) and into third place in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division. The Storm Chasers finish their homestand the next two days against Nashville.
Fan favorite Irving Falu returned to the organization, playing in his first game on Sunday (0-for-5). The Storm Chasers also gained catchers Zane Evans (3-for-12) from Double-A and Luis Villegas (0-for-2 with a walk) from High-A. Reliever Matt Murray returned from his drug suspension and made his season debut (2G, 4IP, 2H, R, 2BB, K).
Double-A NW Arkansas went 4-2 last week and are 3.5 games back in the Texas League North Division. The Naturals begin a nine games in eight days road trip on Tuesday.
Right-hander Kyle Zimmer was finally placed on the DL (he had not pitched since May 17th). Infielder Carlos Diaz joined the team from Omaha (4-for-7).
High-A Wilmington went 2-4 last week and were eliminated from first half contention in the Carolina League. The Blue Rocks continue their road trip at Winston-Salem over the next two days.
The Blue Rocks gained catcher Nick Dini (1-for-3 on Sunday) and reliever Jake Kalish (WP on Sunday: 2IP, 2H, 0, BB, K) from Lexington.
Low-A Lexington went 1-4 last week and are now five games from elimination in the South Atlantic League Southern Division (22-33). The Legends begin a seven-game road trip tonight in Lakewood.
Now to the awards…
Royals Hitter of the Week: Backup catcher Drew Butera filled in admirably for the injured Salvador Perez. Butera went 7-for-17 (.412) with a double, a home run in back-to-back games, and five RBIs.
Royals Pitcher of the Week: Reliever Peter Moylan was called back up to the big leagues this week and pitched twice. He allowed three hits (and an inherited run) over 2.1 innings. Moylan struck out three.
Minor League Hitters of the Week: Offense has never been catcher Cam Gallagher‘s calling card, but a change in his stance at NWA has him on fire. He is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak. Gallagher went 10-for-17 (.588) last week with two doubles, a triple, two RBIs, and two runs scored. He walked three times and struck out once.
Blue Rocks shortstop Humberto Arteaga has also been on fire. Last week, he went 13-for-27 (.481) with a triple, his first home run, four RBIs, and five runs scored. Arteaga walked once and struck out three. Oh and he has not committed an error since May 14th.
Minor League Pitcher of the Week: Derek Gordon has moved in and out of the Blue Rocks rotation all season, but has been a reliable cog in their bullpen. In two games last week, Gordon allowed two hits and walked one over 4.1 scoreless innings of relief. He stranded the bases loaded on Wednesday. Of the 51 pitches he threw, 32 were strikes.