The KC Royals went 2-4 last week, but ended their eight-game losing streak on Saturday. The Royals are tied for second place in the American League Central, three games back of first place Cleveland, who they now play for three games at home.
The Royals called infielder Christian Colon back up, who went 5-for-11 with a run scored. They also called back up pitcher Dillon Gee, but he has not made an appearance since his return. Yordano Ventura was suspended nine games for hitting Baltimore’s Manny Machado, but has appealed and pitched a gem on Sunday at Chicago.
Triple-A Omaha went 0-6 last week and have lost six in a row. The Storm Chasers dropped to last place in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division (27-34). They continue their road trip with four games at first place OKC and four games against Colorado Springs.
They welcomed back outfielder Brett Eibner on a rehab assignment and he has gone just 1-for-10 with two strikeouts. Catcher Tony Cruz was sent back and has gone just 1-for-12 with three walks. Veteran Joe Beimel signed and joined Omaha and has pitched three times (2.1IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 0K). Catcher Zane Evans was placed on the DL (the second time this season). Lefty Scott Alexander was optioned back, but he has not pitched yet.
Right-hander Miguel Almonte returned from shoulder fatigue (out since May 19th) and threw two scoreless innings of relief on June 9th.
Double-A NW Arkansas went 1-6 last week and are two games away from being eliminated from first half title contention in the Texas League (28-34). The Naturals have two more games at Arkansas before heading home for eight games.
Reliever Matt Alvarez was promoted to NWA and made his Double-A debut on Saturday (1IP, 3H, 2R, HBP, 2BB, K).
High-A Wilmington went 2-4 last week and are 21-39 overall (still the worst record in the Carolina League). The Blue Rocks begin a three-game home series against Winston-Salem tonight (the Dash’s first trip to Frawley Stadium).
Low-A Lexington went 1-6 last week and were eliminated from first half title contention in the South Atlantic League (23-39). The Legends begin a three-game home series against West Virginia tonight.
Outfielder Anderson Miller returned from the DL (out since April 19th) and has gone 8-for-23 with three RBIs.
Now to the awards…
Royals Hitter of the Week: Maybe DH Kendrys Morales is finally breaking out of his year-long slump. Last week, Morales went 6-for-18 (.333) with a double, a homer, two RBIs, and two runs scored.
Royals Pitcher of the Week: Lefty Danny Duffy is thriving right now in the Royals starting rotation. Despite going 1-1 last week, he turned in two quality starts. Over 12.1 innings, Duffy allowed just two runs (on solo homers) and eight hits. He walked three while striking out 19.
Minor League Hitters of the Week: The current 3-4 hitters for the Blue Rocks have been putting up good numbers over the last week. Left fielder Alfredo Escalera went 10-for-24 (.417) with three doubles, four RBIs, and two runs scored. Escalera had four multi-hit games last week. Third baseman Wander Franco went 9-for-24 (.375) with a double and four RBIs. Franco had four hits in Sunday’s loss.
Minor League Pitcher of the Week: NWA lefty reliever Kyle Bartsch has re-emerged as a legit option out of the bullpen since re-signing with the Royals back in the middle of May. He pitched three times last week and allowed two hits and a walk over 4.1 innings. Oh and he struck out six, throwing 45 of his 67 pitches for strikes. Bartsch has allowed just one run since re-joining the Royals organization (that came on a solo homer).