The Surprise Saguaros went 3-3 in week 2 of the Arizona Fall League. They are now 5-5-1 overall and sit in second place in the AFL West.
So how did the KC Royals contingent fare this past week? Let’s take a look.
Josh Staumont made two starts last week for Surprise: on Monday and Saturday. On Monday he continued his dominance with four scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and did not walk a batter (the first time all year). He struck out just two, but threw 32 of his 48 pitches for strikes in picking up his second win.
However, on Saturday, he lost his command again. Staumont walked three and struck out six over 3.1 innings (61 pitches, 31 strikes). He struck out the side in the second. He allowed just two hits and a run (it scored after he was pulled in the fourth). Staumont threw three wild pitches and allowed two stolen bases. He was good enough to limit the damage.
In Monday’s victory, five of the eight Royals played (I mentioned Staumont above). Corey Toups started at second base and batted leadoff. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout. He also committed his first error. Overall last week, Toups went 3-for-13 with four strikeouts. He doubled and scored two runs.
Ryan O’Hearn played first base and batted third. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI, but struck out twice. Overall, O’Hearn went 5-for-15 with two RBIs, two walks, and eight strikeouts (ten times in 27 at-bats). He has zero extra base hits so far.
It continues to be a tough go for outfielder Alfredo Escalera. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout on Monday and 3-for-15 with five strikeouts (nine total in 26 at-bats) overall last week. He did double and drive in two runs on Thursday.
Lefty Eric Stout earned his first hold on Monday, pitching two scoreless innings of relief. He walked one and struck out one (25 pitches, 16 strikes). Stout pitched again on Thursday, allowing his first run of the AFL (1IP, 2H, R, 0BB, 0K).
Mauricio Ramos did not crack the lineup until Wednesday, when he batted fifth and played first base. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He wasn’t back in the lineup until Saturday, when he went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run (his first in the AFL), and four RBIs.
Right-hander Evan Beal pitched much better in week 2 of the AFL. In two appearances (totaling two innings), he walked two and struck out two. On Tuesday, he threw just eight pitches, but needed 22 pitches on Friday (he also had an error on a pickoff).
*Reliever Jake Newberry is no longer on the Surprise roster, as he has been replaced by Todd Eaton.