The KC Royals have lost nine in a row (0-5 last week) and ended April with just a 7-16 record, the worst record in baseball. The Royals continue their homestand with four games against division rival Chicago beginning tonight.
Triple-A Omaha went just 1-3 last week (with an off day and back-to-back rain outs mixed in). The Storm Chasers are 11-10 overall, putting them in third place in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division. They finish up their series today with a doubleheader against Oklahoma City.
Offseason signee Seth Maness was activated from the DL (but has not pitched yet), while infielder Carlos Diaz was “sent” to rookie ball.
Double-A NW Arkansas went 3-2 last week (with two rain outs mixed in). The Naturals are 11-10 overall, putting them in second place in the Texas League North Division. They finish up their series in Tulsa this afternoon before heading to Springfield for four games.
High-A Wilmington ended their six-game losing streak with a win on Sunday (1-5 last week). The Blue Rocks are just 8-15 overall, putting them in last place in the Carolina League Northern Division with the worst record in the league. They begin a three-game series against first place Salem tonight.
The Blue Rocks welcomed Gabe Cramer from extended spring training, as he made his season debut on Thursday in relief (2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K). Fellow reliever Jacob Bodner was “sent” to extended spring training.
Low-A Lexington went just 2-5 last week, a week that saw a perfect game pitched against them and a team score 22 runs off them. The Legends are just 9-16 overall, putting them in last place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division.
The Legends gained catcher Mark Sanchez and he made his season debut on Friday. He has gone 3-for-5 so far and even pitched to a batter on Sunday.
Now to the awards…
Royals Hitter of the Week: The offense has been hard to come by, but catcher Salvador Perez had a good week. He went 6-for-19 with three doubles and a home run. He drove in four runs and scored three.
Royals Pitchers of the Week: Three lefties in the Royals bullpen were solid last week. Scott Alexander allowed three hits and a walk over 3.2 scoreless innings. Matt Strahm allowed a hit over 3.2 scoreless innings while striking out four. Mike Minor did allow a run, but it came on just three hits over three innings.
Minor League Hitter of the Week: Though his ten-game hitting streak came to an end on Sunday, it has been a great stretch for Naturals first baseman/DH Frank Schwindel. He went 10-for-20 last week with two doubles, three home runs, six RBIs, and four runs scored. He also walked (twice) as much as he struck out (twice). Schwindel is hitting .388 on the season with 13 multi-hit games.
Honorable Mention: Legends second baseman Gabriel Cancel is in the midst of a four-game hitting streak and went 10-for-26 last week. He hit two doubles and two homers, drove in four, and scored nine runs.
Minor League Pitcher of the Week: Despite going 0-1 last week, Travis Eckert of Lexington was solid. In two games, he allowed four runs (three earned) on 11 hits and three walks over 12 innings. He struck out seven
Honorable Mention: Miguel Almonte and Christian Binford have formed a tough 1-2 combo in NWA. Almonte (who is pitching this afternoon) did not allow a run on three hits and three walks over 5.2 innings last week. He struck out seven. Binford (who is pitching tomorrow) allowed a run on five hits and a walk over 6.2 innings. He struck out six. Unfortunately, neither picked up a win.
Minor League Reliever of the Week: Though Omaha only played four games last week, right-hander Kevin McCarthy pitched in two of those games. He allowed just one hit and walked one over 3.1 scoreless innings. KMac struck out one.