Week 5 Recap and Awards

The KC Royals continue to be the worst team in baseball record-wise, as they are just 10-20. They went 3-4 last week at home and now head to Tampa Bay for four games beginning tonight (they are just 2-11 on the road).

Outfielder Jorge Soler made his season debut after spending 11 games rehabbing in Triple-A. In two games in the big leagues, he went 0-for-6 with a walk and three strikeouts. Starter Ian Kennedy headed to the DL with a hamstring injury.

TROPHYTriple-A Omaha went 3-5 last week and ended their five-game losing streak with a victory on Sunday. They are 14-15 overall and 5.5 games back in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division. The Storm Chasers continue their series in Salt Lake tonight.

Reliever Seth Maness made his season (and Royals) debut on Monday, allowing a solo home run in two innings of work. In three appearances last week (totaling six innings), Maness allowed four hits and a walk while striking out five.

Fellow reliever Onelki Garcia also made his season (and Royals) debut last week. On Thursday, Garcia allowed one hit over 2.1 scoreless innings.

Double-A NW Arkansas went 5-2 last week to improve to 16-12 overall (the best record in the Royals system). The Naturals are in first place in the Texas League North Division and continue their home series with Arkansas tonight.

Starter Miguel Almonte returned from his one day big league stint to start last night and had his finger nail rip off after facing one batter in the 2nd inning. He is expected to be okay.

High-A Wilmington went 4-3 last week and are now 12-18 overall (still in last place in the Carolina League Northern Division). The Blue Rocks open up a seven games in six days homestand on Tuesday night against division rivals Potomac and Frederick.

Reliever Jacob Bodner returned to the active roster and infielder Colton Frabasilio returned from the DL. Outfielder Tanner Stanley was placed on the DL.

Low-A Lexington went 3-3 last week and moved out of last place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division (still just 12-19). The Legends finish up their series in West Virginia tonight before returning home for three games against Greensboro.

Geoffrey Bramblett made his season debut on Saturday, earning the win in relief. Over 2.1 innings, he allowed a run on a hit and four walks while striking out three.


Now to the awards…


Royals Hitter of the Week: For all the bashing first baseman Eric Hosmer has taken from fans this season, he has started to heat up at the plate. In seven games last week, Hosmer went 10-for-23 (.435) with a double, two home runs, four runs scored, and seven RBIs. He also walked more than he struck out (four times to three).

Royals Pitcher of the Week: Starter Nate Karns rebounded from a rough start to his 2017 season to pick up his first win of the year on Wednesday. He allowed just one hit and a walk over six scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox. Karns struck out seven.

Honorable Mention: Lefty Jason Vargas continues to be one of the game’s best starters in 2017 (an overall ERA of 1.17) and is gaining attention from would-be suitors. In two starts last week (12 innings), he allowed a run on nine hits and five walks while striking out seven.


Anderson Miller

Blue Rocks left fielder Anderson Miller on April 8, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

Minor League Hitter of the Week: Blue Rocks outfielder Anderson Miller is in the midst of a 22-game on-base streak, but he is also beginning to hit. In the midst of an eight-game hitting streak, Miller went 14-for-34 (.412) last week with a double, a triple, two homers, six runs scored, and nine RBIs. He has raised his average to a respectable .254 after hitting just .188 in April.

Honorable Mention: Legends catcher/DH Meibrys Viloria is starting to heat up. He went 8-for-15 (.533) last week with three doubles, two home runs, and four RBIs. Viloria raised his average to .247 after hitting just .186 in April.


Minor League Pitchers of the Week: Two starters made impressive debuts after a promotion. Emilio Ogando was promoted to Double-A to replace Miguel Almonte and had his best start of the 2017 season. Ogando earned the victory on Saturday night, allowing five hits and two walks over six scoreless innings. He struck out four.

Christian Binford was promoted to Triple-A and made the Sunday afternoon start. He picked up the victory, allowing a run on five hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out four. That came after Binford allowed a run on five hits and two walks over seven innings in a start with NWA on Tuesday. He struck out five.

About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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