The KC Royals went 4-3 last week, as they won their series in San Diego over the weekend. They are now 28-34 overall and in fourth place in the American League Central Division (5.5 games back). The Royals will enjoy Monday off before continuing their West Coast road trip with two games in SF.
Jake Junis was called up to start on Tuesday, where he was roughed up by Houston. However on Sunday against the Padres, he reached the 8th inning (though he gave up a home run to the first batter he faced in the inning and was pulled).
Infielder Ramon Torres was called up on Wednesday and he made his Major League debut that night. In two starts at second base, Torres went 3-for-8 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.
Lefty reliever Scott Alexander was activated from the DL. Over 5.1 innings last week, he allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out eight.
Relievers Seth Maness and Kevin McCarthy were sent back to Triple-A, as was outfielder Billy Burns.
Triple-A Omaha went 4-3 last week, as they won their weekend series over New Orleans. They are now 32-29, five games back in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division. The Storm Chasers have Monday off, as they begin an eight-game road trip on Tuesday, starting in OKC.
Catcher Cam Gallagher was activated from the DL on Sunday and he went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs. Starter Miguel Almonte was placed on the DL.
Third baseman/outfielder Hunter Dozier was placed on the DL with a broken hamate bone. He is expected to miss around two months. Left-hander Jonathan Dziedzic returned from the DL to make the Friday night start, as he allowed a run on five hits and two walks over 3.1 innings.
Double-A NW Arkansas went 4-3 last week and moved into sole possession of first place in the Texas League North Division with eight games to go in the first half (32-29 overall). The Naturals continue their homestand with Arkansas tonight.
Outfielder Elier Hernandez was placed on the DL, as fellow outfielder Jose Sanchez made his season debut. In four games, Sanchez has gone 2-for-11 with a walk and a run scored.
High-A Wilmington went 4-2 last week, but are still 5.5 games back in the Carolina League Northern Division with eight games to go in the first half. The Blue Rocks (33-29 overall) begin a four games in three days road trip at second place Lynchburg before welcoming first place Salem to town for the final four games of the first half.
After coming off the DL last week, outfielder Brandon Downes went back on the DL with a hip injury. He is not expected back until after the All-Star break. Fellow outfielder Kort Peterson, who was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team earlier in the week, was promoted from Low-A Lexington and made his Blue Rocks debut on Friday night. In three games so far, he is 3-for-12 with a triple.
The Blue Rocks also received a much needed pitcher, reliever Walker Sheller from Low-A Lexington (Colton Frabasilio was “sent” to extended spring training). Sheller also made his Blue Rocks debut on Friday night, throwing three scoreless innings (two hits and four strikeouts).
Low-A Lexington went just 1-5 last week, falling 7.5 games back in the South Atlantic League Southern Division with seven games left. The Legends finish up their series in Hickory today before returning home for the final six games of the first half.
Outfielder Yeison Melo was added from extended spring training and he made his season debut on Saturday. In two games, has gone 2-for-8 with a double and an RBI.
Now to the awards…
Royals Hitter of the Week: Third baseman Mike Moustakas drove in nine runs in seven games last week. He went 11-for-26 (.423) with three doubles and three home runs. Moose also scored six runs.
Royals Pitcher of the Week: In need of a good start, Jason Hammel finally was solid. Over seven innings on Thursday against Houston, he allowed a run on four hits while striking out four.
Minor League Hitter of the Week: Legends second baseman Angelo Castellano has a five-game hitting streak, as he went 11-for-25 (.440) last week. He drove in two runs and scored three runs while primarily batting in the two-hole. Castellano is hitting .390 in the month of June to raise his batting average to .295 overall.
Honorable Mention: Omaha outfielder Terrance Gore had a good weekend, hitting his first professional home run on Saturday night. Over the weekend, he went 5-for-10 with a double, a triple, and a homer. Gore scored five runs and drove in four. He also made ESPN Sportcenter’s top 10 with a home run-saving catch on Sunday.
Naturals outfielder Donnie Dewees is starting to figure out Double-A pitching after moving out of the leadoff spot. In the midst of a ten-game hitting streak, he went 9-for-23 (.391) last week with a double, two homers, and six RBIs.
Naturals catcher Nick Dini went 8-for-14 (.571) in four games last week. He doubled, homered, and drove in four runs.
Minor League Starter of the Week: The Naturals’ Corey Ray threw a gem on Thursday, pitching a complete game shutout. Over nine innings, he allowed just four hits while striking out four. He threw 60 of his 88 pitches for strikes.
Minor League Relievers of the Week: Storm Chasers reliever Mark Peterson was dominant last week in two outings. Over 5.2 scoreless innings, he allowed three hits while striking out six.
After a rocky debut with the Blue Rocks, Justin Camp rebounded in a big way last week. In two outings (totaling four innings), Camp allowed just two hits, walked three, and struck out two while not allowing a run.