The KC Royals went 5-1 last week to finish their West Coast road trip with a 7-2 record. This sudden surge has moved the Royals into third place in the American League Central (33-35 overall), just 3.5 games out of first place. The Royals return home for a six-game homestand that starts tonight against Boston.
Triple-A Omaha went just 2-4 last week and are now five games back in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division (34-33 overall). The Storm Chasers continue their road trip in Iowa.
Kyle Zimmer returned from the DL and pitched twice out of the bullpen. Over four innings, he walked one and struck out two.
Double-A NW Arkansas won the Texas League North Division title on Saturday night, as they swept their five-game series in Tulsa (they are currently 37-31). The Naturals play a doubleheader against Arkansas tonight to end the first half before continuing their road trip in Arkansas and then back to Tulsa to begin the second half.
Catcher Parker Morin is back with the Naturals, going 3-for-17 in his return.
High-A Wilmington ended the first half on a six-game winning streak (hopefully they can continue this to start the second half). The Blue Rocks knocked Salem (who was in first place in the Carolina League Northern Division for most of the season) out of first place on the final day of the first half.
At 39-31, the Blue Rocks will enjoy the three-day All-Star break (as six players are currently headed to participate in Salem) before beginning an eight-game road trip in Salem and Frederick.
Low-A Lexington finished the first half going 4-2 last week (34-35 overall). The Legends will enjoy the three-day All-Star break (where they have two representatives) before beginning a four-game road series with West Virginia.
Now to the awards…
Royals Hitter of the Week: Center fielder Lorenzo Cain went 11-for-24 (.458) in six games last week. He hit a double and four home runs. LoCain scored eight runs and drove in six. He also stole two bases.
Royals Pitcher of the Week: Lefty Matt Strahm moved into the rotation on Thursday against the LA Angels and earned the victory. He allowed an unearned run on three hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out three.
Minor League Hitter of the Week: Omaha shortstop Raul Mondesi continues his hot hitting since being demoted from the big leagues on May 22nd. Last week, he went 11-for-27 (.407) with two doubles and a home run. Mondy scored six runs and drove in four.
Minor League Pitchers of the Week: The Blue Rocks pitching staff held the Carolina League’s top offense to a run on 11 hits over their four-game series this past weekend. Three of those games were shutouts.
It started on Thursday night with Cristian Castillo, who allowing just three hits over eight scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out four. On Friday night, it was Scott Blewett’s turn. He allowed just two hits and three walks over six scoreless innings. He struck out ten. Reliever Matt Tenuta struck out six in three perfect innings.
Though Andres Machado allowed a run on four hits in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, he did strike out seven. Reliever Richard Lovelady followed with two perfect innings and three strikeouts. In Game 2, spot starter Jared Ruxar allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings. He struck out six.