June 25th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha split their series with Memphis, as they won 5-3 on Sunday afternoon. The Storm Chasers now head to Colorado Springs for four games.

Luke Farrell

Right-hander Luke Farrell during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

The Storm Chasers broke the scoreless tie in the third on a Jorge Soler double. He would later score on a Cam Gallagher one out single. Soler put the Storm Chasers up 5-1 in the fourth on a three-run home run.

That made a winner of Luke Farrell, who allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits (a solo home run) over six innings. He struck out nine, as he improved to 7-3 on the season.

Miguel Almonte made his second relief appearance since coming off the DL earlier this week. Over two scoreless innings, he allowed two hits and walked one.

The Storm Chasers had four players with two-hit games. Leadoff hitter Billy Burns went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Raul Mondesi also went 2-for-4. Bubba Starling went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. He committed an error that cost them a run, but also threw out a base runner at second base.


Double-A NW Arkansas split their series at Tulsa, winning Sunday afternoon, 2-1. The Naturals now head into the Texas League All-Star break with a 3-3 record in the second half.

The Naturals collected just two hits, but made the most of them. Samir Duenez hit a two-run home run in the fourth, after Corey Toups singled to start the inning.

The Naturals pitching made it hold up. It started with Foster Griffin, who pitched six scoreless innings in improving to 5-1 in Double-A. He allowed five hits and walked two while striking six.


High-A Wilmington lost their series finale in Salem, 9-2. At 1-3 in the second half, the Blue Rocks now head to Frederick for four games.

Blue Rocks starter AJ Puckett did not make it out of the 2nd inning, as he threw 60 pitches. He allowed four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four. Walker Sheller stranded two runners in the second, though he did end up allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over 2.2 innings. He struck out three and allowed a solo home run.

Richard Lovelady was next, as he entered with the bases loaded and allowed one run to score on a bases loaded walk. Over 1.2 innings, he walked one and struck out two. However, Lovelady threw 37 pitches. Next up was Yunior Marte, who allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over 2.1 innings.

The Blue Rocks collected just four hits, including an RBI double by Nicky Lopez in the third and a solo home run from Brandon Downes in the fifth. Downes returned from the DL on Sunday (as fellow outfielder Kort Peterson was placed on the DL).


legends logoLow-A Lexington split their series at West Virginia, winning 5-2 Sunday afternoon. The Legends return home for four games against the now Tim Tebow-less Columbia Fireflies.

Garrett Davila improved to 6-3, as he allowed a run on two hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out six. Davila allowed a solo home run with two outs in the seventh. He allowed a single to start the second (the runner was picked off) and walked a batter with two outs in the sixth.

The Legends collected six hits, three by leadoff hitter Khalil Lee. He homered to start the game, doubled in a run in the fifth, and singled in a run in the ninth.


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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