July 7th Minors Recap

kansas-city-royals-logo-1586891There are a few things to note. KC Royals big league lefty Matt Strahm had season-ending surgery today to repair his knee. Starter Nate Karns is also expected to miss the entire season if he has throracic outlet surgery (he will see a specialist in the coming days, as his latest bullpen session showed no improvement).

Catcher-turned-pitcher Zane Evans has decided to retire rather than make the complete switch to the mound. Evans went to Arizona to start pitching and pitched just once in the AZL: 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K.

Former first round pick (2015) Ashe Russell has taken a leave of absence (which happened a month ago), meaning he is walking away from baseball for the time being to deal with personal issues. The Royals are hoping he comes back like Zack Greinke and Danny Duffy did in the past. Russell had pitched in just two games over the last two years (he had yet to pitch this season).

Now to the full season results…

 

Triple-A Omaha lost their series opener in Iowa, 7-5.

Four of the Storm Chasers runs came via a Raul Mondesi grand slam (he went 2-for-4). Mondesi stole his 18th base, but made his seventh error (which led to five runs). Ruben Sosa went 2-for-4 with his seventh stolen base. He was also picked off.

Onelki Garcia took the loss, as he allowed six runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks over two innings. Christian Binford followed and allowed a run on four hits over 4.2 innings. He struck out three and allowed a solo home run. Miguel Almonte threw 1.1 hitless innings of relief. He threw just 12 pitches.

 

Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series finale in Corpus Christi, 5-2. The Naturals now head to San Antonio for three games.

The Naturals collected just five hits, three of them coming in the 9th inning.

Starter Jake Kalish took the loss, as he allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over five-plus innings. He struck out six. Zach Lovvorn allowed an inherited run to score in the sixth. Overall, Lovvorn allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk over three innings.

 

Chris DeVito

Blue Rocks first baseman Chris DeVito on May 24, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

High-A Wilmington won their series opener in Potomac, 6-1. The game had a little more than a half hour weather delay.

For the third straight game, Chris DeVito put the Blue Rocks on the board in the first inning. On Friday night, he hit a two-run home run (2-for-3 with two walks). Roman Collins added a solo homer in the fourth (he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs).

Matt Tenuta earned the win in relief, as he allowed one hit and three walks over 3.1 innings. He struck out five. Though he loaded the bases in the ninth, lefty Luis Rico earned his first save with 2.2 scoreless innings. Rico allowed two hits, hit a batter, and struck out five.

*Third baseman Wander Franco was hit by a pitch in the eighth and was replaced on defense. Hopefully he is okay.

 

Low-A Lexington won their series opener against Greenville, 5-2 in eight innings.

The Legends came back with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead. Emmanuel Rivera got the scoring started with a solo home run (3-for-4, two doubles) to tie the game. With two outs, Yeison Melo (2-for-3) drove in a run with a single. Marten Gasparini followed with a two-run double (2-for-3).

Legends starter Andre Davis improved to 5-2, as he allowed two unearned runs on just one hit and one walk over six innings. He struck out seven. The lone Drive hit of the game was a two-run home run with two outs in the 4th inning after an error.

Anthony Bender pitched two perfect innings of relief to earn his fourth save. He struck out three.

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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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