July 9th Minors Recap

If you were watching the Futures Game on MLB Network late this afternoon and are a KC Royals fan, you were probably awaiting the entrance of pitcher Foster Griffin into the game. I was one of those people.

Foster Griffin

Blue Rocks starter Foster Griffin pitching on June 3, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Well, Griffin started the 7th inning for the USA squad, but those watching only saw him throw one pitch with orange socks so high, it looked like he was wearing bermuda shorts. That is because MLB Network went to the attempted no-hitter in Colorado. When they went back to the Futures Game, Griffin was already finished.

Griffin got a line out to center and struck out the final batter he faced (Estevan Florial of the NY Yankees). He threw just ten pitches, five for strikes.

The USA held on to beat the World, 7-6 (they led 7-0).


Now to the full season affiliates…


Triple-A Omaha headed into the All-Star break with a 9-4 loss in Iowa. The Storm Chasers collected 12 hits, but hit into three double plays and had one base runner picked off.

The Storm Chasers hit two solo home runs: Dean Anna‘s in the sixth and Ryan O’Hearn‘s in the seventh. O’Hearn and Ruben Sosa each had two hits in the loss.

Jake Junis took the loss, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits over five innings. He struck out six. Kyle Zimmer followed and allowed three runs on two hits and two walks over just 2/3 of an inning. He allowed a two out solo home run and left with the bases loaded. Miguel Almonte was next and allowed two of the three runners to score (1.1IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K). Eric Stout allowed a run on two hits and a walk in the eighth.

*All-Star shortstop Raul Mondesi was injured trying to avoid a pitch at the plate in the first. He was pulled from the game. Corey Toups entered in his place and grounded into a double play. He went 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI.


Double-A NW Arkansas lost in San Antonio, 6-1. The Naturals out-hit the Missions, 8-5, but went just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. They hit into two double plays and struck out 11 times. The two teams finish up the series tomorrow afternoon.

Emilio Ogando was the hard luck loser, as he allowed three runs on two hits and three walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out seven, but allowed a two-run home run in the first. Yunior Marte allowed three runs in the seventh (2.2IP, 3H, 3R, 2BB, 2K).

*In roster news, pitcher Glenn Sparkman, who was selected in last December’s Rule 5 Draft by Toronto, was sent back to the Royals and assigned to NWA. He missed most of the season with a fractured thumb and made his big league debut last weekend (but just two appearances).


Cristian Castillo

Blue Rocks starter Cristian Castillo on May 2, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

High-A Wilmington won in Potomac, 3-1. Each team had four hits. The two teams finish up their series tomorrow afternoon.

Cristian Castillo was once again dominant, as he pitched eight scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits (all singles) while striking out six. The P-Nats first hit came with one out in the third, their second came with one out in the fourth, and their final hit off Castillo led off the 8th inning.

The P-Nats scored a run in the bottom of the ninth off Jacob Bodner.

The Blue Rocks got on the board in the first, as DJ Burt singled, stole second base, technically stole third base, but the throw got away and he scored. Nick Heath, who had two hits, drove in the final two runs with two outs in the sixth and eighth innings.


Low-A Lexington lost to Greenville, 6-5. The two teams finish up their series tomorrow night.

The Legends scored three runs in the first, two coming on a two out, Gabriel Cancel home run. Marten Gasparini hit a solo home run in the ninth (2-for-4 with his 11th stolen base). Khalil Lee and Emmanuel Rivera each had two hits in the loss. Lee scored a run and Rivera tripled in a run.

Vance Tatum took the loss in relief, as he allowed two runs in the 6th inning that broke the 4-4 tie (2IP, 4H, 2R, ER, 0BB, K). That came after Ofreidy Gomez allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk over five innings. Justin Camp allowed a hit and a walk over two scoreless innings. He struck out three.


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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