The KC Royals went 1-2 after the All-Star break at home against Texas this weekend, dropping them to 45-45 on the season, two games back in the American League Central (third place). The Royals welcome division rival Detroit to town for four games.
Reliever Miguel Almonte was back up in the big leagues again, to replace Neftali Feliz, who went on the paternity list. Almonte did not pitch.
Starter Nate Karns has decided on thoracic outlet surgery, so he is out for the season.
Triple-A Omaha went 2-2 this past weekend after their All-Star break, putting them at 42-50 on the season. The Storm Chasers are tied for last place in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division (15.5 games back). They welcome first place Colorado Springs to town for four games.
Outfielder Bubba Starling went on the DL with a strained oblique on his throwing side. He is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. Fellow outfielder Logan Moon was promoted from Double-A and went 4-for-12 with four runs scored. Shortstop Raul Mondesi has not played since being injured last Sunday. Reliever Seth Maness accepted his assignment to Omaha and he pitched an inning of relief on Sunday.
Double-A NW Arkansas went 2-4 last week, putting them 3.5 games back in the Texas League North Division (11-12). They continue their series in Springfield tonight.
Ashton Goudeau was placed on the DL, as lefty Tim Hill was added back from High-A. Hill pitched three scoreless innings with five strikeouts on Friday.
Third baseman Mauricio Ramos began his rehab with the AZL Royals last night. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Ramos singled in his first at-bat.
High-A Wilmington went 5-1 last week, putting them two games back in the Carolina League Northern Division (13-11 and in third place). The Blue Rocks continue their series with Potomac tonight.
Lefty Colin Rodgers was activated from the DL after missing a month, as infielder Travis Maezes was placed on the DL. Rodgers pitched twice in relief last week, allowing a run on four hits and five walks over three innings. He struck out six.
Low-A Lexington went 3-2 last week, including a 21-inning victory on Wednesday (though it was completed on Thursday). The Legends are tied for second place (3.5 games back) in the South Atlantic League Southern Division. They finish their series with Hagerstown tonight.
Outfielder Vance Vizcaino made his Legends debut yesterday (0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored). Tyler Fallwell also made his debut yesterday, allowing five runs on three hits and two walks over 1.2 innings.
Rookie level Idaho Falls is just 4-6 in their last ten games, putting them in last place in the Pioneer League South Division (12-15).
Rookie level Burlington is just 8-15, last place in the Appalachian League. However, they now have two wins at home.
Nolan Watson continued his rehab assignment, allowing a run on two hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out five.
The AZL Royals are also in last place at 8-9.
Now to the awards…
Royals Hitter of the Week: Maybe the All-Star break will help shortstop Alcides Escobar get out of his yearlong funk. Over the three games, he went 4-for-9 with a home run and two RBIs. Oh and he even walked.
Royals Pitcher of the Week: Lefty starter Danny Duffy was the hard luck loser on Saturday night, losing 1-0 to the Rangers. Over 8.1 innings, he allowed just five hits while striking out four.
Minor League Hitters of the Week: These two have been a big reason why the Legends are in second place. Second baseman Gabriel Cancel went 10-for-23 (.435) with two doubles, two home runs, and four RBIs. He also scored four runs. First baseman Manny Olloque went 9-for-23 (.391) with two doubles, an RBI, and three runs scored.
Minor League Pitchers of the Week: The Blue Rocks bullpen has been solid all season and two were dominant this past week. Right-hander Franco Terrero made three appearances last week, totaling seven scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and walked five, while striking out 11. Four of those walks came on Sunday.
Lefty Luis Rico made two appearances, totaling 4.1 scoreless innings. He allowed two hits while striking out five. He did leave Friday night’s game due to injury, but seems to be okay.