July 24th Minors Recap

The KC Royals made a deal with the SD Padres, acquiring pitchers Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer, and Ryan Buchter (plus cash) for pitchers Travis Wood and Matt Strahm, along with Esteury Ruiz (who had played 21 games with the AZL Royals).

Along with the deal, the Royals called up lefty Brian Flynn and designated Al Alburquerque and Luke Farrell for assignment.

omahaDesignating Farrell for assignment meant Triple-A Omaha needed a starter for Monday night. That went to Miguel Almonte. He allowed three runs on seven hits over three innings. Almonte struck out three.

The Storm Chasers lost their series finale in El Paso, 14-6. They now move on to Albuquerque.

Already in need of fresh arms, the Royals moved Justin Camp and Kevin Lenik from Low-A Lexington to Omaha. Camp recorded just two outs in the 4th inning, but allowed five runs on three hits and four walks. Two of those runs scored after bases loaded walks. Lenik entered with the bases loaded and stranded all three with a strikeout to end the inning.

Lenik went on to allow just one hit and a walk over 2.1 scoreless innings. He struck out four. To start the 7th inning, it was once again backup catcher Brayan Pena‘s turn to pitch. However, he struggled with his command (four walks), before second baseman Dean Anna moved to the mound to get out of the inning (to pop ups). Anna gave up four runs in the eighth, three scoring on a home run.

Frank Schwindel went 2-for-4 with two home runs to drive in four runs. Leadoff hitter Logan Moon and nine-hole hitter Jack Lopez each had two hits in the loss. Cheslor Cuthbert continued his rehab assignment and went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. He also committed an error.


Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series opener in Arkansas, 4-3. The Naturals came back in the top of the ninth on a Mauricio Ramos two out, three-run home run (he went 2-for-4).

The Naturals collected seven hits, three coming in the ninth. Anderson Miller went 3-for-4.

Starter Emilio Ogando was the hard luck loser, as he allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits over six innings. He struck out three.


High-A Wilmington had their series opener with Salem suspended due to rain, with the score tied at 1-1 with two on and two outs in the bottom of the sixth. The game will be completed on Tuesday, along with the regularly scheduled game.


legends logoLow-A Lexington lost in walk off fashion in West Virginia, 8-7 in 11 innings.

That came after the Legends took the lead in the top of the ninth, only to allow the Power to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.

The Legends had 11 hits and worked two walks, but went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position, as they struck out 14 times. Emmanuel Rivera went 3-for-4 with three doubles (he now has 20) and three runs scored. Khalil Lee, Vance Vizcaino, and Marten Gasparini each had two hits in the loss. Gasparini stole his 14th base.

Vance Tatum took the loss, as he recorded just one out in the 11th inning. That came after starter Travis Eckert allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings. Arnaldo Hernandez followed and allowed two runs on eight hits (two solo home runs) and a walk over five innings. He struck out six.


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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