July 25th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won at Albuquerque, 5-1.

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First baseman Frank Schwindel during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Logan Moon went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. Leadoff hitter Billy Burns and Brayan Pena each had two hits. Frank Schwindel hit another home run, his 11th of the season (one of his two hits).

Starter Onelki Garcia allowed just one run on eight hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out four in picking up his third win. Seth Maness followed with two perfect innings of relief before Kyle Zimmer and Eric Stout combined for a scoreless ninth.

*In roster news, Jake Junis was sent back from the big leagues after his scoreless inning of relief on Monday night.


Double-A NW Arkansas lost their second straight in Arkansas, this time losing by a 5-0 score. The game was scoreless through five innings.

The Naturals collected seven hits, with four coming in the final two innings. Humberto Arteaga went 3-for-3, but committed two errors.

Starter Jake Kalish took the no decision, as he allowed five hits and a walk over the first five innings. He struck out two. Zach Lovvorn took the loss as he allowed run in the sixth (his only inning of work). Jake Newberry allowed four unearned runs in the seventh, though he walked the first two batters he faced.

Paulo Orlando continued his rehab assignment and went 1-for-3 in right field. He was replaced on defense in the seventh.


High-A Wilmington won both games Tuesday night against Salem. The Blue Rocks won last night’s suspended game, 3-1 in ten innings.

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Blue Rocks catcher Chase Vallot at the plate on June 15, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

With two outs in the bottom of the tenth, Chase Vallot hit a walk off two-run home run. The Blue Rocks collected eight hits, three from Nate Esposito, but went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. They struck out 14 times.

The Blue Rocks won the second game, 6-4. They scored three runs in the bottom of the first and three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead.

Back-to-back hit batters started the sixth against the Red Sox reliever. After a ground out, Nick Heath tied the game with a single. An error on a pickoff attempt forced in the go ahead run before a DJ Burt sac fly drove in the final run.

Jace Vines made his Blue Rocks debut in the start and allowed four runs in the top of the first. He settled down, but still ended up walking a total of four batters. Walker Sheller earned the win in relief, as he allowed a hit over 2.1 innings. He struck out three. Grant Gavin earned his first High-A save with two scoreless innings of relief (2BB, 4K).


Low-A Lexington was swept in their four-game series in West Virginia, losing the finale 7-3. After a Wednesday off day, the Legends return home to play Kannapolis.

Andre Davis took the loss, as he allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk over five-plus innings. He struck out six. Cody Nesbit entered with two runners on base in the 6th inning and allowed a three-run home run.

The Legends collected seven hits, two by catcher Luis Villegas.

*In roster news, pitcher Tyler Fallwell was placed on the DL.



The Pioneer League announced its All-Star team earlier today. The entire Idaho Falls coaching staff will lead the squad against the Northwest League.

Joining the Chukars coaching staff are pitchers Holden Capps and Janser Lara, catcher Darrell Miller, first baseman Robby Rinn, and outfielder Amalani Fukofuka.


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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