July 30th Minors Recap

The KC Royals continue to make moves, bringing back outfielder Melky Cabrera (who was with the Chicago White Sox) for minor league starters AJ Puckett and Andre Davis.

AJ Puckett

Blue Rocks starter AJ Puckett on April 20, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

In his first full professional season, Puckett was a Carolina League All-Star with High-A Wilmington. Despite having an up-and-down season (9-7, 3.90 ERA, 98K, 46BB, 108.1IP), when he was on, he dominated. He will stay in the CL as he joins Winston-Salem. Puckett would most likely pitch on Thursday. Davis is moving on to Kannapolis, who Low-A Lexington was playing today.

To make room for Melky on the 40-man roster, reliever Andrew Edwards was designated for assignment. Despite his struggles this season, I do not expect Edwards to clear waivers. His stuff is just too good.

Outfielder Terrance Gore was optioned back to Triple-A Omaha to make room for Melky, who is expected to regularly play right field. That is not fair for Jorge Bonifacio, who has played VERY well during his rookie season.

 

Triple-A Omaha beat Fresno, 5-2.

With two outs in the bottom of the first, Logan Moon hit a three-run home run (he went 2-for-4).

That made a winner of Storm Chasers starter Onelki Garcia, who allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. He struck out five, but allowed a two out, two-run home run in the fourth.

Frank Schwindel extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a 6th inning single. Leadoff hitter Billy Burns went 2-for-4, but was picked off first base. Dean Anna went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.

The Storm Chasers bullpen held the Grizzlies to two base runners over the final 3.1 innings (both were walks issued by Kyle Zimmer). Kevin McCarthy earned the save with two perfect innings of relief.

 

Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series to Springfield, losing the finale, 6-3. They now welcome Arkansas to town for three games.

The Cardinals scored in three innings, two runs in each. Naturals starter Jake Kalish was the hard luck loser, as he allowed two runs on seven hits over seven innings. Yunior Marte was lit up for four runs on five hits (two home runs) over the final two innings.

The Naturals collected six hits, two by Cody Jones. He scored a run and stole his fifth base. Alfredo Escalera hit a solo home run in the fourth to give them a 1-0 lead.

 

High-A Wilmington lost their series in Carolina, losing the finale, 3-2. They now return home for seven days, with Buies Creek beginning the homestand.

The two teams scored across one inning. The Mudcats scored three runs in the bottom of the second on four hits and a sac fly against Blue Rocks starter Jace Vines. He allowed a total of six hits and walked three over five innings of work.

The Blue Rocks scored two runs in the top of the third on three hits and a sac fly. They only had three total hits. Travis Maezes, who entered on defense in the second because DJ Burt was ejected after striking out in the first, hit the sac fly. Jecksson Flores drove in the other run with a two out single.

Grant Gavin allowed a hit and walked one over three scoreless innings of relief. He struck out five and worked out of a base loaded, nobody out jam in the 8th inning.

 

Low-A Lexington lost their series to Kannapolis, losing the finale, 10-3. They now welcome West Virginia to town for four games in three days.

It was so bad that backup catcher Luis Villegas had to pitch again. He struck out one in a scoreless inning of work.

Travis Eckert took the loss, as he allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out five. Vance Tatum followed and allowed an inherited run to score, along with four of his own.

The Legends collected seven hits, two by Manny Olloque. Joe Dudek hit a two out, solo home run in the ninth.

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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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