Week 17 Recap and Awards

The KC Royals went 5-1 last week and are two games back in the American League Central (55-48) and currently have the second Wild Card spot. The Royals finish up their road trip with three games in Baltimore beginning tonight.

The Royals made two deals this week. First on Monday, they traded Travis Wood, Matt Strahm, and Esteury Ruiz to the SD Padres for Trevor Cahill, Ryan Buchter, and Brandon Maurer. They also designated Al Alburquerque for assignment (he was released), along with Luke Farrell (who was then traded to the LA Dodgers).

TROPHYThen on Sunday, the Royals traded minor league starters AJ Puckett and Andre Davis to the Chicago White Sox for outfielder Melky Cabrera. They also designated reliever Andrew Edwards for assignment.

Triple-A Omaha went 4-3 last week, but dropped to last place in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division at 49-57 (14.5 games back). The Storm Chasers continue their series at home against Fresno tonight.

Jake Junis was sent back from the big leagues, along with relievers Brian Flynn and Kevin McCarthy. So was outfielder Terrance Gore, but he is injured and unable to play.

They received relievers Justin Camp and Kevin Lenik from Low-A Lexington, but Camp was sent back to the Legends after one appearance.

Catcher Nate Esposito made his Triple-A debut on Thursday night, up from High-A Wilmington, as fellow catcher Brayan Pena was placed on the inactive list. Miguel Almonte was placed on the DL.

Double-A NW Arkansas went just 1-6 and are ten games back in the Texas League North Division at 14-23 (last place). The Naturals begin a three game series at home versus Arkansas tonight.

Glenn Sparkman went on the DL.

High-A Wilmington went 4-3 last week, but are four games back in the Carolina League Northern Division (tied for third place). The Blue Rocks begin a seven-game homestand tonight, starting with Buies Creek.

Catcher Nick Hutchins made his High-A debut in the second game of Saturday night’s doubleheader in Carolina.

Low-A Lexington went 1-5 last week and fell to fifth place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division at 15-19 (7.5 games back). The Legends begin a four games in three days series with West Virginia tonight.

Starter Nolan Watson came off the DL and pitched on Friday (2.1IP, 5H, 4R, 3BB, 2K).

 

Now to the awards…

 

Royals Hitter of the Week: The Royals offense seems to be clicking. Catcher Salvador Perez went 8-for-18 (.444) with two home runs and three RBIs. Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer both went 11-for-28 (.393). LoCain doubled, tripled, and homered, while Hosmer drove in eight runs.

Royals Pitcher of the Week: Closer Kelvin Herrera pitched four times last week, going a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities. He allowed two hits, walked two, and struck out three.

 

Jake Kalish

Blue Rocks reliever Jake Kalish on June 12, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Minor League Hitter of the Week: Omaha’s Frank Schwindel is in the midst of a 16-game hitting streak. Last week, he went 13-for-28 (.464) with five multi-hit games. Schwindel doubled three times and homered three times. He drove in ten and scored five runs.

Honorable Mention: Omaha outfielder Logan Moon went 8-for-24 (.333) with five RBIs and four runs scored.

Minor League Pitcher of the Week: Naturals starter Jake Kalish made two starts last week, though he was the hard luck loser on Sunday. Over 12 innings, he allowed two runs on 12 hits, a hit batter, and a walk while striking out three.

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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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