August 12th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won their second straight against Iowa, this time by a 5-2 score.

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

Storm Chasers starter Andres Machado, back up from Double-A NW Arkansas again, made the start and picked up his first Triple-A victory. He allowed a run on four hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out seven, though he did allow a solo home run (his fourth allowed with the Storm Chasers).

The Storm Chasers took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Frank Schwindel bases clearing double (2-for-4). Raul Mondesi hit a two out, two-run homer in the second.

Paulo Orlando‘s rehab assignment moved to Omaha and he went 0-for-3 with a run scored as the right fielder. Ramon Torres made his return to the Storm Chasers’ lineup since his return from the big leagues and he went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, two runs scored, and a stolen base as the third baseman.


Double-A NW Arkansas beat Frisco, 4-2.

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Blue Rocks starter Foster Griffin pitching on June 3, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Jack Lopez hit a leadoff home run to get the Naturals scoring started. He finished with three hits and three RBIs. Anderson Miller went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Starter Foster Griffin earned his ninth victory, as he allowed two runs on eight hits over 7.2 innings. He struck out four. Griffin left with two runners on base in the 8th inning in favor of lefty Richard Lovelady, who pitched 1.1 perfect innings of relief. Lovelady earned his first Double-A save, needing just 12 pitches to earn it.

*Catcher Parker Morin began a rehab assignment with the AZL Royals. He is currently 2-for-2.


High-A Wilmington lost in Salem, 5-4. The loss dropped the Blue Rocks to 6.5 games back and 2.5 games back of the Red Sox for second place in the Carolina League Northern Division.

Brandon Downes hit a three-run home run in the top of the sixth to give the Blue Rocks the 4-2 lead. However, the Red Sox came right back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth.

Blue Rocks starter Jared Ruxer was pulled with two on and nobody out in the sixth in favor of lefty Luis Rico. Rico allowed both inherited runs to score, along with one of his own on two hits (he did record two outs). Walker Sheller got out of the sixth and pitched 2.1 perfect innings of relief.

Yeison Melo made his High-A debut and went 1-for-4 with a double in his first at-bat as the DH. Wander Franco went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Jecksson Flores went 2-for-5, but grounded into a game-ending double play with two runners on base in the ninth.

*First baseman Chris DeVito was pulled in the 3rd inning. I’m hearing that it wasn’t an injury and more of a no hustle benching.


Low-A Lexington lost to Charleston, 7-3. It was the Legends seventh straight loss, as they fell to 11 games back in the South Atlantic League Southern Division.

The Legends collected five hits. Leadoff hitter Michael Gigliotti went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored (his first two hits with the Legends). He also stole his first two bases in Low-A (though he was caught stealing too). Emmanuel Rivera went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Legends starter Nolan Watson dropped to 1-9, as he allowed five runs on seven hits and five walks over six innings. He struck out two. Matthew Wynne allowed a two-run home run in the eighth (3IP).


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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