Week 15 Recap and Awards

The KC Royals went 1-2 after the All-Star break at home against Texas this weekend, dropping them to 45-45 on the season, two games back in the American League Central (third place). The Royals welcome division rival Detroit to town for four games.

Reliever Miguel Almonte was back up in the big leagues again, to replace Neftali Feliz, who went on the paternity list. Almonte did not pitch.

Starter Nate Karns has decided on thoracic outlet surgery, so he is out for the season.

TROPHYTriple-A Omaha went 2-2 this past weekend after their All-Star break, putting them at 42-50 on the season. The Storm Chasers are tied for last place in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division (15.5 games back). They welcome first place Colorado Springs to town for four games.

Outfielder Bubba Starling went on the DL with a strained oblique on his throwing side. He is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. Fellow outfielder Logan Moon was promoted from Double-A and went 4-for-12 with four runs scored. Shortstop Raul Mondesi has not played since being injured last Sunday. Reliever Seth Maness accepted his assignment to Omaha and he pitched an inning of relief on Sunday.

Double-A NW Arkansas went 2-4 last week, putting them 3.5 games back in the Texas League North Division (11-12). They continue their series in Springfield tonight.

Ashton Goudeau was placed on the DL, as lefty Tim Hill was added back from High-A. Hill pitched three scoreless innings with five strikeouts on Friday.

Third baseman Mauricio Ramos began his rehab with the AZL Royals last night. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Ramos singled in his first at-bat.

High-A Wilmington went 5-1 last week, putting them two games back in the Carolina League Northern Division (13-11 and in third place). The Blue Rocks continue their series with Potomac tonight.

Lefty Colin Rodgers was activated from the DL after missing a month, as infielder Travis Maezes was placed on the DL. Rodgers pitched twice in relief last week, allowing a run on four hits and five walks over three innings. He struck out six.

Low-A Lexington went 3-2 last week, including a 21-inning victory on Wednesday (though it was completed on Thursday). The Legends are tied for second place (3.5 games back) in the South Atlantic League Southern Division. They finish their series with Hagerstown tonight.

Outfielder Vance Vizcaino made his Legends debut yesterday (0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored). Tyler Fallwell also made his debut yesterday, allowing five runs on three hits and two walks over 1.2 innings.

Rookie level Idaho Falls is just 4-6 in their last ten games, putting them in last place in the Pioneer League South Division (12-15).

Rookie level Burlington is just 8-15, last place in the Appalachian League. However, they now have two wins at home.

Nolan Watson continued his rehab assignment, allowing a run on two hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out five.

The AZL Royals are also in last place at 8-9.

 

 

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July 16th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won their series finale with Nashville, 15-1. The Storm Chasers now welcome Colorado Springs to town for four games.

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

It got so bad for the Sounds, that they used a position player to pitch. Frank Schwindel hit a grand slam off him, as the Storm Chasers scored nine runs in the bottom of the eighth. Schwindel went 2-for-5.

Ruben Sosa went 3-for-4 with three doubles, four RBIs, and two runs scored. Logan Moon also had three hits and scored three runs. Cam Gallagher, Dean Anna, and Garin Cecchini all had two hits in the win.

Starter Eric Skoglund was the beneficiary of all the offense, as he improved to 3-4 on the season. He allowed just one run on nine hits over seven innings. He struck out seven.

 

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July 15th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost to Nashville, 11-5.

omahaThe Storm Chasers collected ten hits, but went 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position. They hit into two double plays and struck out ten times. Frank Schwindel went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Garin Cecchini went 2-for-4 with a solo home run.

Onelki Garcia took the loss, as he allowed four runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks over five innings. It was a rough two-plus innings of relief for Christian Binford, who allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits. Lefty Brian Flynn allowed two of those runs to score in the eighth.

 

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July 14th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha walked off against Nashville in the bottom of the ninth, 4-3. A sac bunt from Dean Anna and the ensuing throwing error allowed the tying and winning runs to score.

omahaThe Storm Chasers collected nine hits (all singles), with four coming from catcher Cam Gallagher. None of their runs were earned.

Luke Farrell got the start and allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out ten. Eric Stout followed with two perfect innings of relief. Malcom Culver earned the win with a nine pitch top of the ninth.

Outfielder Logan Moon made his first start, batting ninth and playing right field. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored.

*In roster news, reliever Miguel Almonte was promoted to the big leagues to replace fellow reliever Neftali Feliz, who went on the paternity list.

 

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July 13th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha came back after the All-Star break with a 10-1 loss against Nashville.

omahaThe Storm Chasers collected just three hits, all singles.

Yender Caramo took the loss, as he allowed seven runs on 11 hits and a walk over five innings. After lefty Sam Selman pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, Kyle Zimmer allowed three runs in the top of the ninth.

*In roster news, outfielder Bubba Starling was placed on the DL and fellow outfielder Logan Moon was promoted from Double-A. Reliever Seth Maness, designated for assignment last week, accepted his assignment and was activated.

 

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Week 14 Recap and Awards

The KC Royals went 3-3 last week, winning all three in Seattle before being swept in LA against the Dodgers this weekend. The Royals are 44-43, three games back of Cleveland in the American League Central heading into the All-Star break.

Speaking of the All-Star Game, tune in tonight as Mike Moustakas participates in the HR Derby. Then watch on Tuesday night as Moose (the AL Final Vote winner), along with Salvador Perez and Jason Vargas play in the All-Star Game in Miami (8pm ET on Fox).

Lefty Matt Strahm had season-ending knee surgery on Friday. Reliever Al Alburquerque was called up to replace him, throwing just ten pitches in his one inning appearance on Sunday.

Danny Duffy was activated from the DL on Tuesday and made two starts this week, going 1-1. He won in Seattle on Tuesday night, allowing two runs on five hits, two walks, and a hit batter over 5.2 innings. He struck out four. In Sunday’s loss, Duffy allowed five runs on six hits (three home runs) over seven innings. He struck out nine.

TROPHYTriple-A Omaha went just 2-5 last week, falling into last place in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division (40-48). The Storm Chasers head into the All-Star break 14.5 games back.

Their lone All-Star, shortstop Raul Mondesi, was injured in Sunday’s finale. In back-to-back games (Friday and Saturday), he hit grand slams.

Lefty reliever Sam Selman was promoted from Double-A and allowed an unearned run on one hit and a walk over 1.2 innings on Thursday. Fellow reliever Miguel Almonte was sent back from the big leagues and made two appearances last week. Over 2.2 scoreless innings, he allowed three hits.

Double-A NW Arkansas went 3-4 last week and dropped to third place in the Texas League North Division. The Naturals are 9-8 in the second half. They finish up their series in San Antonio this afternoon before returning home for four games against first place Tulsa on Wednesday night.

Josh Staumont, who was struggling mightily in Triple-A, was sent to the Naturals (to most likely work with pitching coach Steve Luebber). Staumont has yet to pitch with the Naturals since his demotion. Glenn Sparkman, who was selected in last December’s Rule 5 Draft by Toronto, was sent back to the Royals and assigned to NWA. Sparkman made just two big league appearances, and they both came last weekend.

High-A Wilmington went 4-3 last week, as they finish up their series in Potomac this afternoon. The Blue Rocks are 8-10 in the second half, four games back in the Carolina League Northern Division. They return home for seven games beginning Wednesday night against first place Lynchburg.

Low-A Lexington went 4-2 last week, as they finish up their series against Greenville tonight. The Legends are 10-7, good for second place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division (two games back). They head to Delmarva for four games on Wednesday.

Pitcher Cody Nesbit was added to the Legends, but made just one appearance before getting injured and being placed on the DL.

Rookie level Idaho Falls is 9-12 overall in the Pioneer League South Division, six games back. Back with the Chukars after struggling in Lexington to start the season, outfielder Amalani Fukofuka is hitting .338 with six doubles, four home runs, and 16 RBIs, in 19 games.

Rookie level Burlington is just 5-12, which puts them in last place in the Appalachian League East Division (7.5 games back). The Royals are 0-8 at home.

Infielder Oliver Nunez is currently hitting .340 in 13 games. He has walked seven times compared to just three strikeouts. Carlos Hernandez has made three starts and has a 1.98 ERA. Over 13.2 innings, he has allowed nine hits and walked six while striking out 17.

 

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July 9th Minors Recap

If you were watching the Futures Game on MLB Network late this afternoon and are a KC Royals fan, you were probably awaiting the entrance of pitcher Foster Griffin into the game. I was one of those people.

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

Well, Griffin started the 7th inning for the USA squad, but those watching only saw him throw one pitch with orange socks so high, it looked like he was wearing bermuda shorts. That is because MLB Network went to the attempted no-hitter in Colorado. When they went back to the Futures Game, Griffin was already finished.

Griffin got a line out to center and struck out the final batter he faced (Estevan Florial of the NY Yankees). He threw just ten pitches, five for strikes.

The USA held on to beat the World, 7-6 (they led 7-0).

 

Now to the full season affiliates…

 

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