The KC Royals went 4-3 last week, but are 12.5 games back of Cleveland (who has won 12 in a row) in the American League Central. The Royals are also 2.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot, which is held by Minnesota (with five teams in front of them). The Royals continue their road trip in Detroit tonight.
Right-hander Andres Machado made his Major League debut on Saturday in Minnesota. He came on in the first inning and got out of the jam, but struggled in the 2nd inning (2/3IP, 4H, 6R, 3BB, 0K). That came after Onelki Garcia made his first start with the Royals (1/3IP, 4H, 4R, BB, 0K).
Lefty Brian Flynn was placed on the DL and fellow lefty Eric Skoglund was back up.
The Royals also claimed pitcher Sam Gaviglio off waivers from Seattle. He has not made his Royals debut yet. They released reliever Neftali Feliz and activated Trevor Cahill from the DL. They also called up catcher Cam Gallagher, infielder Raul Mondesi, and outfielders Terrance Gore and Paulo Orlando on September 1st.
Triple-A Omaha finished their 2017 season by going 5-2. Unfortunately, the Storm Chasers overall record was just 69-72.
Two starters made their Triple-A debut last week. Jace Vines started on Monday (up from High-A Wilmington), going six innings. He allowed just two runs on six hits while striking out three. Arnaldo Hernadez, up from Low-A Lexington, made two starts. Over 10.1 innings, he allowed two runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out six. Hernandez picked up the win yesterday.
Right-hander Yender Caramo was activated from the DL and pitched twice to end the season (2.2IP, 2H, R, 0BB, 0K). Infielder Carlos Diaz returned to Omaha after once again bouncing around the minor league system. He went 0-for-3 with an RBI yesterday.
Infielders Garin Cecchini and Ruben Sosa, along with catcher Luis Villegas were also activated. Cecchini went 6-for-19 with an RBI. Sosa went 4-for-17 with a pinch-hit two-run home run in the 8th inning on Sunday to give Omaha the lead. Villegas went 3-for-10 with two RBIs.
Double-A NW Arkansas went 4-4 to end the regular season, but finished with a 28-42 second half record. They also finished with just an 8-28 second half road record (worst in franchise history). The Naturals won the Texas League North Division first half title and currently are the only Royals team in the postseason. They open up the Division Series at home against Tulsa on Wednesday night (they just went 2-2 in Tulsa).
Infielder Jack Lopez returned from paternity leave after the birth of his daughter and went 4-for-15 with a home run and three RBIs. Pitcher Ashton Goudeau returned from the DL to make one appearance (2IP, 4H, 2R, BB, 3K).
Reliever Walker Sheller made his Double-A debut last Monday (up from High-A Wilmington). Over three appearances (totaling six innings), he allowed three hits and walked three while striking out five.
High-A Wilmington finished the season on a down note, losing all seven games of their homestand. The Blue Rocks finished the second half at just 28-41 and had just ten wins over their final 31 games.
Reliever Cody Nesbit finally made his High-A debut on August 30th, after being with the team for over a week. In two appearances, he allowed four runs on four hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out two. Anthony Bender made his High-A debut in Sunday’s Game 2 start, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out three.
Low-A Lexington lost eight in a row to end their season, as the Legends finished the second half with just a 28-40 record.
Third baseman Emmanuel Rivera won the South Atlantic League batting title with a .310 batting average. He also led the league in hits with 144.
Rookie level Idaho Falls is the only minor league team still in regular action, but they were eliminated from postseason play in the Pioneer League with just a 14-19 second half record (31-40 overall).
Rookie level Burlington finished the season with a 29-39 record in the Appalachian League.
The AZL Royals finished the second half with a 13-15 record (26-30 overall).