Royals Carlos Peguero homers during spring training against San Diego in 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals April 18th Minors Recap


Omaha came back to beat Round Rock, 3-2.

Francisco Pena hit his third home run of the season, a two-run shot in the 5th inning to tie the game at 2-2. Carlos Peguero hit his first home run of the season in the sixth to give the Storm Chasers the lead (one of his two hits).

Reliever Buddy Baumann took it from there. He threw three shutout innings in relief of starter Brett Tomko (5IP, 5H, 2R, BB, 2K) with two strikeouts to earn the win. Spencer Patton needed just ten pitches to pick up his third save of the season.

Christian Colon, Brian Fletcher, and Jason Donald all had two hits in the win. As a team, Omaha collected ten hits, but went just 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position. They hit into four double plays. Matt Fields saw his 14-game hitting streak come to an end (0-for-3).

naturalsNW Arkansas beat Tulsa, 6-5. The last few innings were quite entertaining.

JC Sulbaran was great in the start for the Naturals (6IP, 5H, R, 2BB, 4K) and left with the lead. That lead quickly went away once Noel Arguelles entered in the seventh. He allowed three straight one out singles to drive in the first run. A walk loaded the bases before two straight wild pitches allowed two more runs to score. Arguelles walked the next hitter and was lifted for Malcom Culver, who wild pitched the tying run in.

The Naturals quickly re-took the lead in the top of the 8th inning on a two out Cheslor Cuthbert RBI single. Cuthbert had three hits, including his first double of the season.

Culver rebounded to strike out the side in the eighth to earn the win. Hassan Pena worked around a two out walk for the save.

Brian Bocock picked up his first two hits for the Naturals (both were doubles) and Whit Merrifield also had two hits in the win.

Wilmington was rained out for the second time on their road trip (and second time to start the series). The Blue Rocks will play a doubleheader on Saturday in Myrtle Beach. Christian Binford will start the first game and Daniel Stumpf will start the second game.

lexington-legends-new-logoLexington lost to Augusta, 11-3. The Green Jackets scored in just three innings.

The Legends collected ten hits, but only two for extra bases. They went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position and hit into one double play. They also committed three errors.

Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado, Humberto Arteaga, and Dominique Taylor each had two hits in the loss.

Luke Farrell took the loss, as he allowed three runs (none earned) on four hits and two walks over three innings. He struck out five. Legends manager Brian Buchanan was ejected in the top of the 3rd inning following a ground out.

*On Wednesday, the Legends placed pitchers Austin Fairchild and Kevin McCarthy on the DL and added pitcher Kenny Swab from extended spring training.

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  • kcstengelSr

    How serious are the Fairchild and McCarthy injuries? It seems difficult to find much about our minor league injuries. I know Chris Dwyer has a calf injury at Omaha, but I still don’t know what happened to Alec Mills and Robinson Yambati last season. Both Mills and Yambati were shut down during the seasons last year, but I don’t know exactly why. I knew Bryan Brickhouse had TJ last year, but did not find out about the TJ procedure of Brooks Pounders until months later.
    Does anybody know anything about Mills and Yambati? Some had high hopes for Robinson, and Alec was slated for league All Star status until shut down. Alec seems to be in rehab status for something this spring, I think.

    • Jen Nevius

      I do not know the extent of the injuries to Fairchild or McCarthy. I am not in Lexington, so I can’t ask the manager, which is the only real way to get information on a player’s injury. Unless they tweet about it. The Royals tend to be really “hush-hush” about player injuries.

      I believe Mills also had TJS and is working his way back. I talked to him and he hoped to be back soon. I saw Yambati alot last year in Wilmington and he really struggled. I did not see him during spring training.