Royals August 12th Minors Recap


It was a light day in the KC Royals minor leagues. Double-A NW Arkansas and Low-A Lexington had the day off. The Royals announced that top pick Hunter Dozier will be added to the Legends roster when they head out on the road on Tuesday (Nick Cuckovich was sent to rookie level Burlington to make room).

There were PLENTY of roster moves though.

The Royals sent lefty Will Smith and infielder Irving Falu back to Omaha. The Storm Chasers also gained lefty starter John Lamb from Wilmington, who is expected to start on Thursday. Not sure what moves Omaha made to make these guys active because their website’s roster shows 28 players (the active roster can only have 25 players).

Omaha walked off in their first game against Fresno by a 5-4 score. Pedro Ciriaco won the game with a two out RBI single in the bottom of the 11th.

Brian Fletcher‘s second solo homerun of the game in the bottom of the sixth tied the game at 4-4. He had three hits and drove in three runs.

Danny Duffy started and went one inning (which was expected) and threw just ten pitches. After Brian Sanches struggled a bit over six innings (though all four runs he allowed came in the fourth), Francisley Bueno threw three scoreless innings (just one hit allowed). Donnie Joseph picked up the win with a scoreless 11th inning.

Wilmington won the second game of their home series against Salem with a 7-3 victory. The Blue Rocks only scored in two innings.

The Blue Rocks took the lead in the bottom of the third with a four-run inning. Jack Lopez drove in two runs with a one out triple. In that inning, the Blue Rocks chased the Red Sox starter from the game.

That made a winner of Angel Baez, who allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out seven in his first game back to Wilmington from injury.

Justin Trapp extended his hitting streak to ten games with a solo homerun in the seventh. Two batters later, Dennis Raben hit a two-run shot. Both hit their eighth homeruns of the season.

*I already mentioned that the Blue Rocks lost Lamb to a promotion to Triple-A. Not sure if this is for the rest of the season or just for one start. Either way, it is a blow to a team fighting for a playoff spot (1/2 game back of second place), as they lose their best starter.