KC Royals: Week 2 Minor League Breakdown
As we are now in the second week of minor league action, we are staring to get some first opinions about some KC Royals prospects.
While the KC Royals lineup is struggling in the bigs, lets check how some players are performing in the minors.
AAA – Omaha Storm Chasers (8-6)
The Omaha Storm Chasers got their second week of action started continuing a series with the Round Rock Express. They started off the week in good fashion, winning by a score of 6-3. Ryan O’Hearn had a game, tallying 6 total bases, while Jorge Bonifacio also homered. Erik Skoglund gave them another good start, pounding five scoreless. Lefty reliever Eric Stout also keep his scoreless streak going.
The Storm Chasers ended up losing the final game of the series on Friday. Ramon Torres, Bubba Starling, and Whit Merrifield all collected multiple hits.
The Storm Chasers would stay at Werner Park, this time playing the New Orleans Baby Cakes over the weekend. After losing the first game of the series, they would win the final two, securing a series another series win. Peter O’Brien would finally get a hold of his first homer in 2017 also.
It was then back to playing Round Rock. On Tuesday, the Storm Chasers were facing old friend Dillion Gee. He would pitch five solid innings to lead Round Rock to the win. Matt Strahm would return to his dominate ways, striking out 2 of the 3 batters he faced.
The series would be evened up Wednesday afternoon, with Omaha prevailing 5-4. Jake Junis, who I wrote about recently, pitch five decent innings, filling the strike zone, with 55 of his 79 pitches being called strikes. I still think he’s a pitching option for the KC Royals sooner or later.
Overview: Omaha keeps treading water to begin the season with some of their players going back and forth on I-29.
This team is starting to look solid though. They rank 4th in OPS (.760) and 4th in ERA (3.33) among PCL teams.
Player of the Week – Jorge Bonifacio: The longtime organization outfielder could finally see some time in Kansas City. His .970 OPS ranks 2nd on the team. The most impressive thing though is his increased plate discipline. He has walked 6 times along with only striking in 7 plate appearances.