AAA – Omaha Storm Chasers (39-47)
Final Score: Iowa Cubs 7, Omaha Storm Chasers 5
Raul Mondesi continues to prove why he was once considered the Royals top prospect (technically he is no longer considered a “prospect”). The Storm Chasers offense had been relatively quiet against the Iowa Cubs pitching staff Friday night, until Raul Mondesi hit a grand slam in the 7th inning. The home run was Mondesi’s 9th on the season for Omaha, giving him 10 total between AAA and the big league club. Mondesi finished 2-4 with 4 RBI and a run scored. He is now hitting .318 on the season at AAA Omaha.
Ruben Sosa finished Friday night’s game 2-4, raising his average to .236. Bubba Starling, Ryan O’Hearn, Cam Gallagher, Frank Schwindel, and Dean Anna all added hits to the Storm Chasers’ hit tally.
Christian Binford threw 4.1 innings in relief for Omaha, giving up 1 run on 4 hits, no walks, and three strikeouts.
Miguel Almonte added 1.1 innings of perfect baseball in relief for Omaha. He’s been really good out of the bullpen for Omaha so far this year. Might not be long before he finds a spot with the big boys…
AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (47-38)
Final Score: Corpus Christi Hooks 6, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 2
It was a very quiet night for the Naturals offense, as they could only muster 1 unearned run off of Hooks starter Brock Dykxhoorn.
Nicky Lopez was 0-2 but did walk twice to raise his OBP to .390 while in AA.
Naturals catcher Nick Dini was 2-4 and is now hitting .380 at AA.
Jack Lopez, Humberto Arteaga, Anderson Miller, and Alfredo Escalera all added 1 hit each to the Travelers’ hit tally.
Jake Kalish got the start for NWA and struck out 6 in his 5 IP.
Zach Lovvorn threw 3 innings in relief giving up 1 earned run.
A+ – Wilmington Blue Rocks (46-40)
Final Score: Wilmington Blue Rocks 6, Potomac Nationals 1
Chris Devito was 2-3 and hit his 7th homer of the season for Wilmington, and Roman Collins went 2-4 with his 6th homer of the year as the Blue Rocks took care of business Friday night in a 6-1 victory over the Potomac Nationals.
Wilmington had a pretty fair day offensively, scoring in 4 separate innings.
Devito, Collins, and Chase Vallot all had multiple hits for the Blue Rocks. Vallot and Devito each had a walk in addition to their multi-hit nights.
D.J. Burt, Brandon Downes, Wander Franco, Jose Sanchez, and Jecksson Flores each added a single hit to the Blue Rocks’ hit tally Friday night.
Scott Blewett started the game for Wilmington, giving up only 1 run in 3 innings of work. Blewett’s ERA is down to 3.80 for the Blue Rocks.
Matt Tenuta and Luis Risco each added scoreless relief efforts while striking out 5 batters a piece.
A – Lexington Legends (44-40)
Final Score: Lexington Legends 5, Greenville Drive 2
Khalil Lee continues to move his way up the prospect rankings. The 19-year old hit his 13th home run of the season for the Legends Friday night and added a walk to raise his season’s slash line to .252/.359/.468.
Emmanuel Rivera had an impressive night, going 3-4 with a HR of his own, his 8th of the year for Lexington. Rivera is now hitting .300 on the campaign.
Yeison Melo and Marten Gasparini each had multi-hit nights for the Legends. Melo drove in 1 run and scored another, and Gasparini had 2 RBI on the evening.
Second baseman John Brontsema was 1-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Legends starting pitcher Andre Davis dominated the Drive, giving up 2 unearned runs in 6 IP while striking out 7. Anthony Bender added 2 perfect innings in relief with 3 strikeouts.
Rookie – Idaho Falls Chukars (9-10)
Final Score: Idaho Falls Chukars 7, Ogden Raptors 4
Jonathan McCray and Cristhian Vasquez led the way for the Chukars offense tonight as they each tripled in the win for the Royals Rookie League affiliate.
Vasquez finished the game 2-4 with a BB and an RBI.
McCray finished the game 2-4 with 2 RBI and his now hitting .347 on the campaign.
Tyler Straub finished the game 1-2 with 3 BB.
Vance Vizcaino was 1-3 with 2 RBI.
Third baseman Logan Gray was 1-4 with 1 RBI.
Garrettson Harris was solid in relief again for the Chukars, throwing 4 innings in relief giving up 1 unearned run and striking out 4.
Rookie – Burlington Royals (4-11)
Final Score: Burlington Royals 7, Danville Braves 6
There was plenty of offense to go around Friday night in Danville, as the two teams tallied 13 total runs and 24 total hits.
Cal Jones finished the game 2-5 and scored 3 runs for Burlington, and is now hitting .286 for the Royals Rookie League affiliate.
First baseman Dennicher Carrasco hit his 4th HR of the year for the Royals and finished the night with 3 RBI.
Highly touted catching prospect Sebastian Rivero finished the game 2-5 and has his average up to .265.
Oliver Nunez, Jeison Guzman, Reed Rohlman, Jesus Atencio, and Julio Gonzalez each added a hit to the Royals’ hit tally.
Royals 2017 draft pick Jordan Floyd threw 3 solid innings in relief, giving up 1 run on 4 hits. The K-State Wildcat product has his ERA down to 1.59 with Burlington.
AZL – AZL Royals (5-6)
Final Score: AZL Padres 7, AZL Royals 4
The AZL Royals continued to share the wealth on offense, as 7 different Royals had hits on Friday night.
Jose Caraballo hit his 1st HR of the year, a solo shot, and finished 1-3 on the night.
SS Max Bartlett finished the game 2-4.
First round pick Nick Pratto had another hit and has his average up to .227.
Esteury Ruiz, Angel Medina, Isaiah Smith, and Montae Bradshaw all added a hit a piece.
Gustavo Tejada threw a scoreless inning in relief for the AZL Royals.
Photo Credits: Minda Haas Kuhlmann