Daily Royals Minor League Recap: July 18, 2017

AAA – Omaha Storm Chasers

Final Score: Omaha Storm Chasers 9, Colorado Springs Sky Sox 7

Ryan O’Hearn has been tearing the cover off the ball lately, and not much changed on Tuesday afternoon in Omaha. O’Hearn finished the game 3-4 with a HR, 2 RBI, and was only a 3B away from the cycle. The HR was the 16th on the year for the Storm Chasers 1B man, who seems to enjoy hitting in Omaha this season.

Cheslor Cuthbert is still hitless in his AAA rehab assignment. He went 0-3 on Tuesday with a BB.

Logan Moon stayed hot for the Storm Chasers, finishing 1-2 with 2 BB, 2 RBI, and scored 3 runs while blasting his 2nd HR in as many days.

Former top Red Sox prospect Garin Cecchini had a nice day as well, finishing 2-4 with a 2B and 2 RBI.

On the mound for Omaha, Yender Caramo had a really nice outing. His final line: 6 IP. 1 ER. 2 K. 0 BB.

Eric Stout closed the game out for Omaha, chucking 1.1 scoreless innings in relief, striking out 1. The 24-year old may be in the Kansas City bullpen before too long.

AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Final Score: Springfield Cardinals 8, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 3

Josh Staumont battled his command again on Tuesday, walking 5 batters in 4 innings for NWA. He also allowed 7 hits, 5 ER, and only struck out 3. His ERA at AA has ballooned to 8.22 and it seems as though any hope of him making a trip to the KC bullpen this season is all but gone.

Josh Staumont has struggled immensely this year in the minors, I know, but I haven’t lost faith in this kid yet. He’s still 23 years old with some of the best pure stuff in the Royals system. If he can figure out how to get his command back, there’s no reason he can’t be a top 2-3 prospect for this team again. Let’s just pray he finds that command again…..

Zach Lovvorn did a tremendous job in relief for the Naturals on Tuesday, striking out 3 batters in 3 scoreless innings.

Anderson Miller had a big day at the plate, going 2-5 with a 2B, HR, and 3 RBI for the Naturals. He’s now hitting .250 since being promoted to AA with 3 HR.

Nicky Lopez continued his stellar year by going 3-5 on Tuesday night. The 22-year old Royals SS prospect is now hitting .316 in AA and continues to move up prospect lists everywhere.

Humberto Arteaga also had a strong day at the plate, finishing 3-5 with a run scored.

A+ – Wilmington Blue Rocks

Final Score: Potomac Nationals 7, Wilmington Blue Rocks 3

Highly-touted Royals pitching prospect Scott Blewett had a nice day for the Blue Rocks, finishing with a line of 7 IP, 4 ER, and 4 K. The 6′ 6″ righty is carrying an ERA of 4.05 this year at High-A, improving on his impressive 2016 campaign in which he carried a 4.31 ERA at Low-A Lexington.

Chris DeVito finished the game 3-4 for Wilmington, and is now hitting .274 at High-A.

Chase Vallot finished the day 1-2 with a 2B, BB, and RBI.

Jonathan McCray hit his first High-A HR on Tuesday. McCray was recently promoted to Wilmington after hitting .323 in Idaho Falls.

Rookie – Idaho Falls Chukars

Final Score: Idaho Falls Chukars 6, Missoula Osprey 1

Holden Capps continued to dominate for the Chukars on Tuesday, going 5 scoreless innings while striking 4. Capps has really helped stabilize a struggling Chukars rotation, as his ERA continues to sit at 0.00 after 2 starts. Read more bout Capps in an interview with Royals Farm Report sometime soon.

Jeremy Gwinn added 4 excellent innings in relief, surrendering 1 run while striking out 3.

Amalani Fukofuka, Robby Rinn, and Christian Vasquez carried the Chukars offense on Tuesday, all of them hitting a 3B in the game.

Fukofuka finished 1-3 with a 3B, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored.

Robby Rinn finished 2-4 with a 3B and 2 RBI.

Vasquez finished 2-3 with a 3B and 2 runs scored.

Rookie – Burlington Royals

Final Score: Johnson City Cardinals 6, Burlington Royals 3

Nolan Watson made his 2nd start of the year for the Burlington Royals on Tuesday evening. His final line: 4 IP. 4 ER. 2 BB. 3 K. His ERA on the season is now 7.61. The 20-year old former first round pick continues to struggle a bit so far in 2017.

In a game where there wasn’t much going on for Burlington, Sebastian Rivero finished 2-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. The 18-year old catching prospect from Venezuela continues to swing the bat well for the Burlington Royals.

2017 29th round draft pick Travis Jones finished the game 1-4 and is hitting .391 for Burlington after hitting .485 in the AZL. The former UT Longhorn outfielder looks like a steal so far for the Royals system.

AZL – AZL Royals

Final Score: AZL Royals 5, AZL Mariners 3

The bats were alive once again for the AZL Royals, as they tallied 10 hits in the win over the AZL Mariners.

Esteury Ruiz continues to have no regard for opposing pitcher’s ERAs, as he finished 3-4 with a 2B and a run scored. He’s now hitting .444 on the year in Arizona, with an OPS of 1.301. Yes. That’s correct. The 18-year old 2B from the Dominican Republic has really made a name for himself this year on the Royals farm.

Mauricio Ramos finished 2-4 with an RBI as he rehabs for AA.

2017 3rd round draft pick Daniel Tillo started for the Royals Tuesday night, going 3 innings while allowing only 1 run and striking out 4.

Photo Credits: Minda Haas Kuhlmann

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