Daily Royals Minor League Recap, July 30, 2017: AJ Puckett Traded to CHW for Melky Cabrera

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As we reported yesterday, AJ Puckett, the Royals first pick in the 2016 draft, was shipped to the Chicago White Sox along with LHP Andre Davis for OF Melky Cabrera. We ranked Puckett as the Royals 18th best prospect, but MLB.com had a little more love for Puckett, as they ranked him 13th overall, and the 7th best pitcher. Puckett was carrying a 3.90 for High-A Wilmington, and was slowly settling into the world of professional baseball as a 22-year old.

Often times in the world of sports media, we immediately look for the winner of a trade. I think it’s more than possible that both sides “win” this trade. The Royals get a much needed bat for their playoff run in 2017, and the White Sox get a stable SP prospect who will almost surely rise through their ranks rather quickly. From the Royals perspective, getting Cabrera without trading a top-5 pitching prospect surely seems to be a win. Puckett could turn into a quality starter in the MLB, but KC needs a bat and they got one without trading a top-10 prospect.

On to the daily recap:

AAA – Omaha Storm Chasers

Final Score: Fresno 2 – Omaha 5

Logan Moon continues to rake in the absence of Bubba Starling, and the Omaha Storm Chasers bullpen continues to be really good.

Moon finished the game 2-4 with 3 RBI, as he hit his 3rd HR in 17 games for the Storm Chasers.

Kyle Zimmer got 2 outs, both strikeouts, out of the ‘pen for Omaha.

Eric Stout also got 2 outs Sunday, one strikeout. He has been really really good for Omaha this year and I fully expect to see him in Kansas City in September, if not sooner.

Kevin McCarthy got the save for Omaha, throwing 2 perfect innings with one strikeout.

Dean Anna has been a nice addition to the Storm Chasers lineup. He finished Sunday’s contest 2-3 with a BB and an RBI and is hitting .289 at AAA.

AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Final Score: Springfield 6 – NWA 3

Jake Kalish looked really good on the mound for NWA on Sunday. The lefty made his 7th start at AA, and went 7 innings while only giving up 2 runs. His ERA is down to 3.55 at AA and 3.16 for 2017. Kalish played for Team Israel in the WBC this year and appears to be having a nice season, though he is 26 and still in AA.

Donnie Dewees Jr. finished Sunday’s game 1-3 with a BB and an RBI.

Samir Duenez finished 1-4 with an RBI.

Alfredo Escalera finished 1-4 including his 5th HR on the campaign.

High-A – Wilmington Blue Rocks

Final Score: Wilmington 2 – Carolina 3

Mustering only 3 hits on the day, not much went right for the Blue Rocks offense. Jonathan McCray did have a nice day finishing 1-2 with a BB and a 2B.

Jace Vines made his 2nd start for the Blue Rocks after being promoted from Lexington, and finished the day with 5 IP, 3 ER, and 3 K.

Grant Gavin continues to dazzle out of the ‘pen for the Blue Rocks. He threw 3 innings in relief on Sunday, allowing 0 runs and striking out 5. He has been absolutely dynamite since being drafted in the 29th round out of the University of Central Missouri last year, and has really made a name for himself already in his young career.

Low-A – Lexington Legends

Final Score: Kannapolis 10 – Lexington 3

Lexington has really struggled lately, losing 10 out of their last 12 games. Not much changed Sunday, as the Legends made it 11 of their last 13. Khalil Lee struck out 3 more times and the pitching staff was no match for the opponents offense. The recent skid has dropped Lexington to 5 games below .500, who have been getting drained by promotions and trades.

Vance Vizcaino finished 1-3 with a 2B and is hitting .270 since being promoted from Idaho Falls.

Manny Olloque finished 2-4.

Catcher Luis Villegas had to pitch again for the Legends, and was the only Legends pitcher not to allow a run Sunday.

Rookie – Idaho Falls Chukars

Final Score: Orem 17 – IDF 7

Sometimes when the bullpen has been taxed, a struggling starter gets thrown to the wolves and is forced to wear an outing. Such was the case for Robert Garcia Sunday as he allowed 13 ER on 14 hits in 4.1 IP. It happens.

Amalani Fukofuka finished 2-5.

Robby Rinn finished 2-4 with a 2B, a BB, an RBI, and 3 runs scored.

Darrell Miller continues to clobber the ball for IDF, finishing 2-5 with an RBI. He’s hitting .453.

Catcher Freddy Fermin finished 2-3 with 2 BB.

Logan Gray finished 2-4 with a BB.

Julio Gonzalez finished 1-4 with a BB, 2 RBI, and a run scored.

Rookie – Burlington Royals

Final Score: GRN Astros 1 – BUR Royals 13

The Burlington offense exploded on Sunday and Seuly Matias didn’t even get a hit. It’s funny how that stuff works sometimes. Here’s a box score from Sunday’s game, because it was that ridiculous.

  1. Michael Gigliotti: 3-4, BB, 2B, 2 R, .341
  2. Cal Jones: 1-4, RBI, 2 R
  3. Seuly Matias: 0-4, BB, R, .286
  4. Reed Rohlman: 2-3, 2 RBI, 3 R
  5. Dennicher Carrasco: 1-5, RBI, R, .307
  6. Jeison Guzman: 3-5, 3 RBI, R
  7. Sebastian Rivero: 1-5, RBI, R
  8. Jose Marquez: 3-5, 2 RBI, R
  9. Oliver Nunez: 2-3, RBI, R, .310

Impressive.

On the mound, JC Cloney fired 5 innings of 1-run ball, striking out 3. His ERA on the year is 3.55.

Luis Alcantara threw 3 scoreless innings in relief, striking out 4. His ERA for Burlington is 3.48.

Felix Familia worked around a couple hits to throw a scoreless inning in relief.

Rookie – AZL Royals

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