Minor League Minutes: 5/2/18

Wesley Lantz covers Josh Staumont’s move to the bullpen.

In his 10.1 innings of work in Omaha this season, he’s already logged 22 strikeouts to only 7 walks. Being used in those short spurts has allowed his already great stuff to play up even more. This is a development that could be extremely beneficial for the Royals in at least two ways. For one, Staumont could turn into a dominant reliever in a similar vein to that of Herrera or Davis. Or two, he could gain more confidence in his stuff and turn into a studly starter with a great fastball and solid control.

We recap the week for the Omaha Storm Chasers.

Sunday April 29 was the 5th and final game of the series with the Sky Sox and Seth Maness got his first start of the year going 4.2 innings giving up 8 hits, including a home run, and 4 earned runs with no walks and 2 strike outs. Willy Peralta came in for an agonizing 1.2 innings giving up 2 hits and 3 earned runs with 2 walks and a strike out.  Josh Staumont breathed some fresh air into the game with a stellar performance going 1.2 innings giving up 1 hit and no runs.  He once again struck out 5 while waking 1 batter.  Staumont has been on fire and is striking out nearly everyone he faces.  The batters mustered up 3 runs on 8 hits with the top of the batting order doing most of the damage.  Once again Hunter Dozier lead the pack going 2-2 with a run and 2 walks.  Keep an eye on him as he is not going to be in AAA much longer.  Ryan O’Hearn was the other batter to get more then one hit as he went 2-3 with an RBI.  Starling continued doing good since returning to the line up going 1-4, while Torrez and Lopez each had a hit and a run scored while Cam Gallagher contributed a hit.  Maness takes the loss as the Chasers loose 3-7.

Over at Royals Review, Matt LaMar looks at how patient Jorge Soler has been this year.

There are a few caveats here. First is that Soler almost certainly won’t continue to walk at this high a rate. His career average is 10.1%, which is very good, but a far cry from his current 18.2%. And if Ned Yost sticks with Soler in the two spot ahead of Mike Moustakas (or anywhere else in the lineup ahead of Moose, for that matter), teams may be less interested in working around him than were when the likes of Cheslor CuthbertPaulo OrlandoAlcides Escobar, and Drew Butera were hitting behind him.

Minda Haas Kuhlmann recaps the week on the Royals minors.

Lefty starter Foster Griffin threw his best game of 2018 on Saturday. He gave up just one unearned run on four hits and a walk in seven innings, and struck out nine. Griffin, a first-round pick in 2014, first arrived in Double-A at the end of last May. With all the fluctuation in the Omaha rotation, he ought to be a possibility to slide up a level for spot starts at the very least.

Clay Buchholz won’t pitch for the Royals, as he’ll opt into free agency.

The Royals are going to run with Skoglund as the fifth starter. Whether you want it or not, they do need to see what he can do. His last start was his best of his short career, going 7.0 innings, allowing one run that was a lead-off home run, striking out nine and walking one. Now the hope is he builds off of his last start and continue having success.

Josh Hader threw an unbelievable game a few nights ago for the Brewers.

In terms of strikeout percentage, nobody has topped 55% in a month with at least 15 innings since 2002, making Hader’s 63% that much more impressive. When looking at that strikeout total for the month, consider the following: Relievers, on average, have struck out 23.9% of batters this season. Hader would need to fail to strike out the next 101 batters in order for his strikeout rate to drop to the league average for a reliever.

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