NWA Naturals Week in Review: May 21-27

NWA Week in Review: May 21-27
Weekly Record: 3-4
Overall Record: 24-26
Standings: 4th (3.0 GB)
Weekly +/- : -5 (35 runs scored, 40 runs allowed)

Transactions:
5/20 – Luis Vasquez reassigned to Omaha (missed this last week)
5/22 – Grant Gavin assigned to NWA
5/23 – Jared Ruxer released

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Overview.   Yesterday was Memorial Day and we at Royals Farm are thankful to honor those who have laid down their lives for our great country and the freedom we enjoy.  Thank you to our military and all those who have served before them.

The Naturals this week were so close to first place but just couldn’t keep the series winning streak alive.  Professional baseball is about consistently winning series and doing that will put you in a very good position at the end of the season.  The Naturals had a 5 series win streak snapped against Midland Sunday. The Naturals has a big 4 run 8th inning to come back and win on Tuesday before walking it off the next night in the bottom of the 10th on a Nicky Lopez double.  Zach Lovvorn threw 7.0 innings on Saturday and Scott Blewett was able to salvage his Sunday start and last 7.0 although he got beat up and took the loss.

Nicky Lopez continued his torrid pace at the plate adding 12 more hits to his season total and moving his average to .332 which is 4th in the Texas League behind 3 Corpus Christi Hooks.  Can you imagine having 3 guys in your starting lineup hitting .350 or higher? Anyway, since his 0-15 streak from April 24-27, Lopez is hitting a cool .402 over 117 ABs through 30 games. Add his 12 BBs and he has an on base percentage of 45.5%.  That’s quite a month.

Elier Hernandez has been swinging it really well as of late hitting .500 over the last week with 14 hits.  In fact, Hernandez has a 7 game hitting streak tallying a hit in all seven games last week. He isn’t just hitting for a high average, he is doing damage with his swings putting up 5 doubles, a triple, and a home run to left last week.  Hernandez also has 7 RBI in the last 7 games.

Anderson Miller scorched a .455 average last week with a double and a home run.  Miller also added 6 RBI and walked 3 times to 2 strikeouts.

Alex Liddi played in all seven games and hit .375 with 3 doubles and a home run.  He did strike out 6 times on the week.

Corey Toups has been hot coming off the DL hitting .350 in 5 games at third base.  He has walked 5 times and struck out 7 times in the last week but has also added 2 doubles and a home run.  

Erick Mejia had two stolen bases after racking up 8 singles and a double.  

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Donnie Dewees hit just .219 for the week.  Jecksson Flores hit .176 with starts at second, third, left, and DH.  Nick Dini has struggled since coming back to the Naturals going 1 for his last 12.  John Brontsema and Brandon Downes have also only had one hit over the last week.

Along with his aforementioned salvaged start, Blewett made another start.  Overall, he threw 12.0 innings allowing 9 runs on 14 hits, 5 walks, and 6 Ks.  I’m concerned about Blewett at this point. Hopefully he just has had a rough start to the season and he’ll get it figured out but the walk and K numbers haven’t been close to what I had hoped to see.  

Foster Griffin may have had his worst start as a professional when he gave up 16 hits and 9 ER in his outing.  The good news with Griffin is that he is getting deep into games and is still getting some Ks. Griffin has gone 7.0 in 3 of the last 4 he has pitched.  

Lovvorn threw 12.0 innings giving up 5 runs on 10 hits, 2 walks, and 9 Ks.  Lovvorn did give up 3 home runs.

Emilio Ogando was back to his old ways with another rough start going 4.0 innings and giving up 5 runs on 9 hits.  Ogando walked 5 batters and only registered 1 K.

Andres Machado made the other start for the Naturals last week and went 5.0 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, 4 walks, and 3 Ks.  

Franco Terrero has been lights out over his last 10 games giving up only 1 run in 18.0 innings with 11 hits, 7 walks, and 22 Ks.  Terrero is an interesting relief guy because he is older but is throwing 93 to 94 with a sharp breaking curve. Over the last week he threw 5.0 innings allowing no runs, 3 hits, zero walks, and 5 Ks.  

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Michael Mariot has done well in his return to the Royals organization.  Mariot had a win in two appearances last week including 3.0 innings, 2 hits, zero walks, and 5 Ks.  

Another good week was turned in by Jake Newberry who had a save in 2.0 innings and retired all 6 batters he faced.  

Yunior Marte threw 4.0 innings giving up 2 ERs on 3 hits, 1 walk, and 6 Ks.  Jake Kalish threw 2.0 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, 1 walk, and 2 Ks. Walker Sheller gave up 3 hits in his sole inning of work but somehow avoided giving up any runs.  Grant Gavin was welcomed to the Naturals by suffering a loss in 1.2 innings on 3 hits, a walk, and 3 Ks. Gavin also gave up a home run.

This week.  The Naturals enjoy an off day today as they head to Frisco for three and then to Midland for three.  

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