Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful mothers out there!
AAA Omaha (3-1): SSPD, Rain
It wasn’t pretty in Omaha, as the Storm Chasers trailed 8-1 after 4 innings of play, so maybe it’s a good thing rain suspended play. Jake Kalish (3 IP) and Andres Sotillet (1 IP) had both surrendered 4 ER in limited action. Offensively, Edward Olivares was 1-2 and Kyle Isbel was 2-2, all 3 hits singles, and that’s all that was mustered. Isbel also had a stolen base to his credit. Play will be resumed at a later date.
AA Northwest Arkansas (3-2): W 6-3
The Naturals were held scoreless through 7 innings, then scored 3 runs each in the 8th and 9th innings for their 3rd win of the year. Alec Marsh fired 5 hitless innings in his AA debut with 9 K, Josh Dye threw 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, and the Naturals tallied 14 walks as a team in the victory.
– Clay Dungan: 1-3, 2 BB, SB
– Bobby Witt Jr.: 1-4, BB
– Nick Pratto: 0-2, 3 BB
– Brewer Hicklen: 2-4, BB
– MJ Melendez: 0-2, 2 BB
– Rudy Martin: 2-3, BB (batting .455 early on)
High-A Quad Cities (3-2): W 5-1
2019 3rd round pick Grant Gambrell returned to the mound for the first time in 2021 on Saturday and did not disappoint. 5 scoreless innings, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K in his High-A debut. Gambrell located the ball really well and induced a ton of weak contact. Will Klein made his professional debut in relief of Gambrell and walked 4 in an inning that was delayed due to a drone flying around in RF. Garrett Davila struck out 3 in 3 scoreless innings and also picked up a save. Offensively, Seuly Matias finished 2-4 with a double and a triple, Vinnie Pasquantino finished 2-5 with his 2nd HR of the year, and John Rave finished 2-4 with a walk and his first HR of the year. Nick Loftin, the Royals 1st round comp pick in 2020, finished 1-3 with a walk, a HBP, and his first professional SB.
Low-A Columbia (2-3): L 2-13
Some days you’re the pigeon, some days you’re the statue. Rylan Kaufman did not record an out in his first appearance back on the mound on Saturday since 2019. Rylan has dealt with injuries and other obstacles since signing with the Royals back in 2018, so it was really just nice to see him back out there competing, but he still has a ways to go just yet. Luis De Avila, Emilio Marquez, and Lee’s Summit native Nate Webb did a nice job picking up the slack, combining strike out 10 hitters in 9 innings of relief, walking just one. Diego Hernandez continued his hot start offensively by going 2-5 at the plate. Omar Hernandez was back in the lineup today behind the plate and finished 2-3 with a walk. Kale Emshoff and Jake Means doubled, while Matthew Schmidt hit his first HR of the season in a losing effort.