Minor League Minutes for 4/13/22: Asa Lacy debuts in AA

Be sure to check out the most recent edition of the RFR Podcast, where Josh and I break down week one of the minor league season.

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Jared’s minor league roster break downs continue with the Columbia Fireflies.

The outfield is my favorite part of this Fireflies team. The Fireflies outfield features players like Erick Pena, Darryl Collins, Jaswel De Los Santos, and River Town, full of athleticism and tools. The most prized prospect here is Pena. 

As the season rolls along, we will reference a number of different advanced stats as it relates to the performances of Royals prospects. Here’s a quick rundown of those stats and how you can use them.

SwStr% (Swinging Strike Percentage)

This one is pretty self-explanatory I think. SwStr% is calculated by dividing the number of times a batter swings and misses by the total number of pitches that batter sees. So, if Whit Merrifield sees 5 pitches in an at-bat, and swings and misses at one of them, his SwStr% would be 20%.

AAA Omaha (2-4)

The Storm Chasers’ game last night was suspended due to rain in the 6th inning. Omaha trails 3-1 to Louisville and that game will be resumed today at 4:05 pm before the regularly scheduled game. Before the game was suspended, MJ Melendez hit his second HR of the season, another opposite-field shot. Austin Cox looked good on the mound, allowing just one run in five innings, striking out three. We’ll update box scores and such tomorrow morning when both games are final.

AA Northwest Arkansas (2-2)

Another high-scoring Texas League affair in Northwest Arkansas last night. Maikel Garcia may not be the greatest player in Texas League history, but it would sure be hard to know for sure at the moment. Garcia went 1-3 with a double and a pair of walks last night, and is now batting .400/.591/.533/1.124 with 7 walks and just 1 strikeout in his first four AA games. We couldn’t have been much higher on Garcia coming into the season, The entire offense is scorching hot at the moment, including Tucker Bradley, but none hotter than Garcia at the moment. Lacy had a strikeout to end the fourth inning with just one run across, but Rivero couldn’t block the ball and then threw it into RF. So…Lacy’s outing could have looked a LOT better if that strikeout had actually ended the inning.

Box Score:
– Garcia: 1-3, 2B, 2 BB
– Loftin: 2-5, 2 SB, K
– Massey: 1-3, BB, SB
– Matias: 0-3, BB, K
– Rave: 1-4, 2 K
– Eaton: 1-4
– Means: 1-4, 2B, K
– Bradley: 1-4, 3B, K
– Lacy: 4 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 3 ER, 6 K

A+ Quad Cities River Bandits (2-2)

Some days you’re the pigeon, some days you’re the statue. River Bandits went down 8-1 last night.

Box Score:
– Diego Hernandez: 0-3, BB
– Tyler Tolbert: 0-3, BB, K
– Tyler Gentry: 2-3, BB, K
– Kale Emshoff: 0-4, K
– Luca Tresh: 0-4, 2 K
– Burle Dixon: 1-4, 3 K
– Anderson Paulino: 3 IP, 7 H, 0 BB, 5 ER, 4 K
– Yohanse Morel: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 2 K

A- Columbia Fireflies (2-2)

The Fireflies got back in the win column last night with a 6-2 victory over the Charleston River Dogs. Carter Jensen hit his first full-season HR, an absolute laser into deep RF. Enrique Valdez doubled twice, Omar Hernandez doubled, Wander Arias and Rylan Kaufman looked great on the mound…great night all around.

Box Score:
– Erick Pena: 0-4, 3 K
– Carter Jensen: 1-3, HR, BB, K
– Darryl Collins: 1-4, K
– Omar Hernandez: 2-4, 2B
– Enrique Valdez: 2-3, 2 2B, BB
– Wilmin Candelario: 1-4
– Wander Arias: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 1 ER, 8 K
– Rylan Kaufman: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 4 BB, 0 R, 3 K
– John McMillon: 1 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 R, 1 K

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