MLB Debut: Nick Dini

With an injury to Cam Gallagher, the Royals needed another catcher to back up Meibrys Viloria.  Nick Dini really caught the eye of Royals Farm when he moved from Lexington to NWA to fill in for an injury in 2017, and hit .379/.472/.466 in his first month seeing AA pitching. The transition from High-A to AA…

MLB Debut: Josh Staumont

Staumont was drafted as a hard throwing project out of Azusa Pacific University. Everyone agreed the fastball command needed work and the secondary stuff needed to develop. He was a thrower, not a pitcher. Now, with most of that behind him and much better off speed pitches, Staumont made his MLB debut against the Cleveland…

Royals trade Bailey for Kevin Merrell

The Royals made a trade today sending Homer Bailey to the A’s for minor league SS Kevin Merrell. It’s being reported that Merrell will head to NWA and join the Naturals. Merrell is a solid defender with speed. He isn’t having a great season with the bat but was a 1st round pick in 2017.…

MLB Debut: Bubba Starling

Bubba Starling finally made his MLB Debut for the Royals.  Starling was drafted in 2011 from Gardner-Edgerton High School in Gardner, Kansas.  His road to the majors was a long and tough one but many Royals fans can now celebrate his arrival. Starling started in center field for the Royals and hit seventh.  As Crazy…

NWA Week in Review: July 1-7

On Monday, Gerson Garabito almost gave the Naturals a quality start.  He pitched 5.2 innings allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three.  Garabito took the loss despite the strong start because the Naturals offense could only manage one run.  Emilio Ogando and Franco Terrero combined to throw 3.1 scoreless…

July 2nd Update

The Royals have signed several international free agents from this year’s J2 Class. In Jesse Sanchez’s article for MLB.com, on the Royals website, he quotes Rene Fransisco as cautioning the Royals fans to be careful of Carlos Beltran comparisons for Erick Pena but then turns around and throws out an Andruw Jones comparison to Roger…

NWA Week in Review: June 24-30

Weekly Record: 1-3 Overall Record: 35-42 2nd Half Record: 4-5 Standings: 3rd, 3.5 GB The Naturals only played 4 games this week, and lost the series at Springfield three games to one.  I was hoping for a better start to the second half after the promotions of Jackson Kowar and Brady Singer brought some excitement and life…

MLB Debut: Humberto Arteaga

Arteaga made his MLB debut for the Royals tonight against the Minnesota Twins.  Arteaga is originally from Venezuela signing with the Royals as a 16-year-old for $1 million.  It took him 9 years and an injury to Adalberto Mondesi, but Arteaga can finally tell his daughter that he is a big leaguer. Arteaga was a…

MLB Debut: Nicky Lopez

Lopez has been tremendous in the minors for the Royals so far in his career. He plays solid defense, can make all the throws, has a little bit of pop in his bat, is a great contact hitter, can run a little, and walks more than he strikes out. The Royals called up Lopez on…

MLB Debut: Kelvin Gutierrez

The Kelvin Herrera trade is starting to pay back already. Kelvin Gutierrez was called up by the Royals when Lucas Duda went on the injured list Friday, April 26. Ned penciled Gutierrez in as the starting third baseman giving Chris Owings the day off and allowing Hunter Dozier to DH. In the top of the…

NWA Week in Review: April 8-14

Weekly Record: 0-7 Overall Record: 4-7 Standings: Tied for 3rd, 4.5 games back of Arkansas who swept them Weekly Transactions: None To say it’s been a rough week for the Naturals would be an understatement.  The Naturals started the week 4-0 sitting in first place.  Over the course of the week they blew multiple leads and finished 0-7.  Not…

MLB Debut: Richard Lovelady

Royals Farm Report favorite Richard Lovelady has made his first appearance in the major leagues with the Royals. Lovelady was a 10th round pick in 2016 out of Kennesaw State. Lovelady really caught our eye of us at RFR. He had great results, great stuff, and hitters just don’t see the ball out of his…

NWA Week in Review: April 4-7

Weekly Record: 4-0 Overall Record: 4-0 Standings: 1st place, 1.0 Games Ahead Weekly Transactions: None Opening week was grand for the Naturals.  For the first time in their history, the Naturals won their first two games of a season.  Not only that, but the Naturals swept the Cardinals and started the season 4-0. The Naturals…