The KC Royals have won three straight series, as they went 4-2 last week. Overall, they are 23-29 and seven games out of first place in the American League Central. The Royals are just one game behind the Detroit Tigers for third place. They open a series at home tonight against the Minnesota Twins.
Omaha went 4-3 this past week and are 34-24 overall. The Storm Chasers are still in first place in the Pacific Coast League’s American Northern Division by eight games. They continue their series against Memphis over the next two days.
NW Arkansas went just 2-4 last week and are 28-27 overall. They are in second place in the North Division of the Texas League. The Naturals finish up their series in Frisco tonight with a chance to sweep.
Wilmington went 3-4 this past week and are 26-29 overall. The Blue Rocks are now in second place and just 2.5 games back in the Carolina League’s Northern Division. Problem is, they do not play another divisional foe prior to the first half ending in two weeks.
Kane County went 3-4 last week and are 30-27 overall. The Cougars are in third place (five games back) in the Midwest League’s Western Division. They finish up their home series against Peoria tonight.
Majors: Alex Gordon got hot over the last week, as he moved back to the leadoff spot that he thrived in last season. In six games, he went 9-for-24 (.375) with four doubles, four runs scored, and four RBIs.
Minors: Lane Adams, Kane County. He went 9-for-30 (.300) with a homerun, four runs scored, and eight RBIs.
Honorable Mention: Wil Myers, Omaha. He has jumped to Triple-A without much of a struggle. Last week, he went 12-for-28 (.429) with four doubles, three homeruns, seven runs scored, and ten RBIs.
Pitcher of the Week:
Majors: I feel like I am constantly honoring the bullpen, which is much deserved. However this week, I am going to honor three starting pitchers who helped the Royals win series. Felipe Paulino‘s dominance has been fairly unexpected, but it has happened nonetheless. He made one start last week and allowed just three hits and three walks over six scoreless innings. He struck out five in picking up the win over Oakland.
Will Smith won his first game in the big leagues in his second start (against Cleveland). He allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out five.
Vin Mazzaro won the finale on Sunday against his former team (the A’s) with six shutout innings. He allowed just four hits and three walks while striking out three.
Minors: Greg Billo, Blue Rocks. He is coming off winning the Pitcher of the Week honor in the Carolina League. Overall, he allowed just one run on four hits and three walks over 7.1 innings (one relief outing and a start). He struck out eight.