It was a very good week for most of the KC Royals teams, starting at the top.
The Royals lost their first game of their home series to Baltimore, but then went on to win six in a row. Those wins had them take both series against the Orioles and the Chicago White Sox. Their 6-1 record last week did not improve their standings, as they are still seven games back of first place in the American League Central (though they are five games back in the Wild Card). Both Detroit (three in a row) and Cleveland (four in a row) are on winning streaks. Next up for the Royals, having today off before playing in Minnesota for three games.
Omaha went 6-2 last week to move into first place in the American Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League. The Storm Chasers finish up their homestand tonight against Nashville before heading out west to play both Tacoma and Salt Lake City for a total of eight games.
NW Arkansas went 4-3 last week and are still in first place in the North Division of the Texas League. The Naturals have a one game lead over Arkansas, who they play on the road for three games beginning tonight.
Wilmington has been on a downward spiral ever since pulling into first place in the Northern Division of the Carolina League. They have currently lost four in a row and 13 of their last 14 games. The Blue Rocks are now in third place and seven games out. They continue their homestand tonight against Carolina.
Lexington went 4-4 last week and are still in first place in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League. The Legends begin a seven game road trip tonight beginning in Kannapolis.
Now to the awards…
Hitter of the Week
Majors: I’m going to give this to two of the Royals outfielders. Jarrod Dyson went 4-for-7 last week for a whopping .571 average. He scored three runs and stole three bases. David Lough is putting together a very nice rookie season. Last week, he went 9-for-27 (.333) with a homerun and six RBIs. He also scored five runs.
Minors: Brian Fletcher, NW Arkansas was just named the Texas League Hitter of the Week. I guess he was mad that MLB.com removed him from the Royals top 20 prospect list. He has been on a tear of late, as he has hits in six of his last eight games. Overall last week, he went 13-for-27, a .481 clip. His best game came in July 23rd’s suspended game. He went 5-for-6 with three homeruns, including the game winner. He drove in five and scored four runs. Fletcher went 3-for-5 on Saturday night with a homerun and four RBIs.
Pitcher of the Week
Majors: The Royals bullpen pitched very well last week, making this choice a tough one. But I’m going to go with Luke Hochevar, who is suddenly being sought by contending teams. He pitched in four games last week, totaling five innings. He allowed two hits while striking out four.
Minors: This was also a tough choice, as many starters in the Royals farm system pitched well last week. But I’ll go with Aaron Brooks of NW Arkansas, who was just named the TL Pitcher of the Week. In his one start last week (July 24th), he carried a no-hitter into the sixth, but allowed a hit with two outs in the inning. Brooks still recorded the complete game shutout.
Honorable Mention: Christian Binford of Lexington made two starts last week and picked up two wins. Totaling 12 innings, he allowed just one run on ten hits and two walks. He struck out 17. Twelve of those strikeouts came on Sunday.
Everett Teaford of Omaha also made two starts last week. Totaling 12 innings, he allowed three runs on nine hits and three walks. He struck out 13. Unfortunately, he did not receive a decision in either start.