The KC Royals had a chance to make major noise in the playoff race and move up in the standings, but instead dropped to 8.5 games back of first place in the American League Central. They lost both series last week, including a crucial five-game set in Detroit. The Royals now have Monday off before welcoming the Chicago White Sox and Washington to town for six games.
Omaha has won three in a row and went 5-2 last week to continue leading the Pacific Coast League’s American Northern Division. The Storm Chasers have a five game lead over Memphis, who they continue to play over the next two days. There are just 15 games left in the regular season.
NW Arkansas went 3-3 last week, but are tied for last place in the North Division of the Texas League. The Naturals are just two games back of first place and begin a big four-game series against first place Springfield on Tuesday night (at the home of the Cardinals). They have just 14 games left in the regular season and will be without top prospect Kyle Zimmer, who was shut down for the remainder of the season after experiencing shoulder stiffness in his last start.
Wilmington has seen their playoff hopes continue to dwindle as they went just 3-5 last week (they have lost five in a row). The Blue Rocks are 12.5 games back and tied for last place in the Carolina League’s Northern Division. They are 3.5 games back of the wild card spot with just 14 games remaining. They continue their home series tonight against first place Potomac.
Lexington went just 1-5 last week and dropped into second place in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division. They are three games back. The Legends finish up their series in Greenville today before returning home for six games. They have 14 games remaining, six against first place Augusta.
Now to the awards…
Hitter of the Week
Majors: As much as the Royals fan base likes to criticize Chris Getz, he has played well since returning from the DL and taking over at second base. In eight games last week, he hit .333 (10-for-30). Granted, all ten hits were singles, but he drove in two runs and walked (three) more than he struck out (twice). He also batted leadoff a few times and stole three bases.
Minors: Ben Broussard, Omaha. The veteran had a very good week. He went 11-for-30 (.367) in seven games. He hit four doubles and drove in four runs.
Pitcher of the Week
Majors: Fans keep clamoring for more important innings for Louis Coleman and he has deserved to be placed in pressure-filled situations. He continues to impress and last week was no different. In three appearances (totaling three innings), Coleman once again did not allow a run (he has a 0.00 ERA), though he did allow an inherited runner to score on Sunday in the sixth. He allowed three hits, a walk, and struck out one.
Minors: Daniel Hernandez, Wilmington. He has not let taking a line drive off the side of his head slow him down. Despite missing a week, he was dominant last week. In two appearances (including a start in Sunday’s doubleheader), he allowed just one run on eight hits and two walks. Hernandez struck out nine in a total of nine innings.