17 June 2009

Royals on the Farm 6/16 -- Pipeline post #800

Just a note to mark post #800 on The Pipeline. We're over 600 on the RotF reports over the last 5 seasons. The one thing I can say with assuredness is that the KC system is in better shape now than it was back in '05 when I started these....the MLB Royals may only be baby steps better, but hopefully better things are on the way. Isn't hope what keeps Royals fans going? Despite the Braves hand-me-downs and Guillen/Farnsworth signings and losing streaks? Here's hoping that, 800 posts from now, Hosmer and Moustakas are the cornerstones in KC with Greinke going for his 3rd Cy Young, Crow as the #2 starter, Hochevar in the mix, Soria still closing games well and maybe some more new faces around. Hope is a good thing....

AAA - Omaha: New Orleans 3, O-Royals 2

RF Murphy 2-3, K, CS (4) -- .212
LF Thorman 1-4, HR (10), 2 RBI (23), K, RS, OF assist at home -- .281
1B Ka'aihue 0-4 -- .275
3B Metcalf 0-4 -- .254
C House 0-3, K -- .270
SS Lisson 1-2, BB -- .225

DiNardo 5 IP, 3 ER, 10 H, BB, 4 K -- L, 4-3, 3.62 ERA
Marte 3 IP, K -- 3.18 ERA

*** Omaha scored 2 in the 1st then the offense ran dry as New Orleans came back to win. Scott Thorman did the damage with a 2-out, 2-run homer in the 1st for his 10th of the season as Omaha took a 2-0 lead off Zephyrs SP Hayden Penn. Thorman then ended the Zephyrs 1st with an OF assist at the plate to keep that the score. New Orleans got to Lenny DiNardo as 2 doubles scored a run in the 2nd then 4 hits scored 2 runs in the 3rd to make it 3-2 Zephyrs before DiNardo stranded 2. Omaha got 2 on with 0 out in the 8th but squandered the chance and RP Chris Mobley pitched a perfect 9th for his 1st save. RP Jarrett Santos worked 2 scoreless innings for the win to move to 2-3 with a 4.06 ERA. Penn worked 4 IP of 2 ER allowed on 3 hits with 2 Ks to set a 4.50 ERA. Three Zephyrs had 2 hits as CF Cameron Maybin was 2-4 with a run scored to move to .293, 3B Gaby Sanchez was 2-4 with his 4th double, 23rd RBI and a K to move to .328 and 1B John Lindsey was 2-4 with his 42nd RBI and a K to move to .270.

The O-Royals are 25-40. The series is wrapping with a matinee today. Righty Sidney Ponson made a rehab start versus Zephyrs righty Clay Hensley (3-1, 3.97). It's tied late, so uh oh, the bullpen is involved. (10 minutes later) Hey, the Royals won it in the 9th... Horacio Ramirez has signed with the Nationals, so another wise move is made for that organization, even if it is only a minor-league deal.

AA - NW Arkansas:Tulsa 5, Naturals 3

C Clark 1-3, HR, RBI (5), RS -- .292
2B Mertins 1-4, RBI (29), 2 K -- .297
SS J. Johnson 1-4, RBI (8), K -- .216
RF Parraz 0-4, 2 K -- .350, hit streak snapped at 19 games
3B C. Smith 1-4, 2 K -- .248
DH Suomi 1-3, RS -- .320

B. Wood 7 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 4 K -- L, 2-5, 5.48 ERA
Swaggerty IP, BB -- 0.00 ERA, '09 AA debut
de la Vara IP, ER, 2 H, K -- 4.64 ERA

*** Jhoulys Chacin pitched like a top prospect and the Naturals fell to the Drillers. Chacin took a perfect game into the 6th and Tulsa stranded 2 in the 3rd off Blake Wood before striking for 3 runs in the 4th on 3 hits and a walk. The Drillers scraped out another run in the 5th and Cody Clark ended Chacin's spell on the Nats offense with a 2-out solo homer in the 6th for his 1st at AA this season. The Naturals cut the lead to 4-3 in the 8th as Josh Johnson and Kurt Mertins singled in runs off the Tulsa pen but would strand 2. Gilbert de la Vara allowed a run in the 9th and RP Andrew Johnston pitched a perfect 9th for his 18th save. Chacin pitched 7 1/3 innings of 2 ER allowed on 2 hits and a walk with 10 Ks to improve to 5-5 with a 3.07 ERA. CF Anthony Jackson was 3-5 with his 15th RBI and a K and was caught stealing twice in moving to .210, DH Mike Paulk was 2-3 with a walk, his 12th double, 2 RBI (31), 4th SB, a K and RS to move to .308 and RF Ryan Harvey continued to harass the Naturals with a 2-4 day including his 12th double and 28th RBI to move to .258.

The Naturals are 33-30 and 2 games back. This series, too, wrapped up with a getaway day game today and, unlike the O-Royals, the Naturals got whipped. Dan Cortes (4-5, 4.14) started versus Tulsa lefty Keith Weiser (4-5, 4.48).

A-Adv. - Wilmington: Blue Rocks 9, Potomac 2

1B C. Robinson 3-6, 2 2B (17), 2 RBI (35), K, 2 RS -- .297
SS Seratelli 3-4, BB, 2 RBI (15), K -- .309
3B Moustakas 3-6, 2B (15), K, 3 RS, E (15) -- .273
RF Orlando 2-5, 2 RBI (16), RS, SB (8) -- .208
DH Lough 2-4, BB, RS -- .337
C Morizio 0-1, 4 BB, RBI (2) -- .125, weird line
CF D. Robinson 1-5, BB -- .228
2B Giavotella 1-5, BB, 2B (8), K, 2 RS, E (12) -- .220
LF Ortiz 0-5, K -- .242
* The Rocks stranded 13 and turned 4 DPs on defense.

R. Hardy 6 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 8 H, 6 K -- W, 1-0, 2.86 ERA, return to old Carolina League form for Rowdy
Godin IP, H -- 1.65 ERA
Liotta IP, K -- 4.64 ERA
Chavez IP, H, 2 BB, K, WP -- 2.53 ERA

*** Rowdy Hardy had a good start and the Rocks rolled Potomac on a night when both were eliminated from the first-half playoff race. The Rocks jumped on Nationals SP Jeff Mandel as Clint Robinson hit a 2-run single in the 1st aided by an error from P-Nats RF Michael Burgess, and Anthony Seratelli singled home a run to make it 3-0 Wilmington. Hardy allowed a run on 2 hits and a stolen base in the 1st but Wilmington tacked on 2 runs in the 3rd as Mike Moustakas doubled and scored on a wild pitch and Seratelli hit another RBI single before the Rocks stranded 2 with a 5-1 lead. Hardy worked out of a jam in the 3rd and the Rocks struck for 4 runs in the 4th on a Clint Robinson RBI double, a 2-run Paulo Orlando single and a bases loaded walk to Matt Morizio to make it 9-1. Hardy allowed an unearned run in the 6th thanks in part to a Johnny Giavotella fielding error and the bullpen would be solid to finish off the victory. Mandel took the loss with 3 1/3 IP of 9 runs (6 ER) allowed on 11 hits and 3 walks to fall to 6-4 with a 3.63 ERA. Three Nationals had 2 hits as SS Danny Espinosa was 2-4 with his 32nd RBI and a RS to move to .264. Burgess was 0-3 with his 3rd error, a walk and 2 Ks to fall to .232. 1B Chris Marrero drove in his 36th run.

The Rocks are 36-28 and now out of the first half race as Lynchburg clinched it with a win last night. The finale of the Potomac series is tonight as Danny Duffy (6-2, 2.69) faces P-Nats lefty Will Atwood (2-5, 5.86).

A - Burlington: Wisconsin 8, Bees 6

C Bonilla 3-4, 2B (8), RBI (16), 3 RS -- .250, starting to pick it up a little bit
RF Francis 2-4, BB, 2 K, RS, SB (10) -- .278
SS Rivera 2-4, RBI, K, CS (2) -- .263
2B F. Garcia 2-3, S, RBI (9), K, SB (15), E (12) -- .281
DH Hosmer 0-5, RBI (36), 2 K -- .254
3B Jimenez 1-4, 3B (3), 2 RBI (19), 2 K, RS -- .216
LF Van Stratten 1-5, 2 K, OF assist at second -- .345
CF Norris 0-4, BB, 2 K, RS -- .231

Runion 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, BB, 3 K, 2 WP -- 6.50 ERA, the hit barrage continues
J. Garcia 4 IP, 5 R (2 ER), 6 H, BB, 2 K, HRA -- L, 1-5, 5.70 ERA

*** The Timber Rattlers scored 5 late runs to snatch the victory from the Bees. Wisconsin got to Sam Runion for a run in the 1st on 2 hits but the Bees matched the run on an Eric Hosmer RBI groundout. Wisconsin scored on a wild pitch in the 2nd but, once again, the Bees matched it as Jose Bonilla led off with a double and scored on an Antonio Jimenez groundout in the bottom of the frame. Runion got through the 3rd without damage but allowed a run in the 4th on a walk and 2 hits. For a third time, the Bees were equal to the task as Fernando Garcia singled home a run before Juan Rivera was thrown out trying to steal home to end the inning. The Bees stranded 2 in the 5th and Wisconsin got to RP Justin Garcia for 3 runs in the 6th on 3 hits and a Fernado Garcia missed catch error. Jimenez tripled home a run in the bottom of the 6th and scored on a Rivera single to cut the lead to 6-5 but Justin Garcia served up a 2-run homer to 1B Brock Kjeldgaard in the 7th for his 10th of the season to make it 8-5. Bonilla hit an RBI groundout in the 7th but the last 7 Bees struck out versus the Rattler pen to end it. RP Jim Henderson pitched a dominant 9th for his 17th save and RP Daniel Meadows got the win with 3 2/3 IP of 3 ER allowed on 8 hits and 4 Ks to move to 11-1 with a 3.35 ERA. Starter Cody Adams worked 2 1/3 IP of 2 ER allowed on 3 hits and a walk with 2 Ks to move his ERA to 5.06. Six Rattlers had multiple hit games as SS Mike Marseco and RF Mike Vass had 3 hits. Marseco hit his 6th double and drove in 2 runs (16) in improving to .194. Vass drove in his 20th run and scored a run in moving to .253. Kjeldgaard's 2 RBI gave him 40 on the season despite only a .225 BA.

The Bees are 27-38. The series with the Rattlers ends tonight as Mike Lehmann (2-2, 4.81) faces Wisconsin lefty Efrain Nieves (2-4, 6.13).

The Royals have announced the signing of 10 more draft picks led by 6th round selection righty Cole White of the U of New Mexico and 7th rounder lefty Buddy Baumann of Missouri State. Also brought into the fold were 9th rounder C Ben Theriot of Texas State, 18th rounder lefty Brendan Lafferty of UCLA, 19th rounder 3B Ryan Stovall of Thomas (GA) College (I had the college in Florida in the review of the pick), 21st rounder OF Chanse Cooper of Belhaven College (Miss.), 22nd round lefty Ryan Dennick of Tennessee Tech, 23rd round righty Scott Kelley of Penn State, 27th round OF Gabriel MacDougall of Lynn U (Fla.) and 33rd rounder lefty Claudio Bavera of Cochise JuCo in Arizona. The Royals also signed non-drafted FAs righty Jack Adams of San Jose State and righty Bryan Roberts of Loyola Marymount (CA).

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