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Diamond in the Rough 6/30: Ten Naturals Deliver Big For TL North All-Stars, Melville Struggles Again In Blue Rocks’ Loss, Bees Offense Thwarted By Peoria, and More!

By Jack Dempsey

AAA Omaha:   Off-Day

Next Game:  Thursday at 7:05 @ Iowa Cubs (Probable Starter:  RHP Bryan Bullington)

AA Northwest Arkansas:  No Game (All-Star Break)

All-Star Game:  Texas League South All-Stars 5, Texas League North All-Stars 4

Clint Robinson

Notable All-Star Performances:

CF Derrick Robinson:  1-for-3 (.333) РBatted leadoff for TL North

SS Chris McConnell:  1-for-2 (.500) РSubbed for Colorado Rockies prospect shortstop Daniel Mayora

3B Mike Moustakas:  2-for-3 (.667) РBatted third and started at 3B; drilled two singles

DH Clint Robinson:  2-for-4, R, HR (1), RBI (1), BB (.500) РBatted fifth; drilled a solo HR off Simon Castro in second inning

PH-LF Tim Smith:  2-for-3 (.667) РPinch-hit for Aaron Luna; clipped two singles

2B Johnny Giavotella:  2-for-4 (.500) РBatted eighth and played entire game

RF Paulo Orlando:  1-for-2, R, 2B, RBI (1) (.500) РBatted ninth, drilled a double and drove in a run.

RP Mario Santiago:  1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (0.00) РEntered game in first inning; tossed 19 pitches (12 strikes)

RP Brandon Sisk:  1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (0.00) РAzusa Pacific product pitched eighth inning

RP Louis Coleman:  0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (0.00) РFinished game on mound for TL North All-Stars; much like he finished the 2009 College World Series on the mound for LSU

Next Game:  Thursday at 7:05 p.m. vs. San Antonio Missions (Probable Starter:  RHP Alex Caldera)

A+ Wilmington:  Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Wilmington Blue Rocks 1

Tim Melville

Notable Performances:

LF Adrian Ortiz:  2-for-4, 3B, RBI (24) (.307) РPepperdine University speedster has served admirably in Wilmington leadoff spot this year

1B Eric Hosmer:¬† 1-for-4 (.350) – Snapped a big multi-game hitting streak the other night….I ranked him higher than Moustakas in my updated Top 50 prospects list for July…if anyone wants that posted, I’ll do it

3B Jamie Romak:  2-for-3, BB, SB (4), E (7) (.296) РReally coming along strong after wilting last year and the year before

SP Tim Melville:  4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K (5.74) (L, 2-9) РHad been struggling with command but has nice 12/6 curve

RP James Thompson:  4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (7.46) РHaving trouble with command most if not all of the season but delivers a nice outing on Wednesday

RP Henry Barrera:  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (5.14) РProtected from Rule 5 draft a couple offseasons ago

Notable Opposing Performances:

LF Josh Fellhauer:  0-for-4, RBI (27) (.260)

Next Game:  Thursday at 6:05 p.m. vs. Lynchburg (Probable Starter:  LHP Chris Dwyer, 5-3, 3.22)

A Burlington:  Burlington Bees 5, Peoria Chiefs 4

Tyler Sample

Notable Performances:

C Wil Myers:  Did Not Play

SP Tyler Sample:  6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K (4.05) (W, 3-4) РDrawing big national buzz despite poor K-to-BB ratio this year.

RP Mitch Hodge Nielsen:  1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K (6.11) (H, 1) РCanadian 2007 draftee

RP Ryan Dennick:  1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (4.73) (S, 3) РAdded to Burlington roster last month

Notable Opposing Performances:

SS Hak-Ju Lee:  0-for-4 (.266)

Next Game:  Thursday at 6:35 p.m. vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

R Idaho Falls:  Idaho Falls Chukars 4, Casper Ghosts 2

Tim Ferguson

Notable Performances:

DH Murray Watts:  2-for-3, RBI (10), BB (.303)

LF Tim Ferguson:  2-for-4, R (.313)

SP Starling De La Rosa:  5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (4.00)

RP Santiago Garrido:  3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K (2.25) (BS, 1) (W, 1-0)

RP Alex Rivers:  1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (0.00) (S, 1)

Next Game:  Thursday at 8:05 p.m. @ Casper

R Burlington:  Burlington Royals 7, Bluefield Orioles 2

Alex McClure

Notable Performances:

2B Luis Piterson:  2-for-4, 2 R, HR (3), 5 RBI (10) (.517)

1B Ryan Stovall:  2-for-4, RBI (9) (.333)

SS Alex McClure:  2-for-4 (.233)

SP Willian Avinazar:  5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K (0.00) (W, 1-0)

RP Josh Worrell:  2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (1.59)

RP Chas Byrne:  2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (1.50)

Next Game:  Thursday at 6 p.m. @ Bluefield

R Arizona League:  AZL Royals 4, AZL Mariners 2

Notable Performances:

C Jin-Ho Shin:  1-for-2, 2 R, HR (1), RBI (3), 2 BB (.353)

1B Seth Furmanek:  2-for-3, 2B, BB (.667)

LF Darian Sandford:  2-for-4, R, 2B (.417)

SP Brennon Martin:  5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K (5.14) (W, 1-1)

RP Jordan Roualdes:  3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (1.80) (H, 1)

RP Tyler Gatrell:  1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K (0.00) (S, 2)

Next Game:  Thursday at 7 p.m. vs. AZL Athletics

R Dominican Summer League:  DSL Rays 1, DSL Royals 0 (7 innings, completed early)

Next Game:  Friday at 9:30 a.m. vs. DSL Astros

By Jack Dempsey

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Comments (58)

  • Eric

    What a thread!? Love the site, great information.

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum

    It is 40 and the updated list for July will be out this weekend…


  • Jeffnkc

    Please post your top 50!

  • Blando13

    Those three may be the ones that do make it. Add Melville, Crow, Duffy, Noel Arguelles(sp?) and if half of those turn out to reach their potential we’ll have one hell of a rotation! You just can’t stop there. I believe you have to keep stockpiling arms. I don’t think Neal would be a bat addition either and wouldn’t mind that happening either. I don’t know he plays vs the league’s he’s in but he’s a corner outfield bat with power and obp ability. Those are things we don’t have in excess in our system. Best case scenerio we have Gordon and Myers at the corner outfield spots when our wave of prospects get to the majors. That’s it … I don’t see any other bats in our system that are plus bats for corner outfield positions. That’s hard to imagine since one of those guys isn’t playing a corner OF position now and the other is just now learning it!

  • Ben

    I guess I should realize who DeJesus is. We are never going to get premium talent for him. If the trade goes down, I say we take Neal and Runzler or Main. Neal looks like his .obp is decent and knows how to take a walk and he has power.

    (although in my heart I think comp picks are the way to go). Unfortunately, Blando you are right, and half of those pitchers will probably never succeed. But Dwyer, Lamb, and Montgomery all seemed poised to.

  • Blando13


    Every compensation pick doesn’t turn into Montgomery. I understand that we look good in regards to pitching, but of all those guys you said, half of them may not get past AA with any success. I hope to heck they all make it and we are completely stocked by our farm system by 2013, but that’s just not likely. You can never have enough pitching. I don’t think it will be a bad thing to keep Dejesus and have him play well again next year. I think it’s possible to finish above .500 next year, but it won’t be dependent on Dejesus. It will be due to pitching. Offensively Dejesus isn’t enough. If he was, .500 would have happened by now. The more mid rotation and closer types you have in your system, the more likely you’ll be able to fill your pitching staff and bullpen with quality arms. I don’t think anyone here will be that disappointed if this goes not go down, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing either.

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum


    I think the answer here is that there is no wrong answer as long as u don’t trade him for crap

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum


    great point…Next years draft is very deep but both of these 2 are the equivalent of the same picks that are further a long and a little more of a sure thing

  • Ben

    And what is wrong with keeping DeJesus for cheap next year? Maybe Gordon and Kila come up and hit. That combined with DeJesus, Aviles, Butler, and Callaspo isn’t bad. Then maybe some of relievers come along and we finish .500 or a few games above. That would be a great season for KC.

  • Ben

    Remember next year is a deep draft. Also, does anybody remember where Montgomery was drafted? The comps picks would be wherever the team who signed him was slotted to draft and the second pick is a sandwich pick. You can most definitely get a closer arm and middle rotation slot with those picks. I would argue a mid-rotation starter and a reliever is exactly what this team does not need. We have Dwyer, Lamb, Montgomery, Duffy, Osuna, and Melville. We have bullpen arms in Hardy, Coleman, Keating, Sisk, Baumann (if we don’t keep him in the rotation).

    I agree with post that said we get a C or power OF (or SS but I would think the front office has to believe they got their SS in Colon or they wouldn’t of drafted him so high). And even just one of catcher or power OF for DeJesus would be good.

    I think they should trade Guillen to Minnesota for the rights to serve fried Walleyed on stick. Also, Moore should be shopping Bloomquist hard to the Phillies or Red Sox.

  • Blando13

    Sorry, I ment to say that after doing more research and hearing your opinion I don’t think the trade for Main and Runzler for Dejesus is a bad deal at all. Some opinions are that it would be better to get the compensation picks (one or two) but those aren’t going to be as close as these two guys are going to be to contributing. A closer type of reliever and potentially a mid rotation type of arm to pair with Lamb, Dwyer and the rest of the guys at that level would be a great return.

    I hate to see Dejesus go, but this is a good return. I don’t think everyone will say it is, but the two compensation picks will be further away and may never pan out to be as good as these guys!

    Sorry for the confusion. I’m done for the night!

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum

    Michael Main http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=main–001mic
    just traded to the Giants today in the Molina deal

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum


    I am sorry…I am not following u here…what are u asking…I think u and I just had a “failure to communicate”

  • Blando13

    Greg, If Main projects as a mid rotation guy the deal for these two guys (people above seem to think it would be three but that’s not guaranteed so I’d stick with the two) would be a pretty good deal. True he MIGHT turn into a Type A free agent, but even then, you’re picking up two guys who aren’t as close as this power reliever (potential closer) and a guy that’s mid rotation type already proving his metal in High A!

  • kyle 11

    greg, what is Mike Main and who does he play for? i couldn’t find him on the Rangers or Giants roster.s.

  • Garrett G

    I dont think they trade dejesus unless they get something they cant refuse and take some arbitration picks.

    I am very excited for this offseason with the royals losing 25 million in salary!

    Why do you rank hosmer higher than Moustakas?

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum

    Main isn’t a reliever

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum


    I absolutely agree


    I couldn’t see David accepting an arb deal coming off a career yr when he could parlay that into a long term contract…!!

  • cajunroyal

    This whole getting two picks for david seems unlikely for me. First we would have to decline david’s team friendly option, then offer him arbitration. If david accepted arbitration he would recieve far more money than he would if we picked up the option. And i think david would consider it because if he was a type A free agent then teams might not want to give up the pick to get him. We’ve seen this happen to similar players the last few years like orlando hudson.

  • kyle 11


    i don’t like it. DDJ for two relief pitchers and a AA unproven OF. we won’t keep the relievers around til 2012-14 anyway. i say take the picks or get ONE relief, ONE stud OF, ONE Catcher or SS prospect (A-AA).

  • kyle 11

    wow – Moore passed up a deal for Guillen??? wtf was he thinking?!?!?! trade him for a new set of tires!! i bet he’s having trouble sleeping after that bamboozle!

    Ben, i kind of agree with you. why trade a proven solid player for 3 unknowns. 2 of the 3 are definitely unknowns, so i agree with you there.

    i guess we could just keep DDJ and get the picks for next year. the way the ROyals have been drafting lately, i say take the picks! i just like to see some movement…only thing to look forward to this time of the year (as a royals fan).

    thanks greg – you’re the man

  • cajunroyal

    Dayton shouldn’t be turning down deals for guillen.

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum

    I think we agree with u but I don’t know how many bites Guillen and Pods are getting comped to

    speaking of Guillen…Jeff Passan said this morning that Dayton recently turned down a Guillen deal
    and now he is kicking himself after this latest incident

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum


    Runzler is much better comped to Hughes power lefty with closer stuff.

    Main is a mid rotation guy

  • Ben

    None of those SF names seem worth DeJesus, and I don’t think we match up well with them. Runzler is okay but DeJesus is better than a middle relief bullpen arm. I think we need at least one solid OF bat, good fielding SS, or a catcher in addition to a pitcher to make it worth it.

    We have him on a team friendly contract and if he continues to play this well he will be a type A free agent when he leaves. Why not enjoy his services and get the draft picks? We could take college players or rebuild the system with the two comp picks (afterall, theoretically we are going to drain the system in 2012 and this draft class did nothing to improve our system).

    We should push Pods and Guillen first, DeJesus second.

  • Blando13

    So you’re saying that Runzler and Main would be worth DeJesus? Main having a higher ceiling that Neal, but further from the majors? His stats at Bakersfield look ok (not knowing how that league hits or his home park … 14 HR scare me, but the WHIP and SO rates look good). If they came to KC where would you rank them both? I know Runzler is in the majors, and I assume he’d stay there with us … is he better than Dusty Hughes and is that who’s job he’d take initially?

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum

    Now this is interesting Michael Main was the 2nd guy added for Molina…I could see him being the 2nd prospect in a deal for Dejesus…actually this makes a ton of sense …plot thickens

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum

    Noted Pizza Lady

  • Blando13

    Thanks Greg!

  • gail g.

    Please note that the poster named “Geo” is not to be confused with the Pizzalady. Thanks! (No relation)

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum


    I am not a big Neal fan…greatly benefited from the Cal league last year and his plate awareness leaves something to be desired…even though I made a post about DJ to the Gigantes they just don’t match up well

    I like Runzler and KC could sure use him but we would need a better 2nd prospect to make this move

  • Blando13

    Neal and Runzer would be a solid return and the SS would be a throw in I believe (with both being all Glove small bat middle infield guys). I guess those three players would be a pretty good haul for Dejesus. I was basically wanting one organizational top 5 guy and one top 10 guy and Neal and Runzer meet that.

    Greg, where do you think Neal and Runzer would be placed in our prospect rankings and do you think that’s enough. Anything about the SS’s?

  • kyle

    Thomas Neal, LF, AA, 6-1, 220
    2009 – .337/.431/.579, 22 HR 90 RBI 98:65 So/BB ratio
    2010 – .290/.350/.440, 8 HR 43 RBI 55:22 So/BB

    Baseball America rates him well.

    RUnzer is a ML ready relief pitcher. take him.

    i believe Adrianza has a better upside than Crawford at SS. they rate him as a possible Gold Glove SS. take that as well. take him over Yuny any day (was a supporter of Yuni prior to this week).

  • geo

    Adrianza is just like any one of the gazillion good-field-no-hit-zero-power shortstops that the Royals have had in their system for 40 years now. Ugh.

  • Brandon from Independence

    Shane Costa is making his rehab starts in Arizona, which should surprise those who forgot that Costa was still in the organization. Hopefully he can get back to producing good numbers in Omaha and getting overlooked soon.

  • Blando13

    The rumors on Crawford at SS are mixed at best. Most don’t think his bat will be good enough to be a every day starter at any postion. Not sure how he’s doing this year.

    Don’t know much about the other SS, or the OFer, but I’m not sure that’s enough for Dejesus in my opinion. There’s no sure fire major league regular in that group (unless the OFer is). I think you need to get a guy back that would fit into our top 5 or 6 and I’m not sure the Giants have anyone outside of Posey and Bumgardner.

  • Blando13


    I agree Perez won’t get promoted. Heck, he’s one of the 3 youngest players in his league and has only played there half of a season. His offensive numbers don’t really make you want to push his development. Guys like Lamb, Monty, Myers, and Hosmer are making the organization have tough decisions about the speed of their promotions, Perez isn’t. I think Pina is ready for AAA because he’s been in AA and has been consistent there for a full year in our organization and at least 1.5 total (I believe he was even in the AA all star game last year after playing in the Rangers organization … isn’t that where we got him, or was it Houston?).

  • kyle

    Dan Runzler is actually a relief pitcher…lefty!

    currently on the Giants MLB roster. 3.20 era.

  • keith

    Perez is not getting promoted. Myers and him will split time at C/DH. Perez has not caught a full season yet and it would be good for him to DH some.

    Here’s that list with 5 Royals in top 20 BTW.


    Also, Jack, do post your new list so I can have some fun with it. ;)

  • kyle

    per mlbtraderumors, the giants are really wanting DeJesus. below are some prospects that have been mentioned (i like them all). just what we need, OF, SS, Pitcher.

    OF, Thomas Neal, R/R – #4 by BA
    SS, Brandon Crawford, L/R – #9 by BA
    SS, Ehire Adrianza, R/R – #8 by BA
    SP, Dan Runzler, L – #5 by BA

    i’ll take Neal, Adrianza, Runzler
    DeJesus, Guillen (only if KC pays), Melville?

  • Blando13

    Big Lee,

    I’m not sure I’m qualified to answer that. My opinion would be split. While that makes some scense on paper, I’m not sure the organization wants to move Pina away from the solid staff that he’s caught so far this first half. I believe they’re hoping he is Kendall’s backup next year and would rather him catch the prospects in AA as opposed to the organizational fillers in AAA. That could be just a guess, but I wouldn’t mind him proving he can hit at the AAA level. I think his defense is ready to be the backup right now, but he needs to learn to hit the breaking ball (which he will see more of in AAA than AA). If that’s what it takes for Myers to move to High A then I see no reason it can’t be done. Although Dayton said in a Q&A I’ve read recently that each player has thier own development plan and they advance when they’ve checked off all the goals for each level in thier own plan. It would be hard to convince people that all 3 catchers did so at similar times (although it’s possible).

  • kyle

    greg, were you going to post your top-40 prospects today or tomorrow?

  • kyle

    big lee,

    i could see that happening…for sure. AAA is low on prospects…might as well start moving them.

  • Big Lee

    Blando13, Kyle

    Any chance Pina moves us to AAA, and Perez to AA. Catchers at Omaha now (ross, bellorin) are both 28 and both have an obp below .280.

  • kyle


    those are my thoughts exactly. get Myers with a catcher first prospect and hopefully he can learn from him. i’m sure they will do the double thing like Myers did at Burlington. catch two games, DH/rf Two games, etc.

    where’s that list Greg?

  • Blando13


    I found Kevin Goldstein’s list of top 11 players still in the minors (posted today!). It has Moose at 6 and then instead of having a number 11 there is a list of people he was asking readers to vote on. That list had 10 names on it (making it essentially a top 20) with Hosmer, Myers, Lamb and Monty all on it! 5 in the top 20? A good first half for our system with only Crow and Melville not putting up the numbers to keep up!

  • Ben

    I always pull for Norris for some reason. Is there any chance he makes a D-Rob like improvement?

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum

    If this happens then they will split time at C

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum

    I just saw one national list that had 5 Royals in the top 15 or 20?…I believe it was baseball prospectus list…Moose was highest and they said Montgomery would have been on it if he was healthy (alos Hosmer, Lamb, and Myers)

    Jack will put out his list next week…I will have mine out this weekend

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum


    I guess we will have to see what the Wilmngton roster looks like this weekend…But, I think the name Myers will be on the line up card. Ortiz has not played much CF in this system because he has been on the same club as guys like D Rob and Norris

  • Andre

    can Adrian Ortiz play CF at all? Since he really does not seem like a prototype COF does he have the ability at all to play CF? Also Greg did you get word that Myers would be moving up or is that just speculation?

  • Blando13

    I’d also like to see the prospects list. Also, is there any mid season prospects lists out there that would help put our guys up against the rest of the league’s prospects? I’m sure a lot has changed since the start of the season (with guys like Heyward, Stanton and Straus getting bumped up and our guys raking after struggling last year).


  • Blando13


    What does that do for Salvador Perez? I don’t mind Myers going there, but would hate to see either one of those guy’s time behind the plate decrease. If you’re keeping Myers behind the plate (which I think they will for the rest of the year) you don’t want to take time away from that. Maybe they think Perez can teach him a few things (although we should have the coaches in place for that) and Myers can play some in RF and C. I do like pairing a few of the top prospects up together though. The Wilmington lineup needs some more help and Ortiz, Colon, Hosmer, Myers to lead things off wouldn’t be a bad thing with guys like Romak and Perez rounding out the order. They have the pitchers there to win some games, they just need to score a few more runs!

  • Mgrich

    I too would love to see the updated prospect list.

  • Derrick

    I would like to see the top prospects list.

  • Greg Schaum

    Greg Schaum

    I am thinking Myers goes to Wilmington this weekend….Myers, Hosmer, and Colon, oh my!

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