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Minor League Opening Day for Royals Affiliates

Thursday marks the first day of the minor league season for all four Royals affiliate clubs. Here is a quick rundown of the pitchers that will be taking the mound and a list of the prospects to watch at each level. Omaha Storm Chasers - Chris Dwyer - the lefty starter had a solid season last year after battling a thyroid problem the previous two that caused him to lose an extreme amount of weight. With his ...

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Kansas City Royals Top 25 Prospect List

After a week in Arizona I have updated my Kansas City Royals prospect list after talking to scouts, front office personnel and watching the players myself.  Slight change from things I've done in the past include working more from the BP and BA models with innings and plate appearance limitations that put Yordano Ventura and Chris Dwyer back in the list.  I did this mainly to show that Ventura is far and aw ...

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Some Notes on Kyle Zimmer and Chris Dwyer

The Royals promoted Kyle Zimmer, their 1st round pick (5th overall) in 2012, to AA, where he made his debut on Saturday. Watching on MiLB.tv, this was my first time seeing Zimmer, so I decided to take some notes and turn it into a post. Zimmer is listed at 6-2 but I really like his size, with a full well built body that looks like it can handle a large workload. Reports on Zimmer's velocity in college seeme ...

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Should They Stay or Should They Go

Big day for  minor league prospects in the league today as players signed in 2008 or drafted out of college in 2009 have to be placed on the 40 man roster today or become eligible for the upcoming Rule V Draft. The Process biggest draft to place in 2008 so it should come as no shock that there are a few players that the Royals must decide on today. 1. John Lamb - Tommy John surgery was a setback in 2011 but ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 7.16

Royals minor league teams put up 3-5 record with the top three levels going winless Monday night.  HR Roll Call Brian Fletcher (3,4) Manny Pina (3) Tim Ferguson (3) Patrick Leonard (8) Fred Ford (6,7) Mark Donato (1) Ismael Batista (1)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Brian Fletcher 3-4 2 HR, 4 RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day None Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Fred Ford 2-4 2 H ...

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Royals Minor League Notes

Down and to the Left The Royals made the move yesterday to promote Chris Dwyer while also moving Mike Montgomery down to AA. via Bob Dutton KC Star “Everybody felt it was the right thing to do for a brief period of time,” Moore said. “We want to get him back on the attack, loading up throwing downhill at 95-96 instead of trying to make pitches at 90-92 and hitting spots. “We need to get him back on the atta ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 7.4

Royals affiliates went 4-3 with the Arizona squads game getting suspended.  HR Roll Call Johnny Giavotella (7) Brian Fletcher (6) Angel Franco (2) Edul Escobar (1) Patrick Leonard (7) Cam Gallagher (1,2) Sam Bates (1) Brawlun Gomez (2)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Johnny Giavotella 3-4 HR, 2b, 2 R, 4 RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Chris Dwyer 6 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K Pine Tar Press Rookie Le ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 6.22

Wins by three of the four Royals rookie affiliates lead to a 5-2 total record at the minor league levels.  HR Roll Call Patrick Leonard (3) Chris Elder (1) Brawlun Gomez (1)       Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Clint Robinson 2-3 2b, 3R, RBI, BB Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Chris Dwyer 7 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 7 K   Omaha Storm Chasers 11 Memphis Redbirds 3 The Chasers offense exploded f ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 6.17

Just one win in four tries for the Royals affiliates.  HR Roll Call Orlando Calixte (10) Eric Duncan (4) Yem Prades (4)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Wil Myers 4-5 2b   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Chris Dwyer 7 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 6 K   Nashville Sounds 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 1 The Chasers couldn't cash in much on their 10 hits scoring just 1 run during their nine innings while com ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 5.26

A 2-2 day doesn't look terrible but when Mike Montgomery and Chris Dwyer return to 2011 performance levels then things aren't looking up for the Royals.  HR Roll Call Jose Bonilla (1)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Nick Van Stratten 3-4 2 RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Santiago Garrido 6 IP 6 H 0 R 1 BB 5 K     New Orleans Zephyrs 9 Omaha Storm Chasers 2 Not much went right for the ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 5.20

Royals affiliates went 2-3 on Sunday with a split by Omaha in their doubleheader.  HR Roll Call Yem Prades (2) Lane Adams (3)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Lane Adams 2-4 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Sugar Ray Marimon 6 IP 1 H 0 R 1 BB 9 K 6/3 GO/FO     1st Game Omaha Storm Chasers 8 Tacoma Rainiers 5 2nd Game Tacoma Rainiers 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 0 A tale of two game ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 5.15

Another 2-2 day for the Royals affiliates.  HR Roll Call Sharlon Schoop (5) Christian Colon (3) Rey Navarro (1) Justin Trapp (3)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Justin Trapp 2-5 HR Grand Slam, 2b, 4 RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Chris Dwyer 5.1 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K   Fresno Grizzlies 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 The Storm Chasers may be difficult to beat at home but they have proved to be prett ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 5.10

3-1 day for Royals affiliates with a No Hitter slung by a crew of Naturals pitchers.  HR Roll Call Orlando Calixte (4) Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Orlando Calixte 2-2 HR(4) Grand Slam , 2 R, 2 BB, 4 RBI   Pine Tar Press Co-Pitchers of the Day Greg Holland 1 IP 0 H 0 R 3 K Chris Dwyer 6.2 IP 0 H 0 R 2 BB 5 K Brendan Lafferty 0.1 IP 0 H 0 R Kendal Volz 1 IP 0 H 0 R     Sacramento River Cat ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 5.4

Royals organization went 2-2 with good starts from Ryan Verdugo and Single A starter Kellen Moen.  HR Roll Call Anthony Seratelli (3) Orlando Calixte (2) Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Paulo Orlando 4-4 2-2b, 3R, BB Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Ryan Verdugo 7 IP 3 H 0 R 0 BB 8 K   Omaha Storm Chasers 4 Oklahoma City RedHawks 2 The Chasers got an outstanding start from Ryan Verdugo Friday in thei ...

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Naturals Avert Disaster, Down Travelers

SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- There were some scary moments in Saturday night’s Northwest Arkansas Naturals vs. Arkansas Travelers game at Arvest Ballpark. But once the dust cleared and the Naturals came away with a 4-3 victory, it seems those scary moments left nothing more than a few bumps and bruises on a pair of the Royals’ top prospects. Wil Myers started in center for the Naturals, and had a very solid, albeit ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 4.16

Good day for the Kansas City Royals minor league clubs winning three of four with the only defeat coming in the second game of the Naturals doubleheader.  Wilmington is still looking for their first home run but they had their first good offensive day busing out for 9 runs thanks to Kevin David's big day at the plate.  HR Roll Call Max Ramirez 2(4,5) Johnny Giavotella (2) David Lough (1) Pine Tar Press Co-H ...

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Diamonds in the Rough Season Opener Edition

It wasn't a great day for opening day starters at two of the three affiliates but as expected the loaded Single A and AAA rosters came away with victories thanks to plenty of runs produced by both offenses. Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day   Lane Adams 2-4 2b, Grand Slam HR, 4 RBI, BB  Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Chris Dwyer 4.1 IP 2 H 2 R 1 ER 1 BB 5 K   Omaha Storm Chasers 8 Albuquerque Isotope ...

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Young Pitchers Must Step Up

While young sluggers like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez have entrenched themselves as the faces of the Royals youth movement, aka “The Process,” the real tell-all that will decide the fate of the Royals’ future lies within the development of the organization’s top pitching prospects. While the young hitters have boomed with success and already began making an impact on the big league club, ...

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