Following the Royals Top Prospects: 4/8 - 4/14

Chris Dwyer awkwardly laughs at those who are worried about his first two starts, for he knows he has just been a victim of bad luck.
  • The triple slash lines for the hitters are your typical BA/OBP/SLG lines, but the pitchers ones are ERA/FIP/GO:AO. 
  • It appears that all of the Royals pitching prospects are on 75 pitch limits, but High-A doesn't keep track of the amount of pitches thrown by each pitcher, so I can't say that for sure. The AAA and AA pitchers certainly seem to be on strict pitch counts.

Triple-A: The Royals AAA affiliate in Omaha went 2-5 this week, beating the Albuquerque Isotopes Isotopes twice but getting swept in a four-game series against the Round Rock Express.

Mike Moustakas (.188/.212/.281) - Moose has started the season slowly, going 5-27 over the last week. He has six strikeouts and one walk over that stretch, and his only extra-base hit was a home-run on Sunday. The third-baseman had the day off Thursday, and hopes regain form next week.

Eric Hosmer (.314/.351/.429) - Hosmer enjoyed facing the Isotopes pitching staff, going 6-13 in the last three games of the series. He didn't hit as well against the Express, getting three hits in a four game series, but did smack a two-run homer Thursday night.

Mike Montgomery (5.00/3.09/2.40) - Montgomery pitched well in his second start, shutting out the Round Rock Express for four innings on Tuesday. The left-hander gave up two hits, three walks and struck out five batters. Montgomery threw 73 pitches total, and will pitch next Sunday against the Nashville Sounds.

 

Danny Duffy (3.60/4.80/.83) - Duffy threw five innings in his first start, allowing three runs on seven hits. The lefty struck out four batters while walking one, throwing 76 total pitches. His next start is Friday night, the Storm Chasers O-Royals first game in Werner Park.

Johnny Giavotella (.290/353/.290) - Johnny has yet to record an extra-base hit in AAA, but thanks to nine singles and three walks has a respectable OBP. The second-baseman, however, has not looked impressive fielding so far.

Lorenzo Cain (.400/.400/.600) - Cain missed the first seven games of the season, but started in center Thursday night. He went 2-5 at the plate, including an RBI-double. Cain also threw at a runner at home, trying to tag up on a fly-ball off the bat of the immortal Esteban German.

David Lough (.258/.281/.387) - Lough has recorded a hit in every game this season, but has not walked since the first one. He has collected a home-run and a double, but was caught stealing in his only attempt so far this season.

Clint Robinson (.333/.444/.833) - Robinson has started the season swinging the bat well, smacking eight hits last week. He had two homers last week, raising his season total to four. Robinson also drew five walks this week, and only struck out four times.

Double-A: The Naturals went 5-1 this week, including a sweep of the Corpus Christi Hooks

Wil Myers (.300/.364/.367) Myers has hit well to start the season, albeit without much power for starting the season at home. He has also struck out 10 times this season, which would puts him on pace to strike out 200 times this season. The pace will probably not hold, Myers has struck out 112 times in 148 career minor-league games before this season.

John Lamb (4.05/5.45/.75) Lamb has battled control problems his first three games, only throwing 54% of his pitches for strikes. As a consequence, he has only been able to throw 6.2 innings in two starts this week, giving up three runs on seven hits total. He has also walked seven batters this season, and only struck out three. The lefty's next start should be Tuesday against the Hooks.

Christopher Dwyer (8.56/3.61/2.25) - Dwyer has been hit hard to start the season, but also appears to have gotten unlucky. The southpaw only lasted 3.1 innings in his second start, allowing four runs on eight hits while throwing 74 pitches. He struck out two and walked two as well, but did force six groundouts compared to one flyout. His BABIP is .480 after two starts, which is unsustainable and will certainly lower as the season progresses. 

Christian Colon (.280/.406/.440) - Colon has started off the season strong, and has shown more plate discipline this week than he did last season. He has already drawn 4 walks in 29 plate appearances this season, compared to 13 walks in 268 plate appearances last season. While he probably won't continue to walk at a 14% clip this season, and improvement over last year's 5% walk rate would greatly help his offensive production

Salvador Perez (.208/.269/.417) Perez has started the season slow, but did collect five hits in the past four games this week. He does have a BABIP of .200, so we should expect his offensive numbers to improve.

Derrick Robinson (.267/.353/.333) Robinson's triple slash line probably won't change too much this season. The BA and SLG will probably rise a little while the OBP will probably drop a little, but it won't change too much. The speedy center-fielder already has seven stolen bases, but has been caught stealing four times (64%).

Will Smith (2.08/1.82/2.00) - Smith pitched well in his first start, giving up two runs (one earned) and six hits in 4.1 innings of work. The Fresh Prince struck out three batters and walked none, only throwing 69 pitches. His next start will be Saturday against the San Antonio Missions.

High-A: The Blue Rocks went 4-2 the past week, losing the series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, but sweeping the Kinston Indians.

Timothy Melville (3.60/4.30/1.00) - Melville was tagged for the loss in the season opener, allowing three runs on eight hits over four innings. The first start was troubling, because he walked three batters and struck out none, but the right-hander recovered nicely in his second start. He out-dueled Drew Pomeranz, Cleveland's first round pick last year, throwing six innings and giving up only one run on five hits. He also fanned seven batters while only issuing one walk. Tim's next start should come Tuesday against the Indians.

Jacob Odorizzi (2.25/.95/.20) - Odorizzi looked impressive in his first start, throwing four dominant innings against the Pelicans. He allowing one run on four hits, but struck out six batters while giving up one walk. Odorizzi's next start will be Saturday against the Potomac Nationals.

Noel Arguelles (0.00/2.70/1.50) - The Cuban left-hander has proven he exists, tossing four shutout innings in his first start for the organization. He only allowed two hits, striking out one batter while walking none. Arguelles will start Sunday against Potomac.

Low-A: The Cougars went 3-4 this week, taking 2 of 3 from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers but losing 3 of 4 from the Quad Cities River Bandits

Brett Eibner (.333/.500/.833) - Eibner hit well in his first two games, but hurt his thumb in the second game. According to Bob Dutton, he will be out 8-12 weeks.

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