Following the Royals Top Prospects: 4/15-4/21

SURPRISE AZ - FEBRUARY 23: Eric Hosmer has hit well to start the season, causing some to think he will be the first top prospect to get promoted.

Triple Slash: Batters (BA/OBP/SLG) Pitchers (ERA/FIP/GO:AO)

Triple-A: The Storm Chasers played well this week, winning six of seven games they played. Omaha took three of four from the Nashville Sounds and will look to finish off a four-game sweep against the Memphis Redbirds tonight.

Mike Moustakas (.241/.317/.370) - Moose hit the ball better this week, collecting a hit in every single game. His triple slash this week was .318/.414/.500, and his overall numbers should continue to improve as the season continues.

Eric Hosmer (.393/.477/.518) - Hosmer is on a hitting tear right now, hitting well over .400 the past week. His overall season numbers, especially his batting average, are high thanks to a .447 BABIP, but he has nine walks compared to only eight strikeouts. There is talk that Hosmer is more "ready" that Moustakas, and the numbers so far seem to agree with that idea. If Kila continues to struggle and Hosmer continues to tear the cover off the ball, the voices to call up Hosmer to replace Kila will only grow louder.

Mike Montgomery (3.00/3.33/1.90) - Montgomery won his only start this week, giving up an unearned run and two hits over six innings. He walked five batters, but did fan six others. Montgomery also threw 91 pitches in the game, so his pitch count limit appears to have been raised. The left-hander gets the start tonight in the last game against Memphis.

Danny Duffy (1.29/2.70/.67) - Duffy pitched well in both starts this week, especially his start on Saturday. The lefty tossed 4.2 shutout innings, but was lifter after 76 pitches. Duffy went 4.2 innings Thursday, giving up no runs in spit of five hits and two walks. He has shown good control and the ability to strike people out, racking up 16 K's while only walking four batters.

Johnny Giavotella (.286/.344/.339) - Giovetella collected two XBH's this week, but still has an OBP higher than his slugging. He should continue to hit for more power as the season rolls on. He made an impressive play in the field this week, and hopefully will continue to improve at second base.

Lorenzo Cain (.160/.276/.200) - After going 2-for-5 in his first game, Cain has gone 2-for-20. He has been very unlucky, as his BABIP is .190. On the positive side, he has four walks compared to four strikeouts, and has stolen two bases without being caught.

David Lough (.321/.344/.544) Lough swung the bat well this week, hitting an even .400 with 5 XBH's. The rightfielder has not been patient at the plate, so his OBP is disappointing for someone who is hitting .320. His power numbers have been encouraging so far, but he will have to hit very well this season (or hope multiple people get traded/hurt) to see any action above AAA.

Clint Robinson - (.370/.467/.706) Robinson continues to hit the ball well, as his BA and OBP have risen since the past week. If Robinson was a right-handed, he would have a better chance of earning significant playing time with the majors. With Gordon, Ka'aihue, Moustakas and Hosmer all being left-handed, it is hard to see where he fits in. He does have an interesting platoon split right now, hitting .556/.600/.900 against lefties and .273/.400/.576 against righties.

Double-A: The Naturals played five games last week, going 2-3 in those games. Their game Thursday night was rained-out, and double-header is being played tonight

Wil Myers (.256/.298/.442) - Myers had an interesting week at the plate. He had no walks and only collected two hits, but both of those hits were home runs. His low BA hasn't been because of a terrible luck, because his BABIP is .310. The right-fielder may be struggling at the plate because of the leap to AA, learning a new position, because he is trying to hard, or some combination of those factors. It is too early in the season to be too concerned, although he will have to cut down the strikeouts (12) and improve the walks (3).

John Lamb (5.56/5.05/.77) Lamb was roughed up in his last start, allowing four runs on five hits in 4.2 innings. Lamb has struggled to start the season, and it appears to be a control issue. He has eight walks compared to eight strikeouts, and since he doesn't throw particularly hard, he has less margin for error than others. His next start should be Monday against the Springfield Cardinals.

Christopher Dwyer (5.40/3.28/1.55) Dwyer earned his first win this week, allowing one run on three hits over six innings. The southpaw struck out four and walked two, and was pulled after 86 pitches. Dwyer will start Sunday against the Arkansas Travelers.

Christian Colon (.205/.345/.365) - Colon only went 2-for-15 this past week, and his BA plummeted as a result. His BABIP is .189, so his numbers will improve. The shortstop did draw four walks this week, so he has continued to show improved plate discipline.

Salvador Perez (.293/.326/.439) - Perez has hit .412 over the past five games, causing his BA to raise almost 90 points. It would be nice to see an improvement in the walks department, for Perez has only taken two this season. If this was Perez's triple slash in the majors, and his defense is as good as advertised, I don't think too many people would complain.

Derrick Robinson (.277/.382/.319) - The speedy center-fielder has had an interesting season so far. Robinson has a batting average pretty similar to what he has posted in his career, but has already drawn eight walks so far. He also has as many strikeouts as hits, with 13 apiece. He will certainly have to cut down on the strikeouts as the season goes on, but the walks are encouraging. I also made an error last week; Robinson has seven stolen bases and has yet to been caught stealing. I have no idea how I managed to mess that up.

Will Smith (11.81/.7.14/2.33) - Smith was absolutely crushed in his second start of the season, giving up six runs on six hits in just one inning. The lefty gave up two home runs that inning, accounting for four of those runs. Smith is starting the first game of the doubleheader tonight, and hopefully will have a better outing

High-A: The Blue Rocks went 5-2 this week, including a three-game sweep of the Potomac Nationals. They play a doubleheader tonight against the Winston-Salem Dash

Timothy Melville (5.02/4.03/0.86) - Melville struggled in his second straight start against Drew Pomeranz. allowing 4 runs and 12 hits in 4.1 innings. His ERA is inflated due to a .471 BABIP, but he still seems to be having some control problems. He was walked seven batters in 14 innings, including three on Tuesday. Melville's next start should come Sunday.

Jacob Odorizzi (3.86/1.63/.38) - Odorizzi didn't have a great start in his on Sunday, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits in three innings. The right-hander struck out four batters and walked two, raising his season total to ten and three, respectively. Odorizzi appears to be on a much stricter pitch count that Melville, for he has faced 38 less batters in one less start. Jake will take the mound tonight in the second game of the Blue Rocks doubleheader.

Noel Arguelles (0.00/2.08/.89) - Arguelles was dominant in his second start, throwing four shutout innings on Sunday. The Cuban southpaw gave up two hits and one walk while striking out five. Last year was certainly strange for Arguelles, but if he continues to pitch well, all will be forgiven.

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