Following the Royals Top Prospects: 5/13-5/19

Please don't be seriously hurt

While Danny Duffy was promoted, two more prospects were added to the list. Jason Adam and Yordano Ventura made debuts for the Kane County Cougars this week, making Low-A more interesting to watch.

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

Triple-A: The Storm Chasers went 4-1 this week, and had their Thursday night game rained out. They have a doubleheader tonight against the Las Vegas 51s.

Mike Moustakas (.275/.358/.514) - "He's heating up!" Moustakas hit the ball well this week, collecting seven hits in four games played, including four doubles. Moose also smacked two home-runs this week, raising his season total to eight.

Mike Montgomery (4.01/3.75/1.55) - Montgomery made two starts this week. He was absolutely crushed in his first start, allowing 11 runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings. His second start was much stronger; the lefty allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings. Montgomery struck out ten batters between the two games, but also walked six.

Johnny Giavotella (.289/.352/.384) - Giavotella also had a strong week this week, picking up 11 hits in five games played. He hit three doubles and connected on his second homer of the season, hopefully pushing his SLG ahead of his OBP for good.

Lorenzo Cain (.279/.353/.451) - Cain hit for the cycle on Saturday night, but has been quiet since then. He has only picked up two hits in his last four games, and has struck out four times as well. It will be interesting to see how much playing time he loses to Dyson in AAA.

David Lough (.336/.367/.564) - Lough has not played in a game since Friday because of a shoulder injury, but he should return soon.

Clint Robinson (.351/.429/.617) - Robinson absolutely crushed the ball this week, smacking 12 hits. Four of his hits went for extra-bases, all doubles.

Double-A: The Naturals went 6-2 this week, including a four-game sweep of the Springfield Cardinals. Clearly, the sweep is a good omen.

Wil Myers (.284/.357/.392) - Wil Myers is on the DL with a knee infection, he should return in a week or two.

John Lamb (3.09/4.17/.86) - Lamb had two starts this week. The southpaw pitched well in his first start, only allowing one run on five hits through six innings. On Thursday, Lamb was only able to throw six pitches before leaving the game with elbow discomfort.  Hopefully this is a minor issue, but I would expect for Lamb to be placed on the DL soon.

Christopher Dwyer (5.82/4.54/1.18) - Dwyer also made two starts this week. The first start was rough; he gave up five runs on six hits in 4.1 innings. Dwyer pitched better in his second start, only allowing one run and two hits in six innings of work. Dwyer has a 28:23 K/BB ratio, something that desperately needs to be improved upon

Christian Colon (.248/.333/.328) - Colon picked up five hits in seven games this week, and is batting .216 over his past ten games. He also hasn't picked up an XBH in his past ten games, and his SLG has plummeted as a result.

Salvador Perez (.265/.306/.412) - Perez had a solid week, collecting eight hits in six games played. Two of his hits went for extra bases, including his third home run of the season. Perez is a free-swinger, drawing walks in less than 5% of his PA, but striking out in less than 10% of them as well.

Derrick Robinson - Still on the DL

Will Smith (4.46/4.83/1.96) - Smith had a strong start this week, throwing seven shutout innings on Sunday. The lefty only allowed four hits, but did give up two walks and only recorded one strikeout. It looks like Smith had terrible luck to start the season, and if he continues to force a lot of ground balls, he should have decent success at AA.

High-A: The Blue Rocks went 5-2 this week, including a four-game sweep of the Salem Red Sox

Timothy Melville (4.57/3.97/1.18) - Melville had two starts this week, and pitched fairly well in both of them. The right-hander allowed three runs on four hits in five innings of work Friday, striking out five while walking two. Melville also pitched five innings on Wednesday, only giving up one run on four hits. Melville walked two batters, but only struck out one.

Jacob Odorizzi (2.45/1.19/0.63) - Odorizzi had his worst start of the season on Sunday, but he was not shelled. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits in 4.2 innings of work. Odorizzi struck out four batters and didn't walk any, giving him a 55:8 K/BB ratio on the season.

Noel Arguelles (2.43/2.87/.71) - Arguelles was hit fairly hard in his start on Monday, but managed to limit the damage. The lefty allowed seven hits in four innings, but managed to limit the damage to two runs. Arguelles struck out two batters, but only walked one.

Low-A: The Cougars went 4-2 this week, winning series against the Peoria Chiefs and the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Brett Eibner - Still on the DL

Yordano Ventura (12.00/7.20/1.00) - Ventura was roughed up in his first start of the season for the Cougars. The 19 year-old gave up four runs on seven hits in three innings pitched. Ventura struck out two batters, and walked one.

Jason Adam (6.23/4.58/0.50) - Adam also made his season debut, making his first Low-A start on Tuesday. The right-hander threw 4.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Adam struck out three, but walked four batters.

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