Following the Royals Top Prospects: 4/29-5/5

In spite of my feelings on whether he should have been called up already or not, I want to congratulate Eric Hosmer for being the first prospect on this list to get called up to the majors. I am thinking about adding Jeff Bianchi to the list now that Hosmer is gone; if there is someone else you guys would rather I keep tabs on, please let me know in the comments.

I also want to have a discussion about Wil Myers. Greg Schaum talked to me on Friday, and said that he doesn't know where the whole "Myers is a jerk" thing came from. He says he has talked to his teammates, and they have all told him that they like him; one of his teammates told Greg that Wil is the most laid-back guy on the team. I trust Greg about this information, so unless anyone has proof that Myers is in fact a jerk, I think we should try to avoid referring to him as one. These labels are hard to shake, and if we label Myers as a jerk, we will start to see everything that he does as him being a jerk. So from now on, I will be discouraging anyone from referring to Myers as a jerk, and hope that you guys will as well.

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

Triple-A: The Storm Chasers went 3-4 this week, including a four-game split against the Albuquerque Isotopes. Omaha plays the Oklahoma City Thunder Redhawks on Friday.

Mike Moustakas (.245/.319/.402) - Moose picked up seven hits this week, and has a five-game hitting streak. He is striking out in 20% of his AB, a number that will probably need to drop if he wants to get called up to the majors soon.

Mike Montgomery (2.45/3.14/1.58) - Montgomery was solid in his two starts this week, throwing six innings and allowing one run in each of his starts. While he is not allowing a ton of hits or runs, he is walking too many people.  Monty walked seven and only struck out six guys in his two starts this week, and currently is walking 5.2 batters per nine innings. That number must come down before anyone starts talking about him getting a promotion.

Danny Duffy (2.08/2.35/0.63) -Duffy had his worst start of the season Tuesday, allowing four runs on five hits in six innings of work. The lefty struck did strike out nine batters while only walking two, so he still has a K/BB ratio better than 5:1 and averages more than a strikeout per inning.

Johnny Giavotella (.284/.345/.333) - Johnny had six hits this week, but it took him 28 ABs to get them. He also had no extra-base hits this week, causing his OBP to fall below his SLG again. Giavotella did draw four walks this week, and only struck out twice.

Lorenzo Cain (.294/.400/.426) Cain went 8-for-20 this week, and has continued to post strong numbers after struggling to start the season. Early on, Cain has walked a bit more than advertised, as he has drawn a walk in over 10% of his PA so far. He has also struck out in 24% of his PA, which hopefully will come down as the season progresses.

David Lough (.327/.356/.573) Lough continues to swing the bat well, as he owns a ten-game hitting streak. He also has hit a double in five straight games. The right-fielder was a home run away from the cycle Friday night, and is the second best hitter on the team right now.

Clint Robinson (.340/.426/.640) Robinson wins the title as the best hitter on the Storm Chasers right now after his third multi-hit game in a row Thursday night. If Hosmer struggles for the Royals and Robinson continues to rake, I will be interested to see if the Royals will call him up, recall Kila, or stick with Hosmer. I guess it's not a bad problem to have too many 1B/DH ready to get a major league tryout.

Double-A: The Naturals went 1-4 this week, and had two games rained out. NW Arkansas will look to avoid getting swept by Springfield Cardinals Friday night.

Wil Myers (.268/.323/.411) Myers returned to action on May 3rd, and has gone 3-for-10 in his three games back. All three of those hits were singles, and were on May 4th. Myers did draw a walk in both of his other games, but has also struck out in every game since his return.

John Lamb (3.22/4.64/0.69) Lamb threw six innings in his start on Wednesday, allowing one run on three hits. The southpaw struck out three but walked three, which gives him a K/BB ratio of 5:4. Not a great ratio, especially for someone who isn't striking a ton of people out in AA. Lamb struck a lot of people out in A ball, and will hope to regain some of those strikeouts as the season progresses.

Christopher Dwyer (5.25/3.87/1.22) Command was an issue for Dwyer this week, as he was roughed up in his only start on Tuesday. Dwyer gave up five runs on four hits in 4.2 innings, including a three-run homer. The lefty also walked five batters and only struck out four. Dwyer hopes to rebound in his next start on Sunday.

Christian Colon (.241/.340/.361) Colon was finally able to get a couple of hits this week, and his BA rose 35 points as a result. The shortstop had six hits this week, all singles and also drew two walks. Colon's numbers should continue to rise as his BABIP stabilizes.

Salvador Perez (.250/.292/.397) Perez didn't have the greatest week at the plate, only going 2-for-13. Perez has drawn a walk in his past two games, doubling his season total to four.

Derrick Robinson (.254/.361/.282) Derrick Robinson was placed on the seven-day DL this week with a groin injury. He will be eligible to return on Sunday.

Will Smith (6.75/5.12/1.87) Smith had another ugly start this week, allowing five runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. The Fresh Prince walked three batters, and only struck out two. Smith is sporting an BABIP around .400, but needs to miss more bats than he has so far.

High-A: The Blue Rocks swept the Winston-Salem Dash, but only went 4-3 this week. Wilmington plays their second game of a four-game series against the Frederick Keys on Friday.

Timothy Melville (5.33/4.28/1.12) - Melville was hit hard on Tuesday, giving up seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits in four innings. Melville is not walking as many batters as he used too, but also isn't getting nearly enough strikeouts this season. Hopefully, he can start missing more bats while limiting the walks.

Jacob Odorizzi (2.42/1.35/0.81) Odorizzi continues to dominate the Carolina League, throwing two dominant starts this week. The right-hander shutout Winson-Salem on Friday, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out ten batters in seven innings. Odorizzi also pitched well on Wednesday, giving up two runs and six hits in six innings of work. Jake did walk one batter this game, but fanned eight. Odorizzi is averaging 13.2 K/9, and has a 7.6 K/BB ratio.

Noel Arguelles (2.28/2.77/0.92) Arguelles had two starts this week, and was allowed to work longer in both of these starts than he has all season long. The lefty pitched 5.1 innings Saturday, allowing an unearned run and five hits while ringing up five batters. Arguelles tossed six innings in his second start, allowing four runs on five hits. Arguelles struck out four and walked none, but did allow his first home-run of the season. Noel has shown great control to start the season, striking out 19 batters while only issuing one walk.

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