Following the Royals Top Prospects: 7/1 - 7/7

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

Triple-A: The Storm Chasers went 4-3 this week, winning their series against the New Orleans Zephyrs and the Albuquerque Isotopes. They face the Oklahoma City RedHawks on Friday night in the second game of a four-game series.

Mike Montgomery (5.18/4.42/1.48) - Montgomery made two starts this week, and they were a welcome sight for Royals fans. In his first outing, Monty tossed 6.2 shutout innings, only giving up two hits and three walks while striking out seven. In his second start, the lefty only allowed one run and five hits in five innings. Montgomery struck out five, and walked none. Hopefully the 22 year-old has figured out whatever was plaguing him in the first half of the season, and will pitch better in the second-half.

Johnny Giavotella (.321/.376/.457) - Gio only had five hits this week, but did draw three walks to help his OBP. Two of Johnny hits were doubles, and one left the yard. The grumblings for Giavotella's call-up are slowly growing louder.

Lorenzo Cain (.311/.377/.524) - Cain collected nine hits this week, and also had one walk. The centerfielder cracked two doubles, and hit his tenth home run of the season. I think he's ready for a call-up as well.

David Lough (.307/.352/.470) - Lough picked up seven hits this week, including three doubles. As much as I like arguing for a platoon between Lough and Francouer, David has shown very little platoon split this season: .309/.370/.469 against lefties, .307/.345/.471 against righties. So if the Royals actually went with that option (no chance), they may be better served finding a lefty outfielder who mashes righties.

Clint Robinson (.315/.392/.545) - Robinson reached base eight times this week: four hits and four walks. This week has been one of his worst of the season, which mostly indicates how good of a season he has had so far.

Double-A: The Naturals went 4-3 this week, winning their series against the Corpus Christi Hooks. They continue their series against the San Antonio Missions Friday night.

Wil Myers (.280/.371/.401) - Myers only had four hits this week, but did draw three walks. Wil needs to cut down on his strikeouts; he struck out seven times this week, and is fanning in over 25% of his AB.

Christopher Dwyer (6.40/4.48/0.97) - Dwyer was shelled again on Thursday, allowing five runs on six hits in 4.1 innings. Chris issued five walks, only struck out three batters, and allowed two home runs. His LOB% is still low and unsustainable (58%), but he could do himself some favors by not letting those runners on base.

John Lamb - Disabled List

Jacob Odorizzi (3.60/5.40/0.82) - Odorizzi made his AA debut, giving up two runs and six hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out four batters, walked two, and allowed one homer. For more on his start, read Old Man Duggan's post.

Christian Colon (.251/.333/.325) - Like Myers, Colon had four hits this week and drew three walks. Unlike Myers, Colon has no trouble making contact with the ball. The shortstop has drawn more walks this season (32) than struck out (25). Hopefully he will start reaching base more, as his .262 BABIP still looks too low.

Salvador Perez (.274/.319/.388) - Perez racked up seven hits this week, and currently owns a nine-game hitting streak.  Two of Salvador's hits were doubles, and most of his hits were timely; the catcher drove in seven runners. Sometimes I forget he is only 21, he is holding his own at the plate for a catcher in AA.

Derrick Robinson (.269/.348/.305) - Robinson collected eight hits this week, and was walked four times. The centerfielder even managed an extra-base hit, slapping one double. Hopefully Derrick is fully healed from his injuries and will start hitting better as the season progresses. 

Rey Navarro (.200/.267/.248) - Navarro had five hits this week, and also reached base with a walk. The switch-hitter is doing a good job putting balls in play, so hopefully his numbers improve as the sample-size normalizes.

High-A: The Blue Rocks went 3-3 this week. The play the rubber match in their series against the Salem Red Sox on Friday.

Timothy Melville (4.12/3.40/1.16) : Melville only pitched 4.1 innings this week, allowing two runs on three hits. On the positive side, the righty struck out four batters, and walked none. Over his last 21.1 innings (four starts), Melville has fanned 19 batters, and only issued two walks.

Noel Arguelles (2.28/3.35/0.72) - Arguelles tossed five innings this week, giving up one run and six hits. The lefty struck out three batters and walked two, snapping a string of four straight starts without a walk. Noel has almost given up as many home runs this season (6) as walks (7).

Low-A: The Cougars went 3-4 this week, losing their series against the Beloit Snappers but winning their series against the Quad Cities River Bandits. They finish their series on Friday night against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Cheslor Cuthbert (.309/.358/.463) - Cuthbert picked up seven hits in five games played this week, including his fifth home-run of the season. I have seen some people ask if we should move Cuthbert off third-base because of Moustakas. Lets wait until Cuthbert is dominating in AA/AAA and Moose is an established major leaguer before we ask that question.

Brett Eibner (200.313/.447) - Eibner only had two hits this week; one was a triple. As advertised, Eibner has struck out a lot this season (31.7% of his AB's). The centerfielder, however, is walking much more than expected; the righty drew nine walks this week. It will be interesting to see how his numbers shake out as he plays more.

Yordano Ventura (4.89/3.80/1.31) - Ventura pitched 6.2 innings this week, allowing two runs on four hits. The right-hander struck out seven batters and only issued two walks, but did allow a home run. His ERA isn't great, but all his peripherals look strong.

Jason Adam (4.24/4.20/1.19) Adam threw five innings on Tuesday, allowing four runs on six hits. Jason fanned four batters, and walked two. Adam also drove the ladies and Joel Goldberg wild with his appearance on the Royals broadcast Tuesday night.

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