‘This Week in the Minors’ is our weekly look at notable performances from all over the system, from big-name prospects and less heralded guys alike. The mission is to answer this simple question: “Who had a good week?”
Today, we’ll cover results from Monday, April 22 through Sunday, April 28.
AAA Omaha Storm Chasers (10-13)
The Storm Chasers picked the most dramatic way possible to end a 7-game losing streak on Sunday, coming back from a 9-0 deficit to win 11-10.
Last week, we noted that SS/2B Nicky Lopez had only struck out twice on the season. He added just one more of those this week, while continuing his hot hitting. Lopez went 7-for-15 in his four games, bringing his season line to .338/.400/.494.
A weird thing: LHP Foster Griffin has posted identical Game Scores of 54 in each of his last three starts, per Baseball-Reference.
AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals (10-14)
Gabriel Cancel drove in drove in 10 runs this week, on the strength of two doubles and three (!) homers in an 8-for-28 week.
Some Naturals relief efforts of note:
- LHP Gabe Speier’s last five games have resulted in zero runs on three hits and two walks. In those 5 2⁄3 innings, Speier struck out five and faced just 21 batters. He also snagged three saves in that stretch.
- RHP Franco Terrero pitched five shutout innings across three appearances this week, with just one single and two walks allowed. He struck out six.
- RHP Andrew Beckwith was called upon twice this week for two innings apiece, and answered with nothing but scoreless innings.
A-Adv. Wilmington Blue Rocks (14-10)
Kansas City’s top two draftees from 2018 had good starts this week:
Jackson Kowar pitched seven innings on Tuesday, with five strikeouts. He walked three and allowed two runs on six hits.
Brady Singer picked up a W in six innings on Sunday, giving up one earned run (and one unearned), six hits, and two walks. He struck out five. That game was Singer’s third consecutive six-inning start.
Low-A Lexington Legends (12-11)
Left-hander Kris Bubic had another marvelous start this week, going seven shutout innings with just three hits and one walk allowed, and 10 strikeouts. It was his second double-digit strikeout night of the season. Bubic’s first start of the season was a rocky one, but since then he has put up Game Scores (per Baseball-Reference) of 74, 71, 62, and now an 80. Bubic was a first-round pick in 2018, the 40th overall pick.
Another Legends pitcher putting up a big, pretty number this week was righty Zach Haake. In six innings on Saturday, Haake struck out 12 (!) with no walks, and allowed one run on five hits. That was a career high in strikeouts for Haake, a 6th-round draft pick out the University of Kentucky right there in Lexington.
The bullpen provided a bunch more Ks thanks to this trio of arms:
- Lefty Josh Dye struck out four in two perfect innings on Tuesday, and then racked up eight strikeouts in three innings on Friday.
- Right-hander Jonathan Bowlan struck out six in five shutout innings of relief on Wednesday, with just one hit allowed.
- Righty Jon Heasley struck out five in three perfect innings on Saturday.