Week 14 Recap and Awards

The KC Royals went 3-3 last week, winning all three in Seattle before being swept in LA against the Dodgers this weekend. The Royals are 44-43, three games back of Cleveland in the American League Central heading into the All-Star break.

Speaking of the All-Star Game, tune in tonight as Mike Moustakas participates in the HR Derby. Then watch on Tuesday night as Moose (the AL Final Vote winner), along with Salvador Perez and Jason Vargas play in the All-Star Game in Miami (8pm ET on Fox).

Lefty Matt Strahm had season-ending knee surgery on Friday. Reliever Al Alburquerque was called up to replace him, throwing just ten pitches in his one inning appearance on Sunday.

Danny Duffy was activated from the DL on Tuesday and made two starts this week, going 1-1. He won in Seattle on Tuesday night, allowing two runs on five hits, two walks, and a hit batter over 5.2 innings. He struck out four. In Sunday’s loss, Duffy allowed five runs on six hits (three home runs) over seven innings. He struck out nine.

Triple-A Omaha went just 2-5 last week, falling into last place in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division (40-48). The Storm Chasers head into the All-Star break 14.5 games back.

Their lone All-Star, shortstop Raul Mondesi, was injured in Sunday’s finale. In back-to-back games (Friday and Saturday), he hit grand slams.

Lefty reliever Sam Selman was promoted from Double-A and allowed an unearned run on one hit and a walk over 1.2 innings on Thursday. Fellow reliever Miguel Almonte was sent back from the big leagues and made two appearances last week. Over 2.2 scoreless innings, he allowed three hits.

Double-A NW Arkansas went 3-4 last week and dropped to third place in the Texas League North Division. The Naturals are 9-8 in the second half. They finish up their series in San Antonio this afternoon before returning home for four games against first place Tulsa on Wednesday night.

Josh Staumont, who was struggling mightily in Triple-A, was sent to the Naturals (to most likely work with pitching coach Steve Luebber). Staumont has yet to pitch with the Naturals since his demotion. Glenn Sparkman, who was selected in last December’s Rule 5 Draft by Toronto, was sent back to the Royals and assigned to NWA. Sparkman made just two big league appearances, and they both came last weekend.

High-A Wilmington went 4-3 last week, as they finish up their series in Potomac this afternoon. The Blue Rocks are 8-10 in the second half, four games back in the Carolina League Northern Division. They return home for seven games beginning Wednesday night against first place Lynchburg.

Low-A Lexington went 4-2 last week, as they finish up their series against Greenville tonight. The Legends are 10-7, good for second place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division (two games back). They head to Delmarva for four games on Wednesday.

Pitcher Cody Nesbit was added to the Legends, but made just one appearance before getting injured and being placed on the DL.

Rookie level Idaho Falls is 9-12 overall in the Pioneer League South Division, six games back. Back with the Chukars after struggling in Lexington to start the season, outfielder Amalani Fukofuka is hitting .338 with six doubles, four home runs, and 16 RBIs, in 19 games.

Rookie level Burlington is just 5-12, which puts them in last place in the Appalachian League East Division (7.5 games back). The Royals are 0-8 at home.

Infielder Oliver Nunez is currently hitting .340 in 13 games. He has walked seven times compared to just three strikeouts. Carlos Hernandez has made three starts and has a 1.98 ERA. Over 13.2 innings, he has allowed nine hits and walked six while striking out 17.

Now to the awards…