Royals Farm Report: April 10

Sunday was a good day in the Royals' minor leagues, as the organization finished the day 4-1. Omaha, NW Arkansas and Kane County all won, while Wilmington essentially earned a split with Myrtle Beach, emerging victorious in the completion of Saturday's suspended game before dropping the nightcap. Read all about it inside in today's Farm Report.

(Weekend Edition)

Triple-A: Omaha 9, Albuquerque 6


W: Steven Shell (1-0, 11.25)
S: Louis Coleman (1)
HR: Mike Moustakas (1)

Quick Hit: Mike Moustakas launched his first home run of the season – a no-doubter to right field that cleared the wall by at least 50 feet – and Irving Falu and Paulo Orlando drove in three runs apiece as the Storm Chasers defeated the Isotopes, 9-6. Omaha's offense recovered from a poor outing by starter Vin Mazzaro – who walked seven batters in 2.1 innings pitched – to earn a split in their four-game series with the Isotopes. The Storm Chasers (2-2) now travel to Round Rock for a three-game series with the Express (1-3). Everett Teaford is scheduled to make his 2011 debut for Omaha.

Other Notes: Louis Coleman earned his first save of the season by striking out the side in the ninth inning. The 25-year-old right-hander has faced six batters this season. He has fanned all six.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Falu, SS 3 0 1 3 .400 3B (1), SF, SAC, 2 K
Lough, RF 5 0 1 0 .250 2 K , CS (1)
Hosmer, 1B 4 0 1 0 .444 BB, K
Moustakas, 3B 5 2 2 1 .211 HR (1)
Robinson, DH 4 2 1 0 .313 2B (3), BB, K
Giavotella, 2B 4 0 0 0 .250 3 K , SAC
Pina, C 3 2 1 1 .286 BB, K
Blanco, LF 3 2 1 1 .231 BB
Orlando, CF 3 1 2 3 .333 2B (1), OF Assist


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Mazzaro 2.1 2 5 5 7 3 0 19.29
Mendoza 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.38
Shell (W, 1-0) 3.0 2 1 1 1 3 1 11.25
Wood (H, 1) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Coleman (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00





Double-A: NW Arkansas 3, Corpus Christi 2 (14 innings)

W: Brandon Sisk (1-0, 0.00)
HR: Salvador Perez (1)

Quick Hit: The Naturals were walk-off winners for the third time in a row on Sunday, defeating the Hooks in a 14-inning marathon, 3-2. Wil Myers singled home Nick Van Stratten to end the game, giving reliever Brandon Sisk his first victory of the year. Myers collected three hits on the day, including his first double of the season, while Salvador Perez launched his first home run, a solo shot that tied the game in the bottom of the 12th inning. Heath Rollins pitched well in his first start for the Naturals, surrendering just one run on three hits while fanning four. NW Arkansas (3-1) and Corpus Christi (1-3) square up again on Monday evening, with 2010 Texas League All-Star Edgar Osuna slated to toe the rubber for the Naturals.

Other Notes: Blake Johnson had his second straight strong relief outing. The 25-year-old fanned five batters in 4.0 scoreless innings, surrendering just a single hit and no walks. Johnson has yet to allow a run in 7.0 innings pitched so far this season.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Robinson, CF 5 0 0 0 .235 2 BB, 3 K
Colon, DH 6 0 0 0 .313 BB, 2 K
Myers, RF 6 0 3 1 .333 2B (1), BB, K , GW RBI
Bianchi, SS 5 0 2 0 .333 2B (1) , SAC
Romak, 1B 4 0 1 0 .154 2B (1), 2 BB
Perez, C 5 2 2 1 .182 HR (1), SAC, GIDP, E (1)
Seratelli, 2B 5 0 1 0 .250 BB, K
Mertins, 3B 5 0 1 1 .250 SAC
Van Stratten, LF 6 1 1 0 .267 3B (1), SB (1)


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Rollins 6.0 3 1 1 2 4 0 1.50
Johnson 4.0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0.00
Keating 3.0 1 1 0 0 3 0 4.50
Sisk (W, 1-0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00





High-A: Wilmington 7, Myrtle Beach 6 (12 innings - completion of Saturday's suspended game)

W: Kelvin Herrera (1-0, 0.00)
S: Kevin Chapman (1)
HR: Rey Navarro (1), Joey Lewis (1)

Myrtle Beach 4, Wilmington 3

L: Brendan Lafferty (0-1, 4.50)
HR: None

Quick Hit: After winning Saturday's suspended game in 12 innings, the Blue Rocks fell to the Pelicans, 4-3. Jake Odorizzi made his first start as a member of the Royals' organization, striking out six batters while yielding just one run on four hits and a walk in 4.0 innings of work. The offense, meanwhile, collected just six hits, including two apiece by Tim Ferguson and the red hot Rey Navarro. The Blue Rocks (1-2) now travel to Kinston for a three game series against the Indians (1-2). Cuban free agent Noel Arguelles is scheduled to make his long-awaited professional debut for Wilmington, with piggyback partner Michael Mariot slated to follow.

Other Notes: With another outfield assist on Sunday, Nick Francis already has four through the first three games of the season…Blue Rocks Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations John Sadak reports that Kelvin Herrera – the oft-injured right-hander whom the Royals moved to the bullpen this season – hit 98 mph "several times" on the stadium radar gun. The 21-year-old earned his first High-A victory in the suspended game, pitching two scoreless innings while fanning four batters.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, LF 3 1 1 0 .250 SB (2), SAC, K
McClure, SS 4 0 0 0 .000 Now 0-for-11
Navarro, 2B 3 1 2 1 .583 3B (1), BB
Francis, RF 4 0 0 0 .077 K, E (1), OF Assist
Whittleman, 3B 3 0 0 0 .154 BB, K, E (1)
Ferguson, CF 4 0 2 1 .250 CS (1)
Graterol, C 4 0 0 0 .125  
Lewis, 1B 4 1 1 0 .250  
Testa, DH 3 0 0 0 .000 BB, K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Odorizzi 4.0 4 1 1 1 6 0 2.25
Lafferty (L, 0-1) 4.0 3 3 2 1 2 0 4.50





Low-A: Kane County 9, Wisconsin 5

W: Keaton Hayenga (1-0, 1.80)
HR: Alex Llanos (1), Ryan Stovall (1)

Quick Hit: The Kane County offense plated nine runs on Sunday to back up starter Keaton Hayenga, who was outstanding in his 2011 debut as the Cougars defeated the Timber Rattlers, 9-5. Hayenga, who was the victim of a disastrous 2010 campaign, limited Wisconsin to two runs (one earned) on just three hits while fanning four in 5.0 innings pitched. Third baseman Ryan Stovall was a one-man wrecking crew, finishing 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs and his first tater of the season. The Cougars (2-2) open their home schedule on Monday afternoon, welcoming the Quad Cities River Bandits (2-2) for a four-game set. The young left-hander Crawford Simmons is scheduled to make his full season debut for Kane County.

Other Notes: Look for outfielder Lane Adams to be added to the Kane County roster, perhaps as early as today. Adams was summoned from extended spring training in Arizona to replace Brett Eibner, who suffered ligament damage to his thumb while making a diving catch on Saturday. There is no word yet on how much time Eibner might miss.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Llanos, CF 5 1 2 2 .353 HR (1)
Espinal, SS 3 1 1 0 .182 2 BB, 2 K, CS (2)
Fletcher, LF 4 1 2 0 .294 BB, K, GIDP
Watts, 1B 3 1 1 0 .250 2B (2), 2 BB, GIDP
Beltre, RF 4 0 0 0 .250 BB
Franco, 2B 3 1 2 2 .267 2B (2), 2 BB, K
Jones, C 3 1 0 0 .000 2 BB
Cruz, DH 5 1 2 0 .375 K, GIDP
Stovall, 3B 4 2 3 4 .600 HR (1), SF, K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hayenga (W, 1-0) 5.0 3 2 1 0 4 0 1.80
Odenbach (H, 1) 2.0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0.00
Byrne 2.0 5 3 3 0 3 0 9.00


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