Royals Farm Report: April 11
Clint Robinson homered again for Omaha
Clint Robinson homered again for Omaha
Royals Corner Publisher
Posted Apr 12, 2011

Monday was marked by the professional debut of Noel Arguelles, who pitched extraordinarily well in the Blue Rocks' 4-1 win over Kinston. Elsewhere in the minors, the NW Arkansas Naturals took sole possession of first place, while the Omaha Storm Chasers and Kane County Cougars dropped their contests to hot-hitting clubs. Read about all the day's action inside.

Triple-A: Round Rock 5, Omaha 2

L: Everett Teaford (0-1, 7.71)
HR: David Lough (1), Clint Robinson (3)

Summary: When the wheels fell off for Omaha starter Everett Teaford on Monday night, they fell off in a hurry. The 26-year-old southpaw was dominant for the first four innings of his 2011 debut, holding the Express hitless through the first four innings while fanning six batters.

With one out in the fifth, however, things began to fall apart. Teaford lost his no-hit bid on a pop up to short right field that both second baseman Johnny Giavotella and right fielder David Lough lost in the twilight. After he recorded his seventh strikeout of the game against the next hitter, Teaford surrendered a two-run home run to left off the bat of Matt Kata. Taylor Teagarden followed with a solo blast, and Esteban German singled and scored on a double by Endy Chavez. And just like that, a promising night for Teaford turned into his first loss of the season.

Omaha’s bats were held to just three hits, with solo home runs by David Lough and Clint Robinson providing all the offense the Storm Chasers could manage. Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer finished the game a combined 0-for-8. It was bound to happen sooner or later, but Monday’s game was the first this season in which Hosmer didn’t record at least one hit.

The Storm Chasers (2-3) and Express (2-3) go at it again on Tuesday night, with Omaha lefty Mike Montgomery (0-1, 9.00) looking to rebound from a mediocre Triple-A debut.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Zawadzki, SS 4 0 0 0 .158 E (2)
Lough, RF 4 1 1 1 .250 HR (1)
Hosmer, 1B 4 0 0 0 .364 K - first game w/out hit in 2011
Moustakas, 3B 4 0 0 0 .174 K
Robinson, DH 3 1 1 1 .316 HR (3)
Giavotella, 2B 3 0 1 0 .263  
Pina, C 3 0 0 0 .200 K
Blanco, LF 3 0 0 0 .188 K
Orlando, CF 2 0 0 0 .294 BB

Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
Teaford (L, 0-1) 4.2 5 5 4 0 7 2 7.71
Chavez 1.1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Holland 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00

Double-A: NW Arkansas 4, Corpus Christi 3

W: Edgar Osuna (1-0, 0.00)
S: Buddy Baumann (1)
HR: None

Summary: Corpus Christi scored two unearned runs off of NW Arkansas starter Edgar Osuna in the first inning, but they got little else as the Naturals dropped the Hooks, 4-3. With the win – their fourth straight one-run victory – the Naturals are now at a familiar place atop the Texas League North Division standings.

Down 2-0 before their first at bat, the Naturals got on the board in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Jeff Bianchi. Three singles, a walk, and a Corpus Christi throwing error netted NW Arkansas three more tallies in the bottom of the second, helping them to a 4-2 lead. That margin stood until the top of the ninth, when the Hooks pushed across a run before Buddy Baumann – who was excellent in relief of Osuna – shut the door for his first Double-A save.

NW Arkansas (4-1) will go for the three-game sweep against Corpus Christi (1-4) on Tuesday night, with Chris Dwyer (0-1, 6.75) slated to start for the Naturals.

Other Notes: With his fourth stolen base of the season, Derrick Robinson appears well on his way toward defending his Texas League stolen base title. The 23-year-old speedster swiped 50 bases last season, and he is currently tied for the league lead with Corpus Christi’s T.J. Steele. The Naturals as a team have been successful on 11 of 15 stolen base attempts this season.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Robinson, CF 3 1 1 0 .250 BB, K, SB (4)
Colon, SS 3 0 1 1 .316 BB
Myers, DH 4 0 0 0 .273 K
Bianchi, 2B 4 0 1 1 .316 2B (2), GIDP
Romak, 1B 4 0 1 0 .176 3 K
Perez, C 4 0 0 0 .133  
Smith, LF 3 1 2 0 .300 CS (1)
Lisson, 3B 2 1 0 0 .400 BB, K
Van Stratten, RF 3 1 1 1 .278 K

Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
Osuna (W, 1-0) 5.2 5 2 0 1 4 0 0.00
Baumann (S, 1) 3.1 3 1 1 0 3 0 1.69

High-A: Wilmington 4, Kinston 1

W: Michael Mariot (1-0, 1.80)
HR: John Whittleman (1)

Summary: Royals fans have been waiting patiently for nearly two years to see Noel Arguelles make his professional debut. On Monday evening, it finally happened, and the results couldn’t have been better. The 21-year-old Cuban import stymied the Indians offense for four shutout innings, surrendering two hits while facing just one batter over the minimum.

Arguelles exited after throwing 40 pitches, giving way to piggyback partner Michael Mariot, who was similarly dominant. Mariot, the Royals’ 8th round selection in last year’s draft, earned the victory by holding Kinston to just one run on one hit – a solo home run – over the game’s final five innings.

Meanwhile, the Wilmington offense grinded out four runs on eight hits in the winning effort. John Whittleman cracked his first home run as a member of the Royals’ organization, while second baseman Rey Navarro continued his blistering pace with a 2-for-4 effort that included his second triple in as many days.

Wilmington (2-2) and Kinston (1-3) square up again on Tuesday for the middle game of their three-game set. Elisaul Pimentel is scheduled to make his 2011 debut for the Blue Rocks.

Other Notes: Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper was in attendance for Arguelles’ debut on Monday, and he reported via Twitter that the young Cuban was working in the upper-80s with his fastball while topping out at 91 mph and mixing in a slow curveball. He also reported that Mariot was sitting at 90-92 mph with an 82 mph slider and a 75-77 mph curveball.

  • Rey Navarro entered 2011 as a .251 career hitter in over 1400 minor league at bats, and he hit just .237/.260/.331 in 107 games for Wilmington last season. That’s why some – including yours truly – did a double-take when he was listed as the Blue Rocks’ three-hole hitter in the opening day lineup. For the first four games of this season, the young second baseman has made that skepticism look silly.

    Navarro is 9-for-16 (.563) so far with four extra base hits, and he’s delivered three straight multi-hit games. Blue Rocks Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations John Sadak told Royals Corner that Navarro looks like a different hitter. He shortened his swing while playing with Criollos de Caguas in Puerto Rico over the winter, and he was excellent in minor league camp this spring.

    Navarro has always been a flashy defender with plus defensive tools. If his bat develops, he could become a very interesting prospect very quickly.

  • Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
    Merrifield, LF 4 0 0 0 .188 2 K
    McClure, SS 4 0 0 0 .000 Now 0-for-15
    Navarro, 2B 4 0 2 1 .563 3B (2), PO; Wow!
    Francis, RF 4 0 0 0 .059 K
    Whittleman, 1B 3 2 2 1 .250 HR (1)
    Ferguson, CF 4 1 0 0 .188 K, OF Assist
    Bonilla, C 4 0 1 0 .143 K
    Graterol, DH 4 0 1 1 .167 K, GIDP
    Batista, 3B 3 1 2 1 .273 2B (2)

    Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Arguelles 4.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
    Mariot (W, 1-0) 5.0 1 1 1 2 4 1 1.80

    Low-A: Quad Cities 8, Kane County 3

    L: Crawford Simmons (0-1, 9.00)
    HR: None

    Summary: Back-to-back two-out doubles in the first against Kane County starter Crawford Simmons put the Cougars behind early, and they never recovered, falling to the River Bandits, 8-3. Simmons, making his first start in full season ball, suffered the loss after surrendering four runs (all earned) on four hits and three walks over 4.0 innings pitched. Quad Cities also touched reliever Greg Billo for four runs over his 3.2 innings of work.

    The Kane County offense managed just six hits on the day, scoring single tallies in the third, sixth, and eighth innings. Left fielder Brian Fletcher and first baseman Murray Watts each recorded RBIs while finishing 2-for-4, with Fletcher contributing his second double of the season. After recording two hits in each of his last three games, outfielder Alex Llanos went 1-for-4 with a third inning single.

    The Cougars (2-3) continue their four-game set with the River Bandits (3-2) on Tuesday afternoon, with Leonel Santiago (0-1, 11.25) scheduled to make his second start of the season for Kane County.

    Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
    Llanos, CF 4 0 1 0 .333 CS (2)
    Espinal, 2B 3 0 0 0 .143 BB
    Fletcher, LF 4 1 2 1 .333 2B (2)
    Watts, 1B 4 0 2 1 .313 K, GIDP
    Beltre, RF 4 0 0 0 .200 GIDP
    Franco, 3B 2 0 0 0 .235 2 BB
    Jenkins, C 3 1 1 0 .300 BB, E (1)
    Cruz, DH 4 0 0 0 .250  
    Hall, SS 3 1 0 1 .000 BB

    Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Simmons (L, 0-1) 4.0 4 4 4 3 3 0 9.00
    Billo 3.2 7 4 2 0 1 0 4.91
    Keck 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

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