Royals Alumni Update: July 28

Time for another one of these. One of the former Burlington Royals we’ve been looking at a lot here was in the mainstream baseball news this week. Read on for more…

Major League Baseball: RHP Kelvin Herrera (2008)

Herrera made two scoreless appearances recently. On July 23, he tossed a scoreless frame at the St. Louis Cardinals in 4-3 loss. He struck out one batter in the game. The All-Star returned to the mound on July 25 to face the Houston Astros. In that game, he allowed one hit but kept the Astros off the board in a 2-1 win. In 42.2 innings, he has a 2-2 record and a 1.90 ERA. He has struck out 40 opposing hitters on the season.

AAA: LHP John Lamb (2009)

Lamb was part of the Johnny Cueto trade on Sunday. He joined fellow LHPs Cody Reed and Brandon Finnegan in heading to the Cincinnati Reds’ organization in exchange for the 2014 All-Star. Lamb has been assigned to the Class AAA Louisville Bats, where he will try and continue to lower his 2.67 ERA and improve upon his 9-1 record.

AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals: OF Jorge Bonifacio (2011)

Bonifacio was 1-for-3 with his 23rd double of the season in a 4-3 loss to the Arkansas Travelers on Monday evening. He is now batting .237 (83-for-350) this season with two triples, 15 homers and 53 RBI to go with the 23 doubles. He has recorded hits in eight of his last 10 games played.

A+ Wilmington Blue Rocks: INF Mauricio Ramos (2013)

Ramos stayed hot on Monday night, going 2-for-5, his fifth multi-hit game in his last seven times out. Unfortunately, the effort went for naught as Wilmington fell 8-5. Ramos is now batting .302 (101-for-334) with 19 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 46 RBI.

A Lexington Legends: LHP Foster Griffin (2014)

Griffin made the start Sunday for the Legends, working three innings and allowing six runs on six hits. He took the loss in the game, striking out a batter. Griffin is now 0-4 with a 7.14 ERA in 14 starts. He has struck out 44 in 58 innings worked.

“From Dan Daniel Park on the Dan River in Danville…” (Braves Series Preview)

Well, it took awhile, but the Royals are ready to make that journey to the deepest of enemy territory. Burlington is set to make their first trip to American Legion Post 325 Field at Dan Daniel Park, home of the Danville Braves. It’s a rare four-game series, made possible by the Appalachian League’s annual scheduling of rivals for a day only, followed by a scheduled three-game set. This series is split, with two games in Danville preceding two games in Burlington. Unlike last year, when the D-Braves took eight of 11 meetings from the Royals, Burlington has the early upper hand in the season series. The Braves won handily in the clubs’ first meeting on July 11, a 9-5 win in Burlington. A day later, the Royals responded by taking a 9-3 win, and Burlington scored just in time to win a 3-1 game that was shortened to five innings in the series finale.

Unlike in years past, Danville has struggled to get themselves up off the ground. Danville is a mere 15-17, tied for Bluefield for fourth in the East division, but just a half game behind Burlington for third. Most recently, the D-Braves lost two of three to those same Blue Jays, surrendering 20 runs on Friday before losing a close 3-1 game on Saturday and winning 8-6 on Sunday. Danville enters this series with a .245 team batting average, dead last in the Appalachian League. Burlington, on the other hand, sits fourth at .258. The D-Braves have a team ERA of 3.77, good for fifth in the league, while Burlington is eighth at 4.65. Carlos Castro, who was the team’s leading hitter at the time of the Burlington series, still leads the team with a .350 average (36-for-103) with six doubles, a triple and a home run. OF Leudys Baez is the team’s home run leader with four. The 2015 Danville Braves do not have a single member of the Braves’ top 30 prospects (maybe because Atlanta is in rebuild mode and prospects reside at the higher levels right now).

Who’s Hot

Uh…Austin Bailey? How does 14-for-23 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, four RBI and five runs scored — all since Wednesday — sound?

Probables

Monday, 7:00 p.m.: Burlington RHP Igol Feliz (2-2, 4.05) vs. Danville LHP Ryan Lawlor (0-0, 0.90)

Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.: Burlington RHP Ashe Russell (0-1, 5.54) vs. Danville RHP Matt Withrow (0-1, 4.43)

Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.: Burlington LHP Enmanuel Camacho (1-2, 7.94) vs. Danville RHP Luis Gamez (0-3, 11.57)

Thursday, 7:00 p.m.: Burlington RHP Nolan Watson (0-0, 5.11) vs. Danville RHP Patrick Weigel (0-1, 3.33)

Follow The Series

All four games will be carried on the Burlington Royals Broadcast Network. Check out 104.5 FM/1200 AM in Burlington or bit.ly/broyals worldwide. Also, search “Burlington Royals” on TuneIn.

Keep up with live updates via Twitter @BRoyals_Radio and see nightly recaps at http://www.burlingtonroyals.com.

Up Next

The Royals head to Elizabethton to take on the Twins in a three-game series beginning Friday at 7:00 p.m.

Royals Alumni Update: July 25

Hello there folks, and Merry Christmas in July. An MiLB promotional favorite, the Greeneville Astros will be decking the halls for tonight’s game against the Royals. It’s the second game of a three-game set, so that means it’s time for a Royals alumni update.

Major League Baseball: OF Wil Myers (2009)

What is Wil Myers up to? The 2013 American League Rookie of the Year with the Tampa Bay Rays was dealt to the San Diego Padres in the offseason as part of the Trea Turner-Steven Souza Jr. deal that also included the Washington Nationals. He was hitting .277 to start the season with five home runs in 35 games before injuring his wrist. Recently, Myers swung off a tee for the first time since the injury and is in the process of making his way back.

AAA Omaha Storm Chasers: LHP John Lamb (2009)

Lamb returned to the hill for the Storm Chasers on Thursday to face the Oklahoma City Dodgers. He worked six innings, allowing a run on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Lamb took a no-decision, but the Chasers won 6-3. Lamb is now 9-1 with a 2.67 ERA on the season. In 94.1 innings, he has struck out 96 while only issuing 26 walks.

AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals: OF Lane Adams (2011)

Adams had a big night for the Naturals on Friday, going 3-for-5 and hitting his 11th home run of the season. He scored two runs in Northwest Arkansas’ 7-2 win. He is now hitting .259 between Northwest Arkansas and Omaha this season, and has 16 doubles, two triples and 41 RBI to go with the 11 home runs.

A+ Wilmington Blue Rocks: INF Mauricio Ramos (2013)

Ramos was 2-for-4 for the Blue Rocks on Friday, his fourth multi-hit game of the week. He added an RBI and a run scored in a 7-3 loss to the Salem Red Sox. In 87 games this season, Ramos is batting .305. He has 19 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 45 runs driven in.

A Lexington Legends: RHP Nik Stephenson (2013/2014)

Stephenson earned his fourth win of the season on Friday as the Legends completed a series sweep against the Rome Braves. He tossed 2.1 innings out of the bullpen, not allowing a hit or a run. He worked around three walks, and did not strike out a batter. Stephenson is now 4-6 with a 4.94 ERA on the season in 21 games. He has worked 82 innings, walking 34 and collecting 49 strikeouts.

 

3, 2, 1, Blast Off: Greeneville Series Preview

With the Bristol Pirates as the first team officially in the rearview mirror for 2015, the Burlington Royals now shift their focus to the last team they see for the first time — the Greeneville Astros. Burlington will hit the road off of a tough 2-4 homestand. All three major aspects of the game (pitching, hitting, defense) showed flashes of brilliance during the six games, but only twice could the Royals put it all together. The test certainly does not get any easier with Greeneville. The Astros have created some breathing room in a previously crowded western division and now sit 16-12 and lead the division by two games over Kingsport.

Greeneville plays very well at their beautiful home, Pioneer Park, where they are 11-3 this year. The Royals are just 4-11 away from home this season. As a team, Greeneville swings the bats well, at a .258 clip for the season, fourth in the Appalachian League. Burlington is right behind with a .253 average, so look for more runs to come in bunches this weekend. When the Royals faced Elizabethton last weekend, the E-Twins came in leading the league in ERA, but that title now belongs to Greeneville, who has a 3.06 mark. Burlington has now slipped to ninth at 4.90.

Individually, the Astros’ leading hitter is second-year Astro Connor Goedert, who is sixth in the league with a .340 average, nine doubles, a triple and three home runs with 22 RBI. In a system ripe with young talent, there is not a single top 30 Houston prospect on Greeneville’s roster. That doesn’t mean that any of these guys could soon be on the fast track — C Jacob Nottingham, traded yesterday in the Scott Kazmir deal, was in Greeneville last season and his career has taken off.

Who’s Hot

How about OF Ben Johnson? The Royal has hit in 15 of his last 16 games and was an impressive 4-for-4 in last night’s loss. After starting the season slow, Johnson has finally started to come around and is quite the threat out of the middle of the lineup.

Probable Pitchers

Friday, 7:00 p.m.: Royals RHP Nolan Watson (0-0, 5.23) vs. Astros RHP Albert Abreu (1-1, 2.84)

Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Royals LHP Matt Tenuta (1-1, 4.19) vs. Astros RHP Devonte German (2-1, 3.55)

Sunday, 2:00 p.m.: Royals RHP Igol Feliz (2-2, 4.05) vs. Astros LHP Junior Garcia (3-0, 0.37)

Follow The Series

Catch the series with live audio on www.greenevilleastros.com. Also, follow @BRoyals_Radio on Twitter for updates and check http://www.burlingtonroyals.com for nightly recaps.

Up Next

The Royals will play a four game series against the Danville Braves beginning on Monday. The first two games will be at Dan Daniel Park and the final two will be at Burlington Athletic Stadium. All four games will start at 7:00 p.m. and be carried on the Burlington Royals Broadcast Network.

Burlington Royals Alumni Update: July 23

We get to this a day later than normal due to yesterday’s day game, but without further ado, here’s what we’ve got:

Major League Baseball- RHP Kelvin Herrera (2008)

It was a rarity for Herrera when he pitched more than an inning on Tuesday. In the Royals’ 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Herrera tossed 1.2 scoreless frames, striking out two while walking a batter and allowing a hit. On the year, the All-Star now has a 1.99 ERA over 40.2 innings with 39 strikeouts to just 13 walks.

AAA Omaha Storm Chasers- RHP Andy Ferguson (2011)

Ferguson made the start for the Chasers on Sunday at the Nashville Sounds. In five innings, he allowed no runs on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts as Omaha won 3-0. The righty now has a 7-2 record and 2.51 ERA on the year in 15 appearances (11 starts). Over 71.2 innings, Ferguson has walked just 19 batters while striking out an impressive 82.

AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals- RHP Christian Binford (2012)

Binford picked up a much-needed victory on Wednesday night against the Tulsa Drillers. He worked seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout in a 6-4 win for Northwest Arkansas. Binford is now 4-4 with a 4.72 ERA in Northwest Arkansas this season. In 68.2 innings, he has 53 strikeouts and 14 walks.

A+ Wilmington Blue Rocks- LHP Estarlin Cordero (2014)

Cordero joined Logan Moon as 2014 B-Royals to jump straight from Burlington to Wilmington. He earned his seventh save of the season on Wednesday in a 6-5 win at the Salem Red Sox. He struck out a batter in 1.1 innings to lock down the win. Cordero is now 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 24 games. He has worked 36 innings and has struck out 27.

A Lexington Legends- OF Anderson Miller (2015)

After playing 10 games with the Burlington Royals this season, Miller went 2-for-4 on Monday night in the Legends’ 8-7 loss to the West Virginia Power. He also drew a walk in the loss. Across three levels (AZL Royals, Burlington, Lexington) he is now hitting .333 (18-for-54) with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI.

Plunder The Lots: Bristol Series Preview

A great thing about baseball is that there’s always a tomorrow. For the Burlington Royals, that is a major relief. Burlington fell 12-1 to the Elizabethton Twins on Monday night in the series finale between the clubs, managing only three hits. Burlington allowed double-digit runs twice in the three-game set, but was able to take the middle game 13-3. Now, at 13-14, the Royals find themselves in third place in the Appalachian League East, but with Bluefield and Danville breathing down their necks. All of a sudden, a three-game series against the Bristol Pirates gains significance.

Bristol may be 10-14, last in the Appalachian League overall, but they won a three-game set with Burlington just a few weeks ago in Bristol. Also, the BriBucs (as they have come to be called), have won two in a row to win a series against Danville.

Bristol’s strength is their offense, as they are hitting .261 as a team, third in the Appalachian League. On the pitching side, their team ERA of 4.32 is seventh in the league, but Burlington ranks ninth at 5.06.

Bristol’s leading hitter is SS Trae Arbet, who is batting .393 with eight doubles, two home runs and seven RBI. RHP Mitch Keller, the Pirates’ 10th-rated prospect, is on the roster, but has not appeared in a game. RHP Trey Supak, the 12th-rated prospect, is 1-1 with a 4.96 ERA through four starts.

Who’s Hot

Almost by default, this award goes to 2B Austin Bailey. He was 2-for-4 last night with an RBI double, accounting for two of the Royals’ three hits.

Pitching Matchups

Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.: Bristol RHP Billy Roth (0-2, 5.50) vs. Burlington RHP Igol Feliz (2-2, 4.58)

Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.: Bristol RHP Neil Kozikowski (0-0, 3.50) vs. Burlington RHP Ashe Russell (0-1, 6.30)

Thursday, 7:00 p.m.: Bristol TBD vs. Burlington LHP Joey Markus (0-2, 6.57)

Follow The Series

All three games will be broadcast live on the Burlington Royals Broadcast Network. Check out 104.5 FM/1200 AM WSML, bit.ly/broyals or search “Burlington Royals” on the TuneIn App. Coverage starts with the Best Western/Ramada On Deck Show 30 minutes prior to each first pitch. As always, check @BRoyals_Radio for live updates and http://www.burlingtonroyals.com for nightly recaps.

Up Next

The Royals will head to Greeneville for a three-game series with the Greeneville Astros beginning Friday at 7:00 p.m.

 

Burlington Royals Alumni Update: July 19

Once again, we’ve arrived at the middle game of a series, and that means another edition of the B-Royals Alumni Update. With the All-Star Break in the rearview mirror, the second half of the season is in full swing.

Major League Baseball: LHP John Lamb, 2009

All right, this is cheating a little bit, but we’ll do it anyway. Lamb became the ninth former Burlington Royal to get the call to the show on Friday, albeit for a short stay. Per MLB rules, teams may add a 26th man on days where they have to play a doubleheader. Friday, Kansas City faced the Chicago White Sox in a twinbill, and Lamb was pulled up. He did not appear in either game, but still wore a Kansas City uniform. With a 9-1 record and a 2.75 in AAA, this likely won’t be the last time he sees the inside of a big league clubhouse.

AAA Omaha Storm Chasers: RHP Andy Ferguson, 2011

Because of the All-Star Break, it’s been since July 8 that Ferguson has toed the rubber for the Storm Chasers. In his last start, he worked six innings against the Iowa Cubs, allowing two runs on three hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Ferguson now has a 6-2 combined record and a 2.70 ERA over 14 games between class AA and AAA.

AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals: OF Lane Adams, 2011

Adams went 4-for-4 on Friday night in a 4-2 win over the Springfield Cardinals. He collected two doubles and three RBI in the process. Between the Naturals and the Storm Chasers, Adams is now hitting .246 with 13 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 39 RBI.

A+ Wilmington Blue Rocks: OF Logan Moon, 2014

Moon, the 2014 Appalachian League batting champion, bypassed low A entirely and went straight to Wilmington for 2015. He was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI on Friday night in Wilmington’s 3-1 win over the Frederick Keys. On the season, Moon is now batting .250 with 10 doubles, four triples and 23 RBI in 80 games.

A Lexington Legends: RHP Nik Stephenson, 2013/2014

Stephenson worked three innings last night for the Legends in their game against the West Virginia Power. He allowed two runs on two hits. This year, the righty is 3-6 with a 5.08 ERA over 20 games (10 starts). In 79.2 innings, he has struck out 49 opposing hitters.

Coming Home: Elizabethton Series Preview

The Royals return from their brief three-game road swing to face the Elizabethton Twins. In years past, that might mean bad news. The Twins have won six Appalachian League titles since 2000, including the 2012 crown that they snatched from the hands of the Royals. That being said, the Twins are just 10-12 in 2015, fourth in the Appalachian League west. Elizabethton is 1.5 games behind a three-way tie for first in the West division.

Both of these clubs are not riding a wave of momentum coming in. Burlington was swept for the first time all season in its last series against the Pulaski Yankees. After a 5-3 loss Wednesday, the Royals were beaten handily, 10-3 and 7-3, to close the series. Elizabethton enters off of a series at the Danville Braves, where they dropped two of three. The E-Twins won the series opener 4-3, but then lost close games, 3-1 and 2-1, to cap the series.

Overall, Elizabethton is last in the Appy League with a .233 team batting average. That’s just .002 lower than ninth-place Bluefield. By contrast, Burlington is batting .256, tied for third in the league. Only the two first-place clubs, Johnson City and Pulaski, are higher than the B-Royals. On the pitching side, Elizabethton holds a 2.98 team ERA, by far the best in the league. The next closest team is Pulaski, who sits at 3.16. Burlington is ninth in the league at 4.61.

This will be a matchup of two teams with very different strengths, much like the Royals’ series last week with Danville. Burlington took two of three, which hopefully bodes well for this weekend.

Individually, Elizabethton’s LaMonte Wade leads the team at the plate. His .315 average over 20 games includes three doubles, two triples, two home runs and 14 RBI. The team’s home run leader is Tyler Kuresa, a second-year member of the E-Twins, who has four.

Who’s Hot

For the Royals, OF Ben Johnson has quietly built a 10-game hit streak. He has just one hit per game over his last six games, but hit his first professional home run last night. His hit Thursday night was a triple, his second of the season.

Probable Starters

Saturday, 7:00 p.m.: Burlington RHP Nolan Watson (0-0, 1.04) vs. Elizabethton LHP Samuel Clay (0-1, 3.76)

Sunday, 6:00 p.m.: Burlington LHP Matt Tenuta (1-1, 4.73) vs. Elizabethton RHP Cody Stashak (2-0, 0.60)

Monday, 7:00 p.m.: Burlington TBD vs. Elizabethton RHP Dereck Rodriguez (2-0, 1.61)

Follow The Series

All three games will be broadcast live on the Burlington Royals Broadcast Network. Check out 104.5 FM/1200 AM WSML, bit.ly/broyals or search “Burlington Royals” on the TuneIn App. Coverage starts with the Best Western/Ramada On Deck Show 30 minutes prior to each first pitch. As always, check @BRoyals_Radio for live updates and http://www.burlingtonroyals.com for nightly recaps.

Up Next

The Royals stay home for a three-game set with the Bristol Pirates, beginning Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

 

Royals Alumni Update: July 16

With the Major Leagues and AAA circuits on their All-Star Breaks and much of the minors taking Tuesday off as a result, it’s been a light week. Either way, we’ve got updates for you:

Major League Baseball- C Salvador Perez and RHP Kelvin Herrera, 2008

The duo of Perez and Herrera represented the Burlington Royals at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday night. Perez started for the American League, going 0-for-2 in two plate appearances. Herrera did not appear in the game, despite being part of the festivities. Their A.L. squad took a 6-3 win, meaning that if Kansas City returns to the Fall Classic in 2015, they will host games 1, 2, 6 and 7.

AAA Omaha Storm Chasers- LHP John Lamb (2009)

Lamb’s 9-1 record a 2.68 ERA earned him a spot on the Pacific Coast League All-Star team in the AAA All-Star Game in Omaha on Wednesday night. Lamb did not appear in the game in his home ballpark, and the PCL fell to the International League, 4-3.

AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals- OF Lane Adams (2011)

Adams hit his sixth home run of the season in the Naturals’ 6-3 loss to the Springfield Cardinals (St. Louis) on Wednesday night. The solo shot was one of 13 hits for Northwest Arkansas on the night. Adams is now hitting .240 in 86 combined games with Northwest Arkansas and Class AAA Omaha. He has 10 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 35 RBI.

A+ Wilmington Blue Rocks- RHP Yender Caramo (2012)

Caramo earned the win as the Blue Rocks completed a suspended game against the Frederick Keys (Baltimore) on Wednesday. Over 4.1 innings, Caramo just one run while scattering six hits and two walks. He struck out three Keys in the 15-10 Wilmington win. The righty is now 4-6 on the year with a 2.97 ERA for Wilmington. He has racked up 42 strikeouts in 80.2 innings.

A Lexington Legends- C Chad Johnson (2013)

Johnson hit his third home run of the season in the Legends’ 11-3 loss to the Delmarva Shorebirds (Baltimore) on Wednesday. He is now batting an impressive .355 in 32 games with 10 doubles and 16 RBI to go with his three homers.

(Pulaski) Yankee Doodle Dandy: Series Preview

The Burlington Royals resume their 2015 campaign tonight after a chance to rest. With 21 games in 21 days, the grind had started to take its toll, but Monday’s rain-shortened game combined with Tuesday’s off day has given the Royals the chance to recharge their batteries heading into a critical stretch of the season.

Burlington now shifts their focus to the Pulaski Yankees, one of the three clubs in a virtual tie for first place in the Appalachian League Eastern Division. The Royals and Yankees have identical 12-9 records, while the Princeton Rays are 11-8.

Burlington enters the series winners of two in a row, while the Yankees have lost two in a row. However, Pulaski was on the road while Burlington was at home. The Royals are just 4-8 away from Burlington Athletic Stadium this season and 8-1 at home.

The Yankees rank third in the Appalachian League in team average with a .261 mark. That sits just one point behind Burlington’s .262 mark. (Johnson City leads the league at .274). On the mound, Pulaski has the upper hand. The Baby Bronx Bombers have a team ERA of 3.29, third in the league, while Burlington is eighth at 4.42.

Individually, Pulaski is led by OF Nathan Mikolas, who is hitting .345 (19-for-55) on the season with two doubles, two triples, two home runs and 14 RBI. OF Carlos Vidal has four home runs to lead the club.

Who’s Hot

Burlington’s Brandon Thomasson is locked in at the plate. He went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored in Sunday’s 9-3 win. A night later, he was 2-for-3 with an RBI single and his second home run of the season.

Probable Starters

Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.: Burlington RHP Igol Feliz (2-1, 5.87) vs. Pulaski RHP Simon De La Rosa (0-1, 5.93)

Thursday, 7:00 p.m.: Burlington RHP Ashe Russell (0-0, 1.13) vs. Pulaski RHP Adonis Rosa (3-0, 2.25)

Friday, 7:00 p.m.: Burlington LHP Enmanuel Camacho (1-0, 5.40) vs. Pulaski RHP Melvin Morla (0-2, 10.50)

Follow The Series

Pulaski will have internet audio coverage of all three games. Check it out here.

As always, follow @BRoyals_Radio and check burlingtonroyals.com for nightly recaps.

Up Next

The Royals head home to begin a six-game homestand on Saturday. Burlington takes on the Elizabethton Twins for three, then entertains the Bristol Pirates for three games. Call (336) 222-0223 or visit burlingtonroyals.com for tickets.

 

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