Royals Alumni Update- July 23

It’s the second game of a series, which means it’s time for the B-Royals alumni update.

Major Leagues

Salvador Perez (2008) has had a hit in the Royals’ last two games. He was 1-for-4 in a 3-1 loss on Monday against the Chicago White Sox, and then went 1-for-5 in a 7-1 win on Tuesday.

RHP Kelvin Herrera (2008) threw two innings last night, allowing no runs on one hit with a walk on a strikeout.

OF David Lough (2007) has appeared as a defensive replacement for the Baltimore Orioles in the past two days against the Los Angeles Angels.

OF Wil Myers (2009) is on the Tampa Bay Rays’ 60-day disabled list with a wrist injury. He is eligible to return on July 30.

Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA)

Buddy Baumann (2009) made the start on Monday, logging four innings and allowing three hits, one earned run, one walk and two strikeouts, taking a no-decision.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)

RHP Christian Binford (2012) continued his strong season with a seven-inning outing on Monday in a 6-3 Naturals win. He allowed one earned run on six hits with six strikeouts. Binford is now 2-1 in Northwest Arkansas, with a 7-5 record overall. He has a 2.74 ERA since joining Northwest Arkansas in early July.

In the Monday game, OF Jorge Bonifacio (2011) had three hits, an RBI and a run scored. In a 12-6 loss on Tuesday, he had a single, two RBI, two walks and a run.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (A+)

RHP Mark Peterson (2012) saved his 21st game of the season in a 1-0 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Monday. In a 9-2 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Tuesday, C Cam Gallagher (2012) had three hits, and OF Bubba Starling (2012) had two hits and an RBI, his 45th of the season. Starling leads Wilmington in the RBI category.

Lexington Legends (A)

The Legends were rained out on Monday at Savannah, and had the day off on Tuesday. They are now 40-61 on the season.




Choppin’ Away (Danville Series Preview)

The Burlington Royals’ season is nearing its midpoint, and the weather finally caught up with the boys in blue over the past few days. Burlington played its first 27 games without a rainout, but had two games washed this past road trip (Friday in Kingsport and Saturday in Elizabethton). Saturday’s game was made up on Sunday with a doubleheader, while Friday’s contest will be made up in Burlington this coming Friday.

Before that, it’s time for the second meeting of the year between the Royals and their local rivals, the Danville Braves. Like the series before (and after), this is a split series. Tuesday and Wednesday will be played at everyone’s favorite tongue twister, Dan Daniel Park on the Dan River in Danville. The finale of the three-game set will be played at Burlington Athletic Stadium on Thursday.

Danville was on a hot streak the last time the two clubs got together, with the two wins over Burlington being wins six and seven in a win streak. From there, the Braves went into a bit of a slump over their next nine games, losing seven of them. Danville has gotten back on a hot streak, though, and has won five of seven. The Braves lead the Appalachian League East by two games over the Pulaski Mariners.

OF Sean Godfrey is hitting a whopping .412 (28-for-68) for the Braves. He was a thorn in the Royals’ side during the four game set early in the month. INF Omar Obregon follows by swinging the bat at a .344 clip (21-for-61) with seven RBI.

RHP Alec Grosser (3-0, 2.88) was named the Appalachian League’s Pitcher of the Week this week, but is not slated to face the Royals this series.

Pitching Matchups

Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.- Burlington LHP Carlos Herrera (0-1, 6.60) vs. Danville RHP Andrew Waszak (1-2, 5.52)

Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.- Burlington RHP Carter Hope (0-2, 4.19) vs. Danville RHP Daniel Cordero (1-3, 6.91)

Thursday, 7:00 p.m.- Burlington RHP Yunior Marte (1-1, 3.98) vs. Danville RHP Max Povse (0-1, 8.64)

Who’s Hot

How about the new guy, OF Leland Clemmons? The first Winston-Salem State University player to reach pro baseball since the school reinstated the program four years ago, Clemmons signed as a free agent and hit a two-run home run in Monday’s 4-3 loss to Elizabethton.

Follow the Games

We’re back on the Burlington Royals Broadcast Network! All three games will be aired live here or on the TuneIn app. Just search for “Burlington Royals”. Additionally, you can keep up with the latest in Royals news on Twitter at @BRoyals_Radio.

Up Next

After this, the Royals will face the Kingsport Mets in a four-game series beginning with a doubleheader Friday at 5:00 p.m.


That’s all, enjoy the series!



Royals Alumni Update: July 21

With the All-Star Breaks in the rearview mirror, the Royals and their affiliates are back to work. One affiliate which did not stop play last week was the AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals, where 2011 Burlington Royal Andy Ferguson was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week. He was 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA this week, a week which included a complete game on Saturday against the Springfield Cardinals. In total, Ferguson struck out eight hitters while only allowing two walks and three earned runs in his week. Congratulations to Andy!

Without further ado, here’s what other former B-Royals are up to.

Major Leagues 

Salvador Perez (2008) of the Kansas City Royals was 2-for-4 with an RBI in Friday’s loss to the Boston Red Sox.

RHP Kelvin Herrera (2008) threw one inning for the Royals at the Red Sox on Friday, allowing no runs on one hit.

OF David Lough (2007) appeared as a defensive replacement for the Baltimore Orioles in all three of their games against the Oakland Athletics this weekend, but he did not have any at-bats.

OF Wil Myers (2009) was transferred to the Tampa Bay Rays’ 60-day disabled list. He is eligible to return on July 30.

Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA)

John Lamb (2009) earned his fifth win of the season on Sunday with a strong performance, striking out six over six shutout innings with only two hits allowed as the Chasers beat New Orleans 9-2. Lamb has now struck out 17 over his last two starts, and has not allowed an earned run in that span.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)

Aside from Ferguson’s performance, another former B-Royal has delivered for the Naturals. INF Angel Franco (2008) had two hits in a 3-0 loss Sunday and a triple and a run in Saturday’s 2-0 win.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (A Advanced)

The Blue Rocks have worked their way into second place in the Carolina League’s Northern division for the second half. OF Bubba Starling (2012) entered play Monday hitting .283 since the mid-June All-Star Break. He had an RBI single in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 6-5 loss, a game in which he was 3-for-5. Starling also had a solo home run in Saturday’s game for the Blue Rocks.

INF Ramon Torres (2012) was 3-for-4 with a double and a run on Saturday. Miguel Almonte (2012) struck out three hitters in five innings on the mound.

In a 3-0 win over the Potomac Nationals on Friday, INF Michael Antonio (2011) hit a sacrifice fly to put the Blue Rocks on top.

Lexington Legends (A)

The Legends were postponed on Saturday, so they played a twinbill on Sunday at the Savannah Sand Gnats. After being shut out in game one, OF Fred Ford (2012) hit a solo home run in game two, a 3-1 loss that also included two hits from INF Mauricio Ramos (2013).

LHP Matt Tenuta (2013) made the start in Lexington’s 5-1 loss on Friday, giving up three runs in four innings.



Royals Series Preview: Elizabethton

Burlington Royals at Elizabethton Twins, July 19-21, 2014, Joe O’Brien Field, Elizabethton, Tennessee

The Royals and Twins will meet for the second time in 2014, as they have already squared off in Burlington. Elizabethton becomes the first repeat opponent for the Royals, with the Danville Braves soon to follow in the middle of the week.

Elizabethton shut out the Royals 8-0 and 7-0 in the first two games of the series, with Riley King of the Royals delivering a walkoff single in game three to give Burlington a 4-3 win.

The Twins have kept up the hot play since, currently owning a 17-11 mark that is the best in the Appalachian League by half a game over the aforementioned Braves.

OF Tanner English is hitting .432 through nine games with Elizabethton, and OF Max Murphy is at .398 through 26 games played.

Pitching Matchups

To be determined, based on the rainout on Friday

Who’s Hot

OF Logan Moon picked up two more hits in the Mets series, and OF Amalani Fukofuka returned to playing defensively while collecting two hits on Wednesday.

Follow the Series

No live broadcasts from Elizabethton. Keep up on Twitter @BRoyals_Radio and check for nightly recaps.

Up Next 

The Royals will battle the Danville Braves in a three-game series beginning Tuesday. The first two games will be at Dan Daniel Park on the Dan River in Danville before Thursday’s game at Burlington Athletic Stadium.


That’s all, enjoy the series!


Royals Alumni Update: July 17

It’s been a pretty light week around pro baseball because of Tuesday’s Major League All-Star Game. In the game, Salvador Perez (Burlington 2008) was 0-for-1 with a groundout to third as the American League’s starting catcher. Earlier in the weekend, RHP Christian Binford (2012) participated in the MLB All-Star Futures Game. He worked a 1-2-3 third inning for the U.S. team, capping off the inning by striking out the World team’s Dalton Pompey, a Toronto infield prospect.

No former B-Royals were in Wednesday’s AAA All-Star Game in Durham, N.C., just down the road from Burlington.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)

The Naturals played on Tuesday evening against the Tulsa Drillers (Colorado), losing 8-4. OF Jorge Bonifacio (2011) had two hits and scored a run. On Monday, Andy Ferguson (2009) took the loss for the Naturals, falling to 6-8 on the season. Bonifacio also had a triple in Sunday’s 5-1 win.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (A+)

The Blue Rocks were postponed on Monday and off on Tuesday. On Sunday, they fell to the Salem Red Sox 5-1. RHP Miguel Almonte (2012) took the loss, striking out three in three and 2/3 innings. INF Michael Antonio (2011) was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run.

Lexington Legends (A)

The Legends were off Monday and postponed on Tuesday. On Sunday, they avoided a sweep at the hands of the Hagerstown Suns (Washington) with a 6-5 win, but no former B-Royals contributed.

Meet the Mets, Meet the Mets (Kingsport Series Preview)

Burlington Royals at Kingsport Mets, July 16-18, 2014, Hunter Wright Stadium, Kingsport, TN

After a day off for the Major League All-Star Game, in which 2008 Burlington Royal Salvador Perez was 0-for-1 with a groundout to third, the B-Royals are back in action with a six-game swing through the Volunteer State.

The first three of the trip will be played at Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, Tennessee against the Kingsport Mets. Kingsport is 10-14, a half game worse than the Royals. The K-Mets have dropped two straight with their most recent game on Sunday suspended thanks to weather in Bristol, Virginia.

This is the first meeting of the year between the Royals and Mets. A year ago, the Mets took five of six matchups, winning two of three at Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, and completing a three-game sweep in Burlington Winston-Salem and Cary, North Carolina in a series heavily altered by weather last July.

The manager of the Kingsport Mets is Jose Leger. He is in his third season at the helm in Kingsport. LHP Blake Taylor, the 17th ranked prospect for the Mets, is the top prospect on the Kingsport roster. In his only appearance for Kingsport, he worked two and 1/3 innings and gave up six hits. INF Eudor Garcia, the Mets’ third round pick in the 2014 draft, is hitting .282 with Kingsport.

Pitching Matchups

Wednesday, 7:00 PM: Burlington RHP Carter Hope (0-2, 4.70) vs. Kingsport RHP Gaby Almonte (0-2, 4.70)

Thursday, 7:00 PM: Burlington RHP Yunior Marte (1-0, 2.93) vs. Kingsport LHP Yoan Gonzalez (1-3, 6.48)

Friday, 7:00 PM: Burlington RHP Scott Blewett (0-0, 0.00) vs. Kingsport RHP Yoryi Nuez (3-1, 3.57)

Who’s Hot

OF Logan Moon, who is now hitting .325 and has hits in 15 of his last 16 games. Moon hit his first two home runs of the season in Sunday’s 10-1 win for the Royals, and made an incredible catch in Monday’s game.

1B Josh Banuelos had a three-hit night Monday to follow up a weekend in which he had a double and a three-run home run

Up Next

The Royals will stay in Eastern Tennessee to battle the Elizabethton Twins Saturday-Monday. Games will be at 6:00 p.m. for the first two games with a 7:00 start in the finale.

Follow the Games

No live radio for this whole six-game swing, but you can follow along at for live stats and nightly recaps.

That’s all, enjoy the series!






Royals Alumni Update: July 13 (All-Star Edition)

Today’s Alumni Update focuses more on what is to come than what is behind.

Tonight at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, the MLB All-Star Futures Game will be played at Target Field in Minneapolis. RHP Christian Binford is Kansas City’s lone representative in the game. Binford, a 2012 Burlington Royal, is currently on the Class AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals. He is 6-4 with a 2.55 ERA in 16 games between Northwest Arkansas and Class A Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks. The game will be on MLB Network and MLB Network Radio.

On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, the MLB All-Star Game takes place, also at Target Field. Salvador Perez will be starting catcher for the American League in his second All-Star appearance. The 2008 Burlington Royal came into last year’s All-Star game as a defensive replacement, but this will be his first start. The game will be aired on FOX.

Major League

The Royals have lost three straight ballgames, but Perez has three hits in the series thus far against the Detroit Tigers. He was 2-for-4 on Friday, and 1-for-4 yesterday with a run scored.

RHP Kelvin Herrera (2008) has pitched in both the Friday and Saturday games against Detroit. He threw an inning both games, and did not allow a run in either.

OF David Lough (2007) appeared as a defensive replacement for the Baltimore Orioles in their game against the Washington Nationals on Thursday. The Orioles won 4-3.

OF Wil Myers (2009) is on the Tampa Bay Rays’ 15-day disabled list with a . He will be cleared to resume baseball activities soon.

Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA)

The Chasers were suspended in the fourth inning on Saturday evening against Colorado Springs.

Buddy Baumann (2009) is the only former B-Royal to make a contribution recently for Omaha. He started Thursday’s game against the Iowa Cubs, striking out five and scattering three hits. His ERA is now 1.43.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)

OF Jorge Bonifacio (2011) was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in an 8-0 loss to the Springfield Cardinals on Saturday evening. In a 3-1 win Friday, INF Justin Trapp (2011) had an RBI single.

In advance of his trip to the Futures Game, Binford went two innings on Thursday, gave up two hits, one earned run and one walk.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (A Advanced)

The Blue Rocks fell 2-1 to the Salem Red Sox on Saturday evening at home, but OF Bubba Starling (2012) had two hits, including a game-tying single in the sixth inning. Since the All-Star break in the Carolina League, he is hitting .298 (25-for-84). He hit the go-ahead RBI in the fifth inning of a 2-0 win Friday, a game that also saw INF Michael Antonio (2011) score the game’s second run on a sacrifice fly from OF Ramon Torres (2012). RHP Mark Peterson (2012) saved the game for his 18th save of the year.

Lexington Legends (A)

Lexington fell 5-0 on Friday evening, getting 3 and 1/3 scoreless innings from RHP Andrew Brockett (2014) in his Lexington debut. OF Fred Ford (2012) had two hits in the game. In a 6-4 loss on Thursday, OF Alfredo Escalera (2013) had three hits, including a triple, and scored a run. INF Humberto Arteaga (2012) had a two-run double in the game.

From the Cumberland Gap…to Johnson City, Tennessee (Johnson City Series Preview)

Johnson City Cardinals at Burlington Royals, July 12-14, 2014, Burlington Athletic Stadium, Burlington, NC

Okay, enough with the Wagon Wheel references. Johnson City, Tennessee might be the best-known Appalachian League market due to its mention in the Old Crow Medicine Show song which has burst back on to the scene thanks to Darius Rucker’s cover. Johnson City is not only the destination of that trucker, but the home of the St. Louis Cardinals’ Rookie League affiliate, the Johnson City Cardinals.

The Cardinals come in to the three game series with Burlington fresh off of getting stuck in the Greeneville Astros’ parking lot last night. We’ll spare the details here, read the story for more.

Johnson City is 11-10, 2.5 games behind the first place Elizabethton Twins in the Appalachian League West division. The Redbirds have lost five straight ballgames, though. The Greeneville Astros swept Johnson City with scores of 8-2, 1-0 and 8-3 in the past three games. This is the first meeting of the year between the two clubs. A year ago, they split the six games, which all came in the last nine days of the season, when the Royals were on the verge of elimination/out of playoff contention.

The 2014 Cardinals are managed by Johnny Rodriguez, in his first season at the helm of the club. SS Oscar Mercado, who is the 12th-ranked prospect in the St. Louis system, is the top prospect on Johnson City’s roster. He is hitting .241 in 19 games this season.

Burlington Starting Pitchers

Saturday- 7:00 p.m.- LHP Foster Griffin (0-0, 1.59)

Sunday- 6:00 p.m.- RHP Corey Ray (0-2. 2.70)

Monday- 7:00 p.m.- LHP Carlos Herrera (0-1, 9.90)

Who’s Hot 

OF Logan Moon, whose nine-game hit streak ended on Tuesday, got a hit in all three games of the series.

Tune In

You can check out all three games of the series on the Burlington Royals Broadcast Network. As always, updates on Twitter at @BRoyals_Radio.

Up Next

After an off day on Tuesday, the Royals head to Kingsport, TN to face the Kingsport Mets for three games.

That’s all, enjoy the series!


Royals Alumni Update- July 10, 2014

The midweek has been quiet for Alumni news. After seeing Salvador Perez named the American League’s starting catcher for the All-Star Game and Christian Binford promoted to Class AA, almost any news is a letdown.

Perez (2008) has had a productive three games in Tampa Bay for the Kansas City Royals. He had one hit on both Monday and Tuesday, and a two-hit night on Wednesday that included his 11th home run of the season. The blast was a three-run shot to put Kansas City ahead 5-4 in the ninth. He had three RBI in both Tuesday and Wednesday’s games. Perez is now hitting .284 with 35 RBI on the season.

RHP Kelvin Herrera (2008) pitched 2/3 of an inning in the Royals’ 5-4 win on Wednesday, allowing two hits and a walk but no runs. It was his first appearance since June 30.

OF David Lough (2007) came in as a defensive replacement in his Baltimore Orioles’ 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday.

OF Wil Myers (2009) is still on the Tampa Bay Rays’ 15-day disabled list. He is “itching” to return from his wrist injury that has kept him out since May 30.

Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA)

LHP John Lamb (2009) was very effective for the Storm Chasers on Wednesday, logging seven innings in a start and scattering four hits and one earned run while striking out 11. He now has a 3.91 ERA on the season. The Chasers went on to fall 2-1 in 14 innings to the Iowa Cubs.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)

The Naturals fell to the Springfield Cardinals 4-1 on Wednesday night in the opener of a series. RHP Andy Ferguson (2011) went six innings, striking out four. Binford starts tonight for the Naturals.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (A Advanced)

Wilmington has been dodging rain in Woodbridge, Virginia for the past few days. The last time the Blue Rocks played was on Monday evening, when they earned a 5-1 win. OF Bubba Starling (2012) was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Mark Peterson (2012) saved his 17th game of the season for the Blue Rocks.

Lexington Legends (A)

The Legends won two games on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, LHP Matt Tenuta (2013) won his fourth game of the season by going five and 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, an earned run, two walks and two strikeouts. INF Mauricio Ramos (2013) had two hits, three RBI and a run scored in the Legends’ 16-8 win over the Hickory Crawdads.

On Tuesday, Ramos hit his fifth homer of the season in a 16-8 win. He had five hits, five runs scored and two RBI.


Rays of Sunshine (Princeton Series Preview)

Princeton Rays at Burlington Royals- July 9-11, 2014, Burlington Athletic Stadium, Burlington, NC

With three quick road games against the Bluefield Blue Jays in the rearview, the Royals come home for a six-game homestand chock full of great promotions. From Bark in the Park night to the Salvador Perez bobblehead giveaway, this week is full of great reasons to come on out to the ballpark.

On the field, Burlington was swept on the road for the third time this season (if you count the two games in Danville last week as a road series). The Royals are now 2-9 away from Burlington Athletic Stadium and 6-2 in games played at 1450 Graham Street. What causes this? We don’t know. We’ll ask Tommy Shields in the Burlington Royals On Deck Show tonight.

The opponent for the first three games  of the homestand is the Princeton Rays, Tampa Bay’s Appalachian League affiliate from Princeton, West Virginia. Unlike Bluefield, Princeton is fully in the state West Virginia. I promise. The P-Rays are 10-8, just a game out of first place in the Appy League East. Most recently, the Rays picked up what the Royals started by taking two straight games from the Danville Braves. (Don’t look now, but Danville has lost four in a row). The finale of their three-game set was rained out and will be finished in August. Therefore, the Royals are now a game ahead in the games played category for awhile. Princeton took 6-4 and 3-1 wins in the two games played. In game one, Danville left 13 men on base (one fewer than they did Saturday in Burlington), and in game two, Princeton starter Freddy Alvarez struck out six over five innings of work. Two wins-one thanks to escaping jams and the other based on strong pitching.

Last year, the Royals and Rays played nine times and the Royals won the series 5-4. Burlington took two of three in Princeton in late June, then swept the Rays in Burlington on July 4th weekend. Princeton exacted some revenge by sweeping a three-game series in Princeton in early August.

The 2014 P-Rays are managed by Danny Sheaffer, in his second season at the helm of the club. He has AAA managing experience with the Astros and Cardinals’ systems from 2003-2007. C Nick Ciuffo, the 21st overall pick in the 2013 draft and the 6th-ranked prospect in the Tampa Bay system, headlines the Rays’ roster. SS Riley Unroe is ranked as the 15th-best prospect in the Rays’ system. He is hitting .267 so far with Princeton in 2014.

Pitching Matchups

Wednesday: Princeton RHP Brent Honeywell (0-0, 0.00) vs. Burlington RHP Carter Hope (0-2, 4.70)

Thursday: Princeton LHP Greg Maisto (1-1, 4.76) vs. Burlington RHP Yunior Marte (0-0, 3.48)

Friday: Princeton LHP Trevor Lubking (0-2, 4.91) vs. Burlington LHP Christian Flecha (0-1, 4.35)

Who’s Hot

OF Logan Moon had a nine-game hit streak snapped on Tuesday evening in Bluefield, but still has worked his average up to .273 for the Royals. He now has 15 hits on the season, 14 of them singles. This consistency has helped him become the Royals’ leadoff hitter of late.

2B D.J. Burt is starting to find his swing, hitting a solo home run on Tuesday. After starting 1-for-22, he now has hits in five of his last seven games.

Follow the Games

The Burlington Royals Broadcast Network is back! We’ll have all three games beginning at 7:00 p.m. with a pregame show at 6:30 p.m. each night. Listen in here or search “Burlington Royals” on the TuneIn app. Also, you can follow @BRoyals_Radio on Twitter for updated info.

Up Next

Next, Burlington hosts the Johnson City Cardinals for a three-game set beginning Saturday.

That’s all, enjoy the series. If you’re in Burlington, come on out. Should be a great week of baseball at Burlington Athletic Stadium!



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