Major League Baseball: C Salvador Perez (2008)
“Salvy” was named as the starting catcher for the American League All-Stars for the second consecutive season on Sunday night. Perez is hitting .263 this season, with 13 home runs and 34 RBI. It is widely known around baseball, though, that Perez is most respected for his defense and game-calling behind the dish. Perez had a hit in each of his last two games, a 3-2 Royals win Friday night and a 5-3 loss Saturday.
AAA Omaha Storm Chasers: LHP John Lamb (2009)
Lamb logged another strong start on Saturday night, working six innings for the Storm Chasers in a game against the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Lamb allowed one run on four hits in the game, striking out six and only walking one. He is now 9-1 with a 2.62 ERA, and will represent the Storm Chasers in the AAA All-Star Game on July 15 that Omaha will host.
AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals: RHP Christian Binford (2012)
Binford worked six innings in a no-decision Friday night, allowing two runs on five hits at the Frisco RoughRiders. Binford did not walk a batter in the outing, and struck out four. The Naturals would eventually fall, 9-6. 2015 has not been as fruitful as 2014 for Binford, as he carries a 3-7 record with a 5.29 ERA through 15 starts. He does have 49 strikeouts in 78.1 innings, though.
A+ Wilmington Blue Rocks: INF Mauricio Ramos (2013)
Ramos blasted his fifth home run of the season on Friday in the Blue Rocks’ 9-6 win over Lynchburg. In the game, he also had a bases-clearing double in a six-run eighth inning. Ramos then went out Sunday and hit home run no. 6 on the season in a 3-1 loss at the Potomac Nationals. He is now batting .294 with 13 doubles, two triples, the six homers and 32 RBI.
A Lexington Legends: RHP Yunior Marte (2014)
Marte earned the win on Friday in a 4-2 win over the Rome Braves. In 4.1 innings of relief, he allowed just one unearned run on three hits while striking out five. Now, he sits at 3-0 with a 5.19 ERA on the season. In 26 innings, Marte has racked up 30 strikeouts.
Just three days after the Bluefield Blue Jays left Burlington, the Royals will make their way up I-77 to Bluefield, W.Va. for another three-game series with the Jays. The Royals bring a lot of momentum with them, having won seven consecutive ballgames. The last time Burlington had a winning streak this long was in 2012, when the club reeled off 10 in a row at one point.
Since Bluefield left Burlington, the club went 1-2 in a series with the Pulaski Yankees. They are now 5-7 on the year after starting 4-2. 3B Carl Wise, one of the team’s top offensive threats, was promoted to the Short Season-A Vancouver Canadians during the Jays’ series in Burlington. That promotion slightly shrinks the roster, which was at 38 players at the start of the two clubs’ last series.
Statistically, Bluefield is batting .240 as a team, seventh in the Appalachian League. Pitching-wise, the Jays are also seventh with a team ERA of 4.40. 2B Mattingly Romanin is hitting .375 (6-for-16) with a triple and four RBI in six games. CF Rodrigo Orozco is batting .348 (16-for-46) with six doubles and eight RBI.
When you’ve won seven in a row…a lot of people. But C Xavier Fernandez stands out. On Friday, he had a pair of two-RBI singles for a career-high four RBI. On Saturday, he doubled in his first at bat and scored a run.
Sunday, 6:05 p.m.: Burlington LHP Enmanuel Camacho (0-0, 6.48)
Monday, 7:05 p.m.: Burlington RHP Nolan Watson (0-0, 0.00)
Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.: Burlington LHP Matt Tenuta (0-0, 8.31)
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The Royals will stay on the road to face the Bristol Pirates in a three-game set beginning Wednesday at Boyce Cox Field in Bristol, Va.
Once again, we’ve reached the second day of a series, so it’s time for another edition of the Burlington Royals Alumni Update.
Major League Baseball- OF David Lough (2007)
Lough had a big night last night for the Baltimore Orioles. Against the Texas Rangers, he went 2-for-3, his third multi-hit game of the season. Additionally in the field, he made a catch deep down the left field line while crashing into the fence. Lough is now batting .216 on the season, up 14 points in the last week. He has four home runs and 12 RBI on the year.
AAA Omaha Storm Chasers- LHP Buddy Baumann (2009)
Baumann gets the start tonight for the Storm Chasers against the New Orleans Zephyrs, only his third start of the year. Out of the bullpen, he has put up very solid numbers — 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA through 22 games. In 40 innings, he has 44 strikeouts to only 13 walks. Over his last three outings, Baumann has struck out 17 opposing hitters.
AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals- OF Lane Adams (2011)
Adams became the first player to wear a Burlington Royals and Kansas City Royals jersey in the same season last year, when he rehabbed just a month before his eventual call-up. Now, he is playing for the Naturals, and hit his fifth home run of the season last night in a ballgame against the Frisco RoughRiders. The Naturals romped to a 15-4 win, as OF Jorge Bonifacio (2011) also homered. Adams is now hitting .256 combined between AA and AAA this year. He has recorded 10 doubles, two triples and nine homers on the year while driving in 31.
A+ Wilmington Blue Rocks- OF Logan Moon (2014)
Moon jumped straight from Burlington to Wilmington for his second pro season, and picked up his 20th RBI of the year last night in a 3-2 Blue Rocks win over the Lynchburg Hillcats. The 2014 Appalachian League batting champion, Moon is batting .268 this year. In 67 games, he has eight doubles and four triples.
A Lexington Legends – RHP Scott Blewett (2014)
Another 2014 B-Royal, Blewett took his first loss of the year last night for the Legends. In six innings, he allowed three runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Overall, the righty is 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in seven starts. Over 33.1 innings, Blewett has walked only five hitters and struck out 29.
After three weeks of stifling heat in the Burlington area, we’ve finally seen some temperatures in the 80s over the past few days. While the temperature has cooled off slightly, the Royals have heated up. Burlington is the hottest team in the Appalachian League right now, having won four in a row. A combination of good pitching and timely hitting has led the Royals to a win Sunday at the Johnson City Cardinals and a subsequent sweep of the Bluefield Blue Jays. Just like that, the Royals have gone from worst to first and sit tied with the Princeton Rays atop the Appalachian League East at 5-4.
Now, the Kingsport Mets come into town, bringing a 5-4 record with them. The K-Mets took two of three from the Danville Braves this week, winning close games (6-5 and 1-0) before falling in a 9-4 blowout. Kingsport took their season-opening series with Johnson City 2-1 before dropping two of three to Bluefield. Possibly forgetting to put your pitchers on the lineup card might be a cause of that. Also, it usually hurts when you take a perfect game into the ninth and lose 8-7.
Individually, Kingsport is led by INF Milton Ramos, who is hitting .394 (13-for-33) with three doubles and five RBI. OF Raphael Ramirez carries a .353 average (12-for-34) with two doubles, an impressive three triples and five RBI. The team’s RBI leader is INF Dash Winningham, with 10. Winningham and C Darryl Knight have two home runs each. As a team, Kingsport is hitting .273, even with Burlington.
The K-Mets are last in the Appalachian League in ERA, with a team mark of 5.49
Well, 1B Brandon Dulin still is. Dulin extended his hit streak to eight games on Tuesday with a solo home run to right. He went 3-for-4 Monday, and collected single hits Tuesday and Wednesday. 2B Austin Bailey now has back-to-back multi-hit games, with a 3-for-4 night on Tuesday and a 2-for-3 night on Wednesday.
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.: Kingsport RHP Darwin Ramos (0-0, 0.00) vs. Burlington LHP Matt Tenuta (0-0, 7.71)
Friday, 7:00 p.m: Kingsport RHP Harol Gonzalez (0-0, 3.07) vs. Burlington RHP Julio Pinto (1-0, 1.74)
Saturday, 7:00 p.m.: Kingsport RHP Erik Manoah (0-1, 10.61) vs. Burlington RHP Ashe Russell (0-0, 0.00)
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Burlington and Bluefield will tangle once again beginning Sunday at 6:05 p.m. at Bowen Field in Bluefield, W.Va. That three-game set will be the first of two straight the Royals play on the road.
With the second day of a series upon us, it’s time for another Burlington Royals Alumni Update!
Major Leagues: OF David Lough (2007)
Lough has seen regular playing time recently with the Baltimore Orioles. He has made six starts since June 19, and collected hits on June 21 at the Toronto Blue Jays and June 23 at the Boston Red Sox and scored a run on June 28 against the Cleveland Indians. The June 23 hit was Lough’s fourth home run of the season. On the season, Lough is now hitting .202 with four homers and 12 RBI.
AAA Omaha Storm Chasers: LHP John Lamb (2009)
Lamb earned the win on June 28 for Omaha against the Round Rock Express (Texas). In five shutout innings, he allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five. With the win, the southpaw improved to 8-1 with a 2.71 ERA in 13 starts. He has struck out 70 and walked only 25 on the season.
AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals: 2B Angel Franco (2008); OF Jorge Bonifacio (2011); OF Terrance Gore (2012)
This trio of former B-Royals were all named to the Texas League North Division All-Star Team. Franco and Bonifacio will start the game, while Gore is on the roster in a reserve role. The North Division All-Stars and South Division All-Stars will do battle tonight at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Tex. Franco is hitting .310 on the season with 11 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 19 RBI. Bonifacio carries a .248 average with 14 doubles, a triple and 13 home runs to go with 42 RBI. Gore, best known for his speed, is hitting .274 but has swiped 27 bags this season. He also has four doubles and nine RBI on the year.
A+ Wilmington Blue Rocks: C Cam Gallagher (2012)
Gallagher had a big night Monday, going 3-for-5 in the Blue Rocks’ 11-3 win over the Frederick Keys. All three hits were for extra bases — a pair of doubles and a home run. He picked up two RBI and scored a run in the triumph. On the season, Gallagher is hitting .248 with three home runs and 14 RBI.
A Lexington Legends: INF Humberto Arteaga (2012)
Arteaga went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in a ballgame that the Legends started Sunday and finished Monday, an 8-5 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats. Weather didn’t slow down Arteaga, who is now hitting .279 on the season with a home run and 28 RBI.
After a six-game road swing, the Burlington Royals return home to begin the 2015 Appalachian League home slate. While any home opener is exciting, this series has an extra buzz to it. Why? Because the first-rounders are coming. RHP Ashe Russell, picked 21st overall by Kansas City out of Cathedral HS in Indianapolis, will toe the rubber on Monday night for the first time as a professional. RHP Nolan Watson, selected just 12 picks later out of nearby Lawrence North HS in Suburban Indianapolis, will make his Burlington debut on Wednesday.
The hoopla surrounding these two slightly overshadows the task at hand — get back on track. The Royals went 2-4 on their season-opening road trip, but three of the four losses came by a single run. By contrast, it took until August 8 of 2014 for Burlington to drop its third one-run game of the year. It seems as if the Royals are a break here and a break there from being 5-1 and tops in the Appalachian League. Luckily, there’s a lot of baseball still left to be played, but you can’t dig yourself too big of a hole.
The task of climbing back up in the standings starts tonight against the 4-2 Bluefield Blue Jays. Bluefield and their 38-man roster (shades of the 2014 B-Royals!) comes to town fresh off of taking a three-game series from the Kingsport Mets. The Jays won 15-9 on Friday night before dropping a 5-4 decision Saturday. Bluefield got some one-run revenge with an 8-7 win Sunday, albeit in wacky fashion. The K-Mets had a perfect game going into the ninth inning before Bluefield rallied and won in 10 innings. The Kingsport series win came on the heels of a series victory against an always-solid Elizabethton Twins team.
Bluefield hasn’t exactly been getting it done with the bats this season, as their .237 team average ranks 7th in the league. The pitching has been solid, with a 4.97 ERA ranking fourth in the league. Individually, 2B Deiferson Barreto is hitting .353 (6-for-17). CF Rodrigo Orozco follows at .346 (9-for-26). Bluefield is not much of a power club, as only two players have homers on the season thus far.
Last night’s game recap says it best…
- C Meibrys Viloria extended his season-opening hit streak to six games. He now carries a .381 average.
- 1B Brandon Dulin has one-upped Viloria – he is hitting .450 with a five-game hit streak, and has an extra-base hit in each of those games.
- Dulin, who was tied for the team lead in home runs in 2014 with seven, hit his first two of 2015 on Sunday, albeit in separate games. Dulin becomes the first Royal to have multiple home runs on the season. It is the second time that Dulin has had multiple home runs in one day, as he homered twice on Opening Day 2014 at Pulaski.
Monday, 7:00 p.m.: Bluefield LHP Jacob Brentz (0-0, 0.00) vs. Burlington RHP Ashe Russell (0-0, 0.00)
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.: Bluefield RHP Dalton Rodriguez (1-0, 1.80) vs. Burlington LHP Joey Markus (0-1, 9.00)
Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.: Bluefield LHP Angel Perdomo (1-0, 0.00) vs. Burlington RHP Nolan Watson (0-0, 0.00)
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The Royals remain home Thursday-Saturday to face the Kingsport Mets.
Major League Baseball: RHP Kelvin Herrera (2008)
Herrera has made five consecutive relief appearances for Kansas City without allowing a run. In the stretch, he has allowed only one hit and has not walked a batter. He has also racked up five strikeouts in the streak, which dates back to the Royals’ 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on June 18. On the year, Herrera has 30 strikeouts in 29 innings, and no record with a 1.86 ERA.
AAA Omaha Storm Chasers: LHP Buddy Baumann (2009)
Baumann has been a constant out of the Omaha bullpen in 2015, carrying a 1-1 record and 1.85 ERA in 21 appearances. His most recent game came on Thursday against the Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs), and he allowed one earned run on two hits in 3.2 innings. Before that, Baumann had made three consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run. On June 15 against Iowa, he struck out seven, and fanned six more in a June 19 outing at the Nashville Sounds (Oakland).
AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals: OF Bubba Starling (2012)
Starling went 2-for-4 in Northwest Arkansas’ 5-1 loss to the Tulsa Drillers (Los Angeles Dodgers) on Friday. He scored the lone run for the Naturals, the first half division champions, in the game. He is now hitting .273 on the season with 12 doubles, a triple and five home runs while driving in 21.
A Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks: RHP Yender Caramo (2012)
Caramo tossed three perfect innings for the Blue Rocks on Thursday against the Potomac Nationals (Washington) before the game was suspended due to weather. Wilmington led 6-0 at the point of suspension and held on to win 6-4. Cararmo is now 3-6 on the season, but carries a 3.26 ERA. In 15 appearances (10 starts), Caramo has worked 66.1 innings, striking out 32 and walking five.
A Lexington Legends: LHP Foster Griffin (2014)
Griffin, a Burlington Royal last year, worked five shutout innings for the Legends in their 6-4 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats (New York Mets) on Friday night. Griffin allowed only four hits while walking two and striking out six in the game. Unfortunately for Griffin, the game turned into a no-decision. On the season, Griffin is 0-2 with a 6.63 ERA. He has pitched 38 innings, striking out 29. Friday’s game was his first shutout of the year.
With one series under their belts, the Burlington Royals head south to Johnson City, Tenn. for a weekend set with the Johnson City Cardinals. Burlington held a lead and out-hit the Princeton Rays in all three games, but saw a similar story unfold in Wednesday and Thursday‘s games, where the P-Rays rallied to earn one-run wins.
Johnson City is 1-2 as well, having won the middle game of a three-game set with the Kingsport Mets. They dropped their opener 4-3 in a walkoff before grabbing a 10-5 win on Wednesday in Kingsport. The series shifted to Johnson City on Thursday and the Cardinals fell 10-8.
Among players with multiple at-bats, OF Magneuris Sierra has a .333 average (5-for-15) while INF Paul DeJong is hitting .308 (4-for-13). Sierra is the team’s RBI leader with five. He is rated the no. 6 prospect in the St. Louis system by MLB.com. Other top prospects on the Johnson City roster include no. 7 INF Edmundo Sosa and no. 15 RHP Ronnie Williams, along with no. 26 OF Malik Collymore.
Johnson City, somewhat quietly, won the 2014 Appalachian League title. They defeated the Elizabethton Twins in the first round of the postseason and then won a three-game series over the Danville Braves to claim the league title. The Royals won two of their six meetings against the Cardinals last year, with both wins coming at Burlington Athletic Stadium.
Will they fare better in Johnson City this time around? We’ll see.
2B Austin Bailey and C Meibrys Viloria both collected hits for the third game in a row on Thursday. Bailey is now hitting .500 and Viloria is at .462 through three games. They are the only B-Royals with hits in all three games. Also, 1B Brandon Dulin has three doubles already on the season after only having five all of last season.
Friday, 7:00 p.m.: Burlington RHP Chase Darhower (3-2, 3.03 in ’14) vs. Johnson City RHP Josh Wirsu (1-1, 6.23 in ’14)
Saturday, 7:00 p.m.: Burlington LHP Cole Way (0-1, 5.40 in ’14) vs. Johnson City RHP Ramon Santos (1-2, 4.50 in ’14 with GCL Cardinals)
Sunday, 6:00 p.m.: Burlington RHP Julio Pinto (0-0, 1.69) vs. Johnson City RHP Bryan Dobzanski (0-0, 4.50)
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The Royals open the home portion of the regular season on June 29 with a 7:00 p.m. game against the Bluefield Blue Jays. It will be Dollar Monday Madness, where general admission seats, hot dogs, small sodas and candy will all be available for only $1! It’s the best deal in Alamance County. Call (336) 222-0223 for tickets or visit www.burlingtonroyals.com.
Time to check out what former Burlington Royals are up to. As we’ll do during each Burlington Royals series this season, we’ll highlight five different levels:
MLB- C Salvador Perez (2008)
Perez has a three-game hit streak going, including a pair of extra-base hits. Perez homered in Saturday’s 7-4 Royals win over the Boston Red Sox, his 11th long ball of the season. He followed that up with a double in Monday’s 4-1 Royals win at the Seattle Mariners and added a single on Tuesday night in a 7-0 loss to the M’s in the Pacific Northwest.
AAA- LHP John Lamb (2009)
Lamb toed the rubber for the Omaha Storm Chasers last night and excelled in a win over the Iowa Cubs. He picked up the victory by working seven innings and giving up two earned runs on four hits and no walks while striking out a season-high 10. Lamb is now 7-1 with a 2.91 ERA on the season and has struck out 65 in 68 innings.
AA- OF Jorge Bonifacio (2011)
Bonifacio had a two-hit game on Monday for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in a 5-1 loss to the Arkansas Travelers. The night extended his hitting streak to eight games, a streak that was snapped on Tuesday. Bonifacio is hitting .247 on the season with 12 doubles, a triple and 13 home runs.
A+- INF Ramon Torres (2013)
Torres played the entire game at second base for the Carolina League All-Stars on Tuesday night. Representing his Wilmington Blue Rocks, Torres went 2-for-5 with a run scored in the game, which the Carolina League lost 9-2 to the California League All-Stars in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Torres is hitting .272 in the season with 10 doubles, three triples, a home run and 15 RBI.
A- RHP Zach Lovvorn (2013) and OF Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado (2013)
Lovvorn and Escalera-Maldonado were named to the South Atlantic League All-Star roster and played in Tuesday night’s game in Asheville, N.C. Lovvorn worked an inning and surrendered two runs while Escalera-Maldonado went 0-for-2. Their team, the South Division All-Stars, fell to the North 7-5. Lovvorn has a 3.56 ERA this season in 12 starts with 47 strikeouts in 65.2 innings for the Lexington Legends. Escalera-Maldonado has a .313 average with 13 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 33 RBI on the season for the Legends.
Rosters are set, the exhibition has been played and we are finally set for some real Burlington Royals baseball. For the Royals, the 2015 season begins the exact same way that 2014 ended — with a ballgame against the Princeton Rays. Fans might remember that the two ballclubs played a 13-inning game on the season’s final day before the Rays prevailed 3-2. Overall, Princeton took the 2014 season series 7-2, with the Royals stealing middle games of a mid-July series in Burlington and a late-July set in Princeton.
The 2014 Princeton Rays (40-28) were a much more competitive ballclub than the one that finished in last place in 2013. As champions of the Appalachian League Eastern Division, the P-Rays made it to the playoffs for the first time since 1998. Unfortunately for the good folks of Princeton, W. Va., those pesky Danville Braves beat the P-Rays in the first round of the postseason.
As any astute follower (or even casual fan) of Minor League Baseball can tell you, teams change drastically from year-to-year. Only three players from manager Danny Sheaffer‘s squad return for the 2015 campaign: INF Bill Pujols, OF Patrick Grady and OF Angel Perez. The 2015 team features an influx of experienced pitching coming from the Gulf Coast League along with Tampa Bay’s 11th round draft pick, RHP Ian Gibault out of Tulane.
The field players include 2015 draft picks Brett Sullivan (17th round), Blake Butera (35th round), and Kewby Meyer (37th round) in the infield. 18th round pick Landon Cray highlights the newcomers in the outfield.
B-Royals in Openers
The Burlington Royals lost an extra-inning backbreaker to the Pulaski Mariners last year on Opening Night 8-7. That came a year after Burlington won 2-1 in 13 innings over those same Mariners at Burlington Athletic Stadium in 2013.
Burlington has not lost consecutive season openers since 2010 and 2011. Coincidentally, 2011 was the last time the B-Royals opened in Princeton, taking a 7-5 defeat at Hunnicut Field.
How about the Royals’ pitching staff? Seven different Royals, six of them 2015 draft picks, combined to throw a five-hit shutout against the Kernersville Bulldogs on Sunday. Royals pitching only walked one batter and struck out nine en route to a 7-0 win. Royals pitching retired the final 10 Bulldogs hitters of the game, while RHPs Daniel Concepcion, Matt Ditman and Jacob Bodner fanned six of the last nine hitters from the seventh inning on.
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.: Burlington RHP Julio Pinto (4-3, 4.83 in ’14) vs. Princeton RHP Jose Mujica (3-2, 3.83 in two GCL seasons)
Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.: Burlington TBD vs. Princeton LHP Jose Alvarado (1-5, 3.79 in ’14 w/ GCL)
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.: Burlington LHP Enmanuel Camacho (0-1, 6.98 in ’14) vs. Princeton RHP Blake Bivens (0-1, 4.05 in ’14 w/ GCL)
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Tonight’s Opening Night will be aired on the Burlington Royals Broadcast Network. Catch the game on 104.5 FM/1200 AM WSML in Alamance County and worldwide on TuneIn. On the TuneIn app, search “Burlington Royals” for the live stream.
Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with the Best Western/Ramada Royals On Deck Show.
After this series, the Royals head to Johnson City, Tenn. to face the Johnson City Cardinals, the Appy League’s defending champions. The series begins Friday at 7:00 p.m.