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Usually on this blog, we spend our time talking about the current Burlington Royals. We focus on recent games and recurring trends. But, today we will start expanding.
Burlington became a Kansas City Royals affiliate in 2007. Since then, four men have graduated to the major leagues from the Royals’ Appalachian League club and many others are impacting teams at higher levels of the minor leagues. Beginning today, we will keep you up-to-date on B-Royals alumni from Low-A Lexington to Kansas City.
Kansas City Royals: The Royals feasted on Twins pitching, hitting four home runs to beat Minnesota, 9-3. Two former B-Royals were in the starting lineup: Catcher Salvador Perez (2008) and RF David Lough (2007). Lough went hitless in four trips to the plate, but Perez singled to finish 1-for-4.
Salvador Perez: Perez is beginning his first full season as the Royals’ regular starting catcher. Last year, he came up to the big club in late June and was more or less a regular starter from then on. He played in 76 games in 2012, finishing with a .301 average, 11 home runs and 39 RBI. The 2008 Burlington catcher has been the starter since opening day this season and is approaching his numbers from last year. While his power through 64 games in 2013 (4 HR) is not where it was last year, Perez has been productive (30 RBI) and consistent (.303 AVG) hitting in the middle of Kansas City’s order.
David Lough: Lough made his major league debut last September as a late-season call-up. He began 2013 where he began 2012, at Triple-A Omaha. But, the 2007 Burlington alum has been steadily in the majors since mid-May. In his first half-month in Kansas City this year, Lough hit .294 and he carried that into his first full big league month in June. Lough has hit .289 in June to give him a season average of .291. He has not had many RBI opportunities hitting largely in the bottom third of Manager Ned Yost’s order, but he has done a pretty good job getting on base with a .314 OBP.
**Wil Myers: The Burlington Royals have one current major leaguer who is no longer with Kansas City’s organization. Wil Myers, who played for the Appalachian League club in 2009, was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason. Myers made his major league debut in a June 18 doubleheader at Boston’s Fenway Park and has adjusted nicely to the majors. In 11 games with the Rays, Myers has hit .289 with three home runs and 9 RBI.
Last night, Myers hit his third home run of the year in a 6-3 Rays loss to Detroit. Myers’ homer was a solo shot off Tigers starter Max Scherzer in the fifth inning. He also singled in the game and finished 2-for-4.
Omaha Storm Chasers: The Storm Chasers could not muster enough offense to beat the Iowa Cubs last night. Omaha finished with just six hits to Iowa’s 16 in a 5-1 loss. No former Burlington Royals played in last night’s game.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals: Northwest Arkansas beat the Midland RockHounds, 7-3, thanks in part to 2011 Burlington grad Andy Ferguson. The starting pitcher hurled six strong innings, holding the RockHounds to two runs on five hits. Ferguson did not factor in the decision, as the Naturals needed a late rally to earn a comeback win.
The Naturals overcame a one-run deficit with a five-run eighth inning and a 2010 Burlington alum had a big part in the comeback. Brian Fletcher led off the eighth with a sharp single and eventually came around to score the tying run. He was 1-for-3 in the game with a walk and two runs scored.
Wilmington Blue Rocks: Wilmington’s game against the Potomac Nationals was postponed due to rain last night. They will make up the game today, as part of a doubleheader.
Lexington Legends: Three members of last year’s Burlington Royals combined for a three-run ninth inning rally, as the Legends came from behind to beat Hagerstown, 3-2. Trailing 2-0 on the road, Mark Threlkeld hit a two-run home run to tie the game. Fred Ford followed up Threlkeld’s homer with a triple and Bubba Starling drove him in with a sacrifice fly to give Lexington its first lead of the game.
In the bottom of the ninth, another 2012 Burlington Royal came in for the save. Right-hander Mark Peterson walked one, but induced a game-ending double play to seal the win for the Legends.
Royals Wrap: Hope you enjoyed the first installment of the Burlington Royals alumni report. We’ll continue to keep you updated on former B-Royals as they climb the organizational ladder. This year’s installment of the Burlington Royals returns home tonight to start a three-game series against the Greeneville Astros. Burlington has dropped its last three games to fall to 5-4, but the Royals are still only one game behind Bluefield for first place in the east. First pitch tonight is at 7 p.m. Listen to the game HERE.