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Diamonds in the Rough 6.18

Diamonds in the Rough 6.18

3-0 day for the Royals affiliates with Idaho Falls winning their crazy opener.  HR Roll Call John Whittleman (12) Carlo Testa (9)


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Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Jon Keck 2.2 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 1 K






NW Arkansas Naturals 6 Tulsa Drillers 5 

A late rally sent the Naturals games to extras Monday.  The Drillers and Naturals exchanged home runs for the first seven innings with each team hitting a pair of home runs.  The problem with the long balls for NW Arkansas was that theirs came with no one on while the Drillers punched 5 across with their two home runs.  Down 5-3 through 7 innings the Naturals would manufacture a two out rally in the 8th with a single and a pair of walks scoring a run on a balk to cut the lead to one.  The game would go to the ninth where Nick Van Stratten would single, move to third with a wild pitch and a ground out where he would stand with 2 down and a 1-2 count on John Whittleman with the possibility of  a loss facing NW Arkansas.  Facing those two strikes Whittleman would come through with a soft single to left to drive Van Stratten in and send the game to extra innings.  Again the Naturals would come up big with 2 down getting a double from Carlo Testa to move into scoring position and once again coming through with a hitter facing a 1-2 count and two down, this time it was Julio Rodriguez driving Testa home with a line drive single to right field for the walkoff win.

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W: Keck (2-0, 3.00) L: Riordan (3-2, 4.25)

Tulsa Drillers
Michael MitchellCF513100000.237
Jonathan Herrera2B201000000.143
    Tim Torres2B100000000.227
Nolan Arenado3B512000002.292
Ben PaulsenDH522101200.272
Corey DickersonLF511001300.161
Kiel Roling1B501100002.255
Kent MatthesRF401000011.191
Lars DavisC302000000.285
Warren SchaefferSS401000001.164
2B: Paulsen (10, Hollingsworth), Roling (11, Hollingsworth), Mitchell, M (7, Keating).
HR: Dickerson (2, 4th inning off Hollingsworth, 2 on, 0 out), Paulsen (7, 7th inning off Keating, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Schaeffer; Arenado 2; Mitchell, M 4; Paulsen 6; Roling 2; Herrera; Dickerson 4; Davis 2; Matthes.
RBI: Dickerson 3 (7), Paulsen 2 (27).
2-out RBI: Paulsen 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Paulsen.
SAC: Herrera 2.
GIDP: Herrera, Schaeffer.
Team RISP: 4-for-10.
SB: Mitchell, M (14, 2nd base off Hollingsworth/Jenkins).

PB: Davis (5).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Lorenzo CainCF301000001.167
    Nick Van StrattenRF211000001.298
Yem PradesRF-CF500000001.267
Eric Duncan3B502000001.292
John Whittleman1B513001200.261
Paulo OrlandoLF511000001.284
Rey NavarroSS512000101.242
Mario Lisson2B401000012.251
Carlo TestaDH322101120.281
Ryan JenkinsC300000001.277
    a- Sharlon SchoopPH100000001.272
    Julio RodriguezC101000100.261
a-Struck out for Jenkins in the 8th.
2B: Testa, C (11, Riordan).
HR: Whittleman (12, 4th inning off Gardner, 0 on, 0 out), Testa, C (9, 6th inning off Gardner, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Rodriguez, Jul; Cain; Lisson; Duncan 2; Van Stratten; Testa, C 6; Navarro 2; Whittleman 6; Orlando.
RBI: Navarro (22), Whittleman 2 (35), Testa, C (31), Rodriguez, Jul (15).
2-out RBI: Testa, C; Whittleman; Rodriguez, Jul.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Whittleman; Jenkins; Orlando; Schoop 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
SB: Orlando (8, 2nd base off Gardner/Davis).
CS: Navarro (2, 2nd base by Gardner/Davis).

Outfield assists: Orlando (Roling at home).
DP: 2 (Whittleman-Navarro-Whittleman, Lisson-Navarro-Whittleman).

Tulsa Drillers
Joe Gardner6.09331624.68
Will Harris (H, 7)1.21111202.93
Cory Riordan (BS, 2)(L, 3-2)2.04221204.25
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Ethan Hollingsworth5.18330415.88
Patrick Keating2.04221113.90
Jon Keck (W, 2-0)2.22000103.00
WP: Riordan, Hollingsworth.
Balk: Riordan.
HBP: Davis (by Hollingsworth).

Idaho Falls Chukars 16 Orem Owlz 14

Rookie ball can get a bit ugly at times with some poor pitching and poor defense at times and that was certainly the case in the first game of the year.  The two teams combined for 30 runs on 29 hits while getting quite a few second chances thanks to the 9 errors committed by the two teams.  Along with the Royals affiliate featured plenty of new prospects with 8 different players making debuts including Bryan Brickhouse, Jack Lopez, Adalberto Mondesi and Elier Hernandez.  Brickhouse had an extremely difficult time his first start lasting just 1.2 innings while struggling with the zone, walking 3 and giving up 7 runs on 5 hits.  The right-hander showed decent velocity topping out in the mid 90’s but missing regularly and just flashing a usable curveball. Elier Hernandez and Jack Lopez debuts went much better with each collecting two hits while Lopez reached base four times, scoring 3 runs and stealing a base.  The sixth error of the game by Orem cost them in the bottom of the eighth when a one out throwing error scored Jerico Blanco and Ethan Chapman to give Idaho Falls the eventual winning margin.

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W: Cruz (1-0, 0.00) L: Sookee (0-1, 0.00)
S: Allen (1)

Orem Owlz
Drew MartinezCF-LF521000110.200
Wendell SotoSS533001210.600
Jarrod Parks2B421000121.250
Michael Bolaski3B613101101.500
Wade Hinkle1B502100200.400
Michael SnyderDH320000021.000
Jonathan WalshRF320000020.000
Anthony BemboomC422100210.500
Andrew RayLF402100101.500
    Quinten DavisCF100000000.000
2B: Ray (1, Schulz), Bolaski (1, Schulz), Hinkle (1, Mills), Bemboom (1, Cruz, F).
HR: Soto, W (1, 1st inning off Brickhouse, 0 on, 1 out), Bolaski (1, 7th inning off Mills, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Bemboom 3; Soto, W 6; Bolaski 7; Ray 3; Hinkle 3; Martinez, D; Parks.
RBI: Soto, W 2 (2), Ray (1), Martinez, D (1), Parks (1), Hinkle 2 (2), Bolaski (1), Bemboom 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Soto, W; Parks; Hinkle; Bemboom 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Snyder; Martinez, D; Hinkle 2; Ray.
SF: Hinkle.
GIDP: Bolaski.
Team RISP: 5-for-19.
SB: Soto, W (1, 2nd base off Brickhouse/Shin), Martinez, D (1, 2nd base off Schulz/Shin).

E: Walsh, J 3 (3, fielding, throw, fielding), Soto, W (1, fielding), Hinkle (1, fielding), Parks (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Walsh, J (Chapman at home).
DP: (Bolaski-Parks-Hinkle).


Idaho Falls Chukars
Jack LopezSS432000020.500
Adalberto MondesiDH521000112.200
Elier HernandezRF612100101.333
Nicholas Cuckovich3B411000301.250
Julio AparicioLF412000200.500
Jin-Ho ShinC421000011.250
Rainier Bello1B524110200.800
    1- Jerico BlancoPR010000000.000
    Jared Schlehuber1B000000000.000
Ethan ChapmanCF322020210.667
Carlos Garcia2B410000000.000
1-Ran for Bello, R in the 8th.
2B: Hernandez (1, Efferson), Bello, R (1, Efferson).
3B: Chapman 2 (2, Efferson, Krehbiel), Bello, R (1, Krehbiel).
TB: Hernandez 3; Mondesi; Cuckovich; Chapman 6; Shin; Lopez 2; Bello, R 7; Aparicio 2.
RBI: Mondesi (1), Cuckovich 3 (3), Hernandez (1), Bello, R 2 (2), Chapman 2 (2), Aparicio 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Hernandez; Cuckovich 2; Aparicio 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Shin 2.
SAC: Garcia, C.
SF: Chapman.
GIDP: Hernandez.
Team RISP: 6-for-17.
SB: Lopez (1, 2nd base off Efferson/Bemboom).

E: Hernandez (1, fielding), Bello, R (1, missed catch).
DP: (Lopez-Garcia, C).

Orem Owlz
Brandon Efferson3.27540109.82
Garrett Baker1.12301100.00
Joseph Krehbiel1.144302020.25
Aaron Sookee (L, 0-1)1.22404100.00
Idaho Falls Chukars
Bryan Brickhouse1.257731137.80
Ali Williams0.11000000.00
Clayton Schulz4.04000200.00
Alec Mills (BS, 1)1.02111019.00
Matthew Strahm0.215131013.50
Fernando Cruz (BS, 1)(W, 1-0)0.11100000.00
Kevin Allen (S, 1)1.00002000.00
WP: Sookee 2, Brickhouse, Strahm.
IBB: Mondesi (by Sookee), Lopez (by Sookee).
HBP: Aparicio (by Efferson), Cuckovich (by Sookee).





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DSL Royals01001002001562

W: Ortiz (1-0, 6.00) L: Alcantara (0-1, 2.61)

DSL Indians
Joel MejiaCF622110000.270
Ordomar Valdez2B502000300.313
Victor CabralLF501000000.314
Juan Carlos Moncion1B311000020.227
Michael DepenRF500000001.333
Omar SanchezDH402200012.129
Juan De La CruzC301000000.190
    1- Andri SantanaPR000000000.273
    Kevin CalderonC200000000.000
Amauri Castillo3B511000002.146
Ivan CastilloSS400000010.167
1-Ran for De La Cruz, Ju in the 7th.
2B: Sanchez 2 (4, Crisostomo, Crisostomo), Mejia, J (3, Feliz).
3B: Mejia, J (1, Crisostomo).
TB: Moncion; Castillo, A; Cabral; Valdez, O 2; Sanchez 4; Mejia, J 5; De La Cruz, Ju.
RBI: Valdez, O 3 (4).
2-out RBI: Valdez, O.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Moncion; Castillo, A; Castillo 2; Sanchez 2; Cabral 2.
SF: Valdez, O.
Team RISP: 2-for-18.
SB: Valdez, O (6, 2nd base off Feliz/Gonzalez, C).
CS: Santana (3, 2nd base by Machado/Gonzalez, C).
PO: Santana (1st base by Machado).FIELDING
E: Moncion (2, fielding), Castillo 2 (5, fielding, fielding).
DP: (Castillo-Valdez, O-Moncion).

DSL Royals
Jeckson FloresSS500000001.239
Misael BuenoRF500000000.204
Wander Franco3B211000030.308
Cristian Cano2B511000000.422
Eddy Melo1B-C311000010.275
Cesar GonzalezC301100001.079
    a- Johan SantaPH101000100.200
    Roberto Tovar1B010000010.100
Brawlun GomezLF400000002.077
Luis LaraDH300000011.280
    b- Jose SolanoPH-DH101000100.250
Jose GironCF410000000.242
a-Singled for Gonzalez, C in the 8th. b-Singled for Lara in the 11th.
2B: Gonzalez, C (2, Marte, J).
TB: Cano; Solano; Melo; Santa; Gonzalez, C 2; Franco.
RBI: Santa (5), Solano (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cano 2; Gomez, B; Lara 2.
SAC: Melo; Gomez, B.
GIDP: Cano.
Team RISP: 2-for-13.
SB: Franco 2 (4, 2nd base off Vizcaya/De La Cruz, Ju, 2nd base off Vizcaya/De La Cruz, Ju), Giron (3, 2nd base off Zapata/De La Cruz, Ju).
CS: Flores, J (2, 2nd base by Vizcaya/De La Cruz, Ju).FIELDING
E: Gonzalez, C (1, throw), Feliz (1, throw).
Pickoffs: Machado (Santana at 1st base).

DSL Indians
Anthony Vizcaya4.01112200.64
Jose Zapata1.001021014.54
Juan Marte2.01000005.40
Edward Estrella (H, 1)0.12220004.05
Martin Alcantara (BS, 1)(L, 0-1)3.02112202.61
DSL Royals
Branly Crisostomo5.14110203.38
Andres Machado (H, 1)1.02112107.20
Igor Feliz (BS, 1)2.24212103.27
Jesus Ortiz (W, 1-0)2.00000106.00
WP: Vizcaya 2, Zapata, Crisostomo 2, Machado, Feliz.
Balk: Vizcaya 2, Alcantara.
IBB: Moncion (by Machado), Sanchez (by Feliz), Moncion (by Feliz).
HBP: Cabral (by Machado).


About The Author

I grew up on the mean gravel roads of Iowa where I started my love for baseball from the age of 2. George Brett and the voice of Denny Matthews deepened my love even more for the Royals as my father and I spent summers listening to the team on our deck or in the car on our way to or from my little league and high school games. Sports was always the common bond that my father and I enjoyed and the Royals were in the center of that.I currently live in La Vista with my wife, two sons, two dogs and a pair of gross cats where we are grinding through until we can move somewhere warm when we retire. I own Casino Cab Company and Bluffs Affordable Auto Repair in Council Bluffs trying to build my 1% empire. If you are in the area you can find me at Omaha Storm Chasers games on most nights or just follow me on twitter @ClintScoles.

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Comments (10)


    Greg, Just dawned on me you were referring to Colon’s toe…to bad we cant delete a post on here like Facebook……;o)

  • Clint Scoles


    Thanks for the info Lopez going to Kane County would probably mean a bump to High A Wilmington for Orlando Calixte. Diekroeger could take Lopez spot with Mondesi moving over to be the regular SS.

  • Michael Lycklama

    Bryan Brickhouse and Kyle Smith won’t make it to the weekend in Idaho Falls. That’s been publicly stated. The same is expected of Lopez, but it hasn’t been publicly declared. All three are headed up to Kane County, so say my sources.

    Michael Lycklama
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    Greg, I take it you are saying Bubba is going to DL…if so man what a start to his career…..Clint I agree & for an ie last yr @ Omaha Dyson played CF while Cain plaed RF, but if he has a chance for CF I sure would like to see him more in CF than RF also Id take Mondesi in CF if he can play & hit there….nice to have some fresh prospects starting up….

  • Greg Schaum

    They had to cut it off…

    I kid

    Going to DL

  • Clint Scoles

    Young ugly baseball you’re gonna get plenty of that at rookie ball. Some thought he’d be a RF in time so maybe they are making that move now. I’m sure we’ll see him a few games in CF also but Chapman is a better defender out there currently.

    As far as assignments go there is no right or wrong answer and if you can get Mondesi some games against a higher level of competition and he can handle it then that’s a good thing. I didn’t see the quick reflexes out of Mondesi that you may like out of SS and his best spot longterm could be CF.


    I thought Elier Hernandez was suppose to have 5tool CF potential….. w/ him starting in RF @ 16yrs of age seems more like a corner power potential bat, 2errors in RF to start the yr hope that is just his extremely young age showing there…..they could have placed Mondesi in the AZL in order to let all 3(Mondesi, Lopez & Arteaga) play SS everyday but I guess they are focusing on developing Mondesi’s bat more over his Defense w/ the higher level of competition. I would guess that means 1 repeats the level or Calixte moves off SS to uncluster the 4….Any word on Colon’s Toe?? …..thx in adv

  • cpass

    Bubba’s injury last year was a quad, not a hamstring. Call me paranoid, but I have concerns about whether he’ll stay healthy, as this is the third such injury since last spring.

  • Clint Scoles

    Royals have some depth at SS at the lower levels. Either way they were going to be forced to team Mondesi up with a good shortstop prospect in Lopez or Humberto Arteaga. Hamstring has been described as a tweak currently and he’ll be pushed back 3 or 4 days.

  • Kyle

    It’s good to see the short season schedule is underway. It’s good to see Elier and Adalberto already in the states. Why are Mondesi and Lopez both on the same team though? Aren’t they both considered high profile SS prospects?? I never can remember, which short season team is considered the higher level??

    What’s the word on Starling?? Minor tweak or another pulled hamstring. Didn’t that same injury cut his AFL short last year?

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