Diamonds in the Rough 7.25 Reviewed by Momizat on . Good pitching lead the way to a 5-2 record by Royals affiliates on Wednesday.  HR Roll Call Max Ramirez (13) Adam Moore (5) Diego Goris (2)    [caption Good pitching lead the way to a 5-2 record by Royals affiliates on Wednesday.  HR Roll Call Max Ramirez (13) Adam Moore (5) Diego Goris (2)    [caption Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 7.25

Diamonds in the Rough 7.25

Good pitching lead the way to a 5-2 record by Royals affiliates on Wednesday.  HR Roll Call Max Ramirez (13) Adam Moore (5) Diego Goris (2) 


(Photo Minda Haas)

Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Johnny Giavotella 3-4 2b, R, 2 RBI, BB

Elisaul Pimentel

Co-Pine Tar Press Pitchers of the Day Elisaul Pimentel 9 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K

pic via David Kilgore FB

Yordano Ventura 7 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K

Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Diego Goris 4-5 2b, HR (Grand Slam) 4 R, 4 RBI


Omaha Storm Chasers 6 New Orleans Zephyrs 5

While many fans are clamoring for a Wil Myers call up perhaps the Chaser who is most deserving at the current time is Johnny Giavotella.  The second base prospect extended his hitting streak to 20 games Wednesday to help pace Omaha to their third straight win and fifth in six chances going 3 for 4 with a double, a run scored and two driven in.  Designated hitter Max Ramirez hit his second home run in as many days to help to help Omaha put six on the board which turned out to be just enough for Nate Adcock, Jeremy Jeffress and Francisley Bueno as the threesome got through nine innings with five allowed (4 ER) on eight hits and three walks.  Myers struggles continued going 1 for 5 with a pair of strikeouts giving the top five overall prospect a .196/.302/.391 in the 12 games of the second half.

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W: Adcock (6-3, 5.28) L: Martin (5-8, 6.46)
S: Bueno (6)

Omaha Storm Chasers
Irving Falu3B522000000.316
Johnny Giavotella2B413100210.331
Wil MyersCF501000002.289
Clint Robinson1B502000201.298
Tony AbreuSS500000001.314
David LoughRF502000000.283
Max RamirezDH311001110.307
Derrick RobinsonLF400000001.274
Adam MooreC422001101.252
2B: Giavotella (15, Martin, J).
HR: Ramirez, M (13, 2nd inning off Martin, J, 0 on, 0 out), Moore (5, 4th inning off Martin, J, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Moore 5; Falu 2; Giavotella 4; Robinson, C 2; Lough 2; Myers; Ramirez, M 4.
RBI: Robinson, C 2 (58), Ramirez, M (62), Giavotella 2 (52), Moore (18).
2-out RBI: Robinson, C; Giavotella.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lough; Abreu, T; Myers; Robinson, D.
Team RISP: 5-for-11.
SB: Falu (14, 2nd base off Martin, J/Brantly), Lough (21, 2nd base off Ray, R/Brantly).

E: Giavotella (5, fielding).
Outfield assists: Lough (Brantly at 2nd base).

New Orleans Zephyrs
Kevin MattisonCF400000011.243
Gil VelazquezSS500000002.307
Chris CoghlanRF512000001.289
Mike CervenakDH310000012.347
Gaby Sanchez1B321000011.295
Nick Green2B311000001.345
Rob BrantlyC403000300.750
Chase Lambin3B301000201.260
Chris AguilaLF400000001.256
TB: Green; Brantly 3; Coghlan 2; Lambin; Sanchez, G.
RBI: Brantly 3 (3), Lambin 2 (14).
2-out RBI: Brantly 2; Lambin.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cervenak; Aguila 3.
SF: Lambin.
Team RISP: 3-for-11.
SB: Mattison (18, 2nd base off Adcock/Moore).

PB: Brantly (1).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Nathan Adcock (W, 6-3)6.06432505.28
Jeremy Jeffress (H, 4)2.02111405.24
Francisley Bueno (S, 6)1.00000102.92
New Orleans Zephyrs
J.D. Martin (L, 5-8)5.212660226.46
Robert Ray2.11002404.05
Rob Delaney1.00000002.26
HBP: Green (by Adcock).


Tulsa Drillers 6 NW Arkansas Naturals 3

The Naturals got a terrific outing by their young stud right-hander Yordano Ventura but once again couldn’t do enough to win a game in the second half.  One mistake cost Ventura in his seven innings, a third inning home run to Mike Zuanich but other than that he was lights out striking out seven, allowing just one other hit and one walk while tossing 56 strikes among the 85 pitches that he threw.  Unfortunately for Ventura and the rest of the Naturals, Tulsa starter Brandon Hynick outdid Ventura tossing 7 shutout innings while allowing just five singles.  The teams bullpens couldn’t duplicate the success of the starters but it was the Naturals bullpen performing worse, allowing five runs in the 9th and falling three short in the bottom half to drop the game.

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W: Hynick (3-1, 1.57) L: Ventura (0-2, 4.15)
S: Williamson (1)

Tulsa Drillers
Michael MitchellCF311000000.232
Angelys Nina2B411000000.247
Nolan Arenado3B301100010.261
Ben Paulsen1B310000012.248
Kent MatthesRF310000111.217
Jimmy CesarioDH411001401.219
Lars DavisC300000013.286
Mike ZuanichLF311001111.214
Warren SchaefferSS400000001.174
2B: Arenado (21, Ventura).
HR: Zuanich (3, 3rd inning off Ventura, 0 on, 1 out), Cesario (3, 9th inning off Keck, 3 on, 1 out).
TB: Nina; Cesario 4; Arenado 2; Mitchell, M; Zuanich 4.
RBI: Zuanich (10), Matthes (39), Cesario 4 (14).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Matthes; Schaeffer.
GIDP: Matthes.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
PO: Mitchell, M (1st base by Ventura).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yem PradesCF500000000.250
Rey Navarro2B401000000.243
Brian FletcherLF401000002.267
Kevin Kouzmanoff3B412100000.341
Paulo OrlandoRF401000002.259
Carlo TestaDH411000000.266
Mario Lisson1B411100200.238
Julio RodriguezC301000000.227
    a- Christian ColonPH101000000.293
Alex McClureSS200000001.219
    b- Manny PinaPH101000100.267
a-Singled for Rodriguez, Jul in the 9th. b-Singled for McClure in the 9th.
2B: Kouzmanoff (2, Sexton), Lisson (17, Sexton).
TB: Fletcher; Rodriguez, Jul; Kouzmanoff 3; Lisson 2; Testa, C; Pina; Navarro; Colon, C; Orlando.
RBI: Lisson 2 (34), Pina (7).
2-out RBI: Lisson 2; Pina.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Orlando 2; Testa, C; Prades 2.
SAC: McClure.
Team RISP: 4-for-10.
SB: Fletcher (3, 2nd base off Hynick/Davis), Orlando (12, 2nd base off Hynick/Davis).

PB: Rodriguez, Jul 2 (14).
DP: (Kouzmanoff-Navarro-Lisson).
Pickoffs: Ventura (Mitchell, M at 1st base).

Tulsa Drillers
Brandon Hynick (W, 3-1)7.05000201.57
Tim Sexton (H, 1)1.25330303.68
Joey Williamson (S, 1)0.10000001.93
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yordano Ventura (L, 0-2)7.02111714.15
Nick Rogers1.12221106.75
Jon Keck0.21333113.81
HBP: Mitchell, M (by Ventura).



Wilmington Blue Rocks 4 Frederick Keys 1

The Rocks got a complete game out of starter Elisaul Pimentel to lead them to at least a split in the series with the Keys.  Both teams mustered just five hits but a Keys error in the second lead the way to three Rocks runs thanks in part to a run scoring Geulin Beltre double.  That is all Pimentel needed as the right-hander scattered those five hits, all singles, over nine inning while allowing just one walk.


W: Pimentel (3-1, 3.13) L: Howard (2-7, 5.05)

Frederick Keys
Trent MummeyCF300000010.248
Michael Mosby3B401000000.210
Tyler TownsendDH400000002.161
Jeremy NowakLF411000001.283
Allan de San MiguelC301000001.250
Travis Adair2B302000000.272
Michael Flacco1B200000100.219
Garabez RosaSS300000000.243
Roderick BernadinaRF300000000.083
TB: de San Miguel; Adair 2; Nowak; Mosby.
RBI: Flacco (27).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nowak.
SF: Flacco.
GIDP: Rosa, Flacco.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
E: Howard (4, throw).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Whit Merrifield2B400000000.266
Orlando CalixteSS411000001.248
Cheslor CuthbertDH400000001.223
Matt Fields1B311000012.305
Lane AdamsRF311000100.242
Brett EibnerCF300000001.199
Juan GraterolC311000101.333
Geulin BeltreLF301100101.218
Adrian Morales3B300000101.000
2B: Beltre (10, Howard).
TB: Calixte; Beltre 2; Graterol; Adams; Fields, M.
RBI: Graterol (10), Beltre (23), Morales, A (1), Adams (13).
2-out RBI: Adams.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Merrifield; Eibner.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
SB: Calixte (3, 2nd base off Howard/de San Miguel).

DP: 2 (Morales, A-Merrifield-Fields, M, Calixte-Merrifield-Fields, M).

Frederick Keys
Trent Howard (L, 2-7)5.04421405.05
Matthew Bischoff3.01000404.38
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Elisaul Pimentel (W, 3-1)9.05111403.13



Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5 Kane County Cougars 1

For four innings Angel Baez was pretty decent, striking out four and walking three not giving up a hit in those innings.  Unfortunately that was just four of the five innings that Baez pitched and he wasn’t quite as good in the 2nd inning for Kane County giving up six hits, hitting a batter and allowing five runs in the inning.  The poor inning gave Baez his first loss in more than a month (June 22nd) as the offense was unable to get much down getting just seven hits and a pair of runs.  The loss moved Kane County two games behind Clinton in the division race.

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W: Miller (8-7, 3.98) L: Baez (5-3, 2.68)
S: Cravy (2)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Chadwin StangCF511010202.270
Max WallaRF402000110.247
Brandon Macias3B301000011.279
Gregory Hopkins2B400000011.283
Nick Ramirez1B511100003.251
Michael GarzaDH311000110.172
Lance RoenickeLF210000010.333
Rafael NedaC402000001.224
Yadiel RiveraSS411100101.220
2B: Ramirez, N (19, Baez), Rivera, Y (18, Brown, R).
3B: Stang (7, Baez).
TB: Walla 2; Macias; Neda 2; Ramirez, N 2; Rivera, Y 2; Garza; Stang 3.
RBI: Garza (6), Rivera, Y (39), Stang 2 (32), Walla (33).
2-out RBI: Stang 2; Walla.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hopkins; Garza; Stang 3; Ramirez, N 2.
SAC: Macias.
Team RISP: 5-for-16.
SB: Walla (10, 2nd base off Baez/Swab), Roenicke (3, 3rd base off Fassold/Swab).
CS: Garza (4, 2nd base by Baez/Swab).

Kane County Cougars
Justin Trapp2B412010100.256
Jack LopezSS300000000.200
Daniel MateoDH401000101.278
Jorge BonifacioRF400000000.293
Michael Antonio3B300000010.224
Alex LlanosCF402000001.298
Henry Moreno1B400000000.213
Kenny SwabC412000002.244
Tim FergusonLF400000001.281
3B: Trapp, J (5, Miller).
TB: Mateo; Swab 2; Trapp, J 4; Llanos 2.
RBI: Mateo (47), Trapp, J (34).
2-out RBI: Trapp, J.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Antonio; Ferguson; Bonifacio; Lopez.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
SB: Trapp, J (20, 2nd base off Miller/Neda), Mateo (3, 2nd base off Miller/Neda), Llanos (5, 2nd base off Miller/Neda).

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Matthew Miller (W, 8-7)8.06221403.98
Tyler Cravy (S, 2)1.01000103.03
Kane County Cougars
Angel Baez (L, 5-3)5.06553502.68
Cody Fassold2.01001304.50
Rudy Brown2.02001102.31
WP: Miller 2, Baez, Fassold.
HBP: Roenicke (by Baez), Lopez (by Miller).


Idaho Falls Chukars 10 Great Falls Voyagers 2

Another outstanding start by Sam Selman and plenty of Chukars offense lead to an easy win Wednesday.  Third baseman Diego Goris keyed the offense onslaught for the Chukars going 4 for 5 with a grand slam and four runs scored as he and fellow international signees Adalberto Mondesi and Elier Hernandez all had multiple hits and accounted for multiple runs either scoring or driven in.  The ten runs were plenty of insurance for Selman who gave Idaho Falls six shutout innings while striking out nine to improve his record to 4-0.

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W: Selman (4-0, 1.67) L: Parrent (0-2, 4.02)
S: Cruz (3)

Idaho Falls Chukars
Adalberto MondesiSS523000101.315
Carlos Garcia2B520000000.276
Elier HernandezRF502000301.222
Nicholas CuckovichLF410000013.258
Jin-Ho ShinC410000012.287
Diego Goris3B544101400.429
Jared Schlehuber1B402000011.327
Ysmelin AlcantaraDH500000102.270
Jerico BlancoCF502000101.184
2B: Goris (2, Parrent).
HR: Goris (2, 7th inning off Toney, 3 on, 2 out).
TB: Schlehuber 2; Hernandez 2; Mondesi 3; Goris 8; Blanco, J 2.
RBI: Hernandez 3 (17), Blanco, J (6), Alcantara (9), Goris 4 (6), Mondesi (13).
2-out RBI: Goris 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Garcia, C 2; Mondesi; Goris 2.
SAC: Garcia, C.
SF: Mondesi.
Team RISP: 5-for-18.
SB: Garcia, C (7, 2nd base off Toney/Mosier).

E: Mondesi (10, throw).
DP: (Goris-Schlehuber).

Great Falls Voyagers
Justin Jirschele2B401000102.309
Bradley SalgadoSS401000000.268
Micah JohnsonDH300000011.299
Kyle RobinsonRF400000002.380
Brent Tanner1B300000011.255
Yoandy BarrosoLF401000002.302
Patrick Palmeiro3B401000002.206
Bryce MosierC412000000.290
Daurys MercedesCF311100101.215
2B: Mercedes, Dr (3, Cruz, F).
TB: Mercedes, Dr 2; Barroso; Jirschele; Mosier 2; Palmeiro; Salgado.
RBI: Mercedes, Dr (9), Jirschele (23).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Tanner; Palmeiro; Robinson.
GIDP: Mercedes, Dr.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
E: Salgado 2 (10, fielding, throw), Jirschele (6, fielding).

Idaho Falls Chukars
Sam Selman (W, 4-0)6.03001901.67
Fernando Cruz (S, 3)3.04221205.29
Great Falls Voyagers
Brandon Parrent (L, 0-2)4.15331504.02
Cory McGinnis1.20000206.56
Zachary Toney1.03442114.38
Brandon Hardin2.05320302.76
WP: Cruz, F, Parrent 2, McGinnis, Hardin.
Balk: Parrent, Toney.


AZL Royals 9 AZL Indians 4

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W: Sons (2-1, 5.91) L: Lugo (1-2, 5.75)

AZL Indians
D’vone McClureCF410000010.333
Tyler BoothRF523002300.292
Dorssys PaulinoSS504000000.359
Jorge Martinez3B400000012.379
Nelson Rodriguez1B211001120.286
Anthony SantanderLF400000001.240
Martin CervenkaC300000010.225
Felix LoraDH300000011.143
Juan Herrera2B200000021.279
HR: Rodriguez, N (2, 2nd inning off Haynes, 0 on, 0 out), Booth 2 (3, 3rd inning off Haynes, 1 on, 1 out; 7th inning off Sons, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Paulino 4; Booth 9; Rodriguez, N 4.
RBI: Rodriguez, N (5), Booth 3 (20).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: McClure 2; Santander, A 2.
GIDP: Santander, A, Herrera, J.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
E: Paulino (12, fielding), McClure (1, fielding), Lugo (1, fielding), Rodriguez, N (3, fielding), Haley (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Booth (Escalera-Maldonado at 3rd base).
Pickoffs: Lugo (Patino at 1st base).

AZL Royals
Alfredo Escalera-MaldonadoCF533010100.333
Ramon TorresSS311000010.323
Alexis RiveraRF431000012.404
Mauricio Ramos3B513100301.307
Mark Donato1B301100211.293
Pedro GonzalezC400000111.277
Luis VillegasDH300000101.273
Jerrell AllenLF311100001.200
Alfredo Patino2B401000001.237
2B: Allen (3, Santana, Ju), Ramos, M (6, Santana, Ju), Donato (10, Haley).
3B: Escalera-Maldonado (1, Lugo).
TB: Rivera, A; Donato 2; Torres, Ra; Ramos, M 4; Patino; Escalera-Maldonado 5; Allen 2.
RBI: Ramos, M 3 (18), Gonzalez, P (8), Villegas, Lu (4), Donato 2 (20), Escalera-Maldonado (8).
2-out RBI: Ramos, M 2; Escalera-Maldonado.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Allen 3; Patino; Gonzalez, P.
SAC: Torres, Ra.
SF: Villegas, Lu; Donato.
Team RISP: 4-for-14.
SB: Torres, Ra (10, 2nd base off Lugo/Cervenka), Rivera, A (8, 2nd base off Haley/Cervenka).
CS: Patino (1, 2nd base by Lugo/Cervenka).
PO: Patino (1st base by Lugo).

Outfield assists: Allen (Paulino at 1st base).
DP: 3 (Torres, Ra-Donato, Torres, Ra-Patino-Donato, Allen-Donato).

AZL Indians
Luis Lugo (L, 1-2)1.24513105.75
Juan Santana3.15320208.27
Trey Haley1.02110307.50
Estevenson Encarnacion2.00001204.71
AZL Royals
Hunter Haynes3.23334428.27
Dylan Sons (W, 2-1)4.14114115.91
Jose Rodriguez1.010000012.27
HBP: Allen (by Santana, Ju).


DSL Royals 8 DSL Rays 4

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W: Almonte (5-1, 1.44) L: Crisostomo (0-1, 4.40)

DSL Rays
Cristian ToribioSS400000003.267
Bill Pujols3B411000001.274
Alexander SimonDH411000001.311
Ismael Aguero1B402000100.254
Elias TorresCF101000100.274
    Anthony MojicaCF200000000.235
Enmanuel Paulino2B411000000.200
Joel JumesRF300000010.143
Julio HerreraC300000100.209
Rolman RamirezLF200000001.188
    Roberto AdolfoLF212000000.240
TB: Paulino; Aguero 2; Torres; Adolfo 2; Pujols; Simon.
RBI: Torres (9), Aguero (21), Herrera (9).
2-out RBI: Aguero.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Paulino 2; Jumes; Pujols.
SF: Torres; Herrera.
GIDP: Herrera.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
SB: Simon (7, 3rd base off Almonte, M/Melo).

E: Pujols (6, throw).
PB: Herrera (11).

DSL Royals
Brawlun GomezRF511000002.209
Jeckson Flores2B231000030.224
Wander FrancoDH211000211.278
    a- Johan SantaPH-DH000000020.329
Eddy MeloC301000211.270
    Roberto TovarC100000001.208
Wander BautistaSS401000200.258
Cesar Gonzalez1B400000102.175
Jose SolanoLF310000012.252
Angelo Castellano3B412000000.255
Jose GironCF110000030.226
a-Walked for Franco in the 6th.
TB: Gomez, B; Castellano 2; Flores, J; Melo; Bautista, W; Franco.
RBI: Melo 2 (27), Franco 2 (25), Bautista, W 2 (4), Gonzalez, C (11).
2-out RBI: Melo 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bautista, W 5; Solano; Gonzalez, C.
SF: Bautista, W.
Team RISP: 3-for-16.
SB: Flores, J (7, 2nd base off Crisostomo/Herrera), Melo (3, 2nd base off Crisostomo/Herrera).
CS: Gomez, B (8, 2nd base by Almonte/Herrera).

E: Solano (4, fielding).
DP: (Bautista, W-Flores, J-Gonzalez, C).

DSL Rays
Christopher Crisostomo (L, 0-1)2.03553304.40
Yomelbin Almonte3.02112306.75
Eddy Castillo0.21204007.04
Dionicio De La Cruz2.11002304.45
DSL Royals
Miguel Almonte (W, 5-1)6.14110601.44
Felix Encarnacion1.232210013.50
Yerinson Tatis1.01100002.45
Crisostomo pitched to 4 batters in the 3rd.WP: Almonte, M 2, Encarnacion.
Balk: Castillo, Ed.
HBP: Pujols (by Encarnacion), Toribio (by Tatis).


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 (4)

  • KcBill

    Goris has been killing it! Hopefully it continues as he climbs the ladder.

  • Greg Schaum

    Fields is your typical veteran signing for a weak offense…the Royals usually sign one or two guys every year to Wilmington during the season that are in their mid 20s and are playing INDY ball

    Goris is a decent prospect

  • Royalsboy

    What we are learning from Myers’s recent struggles is that baseball is a hard game to play. “It’s the difficult that makes it great!” Name the movie.

    Fields and Goris could be considered non-traditional prospects. Are they legit and on the Royals radar? Or, are they just organizational filler?

  • Kyle

    Sam Selman with another nice start at Idaho Falls. Is this competition just a step below SEC baseball? Or is he figuring things out quickly? I think its time to get him some starts in Kane County. How many innings are they going for with him??

    Good to see Colon back in NWA. Hopefully he logs the rest of the season at 2b.

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