Diamonds in the Rough 8.13 Reviewed by Momizat on . 5-2 record for Royals affiliates on Monday.  HR Roll Call Mark Donato (3) Alexis Rivera (2)  [caption id="attachment_12329" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 5-2 record for Royals affiliates on Monday.  HR Roll Call Mark Donato (3) Alexis Rivera (2)  [caption id="attachment_12329" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 8.13

5-2 record for Royals affiliates on Monday.  HR Roll Call Mark Donato (3) Alexis Rivera (2) 

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Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Nick Van Stratten 3-3 2b, BB, 2 RBI

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Brooks Pounders 7 IP 4 H 1 R 0 ER 0 BB 5 K

Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Torey Deshazier 3.1 IP 0 H 0 R 1 BB 8 K


Omaha Storm Chasers 5 Tuscon Padres 2 

Magic Number = 5.  The Chasers lowered that magic number with four runs in the middle innings that starter Ryan Verdugo and a pair of relievers made stand up.  Wil Myers accounted for two of those runs singling and scoring in the 4th and driving in Anthony Seratelli in the 5th.  Derrick Robinson accounted for the other two runs in that time scoring on a Johnny Giavotella hit in the 5th and then driving in Max Ramirez with a single in the 6th.  Starter Ryan Verdugo won his 10th game of the season by allowing just 2 runs (1 ER) in six innings while working around four hits and for walks with the help of seven strikeouts.  The Chasers defense committed three errors including two by Johnny Giavotella who is getting playing time at third base but those errors weren’t killers thanks to the pitching staffs 10 K’s.  Two of those K’s came in the 8th by newcomer Donnie Joseph who worked around one of Giavotella’s errors in the 9th to complete the save and four game sweep by Omaha.


W: Verdugo (10-3, 3.51) L: Bay (2-8, 5.17)
S: Joseph (2)

Omaha Storm Chasers
Irving FaluSS401000011.327
Christian Colon2B200000001.412
    a- Anthony SeratelliPH-2B311000000.296
Johnny Giavotella3B501000100.330
Wil MyersDH412000100.304
Clint Robinson1B411100000.297
David LoughCF401000100.284
Max RamirezC412100100.295
Mitch MaierRF300000012.254
Derrick RobinsonLF412000101.279
a-Struck out for Colon, C in the 3rd.
2B: Robinson, C (31, Bay), Ramirez, M (14, Bay).
TB: Falu; Robinson, D 2; Seratelli; Robinson, C 2; Giavotella; Lough; Myers 2; Ramirez, M 3.
RBI: Ramirez, M (64), Lough (64), Giavotella (70), Myers (67), Robinson, D (24).
2-out RBI: Giavotella; Myers; Robinson, D.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Robinson, D; Robinson, C; Giavotella.
Team RISP: 5-for-13.
SB: Maier (2, 2nd base off Hamren/Rodriguez, E).

E: Maier (2, fielding), Giavotella 2 (8, fielding, throw).

Tucson Padres
Daniel RobertsonCF410000010.303
Jesus Merchan3B412100000.405
Andy Parrino2B301000111.339
Matt Clark1B300000012.289
Jeremy HermidaRF400000003.258
Vince BelnomeDH300000011.253
Eddy RodriguezC400000001.000
Beamer WeemsSS401000000.250
Blake TekotteLF400000002.248
2B: Merchan (5, Verdugo).
TB: Merchan 3; Weems; Parrino.
RBI: Parrino (24).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hermida; Rodriguez, E; Weems 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
E: Weems (12, throw).
Outfield assists: Robertson (Falu at 2nd base).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Ryan Verdugo (W, 10-3)6.04214703.51
Juan Gutierrez (H, 2)1.000001015.00
Donnie Joseph (S, 2)2.00000202.57
Tucson Padres
Bear Bay (L, 2-8)6.011540405.17
Jorge Reyes2.00000005.34
Erik Hamren1.00002103.43
WP: Hamren.


NW Arkansas Naturals 4 Frisco Rough Riders 3

The Naturals put together a late comeback to avoid a home sweep against Frisco.  The Rough Riders took a lead in the 3rd inning when everyones #1 prospect Jurickson Profar took starter Justin Marks deep for his 14th home run of the season. Frisco tacked on a couple more in the 4th to push their advantage to 3-0 with another off Marks and their lone run off piggyback partner Michael Mariot.  The Naturals got a run back in the 4th when Brian Fletcher stole second after a hit by pitch eventually scoring on a Carlo Testa RBI single.  Down 3-1 the Naturals rally got going in the 7th with a leadoff single by Testa and a two out RBI single by Yem Prades and another run scoring hit by Whit Merrifield that tied the game.  Mario Lisson would double in the 8th, move to third with one of the Naturals six steals on the night and score the lead run on Rey Navarro’s sac fly.  Reliever Sam Runion would work around a hit in the 9th to earn the win for Mariot and the Naturals.

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W: Mariot (6-3, 3.29) L: Rodebaugh (2-5, 2.27)
S: Runion (3)

Frisco RoughRiders
Engel BeltreCF500000003.259
Jurickson ProfarSS412001100.285
Jared HoyingLF400000000.266
Chris McGuiness1B211100020.253
Alex Buchholz2B400000003.253
Tommy Mendonca3B211000021.244
Jared PrinceRF402000100.226
Val MajewskiDH400000000.225
Jose FelixC401000001.253
    1- Ryan StrausborgerPR000000000.247
1-Ran for Felix in the 9th.
2B: McGuiness (20, Mariot).
HR: Profar (14, 3rd inning off Marks, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Prince 2; McGuiness 2; Mendonca; Felix; Profar 5.
RBI: Profar (61), Prince (38).
2-out RBI: Profar.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Majewski, V; Beltre, E; Buchholz.
GIDP: Hoying, Felix.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
DP: 2 (Profar-Buchholz-McGuiness, Mendonca-Buchholz-McGuiness).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yem PradesCF413000100.261
Whit Merrifield2B301000110.333
Brian FletcherDH211000011.255
Paulo OrlandoRF200000020.273
Manny PinaC300000011.260
Mario Lisson1B411100001.261
Carlo TestaLF312000110.260
Rey Navarro3B300000100.252
Michael LibertoSS402000001.220
    Alex McClureSS000000000.230
2B: Lisson (23, Rodebaugh).
TB: Fletcher; Liberto 2; Lisson 2; Merrifield; Testa, C 2; Prades 3.
RBI: Testa, C (53), Prades (33), Merrifield (5), Navarro (39).
2-out RBI: Testa, C; Prades; Merrifield.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lisson; Orlando; Liberto.
SF: Navarro.
GIDP: Merrifield, Prades.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
SB: Fletcher (4, 3rd base off Buckel/Felix), Orlando 2 (18, 2nd base off Buckel/Felix, 3rd base off De Los Santos, M/Felix), Testa, C 2 (11, 2nd base off De Los Santos, M/Felix, 2nd base off Rodebaugh/Felix), Lisson (18, 3rd base off Rodebaugh/Felix).
CS: Prades (7, 2nd base by Buckel/Felix), Orlando (5, home by Buckel/Felix), Merrifield (1, 3rd base by Buckel/Felix).

E: Lisson 2 (15, fielding, throw), Liberto (1, missed catch).
DP: 2 (Lisson-Liberto-Lisson, Navarro-Merrifield-Lisson).

Frisco RoughRiders
Cody Buckel5.26114304.75
Miguel De Los Santos (BS, 1)1.13221105.01
Ryan Rodebaugh (L, 2-5)1.01111002.27
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Justin Marks3.12222413.93
Michael Mariot (W, 6-3)4.24102403.29
Sam Runion (S, 3)1.01000000.00
Balk: De Los Santos, M.
HBP: Fletcher (by Buckel).


Wilmington Blue Rocks 4 Potomac Nationals 3

The Rocks got another good pitching performance from one of their starting pitchers  to take game one of the series with last place Potomac.  Brooks Pounders was attacking the zone, walking zero, limiting Nationals hitters to just five singles, and getting through seven innings with just one unearned run to earn his 5th win of the season.  The offense backed up Brooks with a  pair of run in the first on a runs scoring double by Nick Van Stratten and a double play that scored Cheslor Cuthbert after one of his two hits.  With the score 3-1 the Rocks got a much needed insurance run after Lane Adams reached on a wild pitch strikeout and was driven in by a Van Stratten single.  That run would come in handy when Edwin Carl struggled in the ninth allowing three consecutive singles before turning things over to Robinson Yambati who finished off the inning with a pair of strikeouts that left the tying run at 3rd base.


W: Pounders (5-4, 4.83) L: Karns (8-4, 2.26)
S: Yambati (3)

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Orlando CalixteSS502000002.275
Brett EibnerCF400000002.202
Lane AdamsRF410000003.230
Matt Fields1B310000012.290
Cheslor Cuthbert3B422000001.226
Nick Van StrattenLF3031002101.000
Geulin BeltreDH400000003.240
Juan GraterolC401100200.301
Angel Franco2B402000000.272
2B: Van Stratten (1, Karns), Graterol (10, Karns).
TB: Calixte 2; Cuthbert 2; Van Stratten 4; Graterol 2; Franco 2.
RBI: Van Stratten 2 (2), Graterol 2 (15).
2-out RBI: Van Stratten.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fields, M; Calixte; Graterol.
GIDP: Adams.
Team RISP: 4-for-14.
SB: Van Stratten (1, 2nd base off Karns/Howell).

E: Pounders (2, pickoff), Cuthbert (19, throw).
DP: (Calixte-Franco-Fields, M).

Potomac Nationals
Francisco SorianoCF413000000.261
Blake Kelso2B400000101.223
Anthony RendonDH412000000.333
Kevin KeyesRF411000001.215
Rick HagueSS401000101.249
Jason Martinson3B400000002.231
Jeff HowellC402000101.316
Stephen King1B400000001.284
J.P. RamirezLF300000001.276
TB: Howell 2; Soriano 3; Keyes; Hague; Rendon 2.
RBI: Kelso (26), Hague (45), Howell (1).
2-out RBI: Howell.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: King 2.
GIDP: Keyes.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
CS: Soriano (6, 2nd base by Carl/Graterol).

Outfield assists: Soriano (Van Stratten at home).
DP: 2 (Hague-Kelso-King, Hague-King-Howell).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Brooks Pounders (W, 5-4)7.04100504.83
Edwin Carl (H, 2)1.14220105.02
Robinson Yambati (S, 3)0.21000202.16
Potomac Nationals
Nathan Karns (L, 8-4)6.083321002.26
Matt Swynenberg3.02110305.49
WP: Karns, Swynenberg 2.
HBP: Eibner (by Karns).


Cedar Rapids Kernals 5 Kane County Cougars 1

Starter Aaron Brooks fell victim to the long ball costing his team and his personal stat line a loss Monday.  The 2011 9th round pick gave up a three run home run in the 1st to put his team behind early then sandwiched four zeroes from the 2nd thru the 5th before falling victim to a two run home run in the 6th that put his team down 5-1.  Those five runs were plenty for the Kernals to sandwich the last game of the series as their starter Eswarlin Jimenez shutdown the Cougars offense for eight innings while allowing just three hits, a walk and a run in that time.

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Cedar Rapids30000200x590

W: Jimenez (7-4, 3.45) L: Brooks (9-12, 4.93)

Kane County Cougars
Alex LlanosCF400000000.276
Tim FergusonRF400000002.278
Daniel Mateo2B300000000.274
Dean Espy1B301100001.258
Michael Antonio3B200000011.222
Julio AparicioLF300000001.271
Henry MorenoDH300000001.220
Kenny SwabC311100001.239
Yowill EspinalSS301000002.281
2B: Espy (15, Jimenez, Es), Swab (9, Jimenez, Es).
TB: Espinal; Swab 2; Espy 2.
GIDP: Moreno, Llanos.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 1.
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Drew MartinezCF401000001.254
Trevor Hairgrove3B412000001.230
Eric StametsSS411000000.291
Frazier Hall1B412001301.259
Gary MitchellRF400000002.249
Zachary BorensteinLF311000000.239
Abel BakerDH312001200.248
Zach WrightC300000001.286
Jarrod Parks2B300000002.063
HR: Hall (13, 1st inning off Brooks, 2 on, 1 out), Baker, A (6, 6th inning off Brooks, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Baker, A 5; Borenstein; Hall 5; Martinez, D; Hairgrove 2; Stamets.
RBI: Hall 3 (44), Baker, A 2 (34).
2-out RBI: Baker, A 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Borenstein.
Team RISP: 2-for-4.
SB: Borenstein (13, 2nd base off Brooks/Swab).
CS: Martinez, D (3, 2nd base by Brooks/Swab).

DP: 2 (Stamets-Parks-Hall 2).

Kane County Cougars
Aaron Brooks (L, 9-12)5.29550524.93
Kellen Moen2.10000305.25
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Eswarlin Jimenez (W, 7-4)8.03111803.45
R.J. Alvarez1.00000104.91


Idaho Falls Chukars 3 Billings Mustangs 1

A 8th inning rally gave the Chukars a late win to keep pace in their 2nd half division race.  Starter Ali Williams gave the Idaho Falls five quality innings allowing just an unearned run in that time while allowing five hits and a walk against his six K’s.  Unfortunately Ali was unable to earn a win for his work as Billings starter Ismael Guillen outdid him to the tune of just three singles, a walk and 10 strikeouts while on the mound, keeping Idaho Falls down 1-0.  That score would stand up until the 8th when Parker Morin got a rally started with a leadoff double.  Morin would come around following a Jerico Blanco single and a Adalberto Mondesi ground out.  Mondesi and Diego Goris, who had reached on a single, moved into scoring position with one out on a wild pitch both scoring later on a single by Elier Hernandez.  Those two runs would prove to be the winners with the bullpen finishing off scoreless frames in the final two innings.  The win kept Idaho falls a game back of first place Orem for the 2nd half title with 23 games remaining in their season.

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W: Cruz (2-3, 6.59) L: Klimesh (0-2, 3.47)
S: Middendorf (3)

Idaho Falls Chukars
Adalberto MondesiSS410000103.299
Diego Goris2B411000001.275
Elier HernandezRF401000202.219
Nicholas CuckovichLF400000003.258
Jin-Ho ShinDH401000002.281
Nick DelGuidice3B401000000.306
Jared Schlehuber1B301000011.256
Parker MorinC311100000.299
Jerico BlancoCF301000001.194
2B: Morin (8, Klimesh).
TB: Hernandez; DelGuidice; Shin; Blanco, J; Schlehuber; Morin 2; Goris.
RBI: Mondesi (22), Hernandez 2 (28).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morin; Mondesi.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
E: Mondesi (16, fielding).
Outfield assists: Hernandez (Wrenn at 3rd base).

Billings Mustangs
Beau AmaralCF302000010.284
Brandon DaileySS400000001.337
Seth Mejias-Brean3B402010001.368
Robert MaddoxDH401000000.268
Carlos Sanchez1B401000000.281
Jeff GelalichRF401000001.237
Matt LentzLF400000002.268
Julio MorilloC310000002.077
    a- Zachary VincejPH100000000.421
Taylor Wrenn2B301100101.281
    b- Daniel PigottPH100000001.342
a-Lined out for Morillo, Ju in the 9th. b-Struck out for Wrenn in the 9th.
2B: Wrenn (5, Williams, A).
3B: Mejias-Brean (2, Williams, A).
TB: Sanchez, Ca; Wrenn 2; Mejias-Brean 4; Amaral, B 2; Maddox; Gelalich, J.
RBI: Wrenn (12).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Maddox 2; Morillo, Ju; Mejias-Brean.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Outfield assists: Amaral, B (Hernandez at 2nd base).

Idaho Falls Chukars
Ali Williams5.05101604.20
Fernando Cruz (W, 2-3)2.13000206.59
David Middendorf (S, 3)1.20000104.20
Billings Mustangs
Ismael Guillon6.030011002.29
Bennett Klimesh (BS, 3)(L, 0-2)1.13330003.47
Alejandro Chacin1.21000302.21
WP: Williams, A 2, Klimesh, Chacin.

AZL Royals 14 AZL Brewers 3

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AZL Brewers001000200364

W: Deshazier (1-3, 7.85) L: Banda (1-3, 7.24)
S: Castillo (2)

AZL Royals
Jerrell AllenCF522100111.184
Ramon TorresSS512000101.347
Alexis RiveraLF421001411.346
Mauricio Ramos3B521000010.317
Mark Donato1B621001201.258
Chad JohnsonC413200110.250
Lance HarperRF411000111.310
Luis VillegasDH421000011.213
Alfredo Patino2B310000022.211
2B: Allen (5, Banda), Johnson, C 2 (7, Banda, Dicent, Jl).
HR: Donato (3, 1st inning off Banda, 1 on, 2 out), Rivera, A (2, 9th inning off Lavandero, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Harper; Rivera, A 4; Donato 4; Johnson, C 5; Torres, Ra 2; Ramos, M; Villegas, Lu; Allen 3.
RBI: Donato 2 (25), Johnson, C (17), Harper (5), Rivera, A 4 (25), Allen (8), Torres, Ra (23).
2-out RBI: Donato 2; Rivera, A 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Torres, Ra 2; Patino; Villegas, Lu; Ramos, M; Donato.
SF: Rivera, A; Torres, Ra.
Team RISP: 5-for-18.
E: Patino (7, fielding).
PB: Johnson, C 2 (8).
Outfield assists: Harper (Sermo at 2nd base).
Pickoffs: Lovvorn (Sermo at 1st base).

AZL Brewers
Edgardo RiveraCF301000110.298
Jose Sermo2B401000201.305
Clint CoulterC401000002.293
Jalen Harris1B400000004.179
Dustin HouleDH400000002.196
Taylor Smith-Brennan3B400000003.122
Dionis HinojosaRF400000001.256
Renaldo JenkinsSS422100001.291
Malcolm DowellLF211000010.272
2B: Jenkins (3, Castillo).
TB: Coulter; Dowell; Jenkins 3; Sermo; Rivera.
RBI: Rivera (9), Sermo 2 (24).
2-out RBI: Sermo 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Harris 2; Sermo.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
PO: Sermo (1st base by Lovvorn).

E: Smith-Brennan (11, fielding), Harris (5, fielding), Sermo (15, fielding), Jenkins (11, fielding).
PB: Coulter 4 (20).
Outfield assists: Dowell (Ramos, M at home).

AZL Royals
Zachary Lovvorn2.24110207.28
Torey Deshazier (W, 1-3)3.10001807.85
Darwin Castillo (S, 2)3.02221406.28
AZL Brewers
Anthony Banda (L, 1-3)4.14734617.24
Joel Dicent3.26111106.03
Alejandro Lavandero0.226231120.77
Carlos Sosa0.10000004.02



DSL Astros 7 DSL Royals 5

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DSL Astros31000003x772

W: Arauz (1-1, 1.38) L: Diaz (2-2, 7.89)
S: Mesa (4)

DSL Royals
Jeckson FloresSS411000011.225
Angelo Castellano3B210000020.233
    a- Johan SantaPH100000000.290
Wander FrancoDH211100120.301
Cristian Cano2B411000000.287
Eddy Melo1B200000011.281
Cesar GonzalezC401000201.211
Jose SolanoRF300000012.254
Brawlun GomezLF301000001.200
Jose GironCF210000020.219
a-Grounded out for Castellano in the 9th.
2B: Franco (11, Arauz).
TB: Gomez, B; Cano; Flores, J; Gonzalez, C; Franco 2.
RBI: Gonzalez, C 2 (21), Franco (30).
2-out RBI: Franco.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gomez, B; Cano 2; Santa.
SAC: Gomez, B.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
SB: Melo (5, 2nd base off Delis/Coa).
CS: Flores, J (9, 2nd base by Hernandez, J/Avea), Franco (6, 2nd base by Castillo/Avea), Solano (8, 3rd base by Delis/Coa), Gomez, B (10, 2nd base by Arauz/Coa).
PO: Franco (1st base by Castillo), Gomez, B (1st base by Arauz).

E: Castellano 2 (8, fielding, throw), Flores, J (19, fielding).

DSL Astros
Cristian MurilloLF311000010.200
Luis ReynosoSS411100002.266
Mesac LagunaCF-1B321100010.236
Hector RoaDH422101501.239
Frederick Serrano1B300000001.208
    Jarico ReynosoCF100000000.250
Randy Cesar3B401000000.223
Brauly MejiaRF110000000.250
    Johan Tomas De La CruzRF301100000.185
Marlon AveaC200000000.205
    Pedro CoaC200000000.247
Jean Carlos Cortorreal2B300000001.188
2B: Laguna (9, Garces), De La Cruz, T (2, Garces), Reynoso, L (8, Diaz), Roa (3, Diaz).
HR: Roa (4, 1st inning off Garces, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Laguna 2; Roa 6; Murillo, C; De La Cruz, T 2; Reynoso, L 2; Cesar.
RBI: Roa 5 (12).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cortorreal; Coa.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
E: De La Cruz, T (3, throw), Reynoso, L (19, fielding).
PB: Avea (6), Coa (4).
DP: (Laguna).
Pickoffs: Castillo (Franco at 1st base), Arauz (Gomez, B at 1st base).

DSL Royals
Sandy Garces5.04431312.75
Elvis Diaz (L, 2-2)2.23321207.89
Felix Encarnacion0.100000011.68
DSL Astros
Juan Hernandez3.13222203.30
Jesus Castillo1.20102201.93
Juan Delis (BS, 3)1.20204002.45
Harold Arauz (W, 1-1)1.22001201.38
Victor Mesa (S, 4)0.20000004.55
WP: Hernandez, J, Castillo.
Balk: Castillo.
IBB: Laguna (by Diaz).
HBP: Melo (by Hernandez, J).
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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)


    thanks….I wonder why they pushed Baez back…I hope its not a precursor and hope Junis is something minor….do you know what is wrong w/ Boni?? thanks again….

  • Clint Scoles

    Baez is scheduled for Wednesday, he pitched Aug 4 in regular rotation spot.

    Boni is on the disabled list, Junis I’m unsure about I’ll find out


    Do you know what is going on w/ Junis, Bonifacio, Angel Baez? They haven’t been playing….

  • Greg Schaum

    The C for Potomac is former Royals minor leaguer Jeff Howell

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