The Omaha Storm Chasers (Pacific Coast League) went 3-4 over the last week and now sit at 34-25 on the season. The Storm are leading the Northern Division by eight games over the Iowa Cubs.
Wil Myers has been an offensive show by himself no matter what level he has been playing at this season. Although, he has spent most of his time in Omaha at designated hitter, he will be in the field more in the coming weeks. Over his last five games the outfielder is hitting .381 (8-for-21) with three home runs and eight RBI. Since joining Omaha, Myers is hitting .321 with six home runs and 16 RBI in 19 games. On the mound for the Storm Chasers Mike Montgomery has again jumped from the not to the hot list in one week. In his last outing the left-hander went seven innings allowing just two hits and one run, to earn his third win of the season.
Derrick Robinson seems to have hit a midseason slump. The outfielder is hitting .172 (5-29) over his last nine games. He is still hitting .296 for the season despite the slump and has scored 38 runs. Jonathan Sanchez, who is in Omaha on a major league rehab assignment, has struggled in his two starts. He has gone eight and a third innings allowing nine hits and seven earned runs, while walking five and striking out eight.
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Texas League) went 3-3 over the getting swept by the Midland RockHounds, and then sweeping the Frisco RoughRiders. The Naturals return home on Wednesday to take on the Arkansas Travelers. The Naturals are 29-27 on the season and find themselves trailing the Tulsa Drillers by two games for the lead in the North Division.
Carlo Testa has continued to swing a hot bat for the Naturals. The outfielder is hitting .316 (12-for-38) with three home runs and 11 RBI in his last nine games. He is now tied for the team lead in RBI with Myers, who has since been promoted to Omaha. Justin Marks has been one of the hottest pitchers in the Texas League as of late. He has allowed just two earned runs over his last 11 innings, walking five and striking out nine.
Christian Colon hit a rough patch on the road trip this past week. The shortstop, who is also seeing action at second base has gone 6-for-35 (.171) over his last ten games, but has not stopped producing. During that time he has one home run six RBI, and has scored seven times. Chris Dwyer went 0-2 in his last two starts working six and two-thirds innings allowing ten hits and ten runs, issuing nine walks and striking out seven.
The Wilmington Blue Rocks (Carolina League) went 3-4 last and they now sit two games under .500 at 27-29 on the season. The Blue Rocks are second in the Northern Division and are trailing the Lynchburg Hillcats by 1.5 games.
Brian Fletcher has continued to be one of the hottest hitters in the entire Carolina League. Fletcher has hit .353 (12-for-34) over his last 10 games and has driven in four runs. The outfielder has been playing the majority of his time at first base, and is hitting .318 for the season with three home runs and 23 RBI. Greg Billo has been hot on the mound for the Blue Rocks. In his last two outings Billo has worked seven and a third innings allowing four hits and one run, while walking three and striking out eight.
Catcher, Jose Bonilla has been ice cold at the plate 0-for-14 in his last four games and just 2-for-25 over his last ten with one home run. Cole White has found himself in trouble over the last ten games on the mound. The right handed reliever has allowed three runs over his last three and a third innings.
The Kane County Cougars went 3-4 over the past week making them 30-28 on the season. The Cougars are in third place in the Midwest League’s Western division trailing a pair of teams from Wisconsin, the Beloit Snappers and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Outfielder Runey Davis has really turned it up at the plate hitting .320 (8-for-25) with four RBI and five runs scored over the past nine games. Davis is hitting .250 for the season in 22 games with the Cougars. Robinson Yambati has been hot on the mound for the Cougars. In his last two games he has logged seven and a third innings allowing just two hits and two walks, while striking out eight. The right-hander earned his first save on May 26 and made his second start of the season on June 1.
Infielder Justin Trapp has hit a cold spell at the plate. He is hitting just .147 in his last eight games with one home run and three RBI. For the season Trapp is hitting .270 with five home runs and 25 RBI. Jason Mitchell has worked six innings in his last two appearances. He has allowed 15 hits and 13 runs, while walking six and fanning four in those appearances.
Alumni Report (Former Naturals outside the Kansas City organization)
Ernesto Mejia is making a case to make the Triple-A All-Star game. The former Natural is now in the Braves organization with Triple-A Gwinnett. He has hit .366 (15-for-41) over his last ten games. For the season Mejia is hitting .319 with eight home runs and 41 RBI.
Infielder Jefff Bianchi has been on fire ever since being promoted by the Milwaukee Brewers to Triple-A Nashville. Bianchi is hitting .329 with a home run, eight RBI, and eleven runs scored in 20 games for the Sounds.
A pair of former Naturals, now find themselves in the Los Angeles Angels system with the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees. Ed Lucas and Cory Aldridge both are struggling at the plate. Aldridge has hit three home runs in his last nine games, but has gone just 6-for-35 during that stretch. Lucas finds himself in an even deeper slump going 3-for-31 (.097) with only two RBI in his last nine games.
Dusty Hughes also with Triple-A Gwinnett has struggled in his last three outings. Hughes has gone 0-1, while allowing nine hits and four runs in his last four innings.
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