Minor League baseball is truly a joy. Seeing a combination of players that may or may not be the next best thing in your organization can carry a feeling of something special on any given night.
Last night in Omaha, the AAA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, the stars aligned in a way that happens very seldom. A combination of rehabbing major leaguers, top prospects, and an ace level starting pitcher just starting his 2012 conditioning converged on Werner Park to put on a show for a sell-out crowd.
Roy Oswalt would toe the mound for the visiting Round Rock Express, finding Royals prospect Jake Odorizzi opposing him in relief of another rehabbing major leaguer, Everett Teaford. The Storm Chasers’ lineup would feature Chris Getz and Salvador Perez beginning their rehab assignments for the parent club as well as one of the top professional hitters at any level, Wil Myers. The game would not disappoint in any way, especially for the home crowd.
After Teaford got his work in over two innings, Odorizzi would throw six and two-thirds innings of one run baseball to ensure a win for the home team. Odorizzi would string together 10 strikeouts over only two walks on his way to a victory over the opposing ace. Roy Oswalt? He did not fare so well.
The third inning would be the downfall of Oswalt as he would give up a lead-off double to Anthony Seratelli he would get one out before surrendering three consecutive base hits loading the bases. With bases juiced full of Storm Chasers, Wil Myers stepped to the plate. In just 18 AAA games, he has already hit five home runs, adding to his 13 home runs in 35 AA games this season. His 19th homer of the season would come on a 2-0 count as a grand slam off one of the most successful major league pitchers in recent memory.
The Storm Chasers would put a win on the board with a final score of 7-2 over the Round Rock Express.
Our favorite Royals photographer, Minda Haas, was on hand last night in Omaha to catch all the action and fun. Below you will find a photo gallery of 50 pictures from Minda, with everyone from Teaford and Myers to Sal Perez and Roy Oswalt featured. Enjoy the look at a truly special night through a very talented eye.
Feel free to use the buttons below to scroll through all the photos.