Archive for the ‘Omaha Storm Chasers’ Tag

Jorge Bonifacio 2016 Spring Training Kansas City Royals custom card   Leave a comment

Jorge Bonifacio 2016 Spring Training Kansas City Royals custom card

2013 Royals Spring Training: Adam Moore… with variation   Leave a comment

Adam Moore 2013 Royals spring training custom card.Adam Moore 2013 Royals spring training custom card.

2012 Royals Spring Training: Johnny Giavotella   Leave a comment

Johnny Giavotella 2012 Spring Training custom card

Card #2 in a 2 card series of players who are playing in Omaha to start the year that should be in Kansas City. (Louis Coleman is card 1)

2012 Spring Training Royals: Louis Coleman   Leave a comment

Louis Coleman 2012 Spring Training custom card

2012 Spring Training Royals: Irving Falu   Leave a comment

Irving Falu has spent a few years “one call away” now for the Kansas City Royals. He will likely never be a starting shortstop or second baseman in the big leagues over a long stretch but has the potential to be an excellent utility man. The Royals signed Yuniesky Betancourt over the offseason to fill that role so it looks like once again Falu will remain “one call away.” I am not a Yuni fan (like most Royals fans) so I hope Falu finds his way to the majors in 2012. I think he is a more adequate backup for the infield positions than Yuni defensively and that is typically what you want in a utility guy, not offense. Irving Falu 2012 Topps Spring Training custom card

Custom Card of the Day: Luis Mendoza 1992 Fleer   Leave a comment

Luis Mendoza 1992 Fleer custom cardLuis Mendoza pitched a great game tonight for the Royals. This the only storyline September baseball has had in Kansas City for a while but it is interesting still. Mendoza is a guy who has pitched in the big leagues before but never to any level of success. This year he was the pitcher of the year for AAA Omaha Storm Chasers and earned the opportunity to get this start and he delivered. His line was 7 I innings, 1 earned run and 6 hits. He got a big win too. It will be interesting to see his second and last start for Kansas City; it could have a lot to do with Mendoza’s off-season.

Next to the show: Jesse Chavez   Leave a comment

Royals Futures Game Jesse ChavezI cringe when Jesse Chavez enters a game for the Royals. This has apparently happened only once this year. In Chavez’s one appearance he gave up a couple runs before being shipped right back to Omaha. His ERA for the Royals this year is 18.00, it should go down but we will have to see.

Chavez has a career ERA of 5.18 but half of his appearances were in 2009 with Pittsburgh were he put up a 4.01 ERA, his major league ERA since that year is aorund 5.90. Finally a trustworthy arm in the Royals bullpen.

Prospect Watch: Lorenzo Cain   Leave a comment

Prospect Watch Lorenzo CainLorenzo Cain is currently playing for the Omaha Storm Chasers but could be in the big leagues any time now. Cain was acquired in the Zack Greinke deal with the Brewers and at that time Milwaukee had him playing in the majors. The Brewers let Cain log some major league service time but so far through over 3/4 of the season the Kansas City Royals have kept him in AAA Omaha. He has performed well too. He is hitting .304 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI in 115 games. It is always dangerous to compare AAA numbers to MLB numbers but it is safe to say that the Royals would be very happy with that production. In fact: those numbers are eerily similar to the Royals current center fielders numbers. Melky Cabrera is batting .303 with 16 home runs and 74 RBI in 124 games.

Cain was dealt a blow when the Royals signed Melky Cabrera in the off-season then promised him the starting center field job. Cain was dealt another blow last week when the Royals extended Jeff Francoeur’s contract. That means the Royals current outfield of Gordon-Cabrera-Francoeur is in place and Cain may be the odd man out yet again next year. This leaves Cain in a similar situation as Clint Robinson in Omaha; not much left to prove and no place to go.

Salvador Perez gets the call!   Leave a comment

Royals Futures Game Salvador PerezSalvador Perez 2011 Topps custom card

I can’t even imagine the excitement when a baseball player gets the call to the big leagues. Salvador Perez got the call last night and I heard he said he couldn’t talk for 2 hours. This is a shocking call-up to me. I am very excited about it. Here are a couple cards I have made of Perez so far. Tonight he will get his major league debut card as I have done for the other 10 Royals to make their major league debut this year.

Will Smith! A Royals No-Hitter (official scorer pending of course)   Leave a comment

Royals Futures Game Will SmithSo apparently tonight the Royals minor-league system attempted another no-hitter and it looks like this one is going to count. Will Smith threw 7 innings of no-hit ball tonight against Arkansas. Kevin Herrera finished the last two innings to complete the no-hitter. A big congratulations to Herrera and Smith.

According to Naturals outfielder Wil Myers’ twitter account there was a triple play as well.

This comes just a day after the Omaha Storm Chasers had a no-hitter taken away by the official scorer minutes after the game ended. Luis Mendoza pitched 8 no-hit innings for the second straight time Monday before giving up a hit in the 9th inning. It was initially ruled an error but later changed to a hit to take away the accomplishment from Mendoza.