Royals Minor League Report: June 18

Royals Minor League Report: June 18

Royals Minor League Report: June 18
Omaha Storm Chasers (44-27)

The Storm Chasers were off on Monday after a seven-game road trip. They host the Memphis Redbirds tonight.

NW Arkansas Naturals (36-33)

NW Arkansas 6, Tulsa 5 (10 innings)
WP: Jon Keck (2-0)
HR: John Whittleman (12), Carlo Testa (9)

Julio Rodriguez singled home Carlo Testa as Northwest Arkansas won on a walk-off in the 10th. The Naturals scored single runs in six different innings, including the eighth, ninth and tenth. John Whittleman finished 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI. Starter Ethan Hollingsworth (5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO) allowed all three runs on a home run in the fourth.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (29-41)

Wilmington enjoyed the first of three off days due to the Carolina League All-Star break. Pitchers Sugar Ray Marimon and Yordano Ventura will represent the Blue Rocks at tonight's California-Carolina League All-Star Game in Winston-Salem. Marimon, 23, holds the second-best ERA in the league at 2.12 (16 ER in 68.0 IP). Ventura, who turned 21 on June 3, is second in the league with 78 strikeouts over 61.0 innings (11.51 strikeouts per nine innings).

Kane County Cougars (34-36)

Kane County was off on Monday for the first day of the Midwest League All-Star break. The Cougars host the league's All-Star Game tonight. Pitcher Matt Ridings will represent the Cougars on the Western Division squad along with outfielders Lane Adams and Jorge Bonifacio. Ridings replaced pitcher Nick Graffeo, who was promoted to Wilmington. Manager Brian Buchanan, pitching coach Jim Brower, hitting coach Julio Bruno, trainer Mark Keiser and strength and conditioning coach David Kathmann will be on the Western Division bench.

Idaho Falls Chukars (1-0)

Idaho Falls 16, Orem 14
WP: Fernando Cruz (1-0)
SV: Kevin Allen (1)
HR: None

Idaho Falls kicked off 2012 by winning a slugfest at home. Rainier Bello finished a homer shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs. Several prospects made their pro debuts, including Jack Lopez (two hits, two walks, three runs), Elier Hernandez (two hits, RBI, run) and Adalberto Mondesi (RBI, two runs).