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Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer has 10 strikeouts, reportedly will be promoted

Updated: 2013-07-15T15:50:12Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Kyle Zimmer had another strong outing Sunday as Class A-Advanced Wilmington beat Lynchburg 6-1 in the opener of a doubleheader. The Hillcats won the nightcap 7-1.

In the opener, Zimmer had 10 strikeouts in five innings, while allowing two hits and one run with one walk. In his last four starts, Zimmer has allowed five runs in 25 innings (1.80 ERA), giving up 14 hits, with 36 strikeouts and just three walks.

Zimmer, 4-8, was the Royals’ first pick in last year’s draft.

The Blue Rocks had eight hits, including four doubles. Catcher Parker Morin and first baseman Dennis Raben each had two hits, including a double, scored a run and knocked in a run.

In the second game, Lynchburg had 13 hits and scored at least one run in each of the last five innings. Starter Kellen Moen, 1-3, allowed two runs on five hits in 32/3 innings.

Jorge Bonifacio had the lone RBI in the game.

The Kings of Kauffman blog reported that Zimmer had been promoted to Class AA Northwest Arkansas, and it sure seemed to be true by what he said about Sunday's game (Note: his baldish head is a result of a charity event):

Class AAA Omaha

Round Rock pounded Chris Dwyer and four Storm Chasers for 11 hits and walked six times in a 10-3 win.

Dwyer gave up three runs on four hits in four innings, while Wil Smith gave up two runs on two hits in two innings. The two runs came on a Manny Ramirez homer. Maikel Cleto (three runs), Donnie Joseph (one run) and Buddy Baumann (one run) each pitched one inning.

Chris Getz had three hits and an RBI and is batting .313.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Rey Navarro was caught stealing to end the game as the Naturals lost 6-5 to Tulsa.

Northwest Arkansas trailed by two going to the ninth, but Cheslor Cuthbert drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Navarro singled home Cuthbert. After Mitch Canham lined out, Navarro was caught stealing.

Brett Eibner, who had two homers on Saturday, hit another one Sunday. Brian Fletcher hit a solo shot and Matt Fields had a two-run homer. Fields has 23 homers on the season.

Starter Brooks Pounder, 4-5, allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits in 52/3 innings with a walk and four strikeouts.

Class A Lexington

Mark Threlkeld, Bubba Starling, Michael Antonio and Fred Ford had RBIs in a four-run fifth inning as the Legends beat Delmarva 5-4.

Starter Daniel Stumpf gave up four runs on four hits over six innings and improved to 7-7 on the season.

Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls

First baseman Frank Schwindel had three hits, including a double and a triple, and drove in five runs as the Chukars routed Missoula 11-2.

Center fielder Dominique Taylor hit a three-run homer as part of a four-run first inning and Idaho Falls was off and running. Shortstop Humberto Arteaga hit a two-run homer, second baseman Carlos Garcia had four hits and Hunter Dozier went two for two with a walk and scored three times.

Idaho Falls had 13 hits, including four doubles, the triple and two homers.

Starter Luke Farrell pitched four shutout innings, giving up two hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

Rookie Burlington

Sam Bates hit a two-run homer and Alex Newman had a triple and a solo homer, but the Royals lost 6-4 to Kingsport.

Starter Sam Lewis gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits in 42/3 innings. He walked three and struck out two.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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