On Friday afternoon, Royals’ Assistant General Manager for Scouting and Player Development J.J. Picollo was asked to name an unheralded player in the minor leagues.
Picollo said left-hander Chris Dwyer, who went out Friday night and showed why he drew praise from Picollo.
Dwyer, 7-8, gave up one run on three hits and a walk in seven innings as Class AAA Omaha beat Nashville 6-1.
“He just continues to have steady outings for us,” Picollo said. “His command this year has been much-improved, especially his fastball.”
Dwyer, who was ranked as the Royals No. 21 prospect by Baseball America, struck out six and lowered his ERA to 3.46. He threw 77 of his 116 pitches for strikes.
In his last 10 starts dating to June 3, Dwyer has a 3.86 ERA with 40 strikeouts and 18 walks. He also has a team-best 13 quality starts, according to the Storm Chasers.
“The reason we were attracted to him as an amateur is he had a curveball that was very good,” Picollo said of Dwyer, who was taken in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. “He still has that curveball. It was really a matter of getting that fastball in location. Not just controlling the strike zone but commanding the strike zone.
“From the start of this year until this point, he’s been very, very good. He just seems to be on a steady path and we’re really happy with the direction he’s in.”
In Friday’s game, Christian Colon hit a solo homer in the sixth inning, the third in as many days and his 10th overall this season. Anthony Seratelli had two hits, walked twice and scored a run, while Pedro Ciriaco had a triple and two RBIs.
Class AA Northwest Arkansas
Brooks Pounders gave up six runs on five hits and two walks in 32/3 innings as the Naturals lost 7-2 to Springfield.
Orlando Calixte had two hits and an RBI, while Lane Adams had an RBI double.
Class A-Advanced Wilmington
Myrtle Beach scored a run in the top of the ninth and beat the Blue Rocks 4-3.
Malcom Culver allowed a leadoff walk in the ninth, got an out, threw a wild pitch and then gave up an RBI single.
Starter Kyle Smith gave up three runs on five hits in 52/3 innings with six strikeouts and a walk but his ERA climbed to just 2.85.
Wilmington’s Dennis Raben had a solo homer and a double, while Jack Lopez had two hits, including a double.
Class A Lexington
Bubba Starling had a solo homer among his two hits, but West Virginia won 4-1.
Legends starter Miguel Almonte suffered through a bit of wildness, but still allowed just two runs in five innings. He gave up four hits, walked three and had three wild pitches. He also struck out five.
Raul Mondesi had two hits.
Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls
Hunter Dozier hit a two-run homer but the Chukars lost 7-4 at Grand Junction.
Idaho Falls led 4-1 after five innings, but starter Jake Junis gave up three runs in the sixth inning and Kyle Bartsch allowed three in the eighth.
Dozier’s homer was his fourth of the season, while Carlos Garcia had a hit and two RBIs.
Zach Lovvorn pitched two-hit ball over six scoreless innings as the Royals beat Danville 2-0 and salvaged a doubleheader split.
The Braves won the opener 10-3.
In the nightcap, Lovvorn walked two and struck out six as his ERA dropped to 2.70. Andrew Edwards gave up a hit in the seventh, but got his fifth save of the season.
Desmond Henry had two hits, including a double, and knocked in a run. Chad Johnson had the other RBI.
In the first game, Royals starter Cesar Ogando allowed seven runs on 13 hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 32/3 innings. Niklas Stephenson gave up three runs on three hits in 21/3 innings.
Bobby Fisher-Brown hit a two-run homer for the Royals.