This is a look at what’s happening with teams in the Royals minor-league system.
Things unraveled in a hurry for Kyle Zimmer on Thursday as he took the loss as Class A-Advanced Wilmington was beaten 4-0 at Winston-Salem.
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It was scoreless going to the bottom of the third, but Zimmer gave up a leadoff single, a triple and another single and quickly was down 2-0. After getting an out, Zimmer issued a walk and the Dash pulled off a double steal.
A fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly led to the next two runs and Winston-Salem was up 4-0. That ended Zimmer’s day.
Zimmer, the Royals’ first-round pick last year and the team’s top prospect according to Baseball America, gave up five hits, four earned runs, one walk and two strikeouts in three innings.
Left fielder Tim Ferguson had two hits for the Blue Rocks.
Sugar Ray Marimon scattered five hits in six innings and struck out three as the Naturals beat the Tulsa Drillers 3-2.
Center fielder Brett Eibner had three hits, including a solo homer leading off the bottom of the first. Eibner, who is 6-feet-4, 210 pounds, was the Royals’ second-round pick in the 2010 draft. He is batting .196 this season.
Catcher Manny Pina had two hits, including a double.
Class A Lexington
Shortstop Raul Mondesi had a home run, two triples and four RBIs as the Lexington Legends thumped the Greenville Drive 13-2 in Lexington. Mondesi raised his average to .263.
Left fielder Terrance Gore had three hits, three RBIs and scored twice. He is hitting .292 on the season. Bubba Starling went zero for four with a walk and a run scored as his average fell to .132.
Second baseman Yowill Espinal and right fielder Ethan Chapman each had two hits for the Legends, who fell behind 2-0 after one inning. Lexington scored three in the third, added six in the fourth and scored three more in the seventh on a three-run homer by Mondesi in taking a 12-2 lead. The Legends finished the scoring with a run in the eighth.
Lexington had 14 hits and took advantage of six Greenville errors that led to six unearned runs.
Christian Binford, the 26th-ranked prospect according to Baseball America, got the victory, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Binford, who is 6-feet-7, 215 pounds, struck out seven.