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Royals On The Farm: Hunter Dozier is on a hot streak at Class AAA Omaha

Hunter Dozier during a spring training workout.
Hunter Dozier during a spring training workout. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Another week, another edition of Royals On The Farm, our weekly look at each level of Kansas City’s minor-league system.

(Statistics through Wednesday’s games.)

Class AAA Omaha

Right-hander Alec Mills doubled his season win total Sunday in his Class AAA debut with the Storm Chasers. He allowed two runs and six hits with four strikeouts in five innings in an 11-3 rout of Colorado Springs.

The Royals promoted Mills from Northwest Arkansas on June 16 after a dominant 12-game stint in the Texas League. Mills ranked among league leaders in ERA (2.39, fifth), strikeouts (68, sixth) and WHIP (1.02, fourth).

Left fielder Reymond Fuentes is hitting .333 in six games since returning from the Royals.

Third baseman Hunter Dozier is hitting .371 (13 for 35) with a homer, four RBIs and eight runs scored in his last 10 games.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Pedro Fernandez picked up his first victory with the Naturals on Tuesday in his sixth game since being called up from Wilmington. Fernandez, a Dominican right-hander, allowed two runs and four hits with five strikeouts in a season-high 7  2/3 innings against Arkansas. Fernandez is 1-2 with a 3.57 ERA with the Naturals.

Center fielder and former first-round pick Bubba Starling’s struggles at the plate continue. The Gardner, Kan., native is hitting .152 with 11 strikeouts in his last 33 at-bats.

Class A Wilmington (Advanced)

Shortstop Humberto Arteaga went 0 for 2 Tuesday in an all-star game between the California and Carolina leagues. Arteaga, a 22-year-old Venezuelan, had a solid first half of the season, hitting .281 with 35 runs scored and 13 stolen bases.

The Blue Rocks, 27-42, posted the worst record of the first half of the season in the Carolina League.

Class A Lexington

The Legends finished the first half of the season in last place of the South Atlantic League Southern Division with a 25-44 record.

Catcher Chase Vallot was placed on the seven-day concussion DL on June 17 after getting hit in the face with a pitch on June 14.

Rookie Idaho Falls

First baseman Brandon Dulin is hitting .312 in four games since his return to baseball nearly two months after a bizarre injury.

After sliding into second base on April 12, Dulin, a 12th-round pick in 2013, suffered a collapsed lung and required a nine-stay in a Lexington intensive-care unit, according to a report in the Bonner County Daily Bee of Sandpoint, Idaho.

The Legends placed Dulin, the Lee’s Summit native, on the disabled list on April 14, two days after he was injured sliding into second base.

Rookie Burlington

The Royals’ Appalachian League affiliate opens its season tonight against the Princeton Rays.

Among the top draft picks opening their professional careers in Burlington: shortstop Nicky Lopez (fifth round, Creighton), and pitchers Travis Eckert (seventh round, Oregon State) and Walker Sheller (ninth round, Stetson).

Arizona Rookie League Royals

Pitchers Ashe Russell and A.J. Puckett — Kansas City’s first draft picks the last two years — will start their seasons in the AZL.

Jeff Patterson: 816-234-4767, @jeffpatt_KC

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