It’s time for another Royals On The Farm report, a weekly look at each level of Kansas City’s minor-league system.
(Statistics through Wednesday’s games.)
Class AAA Omaha
The Storm Chasers, 38-51, open the unofficial second half of the season Thursday night at home against Salt Lake, 14 games out of first place in the Pacific Coast League’s American Northern Division.
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Third baseman Hunter Dozier was named the PCL Player of the Week for July 4-10 after hitting .636 (14 for 22) with two home runs and five runs batted in.
Dozier, the 2013 first-round draft pick, entered the All-Star break with multi-hit outings in eight of his last nine games.
After a rocky 2015 season, Dozier is having his best season in the minors with a .341 batting average, nine homers and 30 RBIs in 57 games at Omaha.
Center fielder Bubba Starling is hitting .294 in 10 games in Class AAA. The former first-round pick has gone without a hit in only two games since his promotion, but he’s striking out in nearly one-third of his at-bats (11 in 34).
Shortstop Raul Mondesi, widely considered the Royals’ top prospect, is 3 for 13 in three games since his promotion from Class AA.
Class AA Northwest Arkansas
Left-hander Eric Skoglund had one of his best outings of the season Wednesday, allowing one run and two hits with six strikeouts in seven innings to beat Springfielder. A 2014 third-round pick, Skoglund has a 6-6 record with a 3.46 ERA, his lowest since the end of April.
First baseman Frank Schwindel, a former 18th-round pick, is hitting .300 with three homers and 12 RBIs in his last 10 games. After a power dip in 2015, he is tied for fourth in the Texas League with 15 homers this season.
Class A (Advanced) Wilmington
Right-hander Josh Staumont is having a Dickens of a time with in the Carolina League. He’s had the best of times (94 strikeouts, second-most in the league) and the worst (a league-high 67 walks).
A former second-round pick, Staumont walked nine batters Monday in 3 2/3 innings against Myrtle Beach. Staumont has a 2-10 record and 5.05 ERA but batters are hitting just .222 against him.
Third baseman Wander Franco is hitting .286 with nine RBIs since July 4. He is 10th in the league with 46 RBIs.
Class A Lexington
Left-hander Scott Blewett has slowly been chipping away at his unseemly ERA and opponent batting average.
A former second-round pick, Blewett had a 5.12 ERA and .308 opponent average on June 13.
He struck out a career-high 10 batters and allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings Tuesday at Kannapolis.
Blewett, 5-8, has his lowest marks in nearly two months (4.40 ERA and .283 average).
Outfielder Anderson Miller was promoted to Wilmington on Wednesday after hitting .284 with his hometown Legends.
Rookie Idaho Falls
Third baseman Manny Olloque is hitting .422 in his last 10 games with 14 runs scored and 13 RBIs.
Shortstop Nicky Lopez, a fifth-round pick last month, has 14 stolen bases in 19 games. He’s hitting .254 this season and .282 in his last 10 games.
Arizona Rookie League Royals
Catcher Chase Vallot, on a rehab assignment from Lexington, is hitting just .118 in six games.
Jeff Patterson: 816-234-4767, @jeffpatt_KC