The Main Park is located on a land point at the confluence of Des Moines rivers and Raccoon. It is a small delightful playing field with stunning views and comfortable seating. The beautiful capital of Iowa State can be seen throughout the center and the Des Moines skyline can be seen from the first baseball seats. The Principal, known as Sec Taylor Stadium, is the home of the Iowa Cubs, an SEN franchise of Chicago Cubs.
I was in business earlier this week in Des Moines and I decided to take the Tuesday game against the Chasers Storm. Both teams play in the 16 Pacific Pacific Coast Series, in the North America Division. There are many staff names like the New Orleans Baby Cakes, El Paso Chihuahuas and Albuquerque Isotopes in the series. I got a great seat behind a domestic plate for $ 14 and I took a coke and a chili cheese dog for $ 11. There was a wide range of food and beer sellers on the site. AAA baseball is there than one heck for good value.
My first idea was to consider Nicky Lopez. This idea was developed when the Royals made the correct call and promoted Lopez to the parent team. There is no problem, I evaluate Frank Schwindel. Wrong. KC named the tank involuntarily for the task before the game. But they hang on Chris Owings.
As a fan, we should not be angry with Owners. I'm sure he's a nice young man. He just wants to be a ball-member. He is to believe that he found a chicken willing to pay him $ 3 million for the 2019 season. It is also good that he got another snooker that felt he was obliged to play it almost every day for the first 40 games. he had a batting .143 mean. Of course, our anger and frustration should be aimed at these two people, of course, that they did not realize that the average batting of Owing in 2018 was not a sense. No and the second will not come by Ben Zobrist. However, back to the Chasers Storm. Royals The official writer of Minda Haas Kuhlmann is the official expert on Royals' small series system, so if you have an expert opinion, see one of his excellent pieces. Since Lopez and Schwindel are off the board, I decided it would be time to look at Kansas boy surprise, Bubba Starling.
The I-Cubs entered the game with a record of 24-15 and the Storm Rangers were hitting at 17-21. My first idea was how can that be done? Omaha is loaded with guys who have played heavily in Kansas City. No matter, the Storm Chasers got right after him. At the top of the first year, Erick Mejia woke one double and Cheslor Cuthbert left one sharp left. Chuthbert appears to have a large shape. During her vacation in Kansas City during 2016, it appeared that Cuthbert had a series of baby fat. Not now. In fact, I had to recognize it. After Jorge Bonafacio was swinging, Bubba came to the plate. Starling is slightly higher and thinner than I expected. The specs say 6, '215 and it would be right. It is athletic, not just as it was expected. Bubba put a fancy ball into the left-hand seats. He has a strong speed and the ball made an enjoyable report on contact. Buck always said that you can hear a good hitter and hear what it meant. Bubba worked the count before he shifted one into the right field, and brought Mejia home with the first run.
Brian Flynn took the mound for the Storm Chasers. Flynn is a rehabilitation assignment from the great team, and looked closely, and the I-Cubs hit him less for the first four innings. Flynn's fastball at the top was about 90 mph, but he kept the Cub strikers out of balance with a nice mix of off-speed stuff. He received some nice defensive assistance including a retrospective sweet stop and wearing the third baseman Humberto Arteaga to eliminate the first turn and another 5-4-3 double play to eliminate Cuban Cuban in the fifth.
The Storm Sailors started putting their muscles at the top of the fourth. Brett Phillips broke one out of a shot on behalf of the right Iowa park and broke the throw to the second. Jecksson Flores exploded one center with Phillips to bring home. Arteaga then took a pitch from Duane Underwood which was starting the cube over the roof in the middle left for a two-headed jacket. It was bigger than the top of the fifth. Bubba put full left pressure, which put the left cub, Wynton Bernard, set aside. By the time Bernard got the ball, Bubba was standing on the second. Samir Duenez loop short single loop, moving Starling to third. The catcher Andrew Susac, who has the classic cop mustache, drilled on the wall in the middle left to bring Starling home. Phillips drew a walk before Arteaga made a blessing to Dillon Maples for a Cub reliever with a solid single, bringing two other towns. Storm Chasers 8-0.
Flynn's waitress and throat did not leave the first swap in the fifth because Chub's second baseman, Phillip Evans, undoubtedly struck a dong over the middle wall of the center. Robel Garcia then met him seeing an eye dog was looking at him. It appeared that he had defeated Flynn as he walked the next round, before Arteaga killed him with the aforementioned double killing.
On top of the seventh, the Cubs brought Tim Collins to the old friend. Collins looked sharply, getting Phillips and Flores swinging before he gave up a single steep to Arteaga. He stopped the invention by looking for Mejia looking at a sweet curve ball. Collins was wearing the low 90s and looked at me as a potter who could help lots of staff in the lottery, including the Royal. Especially the Royals.
Tim Hill gave Omaha the seventh and brought up a single one time and hit a batter before he got his control and he got his first Cuban with pop-up and hitting.
I had to take a short break in the eighth, because my dog's cheese decided it was time to go. I think it's true when they say, you don't buy chili cheese dogs, you just don't return them. I returned to my seat just in time to see Michael Ynoa the cubs Evans with a nice quick spouse. Kevin McCarty presented the ninth for Omaha, giving up any harmless harm before Mejia turned a nice double 6-3 play to end the game.
Overall, it was a great game to watch. The Storm Chasers played amazing. I was very disappointed that I did not visit former Royals Alec Mills and Donnie Dewees playing for Iowa. Dewees came into the game with an average batting .313 by the way. Looking at his line he informed me that Dayton Moore had moderate spring talent, unloading Dewees and Brian Goodwin, hanging on Bonafacio and Phillips.
Speaking of Bonafacio, who is the space alien who lives on his body? He came into this game by hitting .190 and he finished the day going for 0-for-5, a day when his colleagues put 13 hits out. He looked overflow on the plate, hitting out three times. His body language was terrible, and his confidence is watching him. I rarely feel sorry for a professional athlete. I appreciate their commitment and the price they pay for their success. I often have a lot of talent. Many athletes make more money in a few short seasons than most of us over their lifetime. But when I saw Jorge Bonafacio's body burning AAA, I saw myself sorry for it. What happened to the man we saw in 2017? Where the player went to rapped 17 home runs and he was like a future to be as the right competitor in Kansas City. Has a PED product succeeded as a result? At this point, if there is a miraculous career turnaround at Boni, I will assume that that was what we saw in 2017. He looked at me. He was given a very small sample size, but the numbers do not lie and my eyes are usually not there.
And Brett Phillips. I loved the way the man played in 2018. He gave the team energy. It came into this game hitting .196. Although the double was nice to him, he finished the day walking 1-4. He went down swinging three times, although his bats felt different than Bonafcio. In the event that Bonafacio rarely made contact and when he took weak swings, disappointed, Phillips took strong cuts and put some balls hidden in each bat. If I was Brett Phillips, I would find a personal batting coach, someone outside of Royals' organization, who could hire me, his swing could be re-instructed and his contact rates improved. If there was a player who needed someone like Charlie Lau, it is Brett Phillips. If you manage hard enough, you could hit a man like Phillips hitting .275-.300, if he could start adding more balls in play.
Now we talk about the good things. Cheslor Cuthbert looked solid on the first bottom and at the plate. He went 2-4 on the day, which improved his average to .290, and made some nice excavations on balls that were cast to the first time as well as a few nice plays on hard times. With Ryan O 'Hearn and the player who was known as Lucas Duda before him and the first baseman in the system, it is great that the Royals left him capable of rotting AAA. Moore must make it solid and put it on the big roster (Duda! Duda!) Or trade it for some expectations.
Bubba looked great too. He finished the day going 2-for-3 with two walks, which brought his medium up to .342. He hit the ball with a surprising velocity. They had a nice sound even for their messy balls. He is ready for the big show. I think we have seen the experiment of Billy Hamilton. Hamilton is hitting .228 / .310 / .289 with no domestic race and five RBIs in 114 bats. According to scouting reports, Bubba gives good speed and smooth gloves for the grand series, so it's not a step down from Hamilton. It's time for Moore and Ned to see what the kid can do on the big stage. Over the years, I thought that the only way Starling could see the inside of Kauffman was if he bought a ticket for the game. Not now. He is ready to start Kansas City and I wish him well.
The other idea that took place through my head during the game was to relieve Martín Maldonado. It is currently burning American league beaters on wave .179 / .281 / .245 with one home and three RBI in 106 bat. Play Gallagher Cam and call Andrew Susac as a backup.
And someone takes the check book away from Moore before he makes any free agent sign that is not advisory to him. He will get a reputation as an easy mark.
Humberto Arteaga was the real star of the day. Humberto 4-5 went on the day with four RBIs and made a few very nice plays on the third. It looks comfortable on the plate and hits everything hard. As well as Dozier and Gutierrez, Kansas City appears to be stacking with a third coin. Arteaga should get a call up in September and we hope that 50-100 will have bats to see if it can hit the league.
AAA ball is an interesting case study. About three-quarters of the players have experienced a great deal of experience and some have had significant success at major league level. A quarter are emerging, looking for young people. Overall, the AAA ball is a great value for fans and the quality of the ball is outstanding.