Archer has been enigmatic for much of the year, showing good stuff but mediocre results for Double-A Montgomery. Even yesterday, Archer tossed seven shutout innings, but he wasn't exactly dominant. He struck out just two of the 30 batters he's faced, walked four, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch. The plus fastball and slider are still there, but he's not missing as many bats as scouts would expect given his stuff, and his control remains a ways away from being big league ready.
Draft pick signing news from Marc Topkin:
Fifth-round draft pick 3B J.D. Davis is close to signing, as is 28th-round C Blake Grant-Parks.
official release of Heath Rollins retiring:
Keating takes the roster spot of right-hander Heath Rollins, who announced prior to Tuesday night's game that he was retiring. The Royals placed him on the voluntarily retired list. Rollins, a 26-year old resident of Lexington, SC, was in his first season with the Naturals and posted a 1-2 record and a 4.34 ERA in 17 appearances, including five starts. The veteran swingman also made four appearances with Triple-A Omaha. Originally the 11th round selection of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2006 draft, Rollins joined the Royals' organization last December in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
Moves: RHRP Mike Ekstrom called up to Tampa; RHRP Rob Delaney optioned to Durham; IF Felipe Lopez traded from Durham to Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations; CF John Shelby promoted to Durham from Montgomery; OF Brett Nommensen promoted to Montgomery from Charlotte; C Alejandro Segovia assigned to GCL from Princeton.
Prospect Or Not: We use the same playing time cutoffs for prospect status as BA: 130 MLB at-bats, 50 MLB innngs pitched, or 30 MLB relief appearances. Here are the players who were prospects at the beginning of the season and how much career playing time they have accrued:
Jeremy Hellickson - 152.0 innings pitched. No longer a prospect.
Robinson Chirinos - 26 at-bats.
Desmond Jennings - 43 at-bats.
Brandon Guyer - 6 at-bats.
Jose Lobaton - 21 at-bats.
Alex Cobb - 42.0 innings pitched.
Brandon Gomes - 18.1 innings pitched, 18 relief appearances.
Jake McGee - 17.0 innings pitched, 26 relief appearances.
Alex Torres - 1.0 innings pitched, 1 relief appearance.
Oscar Watch: Hernandez was 1 for 2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly on Thursday.
Malm Watch: 2 for 5 with a double on Thursday. Batting .303/.425/.606 on the season.
Stat 'O The Day: Strikeouts per 9 innings pitched, minimum 25 innings.
Pitcher Team ERA G GS IP SO SO/9 Scott Shuman CHA 5.54 31 0 37.1 65 15.7 Brandon Gomes DHM 1.07 20 0 25.1 40 14.2 Matt Bush MTG 5.97 28 0 37.2 59 14.1 Marquis Fleming MTG/DHM 2.35 33 0 61.1 90 13.2 Matt Moore* MTG/DHM 2.03 20 20 115.1 151 11.8 Enny Romero* BWG 4.79 19 19 82.2 100 10.9 Jimmy Patterson* BWG 3.81 27 2 59.0 70 10.7 Jake McGee* DHM 2.70 24 0 33.1 38 10.3 Matthew Spann* PRI 3.06 8 4 32.1 37 10.3 Dane De La Rosa DHM 3.65 38 0 49.1 55 10.0 Chris Rearick* BWG 1.71 34 0 58.0 63 9.8 Geisel De La Cruz* DSL 1.88 10 9 43.0 46 9.6 Alex Cobb DHM 1.87 12 12 67.1 70 9.4 Nate Garcia BWG 4.03 25 0 44.2 46 9.3 Jorge Rodriguez DSL 0.90 15 0 30.0 31 9.3 R.J. Swindle* DHM 4.15 39 0 34.2 36 9.3 Alexander Torres* DHM 3.04 20 20 106.2 110 9.3 Rob Delaney DHM 1.78 35 0 50.2 52 9.2 Steve Hiscock BWG 4.53 28 0 45.2 46 9.1 Austin Hubbard BWG 2.22 33 0 48.2 49 9.1 Oscar Armenta* DSL 3.16 9 4 37.0 37 9.0
Hint #1: Hat is correct.
Hint #2: Born in Maryland.
Hint #3: Righty.
Hint #4: Listed at 6'7".
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