Update: The Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reported Sunday that Zimmer left Saturday's outing with shoulder tightness. The Royals will determine next week when he can return to games, according to McCullough.
Kansas City Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer made his third appearance for Class-A Lexington on Saturday night, but it was short-lived and a cause for concern.
A recent eight-game stretch has been the most successful span for Augusta GreenJackets first baseman Skyler Ewing in what has been a tough full-season debut.
Ewing is 12 for 37 with three doubles, two RBI and three walks in his past eight games spanning 40 plate appearances. The brief .324 mark raised his season average to .210 with a .556 OPS and .264 wOBA, 63 wRC+ in 212 plate appearances.
Friday, June 5 - 7:05 p.m.
Lexington Legends (24-30)
RHP Niklas Stephenson (48 IP, 4.13 ERA, 4.07 FIP, 16.6 K%, 9.3 BB%, .266 BABIP).
Augusta GreenJackets (25-28)
RHP Pat Young (8.2 IP, 13 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 K)
First-pitch weather: 83 degrees, clear
Thursday, June 5 - Lexington 3, Augusta 2
Things to watch
1. Foster Griffin: The first-round left-hander didn't have his best stuff and got pulled early after allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in 1.2 innings.
Thursday, June 4 - 7:05 p.m.
Lexington Legends (23-30)
LHP Foster Griffin (24 IP, 6.00 ERA, 4.32 FIP, 17.6 K%, 5.6 BB%, .317 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (25-27)
RHP Chris Johnson
First-pitch weather: 79 degrees, 20 percent chance of rain
Promotions: Thirsty Thursday, Augusta Parks and Recreation Night
Things to watch
The questions surrounding Jose Peraza's starts in center field for Triple-A Gwinnett this past week were almost overwhelming. Any time a top position prospect starts somewhere other than his known spot, people get in a tizzy. It's certainly notable that Peraza is getting game reps in center now, but I see it as potentially opening another door more than anything.
A recent series at Triple-A Gwinnett proved rewarding by putting eyes on Matt Wisler and Manny Banuelos, and getting my first look at Jose Peraza in center field. My first post from the series will focus on Wisler, a 22-year-old right-hander.
The Greenville Drive came to Lake Olmstead Stadium the past three days and gave Augusta baseball fans the experience of a prospect-loaded team featuring a couple high-end guys, featured here, and several more major league quality players in the Boston Red Sox system. I'll mention Rafael Devers, Javier Guerra and Michael Chavis here.
Wednesday, May 27
A team as loaded as Greenville comes through once every few years, so I'm skipping the "things to watch" and "scouting notes" and going straight to the immensely talented Drive roster. This is Part 1 on Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech. I'll post Part 2 on Rafael Devers, Javier Guerra and Michael Chavis on Thursday.
Tuesday, May 26 - 7:05 p.m.
Greenville Drive (26-18)
RHP Jeffry Fernandez (32 IP, 4.50 ERA, 5.11 FIP, 14.8 K%, 8.5 BB%, 21 K, 12 BB, .294 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (21-22)
LHP Mark Reyes (42 IP, 1.71 ERA, 2.68 FIP, 14.8 K%, 3.1 BB%, 24 K, 5 BB, .288 BABIP)
First-pitch weather: 81 degrees, 35 percent chance of rain
Promotions: Teacher Appreciation Night, Most Improved Student Program, Two-for-one drinks
Things to watch