The Omaha Storm Chasers have gone through a number of roster changes this week and endured a bit of a rough patch. The Chasers earned one win against the Albuquerque Isotopes, but have accumulated a number of losses this week. The Chasers ended their four-game losing streak Sunday night against the El Paso Chihuahuas. The 3-2 win Sunday gives the Chasers a chance to split the series with the Chihuahuas. Here are this week’s three stars:
John Lannan, LHP: John Lannan pitched a phenomenal game Tuesday against Albuquerque at Werner Park. Lannan lasted seven innings, while only allowing four hits and one earned run. He struck out five batters. Lannan led the Chasers to a 6-1 win over the Isotopes. Pitching like this is what the Chasers are lacking — solid performances. His last two starts — latest was Sunday night — Lannan lasted at least seven innings. Hopefully, the Omaha Storm Chasers can see this kind of performance from Lannan as he continues to make starts.
Christian Colon, SS: Storm Chasers’ shortstop Christian Colon recorded a six-game hitting streak this week. Although Colon was unable to earn a hit in Sunday night’s game, he was a major part of the Chasers offense this week. He drove in five runs over eight games. In this span, he hit a home run and three doubles. Last Monday, against the Isotopes, Colon went 3-6 with a double. It seems that when the Chasers pitching needs run support, the offense is unable to provide. This was unfortunately the case on Monday in the 2-4 loss. The team needs consistency that maybe Colon can provide?
Balbino Fuenmayor, 1B: “The Great Balbino” is another hitter who has gone off the charts. So far, Fuenmayor has hit .405. This week he hit a home run, drove in three RBIs, and struck out just three times. His big bat is helping lead the Chasers offense, which also provides much needed run support for Omaha’s pitching. This is something that the Storm Chasers need to win games — like they did Sunday. Though winning isn’t as important in the minors, I’d like to think wins mean something good for the Royals…
Speaking of the Royals, a number of Chasers got called up — for maybe not so great reasons — to Kansas City. In case you missed the week of transactions, here they are:
Brett Eibner for Mike Moustakas (15-day DL, but I read he’s out for the season)
Cheslor Cuthbert for Alex Gordon (15-day DL)
Tony Cruz (Peter Moylan optioned to Omaha)
Update on Mike Minor: Minor, who the Kansas City Royals acquired from free agency in February, in on rehab assignment in Omaha. Minor played for the Atlanta Braves most recently, but underwent left labrum surgery. The 28-year-old has had two starts in Omaha and both were disastrous. He’s pitched 8.2 innings with a 11.42 ERA. Minor allowed 19 hits, 11 ER and struck out 10 batters over those eight innings. My take: it’s going to be a while before the Royals use Minor…