Last month we named Eric Hosmer and Danny Duffy the Royals minor league players of the month for April, and ironically both have been called up to the big league club since that time. While that likely won't be the case this month, it is very likely we will see one in Kansas City very soon, while the other should soon be promoted to the next level of minor league ball.
The pitcher of the month award goes to Jake Odorizzi of Class A Wilmington. In May, Odorizzi was 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA. He pitched a total of 26.2 innings, striking out 26 while walking just eight. Odorizzi, who was acquired in the the Greinke trade with Milwaukee this past December, is 4-0 this year with a 2.05 ERA in 10 starts. On the year he has 74 strikeouts against just 14 walks. It will be no surprise when the 21 year-old right hander is called up to AA Northwest Arkansas soon.
By now, even the most casual of Royals fan has heard the name Mike Moustakas The 22 year-old was choosen in the first around of the 2007 draft and is on the brink of joining the Kansas City team. After starting the season in somewhat of a slump, Moustakas brought out in May, batting .321/.382/.560 with five home runs and 23 RBI. Look for him starting at third base in Kansas City real soon.
Other notable efforts for May include:
Jason Adam, P - Kane County (Low Class A) 2-0 1.96 ERA 18.1 IP 12 SO 5 BB
Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B - Kane County (Low Class A) .308/.357/.513 2 HR 8 RBI
Lorenzo Cain, CF - Omaha (AAA) .321/.382/.518 2 HR 18 RBI