Lough retakes spot atop Hot List

Every Monday, Royals Corner publishes our Hot List, ranking the ten hottest prospects in the Royals' minor league system. This week, Wilmington outfielder David Lough retakes his spot atop the list after hitting .533 on the week with a pair of home runs. Who else made the Hot List this week? Look inside to find out.

1. David Lough
Lough played in just four games last week, but he played well enough to reestablish himself as the hottest prospect in the system. Lough hit .533 last week (8-for-15) with two doubles, a triple, two home runs, and four RBIs. On the season, the 23-year-old outfielder is hitting .330/.385/.473, which is outstanding for a player in his first tour of the Carolina League. Indeed, Lough's .330 batting average ranks second in the entire league, just one point behind the leader.

2. Jordan Parraz
Parraz has been a mainstay on the Hot List all season, and he jumps to number two on the list after hitting .409 last week (9-for-22) with a triple, two homers, five RBIs, and seven runs scored. The 24-year-old outfielder is hitting .405 over his last ten games, and on the season his line is up to .359/.457/.523 with 14 doubles, three triples, four home runs, and 36 RBIs. He ranks fourth in the Texas League in batting average, and his .457 on base percentage is tops in the circuit.

3. Ed Lucas
Lucas makes his first appearance on the Hot List this season after a week in which he hit .438 (7-for-16) with a double, a triple, a home run, and 11 RBIs. The 27-year-old Dartmouth product is still hitting just .263/.336/.379 on the season for the Naturals, but he's hit safely in five of his last seven games with 12 RBIs.

4. Everett Teaford
Teaford had a great week. He made his only start of the week on Tuesday, blanking Salem over seven innings for his seventh win of the season while yielding just five hits and no walks. It was Teaford's seventh straight quality start, a span stretching all the way back to late April. Teaford's seven victories on the season rank second in the Carolina League, and his 2.39 ERA ranks fifth. He won't, however, get a chance to climb up the leaderboards, because he was promoted to NW Arkansas after his last start.

5. Danny Duffy
Duffy made just one start last week as well, picking up his sixth victory of the season on Friday against Winston-Salem. The 20-year-old southpaw went six strong innings, yielding two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out a pair. It was his fourth straight quality start, and on the season Duffy is 6-2 with a 2.69 ERA. In 67.0 innings pitched, Duffy has struck out 60 batters while allowing 54 hits and 20 walks, and the Carolina League is hitting just .220 against him.

6. Nick Van Stratten
Van Stratten remains firmly entrenched on the Hot List after another solid week. He went 8-for-25 (.320) with a pair of doubles, five runs scored, one RBI, two stolen bases, and an impressive seven walks. The 24-year-old outfielder is hitting .340/.428/.459 on the season. He ranks third in the Midwest League in batting average, and fourth in on base percentage.

7. Mike Montgomery
Montgomery makes his first Hot List appearance this season after starting two games last week, pitching 10.2 innings while surrendering just one earned run (0.84 ERA). He allowed just seven hits and three walks while striking out four batters, and on the season the 19-year-old southpaw has struck out 21 batters in 25.2 innings, compiling a 1-1 record with a 2.10 ERA. The Midwest League is hitting just .239 against him so far.

8. Brandon Sisk
Sisk has been one of the most dominant relievers in the entire organization this season, but his performance over the past week deserves special mention. The 23-year-old lefty made two one-inning appearances last week, logging a pair of saves while striking out the side in both outings without surrendering a hit or walk. Over his last five appearances, Sisk has struck out 16 batters in just eight innings pitched, and the Carolina League is hitting just .172 against him. He's been particularly devastating against left-handed batters, holding them to a .107 average this season.

9. Scott Thorman
Thorman had another solid week for the O-Royals, going 7-for-17 (.412) with a double, a home run, three runs scored, and one RBI. The 27-year-old was hitting just .188 for the RedHawks when the Rangers released him earlier this season, but since joining Omaha, Thorman has hit .305/.387/.622 with a club-best eight home runs and 16 RBIs.

10. Jose Bonilla
None of the highly-touted catching prospects in Burlington have had particularly good seasons thus far, but Bonilla has been heating up a bit lately. The 20-year-old backstop hit .304 last week (7-for-23) with a double, a triple, a home run, and five runs scored. On the season, he's still hitting just .236/.285/.351, but his overall numbers are the best among the three catchers on the roster, and he seems likely to stay with the Bees even after the rookie ball clubs open their seasons later this month.



PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:

On Saturday, NW Arkansas Naturals' third baseman Ed Lucas had an outstanding game against Arkansas. Trailing by two runs in the third inning, Lucas stepped up to the plate with two men on and delivered a three-run homer to left field, giving the Nats a lead they would not surrender. In the sixth inning, he shot a two-run double up the left field line, and he added another RBI on a sac fly in the eighth. The Naturals won the game in a rout, 16-6, and Lucas finished 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and six RBIs.


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