Royals Corner Players of the Month: May

While the success of the Royals' four full-season affiliates was mixed in May, several of the organization's top prospects put together outstanding months. Today RC identifies each affiliates' players of the month, along with the other notable offensive performances. Click inside to see who picked up Royals Corner's May awards.

Omaha Royals

Alex Gordon
.355/.496/.667, 7 HR, 22 RBIs

Since being reassigned to Triple-A to learn how to play the outfield, Gordon has made a joke of Pacific Coast League pitching. The 26-year-old obliterated the league in May, hitting .355 with 14 extra base hits and 22 RBIs in 93 at bats. Indeed, the O-Royals' surge in the standings is largely a product of Gordon's production in May, as the former first-rounder put together two eight-game hitting streaks during the month and collected 10 multi-hit games. If he keeps hitting at this pace, the Royals will be forced to recall him sooner rather than later.

Other notable performances: Take your pick. The O-Royals' offense exploded in May, with over half the regular lineup hitting well over .300 for the month. Kila Ka'aihue spent two weeks with the big league club in May, but he hit at an impressive .378/.576/.711 clip in his 15 games with the O-Royals. Outfielder Jordan Parraz rebounded from a horrible April to hit .353/.500/.506 with 10 doubles, one homer, and 15 RBIs in 85 at bats during the season's second month. David Lough – another player who got off to a slow start – hit .291/.320/.470 with 11 extra base hits (including four triples and three home runs) and 11 RBIs in 117 at bats. Infielder Irving Falu at one point in May had a streak of six straight multi-hit games en route to a final line of .328/.366/.379 for the month. Ed Lucas spent 10 days on the disabled list, but when he was in the lineup, he hit an impressive .378/.400/.595 with five doubles, one home run, and eight RBIs in just 37 at bats.

NW Arkansas Naturals

Mike Moustakas
.393/.486/.775, 7 2B, 9 HR, 32 RBIs

Not much more can be said about Moustakas' blistering pace. On Tuesday, he was named as the Texas League's Player of the Month, and the honor was well-deserved. The 21-year-old third baseman set the league on fire in May, slamming 16 extra base hits and knocking in an incredible 32 runs in 89 at bats. He finished the month hitting just a shade under .400 with a video game OPS of 1.262, and he is at or near the top of the league leader board in nearly every important offensive category. Had a slight knee injury not cost him four games at the end of the month, his numbers might have been even more incredible.

< strong>Other notable performances: Like the O-Royals, the NW Arkansas Naturals also had several players turn in outstanding months. None was more outstanding than Paulo Orlando's, who hit a cool .400/.426/.631 with four doubles, four triples, and one home run in 65 at bats. The 24-year-old outfielder entered the month hitting just .200. By June 1, his batting average was up to .304. Clint Robinson (.246/.331/.439) didn't have a great batting average in May, but he slammed 13 doubles and three homers while driving in 21 runs. Derrick Robinson hit .286/.374/.339, but most importantly, the leadoff hitter drew 15 walks and swiped 11 bases. Left fielder Tim Smith, a model of consistency, hit .305/.380/.500 with four home runs and 17 RBIs. Veteran catcher Jeff Howell did an excellent job spelling starter Manny Pina, hitting .311/.380/.422 with five doubles and eight RBIs in 45 at bats.

Wilmington Blue Rocks

Salvador Perez
.292/.333/.514, 7 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBIs

For a guy with a big league body, Perez has never hit for very much power. Indeed, the 20-year-old backstop entered this season with just three home runs in over 500 professional at bats. Last month alone, Perez doubled that total, slamming three round-trippers (along with seven doubles) in 72 at bats. He wound up slugging .514 on the month, an impressive feat for the youngest position player in the Carolina League. May marked the second straight strong month for Perez, who has flirted with .300 all season and entered June hitting .289.

Other notable performances:May was rough for the Blue Rocks, who started the month with a seven-game losing streak and finished with a 12-18 record. Other than Perez, the only other player who merited serious consideration was first baseman Eric Hosmer. The 20-year-old hit safely in 22 of the 29 games in which he played, finishing the month with a line of .301/.355/.434. He slammed 12 extra base hits in 113 at bats while driving in 15 runs. Hosmer finished May hitting .349 on the season, which ranked second in the Carolina League. Jamie Romak hit just .238/.299/.410, but he also knocked four home runs while driving in a club-best 18 runs on the month. Backup catcher Ben Theriot hit .300/.382/.433 with two doubles and a triple in 30 at bats.

Burlington Bees

Wil Myers
.330/.459/.500, 9 2B, 2 HR, 19 RBIs

The Royals always expected Wil Myers to hit, but the club has to be surprised at how quickly the 2009 third-rounder has adjusted to Midwest League pitching. The 19-year-old catcher raked all month long, logging 11 extra base hits in 88 at bats while driving in 19 runs. After walking just seven times in April with 19 strikeouts, he turned that ratio around in May, drawing 21 free passes while fanning just 17 times. Myers is now among the Midwest League leaders in home runs, RBIs, and walks, and he entered June hitting a solid .282. He also swiped five bases during the month in seven attempts, giving him seven stolen bases on the season.

Other notable performances:The Bees were just 9-19 in May, so as was the case with the Blue Rocks, Burlington lacked many notable offensive performances. Outfielder Carlo Testa, however, turned in a relatively strong month, hitting .269/.343/.495 with four doubles, four triples, three home runs, and 10 RBIs in 93 at bats. Catcher/first baseman Juan Graterol didn't join the Bees until May 5, but he hit a solid .300/.344/.333 with three doubles and eight RBIs. Outfielder Hilton Richardson hit just .176/.235/.341, but the 21-year-old went on a bit of an RBI binge toward the end of the month, and he finished May with nine extra base hits and 15 RBIs in 91 at bats.


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