SURPRISE, Ariz- The Surprise Saguraros roster consists of seven prospects from the Kansas City Royals. Five played with Double-A affiliate NW Arkansas Naturals (Texas League)and two played for A-ball affiliate Wilmington Blue Rocks (Carolina League).
For the Naturals, pitchers Zack Lovvorn, Matt Tenuta, catcher Nick Dini, infielder Nicky Lopez, and outfielder Elier Hernandez.
Players for the Blue Rocks include pitcher Jacob Bodner, and Jared Ruxer. Ruxer played for both affiliates in 2017.
During their time in the Arizona Fall League, Lopez is having the most success of all the Royals prospects and will be playing in the Future Stars game on Saturday, November 4, at Salt River Fields, with first pitch scheduled for 5:08 MST. Lopez talked about the honor. “Feels pretty good. Wouldn’t be here without the support of friends, family and fans. It’s a big honor and really appreciate it.”
Lopez was voted in by the fans with the final vote. His .386 batting average is second on the Saguaros and his 22 hits are tops on his squad.
Dini is batting .217 with five hits and five RBI, with Hernandez batting just .200 with nine hits and four RBI with one of his hits a home run.
For the pitchers, Bodner has the best ERA with 1.13 to go along with his two saves and seven strikeouts. He is filling into that closers role nicely here in the Arizona Fall League.
Fellow pitchers Lovvorn, Ruxer, and Tanuta may be struggling with their ERA, but with nine strikeouts each are showing to have that power arms. Of the trio, both Lovvorn and Ruxer have a 1-0 record. Tanuta is 0-1.
Lovvorn has started all four of his outings, where as Ruxer and Tanuta both with six have all been in relief.
Ruxer and Tanuta have similar stats with both supporting a .519 ERA and 8.2 innings with seven runs.