Arizona Fall League Update: October 25, 2016

First baseman Ryan O’Hearn continued his hot-hitting ways in Surprise’s 4-0 win over Glendale on Tuesday. The former eighth-round pick (2014) went 2-for-3 with a walk, extending his hitting streak to seven games.

“I didn’t come in here setting number expectations like I need to have this batting average or I need to hit this many home runs,” he told “It’s just more about having as many quality at-bats per day as I can have every day. Whether it’s an out, whether it’s a walk, whatever it is, I just want to have a quality at-bat, really see the pitchers.”

Through nine games in Arizona Fall League play, O’Hearn is batting .364 (12-for-33) with a .475 on-base percentage. He ranks among the league leaders in hits (tied for second), on-base percentage (fifth) and batting average (eighth).

Teammate RHP Evan Beal recorded a 1-2-3 eighth inning, retiring the side on 13 pitches, including two strikeouts. He has posted three straight scoreless outings in which opponents are 0-for-9, after allowing four runs in his first two appearances (2.1 IP).

RHP Josh Staumont, who recorded six strikeouts in 3.1 innings on Saturday vs. Glendale, was named Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week. Staumont, Kansas City’s second-round pick in the 2015 First Year Player Draft, is 2-0 in three starts with a 0.87 ERA (1 ER in 10.1 IP).

Arizona Fall League Update: October 24, 2016

First baseman Ryan O’Hearn continued to impress as Surprise’s No. 3 hitter in their 7-2 loss to Mesa on Monday. He went 2-for-3, recording his second straight multi-hit game. He also walked and scored on Eric Wood’s two-run home run in the sixth inning. Through eight games in the Arizona Fall League, O’Hearn is batting .333 (10-for-30) with a .444 on-base percentage.

Fellow Royals farmhand LHP Eric Stout recorded a scoreless eighth inning, working around a leadoff triple and a one-out hit-by-pitch, before inducing an inning-ending double play to lower his ERA to 1.80 (1 ER in 5.0 IP) in four appearances.

Arizona Fall League Update: October 22, 2016

A pair of Royals prospects shined in Surprise’s 10-8 win over Glendale at Surprise Stadium on Saturday.

RHP Josh Staumont recorded 3.1 innings of two-hit ball. After throwing 3.0 scoreless frames, he allowed the first two batters to reach in the fourth inning on a dropped third strike and a walk, before exiting in favor of Minnesota farmhand John Curtis, who allowed one of the inherited runners to score on a two-out single, snapping Staumont’s scoreless innings streak at 10.1.

Staumont walked three but recorded six of his 10 outs via strikeout, including striking out the side in the second inning. He threw 31 of 61 pitches for strikes (50.8%) and induced nine swinging strikes on his curveball.

“There weren’t many fastballs down in the zone being called strikes [on Saturday],” he told “So I ended up throwing a lot more curveballs and stuff down in the zone to keep the hitters off balance.

“I have a really good feel for my curveball — it’s one of my go-to pitches. It’s something I know I can throw and have complete confidence in. It’s an equalizer, especially when it comes to even the count, and I’m fine throwing it behind in the count as well.”

Through three Arizona Fall League starts, Staumont is 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA (1 ER in 10.1 IP) and a .135 opponents’ average (3-for-16), which ranks third lowest among qualified pitchers.

Fellow Royals prospect Mauricio Ramos, playing first base and batting fifth, went 2-for-4 with a home run and a team-high four RBI. His homer was the eventual game winner, a solo shot in the seventh inning that broke an 8-8 tie. He also had a bases-clearing double in Surprise’s five-run third inning.

Arizona Fall League Update: October 21, 2016

Second baseman Corey Toups and first baseman Ryan O’Hearn made key contributions on offense in Surprise’s 3-2 loss to Salt River on Friday.

Toups, batting second and playing for the first time since Tuesday, went 1-for-5, lowering his Arizona Fall League line to .348/.375/.609 (8-for-23). Toups doubled and scored in the third inning on O’Hearn’s RBI single — Surprise’s only hit with a runner in scoring position (1-for-11).

O’Hearn also had a two-out hit in the seventh inning and now has a five-hit hitting streak. In seven games overall, he’s batting .296 (8-for-27) with a .406 on-base percentage.

Fellow Royals prospect RHP Evan Beal worked around two walks and his own throwing error to record a scoreless seventh inning.

Arizona Fall League Update: October 20, 2016

Three Royals farmhands appeared in Surprise’s 6-4 loss to Peoria on Thursday.

Left fielder Alfredo Escalera went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, including an RBI double in the second inning and a bases-loaded RBI single in the fourth. Escalera is now 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position in Arizona Fall League play.

Fellow Royals prospect Ryan O’Hearn went 1-for-3 with two walks as Surprise’s designated hitter, improving his on-base percentage to .393 in six games with the Saguaros.

LHP Eric Stout pitched the eighth inning, allowing a leadoff triple and an RBI single — the first run he’s allowed in Arizona Fall League play — before retiring the next three batters. He has retired 12 of 15 batters over three relief appearances.

Arizona Fall League Update: October 18, 2016

Surprise lost its third straight road game in a 4-1 defeat to Salt River on Tuesday, dropping to 3-3-1 overall.

First baseman Ryan O’Hearn went 1-for-4 and has hit safely in four of his five Arizona Fall League games.

Fellow Royals prospect RHP Evan Beal pitched a scoreless fifth inning with one strikeout for the Saguaros, retiring his three batters on eight pitches (five strikes).

Arizona Fall League Update: October 17, 2016

RHP Josh Staumont improved to 2-0 in Arizona Fall League play with 4.0 scoreless innings in Surprise’s 3-1 win over Salt River on Monday. Staumont, the Royals’ second round pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, retired 12 of the 14 batters he faced, allowing a batter to reach on a fielding error by fellow Royals prospect second baseman Corey Toups (who went 1-for-4) in the third inning, and yielding a two-out single in the fourth.

Staumont threw 32 of 48 pitches for strikes (66.7%). In his two AFL starts, he’s allowed just three hits and one walk over 7.0 shutout innings, with five strikeouts.

First baseman Ryan O’Hearn went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in the eighth inning to score fellow Royals prospect Toups. Left fielder Alfredo Escalera went 0-for-3.

LHP Eric Stout recorded his first hold with 2.0 scoreless innings in relief, allowing only a two-out walk in the seventh inning on his way to retiring six of his seven batters.

The Saguaros are now 3-2-1 through six games in Arizona Fall League play.


Arizona Fall League Update: October 15, 2016

First baseman Ryan O’Hearn was one of seven Saguaros to reach safely multiple times in Surprise’s 8-1 win on Saturday vs. Scottsdale. Batting third in the lineup, O’Hearn went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs scored. In three games with Surprise, he owns a .400 on-base percentage.

Fellow Royals prospect RHP Jake Newberry recorded a scoreless ninth inning, allowing a hit with two strikeouts. In two outings with the 2-2-1 Saguaros, Newberry has struck out four of his eight batters faced.

Arizona Fall League Update: October 12, 2016

Second baseman Corey Toups stole the show in Surprise’s 7-7 tie in 11 innings on Wednesday at Peoria Stadium.

Toups, who was selected by the Royals in the 15th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, reached safely four times from the leadoff spot yesterday, going 3-for-4 with two runs, a double, a two-run home run, a walk and a stolen base.

His double led off the game and he scored Surprise’s first run when Jose Trevino homered two batters later. Toups’ two-run homer came in the second inning to give the Saguaros an early 5-0 lead. He also walked in the sixth inning and singled in the eighth, before recording his first stolen base on a double steal with Danny Mars, who stole home to tie the game at 7-7.

First baseman Mauricio Ramos made his Arizona Fall League debut, reaching twice on a walk and a hit, and scoring in the second inning. Fellow Royals prospect Alfredo Escalera went 0-for-5 as the DH.

A pair of Royals relief pitching prospects recorded scoreless innings on Wednesday. LHP Eric Stout struck out the side on 11 pitches (10 strikes) in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings. RHP Jake Newberry tossed a scoreless 11th, allowing one hit while adding two strikeouts. In total, eight Surprise pitchers combined to record 17 strikeouts over 11 innings.

Arizona Fall League Update: October 11, 2016

The Arizona Fall League commenced yesterday with all six teams in action, including the Surprise Saguaros, which rosters eight Royals prospects, including:

  • RHP Evan Beal (Drafted, 21st round in 2014)
  • RHP Jake Newberry (Drafted, 37th round in 2012)
  • RHP Josh Staumont (Drafted, 2nd round in 2015)
  • LHP Eric Stout (Drafted, 13th round in 2014)
  • INF Ryan O’Hearn (Drafted, 8th round in 2014)
  • INF Mauricio Ramos (Signed as a non-drafted FA in 2010)
  • INF Corey Toups (Drafted, 15th round in 2014)
  • OF Alfredo Escalera (Drafted, 8th round in 2012)

Four of the eight appeared in yesterday’s game — an 11-2 win over Mesa — including starting pitcher Josh Staumont, who earned the win with 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one walk, with three strikeouts.

Staumont’s fastball sat in the mid-90s, peaking at 98 mph. The 22-year-old out of Azusa Pacific University threw 27 of his 45 pitches for strikes (60.0%).

First baseman Ryan O’Hearn batted third in the Surprise lineup and reached safely three times — with two hits and a walk — including an RBI single in the three-run third inning.

Left fielder Alfredo Escalera batted sixth for the Saguaros, walking twice and driving in a pair of runs, including an RBI groundout in the seventh inning and an RBI single in the eighth to cap Surprise’s 11-run outburst.

RHP Evan Beal pitched the top of the eighth inning, allowing a leadoff double and an RBI single before retiring the next three batters. Of his seven pitches, six were strikes.