I wanted to check in with the Kansas City Royals‘ Triple-A affiliate, and most of what I found out about the Omaha Storm Chasers wasn’t exactly inspiring. In fact, Omaha’s club and their big-league representative share some unsettling similarities.
The Storm Chasers currently sit dead last in their four-team division, and only three PCL teams have worse records. Eight PCL teams have lower team ERAs than Omaha, and Omaha pitching has allowed the most home runs of any team in the league. Only Sugar Ray Marimon has started a game and posted an ERA below 3.00 this season for the Storm Chasers.
With this lack of effectiveness in the minors, fans probably shouldn’t expect KC’s farm system to offer any pitching help to the big league team this year. The obvious exception would be if KC were to run into injury problems, at which time a duo of surprisingly promising relievers from Omaha would have their chance make it to the majors for the first time.
Don’t expect Omaha to bring any power potential to the bigs this year, either. Omaha’s 20 homers total ranks 11th in the 16-team PCL, and their 97 RBIs rank 13th. The Storm Chasers posted a solid team batting average and OBP, ranking fifth and seven in those statistics, which points out a very disappointing truth — much like their MLB counterpart, this Storm Chasers team can get runners on base, but often fails to bring them home.