Shortstop Orlando Calixte is making up for lost time at Class AA Northwest Arkansas.
A visa issue kept Calixte, a native of the Dominican Republic, out of action for the first 34 games of the season. But in his first 12 games with the Naturals, Calixte hit .298 with two doubles and three home runs, including two walk-off solo shots.
“He is very aggressive with the fastball and can hit a fastball,” said Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo. “He’s jumped out and really helped that club. It’s a better team than the record (16-30) shows, and I think with Orlando in the lineup, it just solidifies it even more.”
Calixte has a modest four walks with eight strikeouts. Not impressed? A year ago, he struck out 131 times in 123 games for Northwest Arkansas.
“He’s always been able to hit a fastball,” Picollo said. “It seems like Orlando has been in our system for a long period of time, but he’s only 22 years old. He’s really shown improvement with plate discipline and pitch selection.”
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Expected to join the Naturals in the next weekRaul Mondesi
Missed the last week after being scratched May 17 because of back spasms
Leads the Texas League with 33 RBIs
He has 35 strikeouts in his last 21 1/3 innings pitched
Second in the Carolina League with 29 walksMiguel Almonte
Has 50 strikeouts and 16 walks in 49 innings
Hitting .391 during a current six-game hitting streak
He has a 12-game hitting streak
Leads the Carolina League with 56 strikeouts
Has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his last eight starts
Having a rough May, batting just .196
He was placed on disabled list Saturday
He is 11th in the Texas League in ERA (3.29)Christian Colon
He’s hitting .318 with 12 walks, 10 strikeouts in last 28 games
His 2.74 ERA is 11th in the Pacific Coast League