Royals Pitching Development – YOUR SUSPECT Reviewed by Momizat on . Whether you like, dislike or are indifferent to Sunday night's trade there is one thing that will be decided for sure.  No, it is not whether someone was a win Whether you like, dislike or are indifferent to Sunday night's trade there is one thing that will be decided for sure.  No, it is not whether someone was a win Rating: 0
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Royals Pitching Development – YOUR SUSPECT

Royals Pitching Development – YOUR SUSPECT

Whether you like, dislike or are indifferent to Sunday night’s trade there is one thing that will be decided for sure.  No, it is not whether someone was a winner or loser on the deal or whether or not Wil Myers will become worthy of trading or that James Shields will become a Royals ace.  Those are worthy questions but another big question that will be decided is whether or not the Royals Pitching Development will be changed or not.

The fact that Mike Montgomery was the Royals #1 prospect, didn’t develop and has now been traded to the Tampa Bay Rays has done just that.  It isn’t just Montgomery but the whole quartet of lefties (Duffy, Lamb, Dwyer and Montgomery) who have either encountered injuries or terrible performances that have created this question.  On top of that the Royals don’t believe their other 1st round pick, Aaron Crow, is a starter.  What happened?  Well if you talk to those who work with the Royals, it is just bad luck and it happens. If you talk to a few around other orgs and on the edge of the game it is a problem within the organization that created this mess.  A mess that forced them to trade Baseball America’s Player of the Year before he ever played a game for their major league team to fill the hole that pitching development couldn’t.

This isn’t about long toss but a whole philosophy that needs to be overhauled from the top down.  Pitch types, workouts, long toss, people running the development and other issues are all part of this possible problem.  The Royals staff have exposed that staff by trading Montgomery in this deal.  If he becomes a major league starter with value, heck just a major leaguer in general then the Royals have to look at that staff and ask themselves what are they doing wrong?  Why does an 18-year-old know more about the arm and pitching than us?  Why can’t they recognize players in the draft that are higher risk for injury?  Why can an organization take our supposed star and fix him?  Is this the pitcher or the personnel?  Whatever you decide on the trade a lot of the bigger questions from within the organization on the pitching side will be answered at the end of this move.

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I grew up on the mean gravel roads of Iowa where I started my love for baseball from the age of 2. George Brett and the voice of Denny Matthews deepened my love even more for the Royals as my father and I spent summers listening to the team on our deck or in the car on our way to or from my little league and high school games. Sports was always the common bond that my father and I enjoyed and the Royals were in the center of that.I currently live in La Vista with my wife, two sons, two dogs and a pair of gross cats where we are grinding through until we can move somewhere warm when we retire. I own Casino Cab Company and Bluffs Affordable Auto Repair in Council Bluffs trying to build my 1% empire. If you are in the area you can find me at Omaha Storm Chasers games on most nights or just follow me on twitter @ClintScoles.

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  • DownUnderFan

    Going to be a VERY interesting 2013 season, that is all I can say.

    And a lot of questions will be answered.

    Can Ned Yost win with a greatly improved pitching staff? Or will he continue to use pitchers past their use by dates (Hochevar, Sanchez, Davies and possibly Santana) that doom the Royals to yet another losing season.

    Will THE trade be seen as the turning point in Dayton Moore’s General Manager tenure? Or will it be his crowning failure and last major trade in the Royals front office.

    Will David Glass allow the team to actually spend $85M in 2013 or will he suddenly decide to dump salary (Butler, Gordon, Frenchy, and/or Hochevar) to get back to a positive income?

    Will Shields, Davis, and Santana get the 20+ wins required to get the Royals near the playoffs, or will they barely get the Royals to 500 at best.

    Will Hosmer return to the young starry eyed success of 2011 or the ego plagued failure of 2012?

    All these questions will be answered in the next 10 months. Yes, should be a very interesting 2013 season for KC fans.

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