Whether you like, dislike or are indifferent to Sunday night’s trade there is one thing that will be decided for sure. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â On top of that the Royals don’t believe their other 1st round pick, Aaron Crow, is a starter. Â What happened? Â 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. Â 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. Â Pitch types, workouts, long toss, people running the development and other issues are all part of this possible problem. Â The Royals staff have exposed that staff by trading Montgomery in this deal. Â 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? Â Why does an 18-year-old know more about the arm and pitching than us? Â Why can’t they recognize players in the draft that are higher risk for injury? Â Why can an organization take our supposed star and fix him? Â Is this the pitcher or the personnel? Â 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.