by John Viril—
With the Royals enduring yet another rainout on Friday, I decided to look at AAA Omaha. And, lo and behold, I noticed a familiar name pop out in the pitching stats: Chris Dwyer. Two years ago, back when Kansas City’s farm system was praised as one of the best decades, analysts marveled at their amazing prospect depth. One of the strongest features of the system was their left-handed starting pitching, headlined by four strong prospects: Mike Montgomery, John Lamb, Danny Duffy and Chris Dwyer.
Montgomery mysteriously lost the ability to find home plate. This winter, Montgomery was traded to Tampa Bay in the deal that brought James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas CIty. John Lamb blew out his elbow in 2011, while Danny Duffy also tore his UCL the following spring. Meanwhile, Chris Dwyer languished in AA Northwest Arkansas.
After a strong first two years in the organization, Dwyer stalled at AA. In 2011, he posted an ugly 5.60 ERA in 141.1 IP with 78 walks. The followin...