KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With the loss of top pitching prospect Danny Duffy to elbow surgery, the temptation, of course, is for the Royals to rush another prospect into the major-league mix.
After all, the Royals' youth movement is alive and well in terms of position players, and that young talent gives Royals fans hope of a bright future.
But without Duffy, there is no youth movement in the Royals rotation, no promising young prospect to cling hopes to.
Hard as it is, though, this is where Royals general manager Dayton Moore stands by his convictions. He will not give in to temptation for image sake, FFand he will not bring up a young pitcher before he is ready.
We're not going to push a position player or a pitcher to the major leagues until we're convinced they're ready to compete, Moore told me. Like I've said many times, I'd rather be a month or two late with a prospect than a month or two early.
Next in line, when they're ready, would be left-hander Mike Montgomery or right-ha...