by John Viril—
Finally. After exhausting every possible excuse, GM Dayton Moore has finally called up RHP prospect Jake Odorizzi and manager Ned Yost has slotted him to start on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians.
All Odorizzi had to do was go 15-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 145.1 IP in AA and AAA this season. Then, of course, he had to pitch in the AAA playoffs and the AAA championship series. After getting the call to the majors, he only had to wait a week to make his 1st start because Ned Yost didn’t want to pitch him against a contender—since throwing a rookie against a contender wouldn’t be fair to the other teams in the race.
I suppose throwing Luke Hochevar or Bruce Chen is really fair to other contenders. Doesn’t matter how mediocre either of them have been this season. By gum, they’re EXPERIENCED.
When will it end? When will the Royals become blatantly self-interested like every other team in baseball? Frankly, I couldn’t care less what Odorizzi might do to the race IF the Royals gain benefit from getting their top pitching prospect an extra start rather then letting him ride the pine. The fact is, the Royals could use all the evaluation time they can get with Odorizzi, before they have to make a rotation decision on him in the spring.
Odorizzi should have been in Kansas City months ago, to at least pinpoint areas that needed work and to prepare for a rotation spot next season. The Royals season has been lost since at least late July, and keeping Odorizzi in AAA Omaha does not seem to have served much of a purpose.
But hey, what do I know? I guess Luke Hochevar really needed an eleventy-billionth chance to harness his great stuff.
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