There's likely a young pitching prospect lurking in the Royals' farm system who could break through to the Royals' big-league rotation sometime this summer.
But you may be surprised just which prospect that might be.
Jake Odorizzi? Chris Dwyer? Mike Montgomery?
Actually, the young pitcher flying under the media radar right now is Will Smith, the 22-year-old left-hander who came to the Royals in 2010 as part of the Alberto Callaspo trade with the Angels.
"I actually think he could be in the (big-league) rotation at some point this season," assistant general manager of scouting and player development J.J. Picollo told me by phone.
"And it's not my opinion. There are a lot of people in the organization who feel that way. Will is a kid who is coming along very nicely. Not a lot of talk about him but he is very much in the picture."
Smith hasn't drawn the attention that the other young Royals' pitchers have mainly because Smith won't wow most scouts or fans with electric stuff.