Left-hander Will Smith has been the forgotten Royals pitching prospect.
Acquired in 2010 in a trade with the Angels for Alberto Callaspo, Smith, 22, has taken a backseat in prospect talk to pitchers such as Mike Montgomery and Jake Odorizzi and Chris Dwyer.
"That's probably because he doesn't really have a blazing fastball," said Royals assistant general manager of player development J.J. Picollo. "And he doesn't have what some scouts would term unbeatable stuff.
"But he's a mature kid who knows how to get hitters out. He is a pitcher."
And perhaps to the surprise of many observers, it was Smith, not the others, who got to the big leagues first two weeks ago at Yankee Stadium.
Now, Smith is ready to make his third big-league start and his first at Kauffman Stadium tonight against Minnesota.
And he isn't concerned that he hasn't received the same hype as other Royals' pitching prospects.
"Doesn't matter to me at all," he said. "They're all great pitchers. They'll get here, too...