Much has been made of the Royals lack of starting pitching coming into the season, and I just don’t see it. The Royals currently possess both veteran and youth talent, while having one of the best 1-2 punches in baseball (Zack Greinke and Gil Meche).
The following players are vying for just three rotation positions:
Luke Hochevar is still developing and, despite inconsistencies, should be the recipient of one vacant spot due to his upside.
Mike Montgomery has catapulted to the top of the Kansas City Royals prospect list according to Baseball America and, if he makes the club, would add a much needed left handed arm to the Royals starting rotation.
Aaron Crow is two years removed from college and expected to make a run at the rotation this spring. While it could be a year too soon for the Missouri Tiger alum due to a lack of professional experience (he didn’t play 2008 because of a holdout), he has demonstrated a skill set that will likely transfer to the big league level.
Brian Bannister has battled his share of inconsistencies as well: Is he the 3.87/1.21 WHIP pitcher from 2007, or is he the 5.76/1.49 WHIP pitcher from 2008? He was injured much of 2009, so 2010 may answer this question.
Kyle Davies has the tools, but, as a Brave fan once said to me about Davies, "good luck with that!"
Robinson Tejeda’s 2009 September was encouraging, but only consisted of five starts and 26.1 innings. Will he get a chance to build off of this?
Kyle Farnsworth...is his attempted move to the starting rotation because he shows promise or an excuse to remove him from end of game duties without stomping on his psyche? It’s most likely the latter.