With a farm system rich in pitching prospects, I decided to provide my preview for who I believe will be the starting rotation for the Kansas City Royals in 2012
No shock here, the 2009 Cy Young Award Winner should still be at the front end of the Royals rotation. Greinke holds the keys to the Royals engine, and he will be relied on to set an example for the young pitchers that figure to round out the rotation in 2012
The former No. 1 pick from 2006 comes in at the No. 2 spot in the Royals rotation. In 2007 and 2008 he had a record of 13-25, but thus far in 2010 he has been showing signs of promise, and KC hopes he will project as a strong No. 2 in the Royals Rotation.
The thinking man's pitcher Brian Bannister comes in at the No. 3 spot in the rotation. Bannister has compiled a 34 - 41 record with the Royals since he was traded from the Mets for Ambroix Burgos in 2007. His ERA has not been the best, but when it comes to the rotation he figures in as the No. 3 starter.
Aaron Crow comes in at the No. 4 spot in the projected 2012 rotation. Nationals fans will remember Crow as their draft pick from 2008 that was unable to reach a deal with the organization so Crow re-entered the draft in 2009 and the Royals selected him with the 12th pick. The Royals are hopeful this promising prospect will be ready to join the team by 2012.
The Royals number one prospect going into 2010 Mike Montgomery round out this projected starting rotation for 2012. Montgomery is something that the Royals rotation has been lacking the past few years ... A lefty. This 6'5' lanky lefty has Royals fans excited, and hopefully by 2012 he will be contributing to a Royals team that will be competing for the AL Central Title.
Melville is another young promising arm that the Royals hope will be contributing in years to come. As of now he is a raw 20 year old righty who will need some time to develop his pitches, but as with most pitching prospects as of now it is mostly talk.