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All-Star reliever Aaron Crow wants spot in Royals’ rotation

Nov 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Aaron Crow made the All-Star team as a rookie and finished the year with a 2.76 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 62 innings, but now the Royals are giving the 25-year-old former first-round pick a chance to win a rotation spot in 2012 after he started in college and the minors.

Crow told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that he’s “comfortable” starting and is “going into spring training with the goal of making the rotation.”

As is the case with most young pitchers it makes sense to find out if Crow can thrive in a 200-inning role before locking him into a 70-inning role, but control problems could derail his attempts to become a top-of-the-rotation starter. He walked 3.5 batters per nine innings as a starter in the minors and issued 31 free passes in 62 innings as a reliever with the Royals,

Crow seems to recognize that, telling Dutton that “the biggest thing for a starter is to keep your pitch count low, pound the strike zone and get quick outs.” If he can effectively do that Crow certainly has the raw stuff and multi-pitch repertoire to succeed as a starter, but “pound the strike zone” seems easier said than done for a 25-year-old with a history of iffy control.

  1. sportsdrenched.com - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    He wasn’t good as a starter in the second half of 2010. And he seemed to get tired in his releif role at the end of this year. So I’m skeptical.

    That being said. Given the Royals lack of depth in the rotation, and he’s a number one pick that you’d like to get more out of, yes giving him another shot at the rotation seems like a good move.

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