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Royals promote top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi to Triple-A

May 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Kansas City’s next wave of young talent is now just one step from the majors, as the Royals promoted top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi from Double-A to Triple-A.

Myers struggled at Double-A last season, hitting just .253 with eight homers in 99 games, but the outfielder still ranked 28th on Baseball America‘s annual prospect list coming into this season and annihilated Texas League pitching while repeating the level. He hit .343 with 13 homers and 11 doubles in 35 games, producing an incredible .731 slugging percentage and 1.146 OPS to force the promotion at age 21.

Odorizzi ranked 68th on that same Baseball America list coming into the season and the 22-year-old right-hander made seven starts at Double-A with a 3.32 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 38 innings, showing the promise that made him a first-round pick in 2008.

So far the Royals’ historic prospect collection hasn’t resulted in big-league wins, but Myers and Odorizzi both project as impact players and the major leaguers have shown some signs of life recently by winning six of their last seven games.

  1. randall351 - May 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Hey after sweeping the Rangers, winning 4 in a row, and 6 of their last 7 has got me thinking of that classic movie quote:
    “These guys aren’t so f#@$% bad.”

  2. l0yalr0yal - May 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Not only is it four in a row, we’re 9-4 since May 2nd, including sweeping a two game series at Texas after last night, splitting with the Yankees at home, taking two of three at home versus the Red Sox, and taking two of three from the pale hose on the road. This team is starting to turn some heads, even with Hosmer hitting .180, and the pitching staff and injuries we have gone through. A weak staff to begin with, we lost Soria for the season, Holland just came off the DL two days ago, Sanchez is on the DL, Duffy is out for the year, not to mention Lorenzo Cain has been out since the second series of the year, this team is really overcoming some adversity and these recent wins, especially after 12 straight losses, mean a lot to the fans, and they’re really overcoming some adversity. Lofty expectations really screwed these guys in the opening weeks, but they’re starting to look like a team that can win some baseball games.

    • renorocker - May 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      One thumbs down? How could anyone dislike this statement? Well written 10yalr0yal.

      • l0yalr0yal - May 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        Thanks for the words of affirmation, but there is someone around here that has it out for me. If I find out who it is, boy, they had better be ready for the down-thumbing of a lifetime. Not really.

  3. royalsfaninfargo - May 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Since the Royals lost 12 in a row they have won 12 of 18 and won or split 7 straight series. Not bad for a “little league team” that is “stupid”, per Matthew.

    • natstowngreg - May 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      There is promise of a new Royals era, but don’t let management off the hook just yet. The real test is coming, though not for a couple of years. That is, when the first wave of kids reaches arbitration eligibility, will they start laying out the cash to keep the young nucleus together?

      • - May 16, 2012 at 4:45 PM

        They have locked up some players like Escoar & Salvador Perez. I’ve heard rumblings that they tried to initiate conversations with the Boras Clients. And Boras Clients being Boras Clients: they declined. (note Eric Hosmer is hitting .180, I would approach him again if were GMDM)

        I have two trains of thought on this. 1. I want to see the organization pay to keep home grown stars. 2. If a player is Albert Pojuls or Cliff Lee good only a handful of teams will able to sign them anyway. Might as well trade them during the last season before FA for some prospects, and to that end if the farm system continually produces prospects…I won’t care if the Boras Clints leave, my loyalty is with the front of the jersey, not the back.

  4. Paul White - May 16, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    For a team that has had a 12-game losing streak already, has played the entire season without their starting catcher, center fielder and closer, has had their best two starters (Duffy and Paulino) available for the grand total of one trip through the rotation, has had disappointing offensive seasons from their left fielder, right fielder and first baseman, and that started Yuni Betancourt at second base AND batted him fifth at one point, being only 4.5 games out of first in a very winnable division seems like a pretty good place to be.

  5. - May 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Good too see these guys get their laptops with Nexrad Realtime, and mesonets.

    I might even turn the Royals license plate on my truck right side up before I drive home this evening.

  6. Tyree Studio - May 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Would be nice to see Odorizzi dominate 6-7 starts in Omaha and get a call-up this year. You’d think KC could hit the jack-pot with at least one of these prime pitching prospects.

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