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Royals demote prospect Mike Montgomery to Double-A

Jul 11, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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Royals pitching prospect Mike Montgomery was the 36th overall selection in the 2008 draft and ranked 19th on Baseball America‘s Top 100 list heading into the 2011 season. But his career has since stalled.

The 23-year-old left-hander posted an uninspiring 5.32 ERA and 7.7 K/9 across 150 2/3 innings last season in his first taste of the Triple-A level and was demoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas earlier today after opening this summer with a 5.69 ERA and 6.6 K/9 over his first 91 2/3 frames of 2012.

“We just want to get him back there with [Double-A Northwest Arkansas pitching coach] Larry Carter and work on some things,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore told beat reporter Dick Kaegel of MLB.com. “The organization just felt it was the right thing to do. Just give him a breather and re-start a little bit. We’re trying to get him more downhill and power his fastball in the zone. We just think getting back down there will be beneficial to him.”

Montgomery had a sparkling 1.88 ERA, 0.887 WHIP and 9.3 K/9 in his two plus seasons of High-A ball.

  1. samu0034 - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    This really is a bummer. I’m a Twins fan, but the prospect of seeing the Royals return to prominence is kind of exciting. I like the idea that a team can build from within, and over the course a few (or a lot of) years form themselves into legitimate contenders. The Rays have done it, and the Royals are on the cusp of it, but they need their pitching prospects to start coming around too. If they can do it, and the Rays can do it, I can believe the Twins are capable of it too.

  2. lyon810 - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    As long as Terry Ryan is the GM, you won’t be seeing much of anything in Minnesota.

    • samu0034 - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:57 AM

      Oh, I dunno. Terry built us a winner back in the day, but I also think the way he went about it capped us at being a good, but not great, team.

  3. sportsdrenched.com - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    I saw him pitch at the Royals Futures game last year, I thought he’d be in Kansas City by July of last season. He was filthy….and it’s been all down hill since then.

    This is why prospects are just prospects. Some are going to flame out, some will get injured and flame out. Some will make it to the majors and just be OK.

    The Royals have a lot of prospects but not many wins at the MLB level, at some point the front office will have to ship some prized prospects off for bonafide MLB starting pitching.

    However, that’s just the strategy. Based on Dayton Moore’s track record in trading for MLB talent I have no faith that he can execute such a strategy even if there was a will to do it.

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