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Royals prospect Jake Odorizzi likely to debut Sunday

Sep 20, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Jake Odorizzi has yet to pitch since being called up by the Royals over the weekend, but it sounds like the 22-year-old top prospect will make his big-league debut Sunday.

Initially manager Ned Yost discussed easing Odorizzi into the mix with some relief work, but Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that he’s likely to start against the Indians in what will be the Royals’ final home game of the season. And if things go well that would line him up to potentially make a second start during the final week.

Odorizzi was acquired from the Brewers in the Zack Greinke trade and rated among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects for both last season and this season. He split this year between Double-A and Triple-A, throwing 145 innings with a 3.03 ERA and 135/50 K/BB ratio.

  1. fuddpucker - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    In 2-3 years this dude will feign like he’s upset with the Royals management and demand to be traded, just like Greinke did. Wash, rinse, repeat.

    • baseballisboring - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      …what makes you say that?

      • fuddpucker - Sep 20, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        That’s what the good pitchers do, they start on a bad team through the draft then quickly rise to the richer teams. It doesn’t matter if it’s CC or Greinke or whomever.

        KC can’t even afford to keep Guthrie, he’s GONE at the end of this season.

  2. baseballisboring - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Let’s hope he has an immediate impact, so Royals fans don’t have to suffer through another year of Bruce Chen being the team leader in ERA.

    Not a Royals fan, but it’s pretty disheartening to watch this perpetual rebuild, I mean, they actually have some players that are fun to watch. Dyson, Gordon, Butler, even Hochevar when he’s on, bunch of hard throwing rookies in the bullpen…with all the highly touted pitching prospects they’ve had in recent years it’s depressing they haven’t been able to put it all together. They’ve got an OK offense (easy enough to improve with a slugger or two), a great young bullpen (though that’s always fluid) and then…Jeremy Guthrie? I’m rootin’ for ’em.

  3. sportsdrenched - Sep 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Sweet! I reason to totally blow off the Chiefs this Sunday.

  4. fuddpucker - Sep 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    KC Royals = exercise in futility

    • crimhollingsworth - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      I get that you are a troll seeking thumbs down clicks, why not troll the good teams instead? You’d get more thumbs and more replies and it would be sooooo epic brah! Also, stop giving thumbs up to your own comments.

  5. onbucky96 - Sep 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Great. More Melvin propects in the bigs…

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