I’m not a Royals fan, but damn, I hope their farm system turns out. They have talent at every single position on the field, and a plethora of pitching. If they fail, it will never happen for the Royals.
“Though he actually performed well at his first stop in the minors, Crow really struggled upon reaching Double A. Crow’s strikeout rate plummeted from 10.84 to 6.79 following the promotion, while his walk rate soared to an unsightly 4.45.”
Correction. AA was his first stop in the minors. There was never a promotion, only a demotion.
I’m still dissappointed in him. I followed him at Mizzou his senior year when he was ridiculous. Pretty sure he was consistently rated the top or number 2 pitcher coming into the draft that year. So to me, a number 1/2 pitching prospect should have a ceiling of an ace and a floor of a solid back of the rotation guy. He’s a reliever. If 1/4 batters get a hit (.250 league average average I’m guessing), then you pretty much always have a decent shot at being effective if you’re any good at all.
That said, I’m happy that he’s found a role and is really doing well. As a closer he’ll get more exposure and hopefully succeed. Who knows where he goes from here. Maybe he dominates and then next year we’re talking about him like Neftali Feliz this year starter/closer. Or maybe he shows promise, then goes to shit like so many pitchers do.
Comment by Antonio Bananas — May 31, 2011 @ 2:03 am
His senior year stats are 13-0 in 15 starts, 2.35 ERA, 107 IP, 10.7 k/9, 3.2 bb/9. He has the goods. Maybe he’s just now getting back into it considering he didn’t pitch much in 2009.
Comment by Antonio Bananas — May 31, 2011 @ 2:06 am
As a Red Sox fan, I hope it does too, so we can sign all these guys when they hit free agency.
Sad when your team starts to emulate the most perverse mannerisms of your most hated rival…