Originally Posted by eazyb81
TINSTAAPP is a bitch.
Also, minor league extremes play a big part in the rise and fall of the hitting and pitching prospects view of the Royals organization. Royals A+ affiliate is an extreme a pitcher's park, and the environments in NWA and Omaha are hitter's parks (with Omaha being part of the hitter haven PCL).
I will say, though... that I'll take Michael Montgomery over every guy listed in front of him in that MLB article.
Banuelos is Yankee hype machine all over again. He's a TINY lefty (5'11/155) and he wasn't as good as Montgomery in A+ ball as a 19-year old or as good in AA as a 20-year old.
Hultzen has yet to pitch in the minor leagues.
Skaggs is pretty similar to Montgomery but doesn't have the same "Stuff" upside. Montgomery already has a plus fastball and changeup.
Pomeranz at 22 was basically the same pitcher at A+ as Montgomery at 19. He's older and more polished but has less upside.
And Perez was much worse at AAA, in the same league, than Monty. He's never really had a "Great" minor-league season and you have to go back several years to find an "OK" season.
I do wish they'd drafted Drew Pomeranz rather than Colon in 2010, but oh well...