One of the biggest questions heading into the Royals' offseason is the state of their once-very-promising pitching depth. While some of their younger guys, like Brady Singer and Kris Bubic, have shown plenty of progress at times this season, others have fallen a bit short. For the last couple seasons, much of the talk has been about how deep the Royals' major and minor league pitching has been, but is that the case anymore? Speaking to 610's Fescoe In The Morning, Royals Insider Josh Vernier explained how he sees that side of the organization shaking out this winter.
"Who knows," he said. "Who knows, because the guys that I was hoping would be in competition for a rotation spot next spring, the guys currently down in Double-A, the guy that I thought was the best right-handed pitching prospect Alec Marsh, some of the other names down there are putting up nice strikeout numbers, but the walks. For as much as we bemoan the walks at the big league level, it's really throughout the minor league system, especially it's most glaring at the Double-A ranks. Again, that was supposed to be the next wave of pitching, to follow in and maybe fill in the spots where maybe Jackson Kowar fell short, or Carlos Hernandez fell short ... I think more people connected with the pitching side of this organization, top to bottom, might be elsewhere after this season."
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