Every year prospects are hyped and every year prospects fail to live up to said hype. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus recently wrote up his list of favorites to turn things around this year — those prospects that might have buckled under some of the pressure but whose talents will ultimately win out in the end. The Kansas City Royals have one of those players in starting pitcher Mike Montgomery.
Goldstein writes, “The Royals entered 2011 with a quartet of impressive left-handers in the upper levels, but while Danny Duffy has his moments in the big leagues, the other three went backward: John Lamb had Tommy John surgery, while Chris Dwyer and Mike Montgomery scuffled with their mechanics, and therefore their command and control. Still, the stuff is still there for Montgomery, and that’s what scouts look for. "I still like him a lot, and think he could be in the Royals’ rotation at some point in 2012," said one scout, who added that his upside is more mid-rotation than that of a future star. ‘More John Danks than Cole Hamels,’ he said.”
Given that Danks just signed a $65 million extension with the ChiSox as a bright young starter, the Royals would likely be just fine with that projection.