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MLB Top 100 Prospects For 2012: Jake Odorizzi Places At No. 47

MLB just put out its annual Top 100 prospects for the new year and the Kansas City Royals are raking in the accolades for their farm system in the first half of the unveiling. Bubba Starling came in at No. 17. Wil Myers followed close at No. 19. Mike Montgomery landed at No. 31 and now fellow starter Jake Odorizzi comes in at No. 47 to give the Royals four in the first 47. That's an amazing number considering 29 other MLB teams are included in the overall list.

Odorizzi's scouting report reads, "In his first year with the Royals, coming over in the Zack Greinke deal, Odorizzi showed four pitches that have the chance to be average or better. He can get his fastball up to 95 mph and sits in the 92-93 mph range with plenty of sink. His curve is a plus pitch at times, though it’s a bit inconsistent, his slider is above-average and his changeup grades out as average. He doesn’t walk too many, though he can improve his overall command and the consistency of his stuff. He’s not far from knocking on the door."

Finally MLB concludes that Odorizzi is "a No. 2 or top-notch No. 3 starter in a big league rotation."