After a strong Triple-A season and a late season call up to the big leagues, Kansas City Royals right-hander Jake Odorizzi profiles as the team's No. 2 starter heading into 2013, according to Baseball Press.
Odorizzi began the 2012 campaign at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, where he posted a 3-2 record with a 3.32 ERA in seven starts for the Naturals. But where he truly shined was at Triple-A Omaha, as he posted an 11-2 record with a 2.93 ERA in 17 starts for the Royals. He finished the year with two starts for the big club, but struggled a bit and went 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in 7⅓ innings
The 22-year-old has drawn comparisons to former Royals hurler Zack Greinke due to his athleticism, free and easy delivery and pitch arsenal of a sinking fastball, slow curve and changeup. After disappointing seasons from top Royals pitching prospects Mike Montgomery and Chris Dwyer, Odorizzi could find himself thrust into an important role in Kansas City's starting rotation in 2013.