The Kansas City Royals made a couple of moves today with two pitching prospects who should be familiar to those paying attention to Royals prospect lists. Mike Montgomery was once hailed as the best pitching prospects in the Royals system, but he's been sent down today to AA Northwest Arkansas after struggling this season in Omaha. Meanwhile, Chris Dwyer has been promoted from AA to AAA in an exchange of slots for both pitchers.
Dwyer has gone 5-8 with a 5.25 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) for the Naturals this season. The left-hander was tied for the team lead in wins with Ryan Dennick, and was tops on the team with 85.2 innings pitched. He tossed six and two-thirds innings in the second no-hitter in franchise history back on May 10 against the Springfield Cardinals. Dwyer entered that game as a reliever after Greg Holland worked the first inning, on a major league rehabilitation assignment.
Montgomery had a 3-6 record for Omaha with a 5.69 ERA in 17 starts. He last pitched for AA in 2010.