In a bit of a surprise, Aaron Crow was named to the American League All-Star team as a manager’s pick.
What’s so remarkable about that is after a 2010 season where he started at Double A and put up a disappointing 5.66 ERA in 119 innings, then got demoted to High A Wilmington and put up a 5.93 ERA in 44 innings.
After that kind of season, that Crow was anywhere above Double A is amazing in itself, but as a former first round pick (twice) and after a successful college career, the Royals weren’t focused so much on his numbers but on his stuff. He earned a shot in spring training and, after some mechanical tweaks, made the opening day roster out of the bullpen.
Since then, he’s been nearly untouchable.
In 39.2 innings out of the bullpen, he’s produced a 1.36 ERA and has struck out 8.8 batters per nine innings.
In a season where Joakim Soria has struggled, there was no slam dunk All-Star selection, though in the last month, Alex Gordon has stepped up to become the best candidate. He was, however, snubbed. More on that later.
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