Coming in at number 26 on Baseball America‘s Top 31 Prospects for the Kansas City Royals heading into the 2012 season was left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford. For the second consecutive season, he bounced back-and-forth between the big leagues and Triple-A Omaha. However in 2012, he amassed enough innings to drop off the prospect list for the 2013 season (over 50 innings pitched).
Teaford made the Opening Day roster for the Royals, but was sent back to Triple-A at the end of April. There, he made seven appearances (six starts). He was 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA over 33 innings and opponents hit just .207 against him.
Teaford was called back up to the big leagues for good at the end of June. He wasn’t used a whole lot (he made just ten appearances over the final two months). He had a few bumps in the month of September, but also had a few good outings. On the first against Minnesota, he allowed just three hits over 5.1 scoreless innings of relief.
In a start against Texas four days later, he allowed three runs over 4.1 innings (the runs came on a homerun in the first inning). He only allowed three hits while striking out five.
Since being left unprotected for the 2009 Rule V draft, Teaford’s velocity has increased on his fastball. That has made his breaking ball and changeup even better. It doesn’t hurt that he throws from different arms slots.
Against left-handed hitters in the minors he dominated (a .174 average and nine strikeouts in 14.1 innings). He struggled a bit with lefties in the majors. In 21.1 innings, lefties hit .300 against him. He only struck out ten compared to nine walks. That’s a ratio that will NEED to change for him to stick in the big leagues.
BA gave him a low-risk factor in their rankings, meaning he has a certain big league future. Hopefully he can stick for a full season.