Myers at the plate. (Photo: Minda Haas)

Catching Up On Departed Royals: “The Trade” Edition


The Royals had to make a lot of decisions and changes during the offseason. So far, they’re paying off, as they stand alone in first place. The rebuilt pitching staff looks good, the hitting is waking up, and it’s about as good a start as could have been reasonably expected.

But let us pause and remember those Royals who left the organization over the winter with a little “Where are they now?” examination.

The Trade

One of the biggest moves of the MLB offseason was the Royals trade of Wil Myers, Mike Montgomery, Jake Odorizzi and Patrick Leonard for James Shields, Wade Davis and (eventually) Elliot Johnson. It’s natural to look wistfully at Durham to see how the Royals prospects are faring.

Wil Myers

I’m sure there’s a little part of every Royals fan who was hoping that Myers would flop outside of the Royals organization. Just a little. So far, however, that’s not the case. The Rays are playing service time games and stashing him in Triple A, where Myers is, understandably, raking.

Year Age Tm Lev PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2013 22 Durham AAA 84 68 11 23 4 1 2 14 1 1 13 22 .338 .440 .515 .955
5 Seasons 1728 1475 248 449 97 13 66 273 30 12 220 361 .304 .397 .522 .919
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Generated 4/26/2013.

He’ll probably make it to the big leagues in June.

Of course he wasn’t the only part of the trade. The Royals also sent Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery (as well as Patrick Leonard) to Tampa.

Mike Montgomery

Year Age Tm Lev ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2013 23 Durham AAA 4.91 1 1 3.2 5 2 2 1 3 4 2.182 12.3 2.5 7.4 9.8
6 Seasons 4.16 109 105 549.2 528 298 254 47 215 464 1.352 8.6 0.8 3.5 7.6
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Generated 4/26/2013.

Montgomery gave up four runs in three innings during spring training and, so far, hasn’t been able to tap back into the talent that made him a top pitching prospect as recently as 2011. He was placed on the seven day disabled list on April 21 after making just one start for Durham.

Jake Odorizzi

Year Age Tm Lev ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2013 23 Durham AAA 4.09 4 4 22.0 17 10 10 4 9 30 1.182 7.0 1.6 3.7 12.3
6 Seasons 3.53 103 90 502.2 455 223 197 47 161 519 1.225 8.1 0.8 2.9 9.3
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Odorizzi is still able to strike batters out, but he’s still averaging less than six innings a start due to more pitch count questions. He’s striking out 12.3 batters per nine innings so far, which bodes well for some success. If he becomes a bit more efficient he’ll be leaning more towards the #2/#3 starter ceiling rather than his #4 safe zone.

Patrick Leonard

Year Age Tm Lev PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2012 19 Burlington Rk 268 235 37 59 9 3 14 46 6 2 30 55 .251 .340 .494 .833
2013 20 Bowling Green A 73 69 4 10 2 0 0 9 0 0 4 18 .145 .192 .174 .366
2 Seasons 341 304 41 69 11 3 14 55 6 2 34 73 .227 .308 .421 .729
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Things haven’t gone as well for Leonard since the trade. He showed good power and on base ability with the Burlington Royals in the Appalachian League last year, but in Low A Bowling Green, he’s striking out a quarter of the time but with no power to show for it. He’s still just 20 years old and there’s time to grow, so if I’m a Tampa fan, I’m not worried, but from a Royals fan perspective, I’m not sweating losing his bat.

Tags: Jake Odorizzi Kansas City Royals Mike Montgomery Wil Myers

  • jimfetterolf

    Myers is #32 in the International League (South) in BA and #30 in OPS, just for context. Top eleven have OPS over 1.000.

    Jake Odorizzi looks about the same as at Omaha, but we might remember that Jake had trouble when facing a team last year for the second time.

    Thanks for the update, good info.