Kansas City Royals Prospects: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

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Northwest Arkansas Naturals: Pitching

Hot: Andy Ferguson

After spending most of his career as a starter in the Kansas City Royals system, Andy Ferguson made his first appearance of the season as a reliever for the Travelers. This outing went about as well as it could have been hoped for, as he allowed only two hits and a walk while striking out six in four innings of work. This outing follows a 2014 season where Ferguson was 11-10 with a 2.93 ERA with Northwest Arkansas, as he is continuing to show his dominance at the AA level.

While Ferguson had not been a true strikeout pitcher as a starter, if this transition to the bullpen is permanent, he may suddenly become a true fireman. The Kansas City Royals have a proven ability to find excellent relievers, so why should Ferguson not potentially be added to the list?

Cold: Matthew Murray

When looking at a rough outing, one should take it with a grain of salt. Any player have have a bad game, and when that happens to a pitcher, it can truly skew the statistics, especially in the early part of the season. That definitely happened to Matthew Murray in his only appearance of the season.

While recording two outs, Murray gave up four runs on four hits and a walk. He has faced six batters thus far, so he did manage to get a double play during that outing. Hopefully, this is just one bad performance, and Murray can turn his season around for the Travelers.

Next: A prospect to watch moving forward