Familiar “Long-shot” starters:
When a team is rebuilding, this should be an area where the team has options. The Royals have options but how far away they are from being MLB ready is up for debate.
One option is Eric Skoglund. He made his MLB debut last year but was very inconsistent. After making random spot starts, Skoglund finished the year with a 9.59 ERA as a starter. He is still a year or two away from being ready, but after getting some experience he is someone the Royals can look back to later.
The Royals have options but how far away they are from being MLB ready is up for debate.
Foster Griffin is an up and coming prospect for the Royals. After finishing the 2017 season in Double-A, he was chosen to represent the Royals in the 2017 Futures Game. He posted a solid 3.35 ERA over 28 games and won Pitcher of the Year for Northwest Arkansas.
He is most likely a couple years away from making the jump, but the Royals have moved pitchers from Double-A to the majors in the past. Matt Strahm is the most recent example.
Brian Flynn is a name Royals fans are all familiar with. Every year the expectation is that Flynn will either compete for a starters spot or be a featured piece to a strong bullpen. However, every year he has some sort of injury that shortens his year. Whether it be a freak accident or baseball related injury, we have yet to get a full picture of what Flynn can do. Hopefully, 2018 gives him the ability to showcase his potential.