Top 10 starting pitchers in KC Royals history

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It is too bad a rotator cuff injury cut short this career.  He was on his way to many seasons of solid pitching.

Two All-Star appearances and two no-hitters would be a good sign that you are an excellent pitcher. Unfortunately, Steve Busby was only able to put together three full seasons as a starter.

In eight official years, Busby produced a 70-54 record and 3.72 ERA.  He tossed 53 complete games and 7 shutouts.

He shined in the three full years he had finishing third in Rookie of the Year voting and 56 of those 70 victories happened in 1973-1975.  Due to the timing of his injuries and when the Royals began regularly playing in the postseason, Busby was never able to make a playoff appearance.

When you consider all he accomplished by the age of 25, the projection of his career numbers would indicate he would be near the top of most Royal pitching categories.  He still finds himself in the top ten for wins, winning percentage, hits per nine innings, complete games and shut outs.

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Despite the setbacks, Busby was inducted in the inaugural class of the Royals Hall of Fame in 1986. A nice honor and classy move by the organization to recognize a career that felt like it never had a proper ending.

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