3 KC Royals prospects who need a change of scenery

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Another pitcher from the draft class of 2014 could use a fresh perspective on his career.

Six seasons in the minors seems like a long time but when you begin at the age of 18, you are still a young 24 years old at the end of that stretch.  Scott Blewett has had trouble putting together solid seasons however and perhaps another organization can help him realize his MLB dreams.

Outside of five starts with the Travelers in 2019, Blewett has never had an ERA below 4.07 with any team he has played for professionally.  Those in charge of the MLB Prospect Rankings in 2017 saw enough potential though and placed him at No. 7 that year. Another victim of the great pitching class of 2018, Blewett fell to 25th in 2018 and left the rankings in 2019.

Things looked to be taking a positive turn in the Arizona Fall League in 2018 as he went 4-0 in six starts with a 2.49 ERA.  Recording 21 strikeouts in 25 1/3 frames and a WHIP of 1.145 were all easily career highs.

The success was short-lived as a 18 appearances (16 starts) for Omaha in 2019 were disastrous.  Granted the Pacific Coast League is not pitcher-friendly, but an ERA of 8.52 and 46 free passes in 81 1/3 innings were unacceptable.  The result was a demotion back to AA where he did rebound in those five aforementioned starts.

Blewett did get his third straight taste of spring with the Royals but was optioned back to Omaha on March 7th.  He only put in three innings of work and gave up four earned runs in that time.

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There are just too many other young arms dealing in the organization for Blewett to be in serious contention for a roster spot Kansas City.  A fresh start elsewhere could be a positive for this young man’s career.