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Lamb's Tommy John purgatory effectively upends the MiLB atmosphere for starting pitchers

John Lamb going down for 1+ years with Tommy John surgery sets in motion many things that may not be immediately obvious.

We know that, as (I believe) Will McDonald articulated in a recent RoyalsReview story, the Kansas City Royals will have to "build a rotation from scratch."

* We can count on Hochevar, I think, to be *at least* a #5 starter.

* We can count on Duffy, I think, to be *at least* a #4 starter.

* We can count on....no one else to be a #3, #2 or #1 starter.

Scary.

 

For all we know, Mike Montgomery will not pitch well enough at the MLB level to be a starter.  His numbers this year at the AAA level could effectively speak to this argument.

There is henceforth an heretofore alien atmosphere of urgency w/ regard to the 2012 starting rotation.

I'm going to go out on a (pretty sturdy, by my estimation) limb and say that every pitcher currently fulfilling a starting role on ANY Royals-affiliated minor league team has just today lucked into a more immediate opportunity--a hotter stove.

I don't follow the MiLB affiliates beyond Dubya's (perfect) reports and the occasional FanPost.  I'm hoping this topic is of enough import to cultivate some informed discussion between those smarter than me.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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