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Royals top pitching prospect Frank Mozzicato to miss a month with injury

The former first-round pick was off to a terrific start.

Frank Mozzicato Jeff Blake |

Royals top pitching prospect Frank Mozzicato will miss a month of action after a collision with a teammate in practice, according to reporter Anne Rogers.

Mozzicato was off to a terrific start this year for Low-A Columbia with a 2.14 ERA in nine starts. He had the fourth-highest strikeout rate among all minor league starting pitchers at any level with 74 punchouts in 46 13 innings. It is his second seasons in Columbia after he was the seventh-overall pick of the 2021 draft. Last year in Columbia he had a 4.30 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 69 innings with but a high walk rate of 16.7 percent.

The arms have looked good for Columbia, and they are second in the Carolina League in ERA. Ben Kudrna, another top prospect, has his ERA down to 3.73 after a rough start, and reliever John McMillion has struck out nearly half of the batters he has faced - 21 strikeouts in 43 plate appearances.