Odorizzi Moves On To The Next Challenge

Righty promoted to Triple-A





KANSAS CITY—Near the end of May, the Royals decided it was time to promote righthander Jake Odorizzi from Double-A Northwest Arkansas to Triple-A Omaha.
Then in June he was selected for the Futures Game, to be played in Kansas City on July 8. It may not be long before he makes the leap for good.

"He was ready for the next challenge," general manager Dayton Moore said. "He was ready to face more advanced hitters. It's important for us to get him going. When we came into the season, we wanted to script it out so at least by June hopefully he'd be in Triple-A and give him three solid months at the Triple-A level and then we can evaluate where he fits into our plans in 2013."

Moore pointed out that Odorizzi pitched more than 100 innings in the Texas League between this season and last. "The way he's performed in those innings (merited a promotion)," Moore said.

Odorizzi went 4-2, 3.32 in seven Double-A starts this season, allowing 27 hits in 38 innings, striking out 47, walking 10 and holding opposing hitters to a .191 average. In his first six Omaha games, Odorizzi went 4-0, 2.41 allowing 32 hits in 33 innings, while striking out 34 and walking 10.

Odorizzi was a 2008 supplemental first-round pick of the Brewers. He eschewed a Louisville scholarship to play baseball and football, signing for $1.1 million. The Royals acquired Odorizzi in a trade before the 2011 season that sent Zack Greinke to Milwaukee.

Odorizzi throws a 92-94 mph fastball and has a curveball, slider and changeup.

ROYALTIES

• Royals 2011 first-round pick Bubba Starling pulled a hamstring during an exhibition game with Rookie-level Burlington. Starling, who was slated to play center field, had been in the Royals' extended spring training in Surprise, Ariz.

• High Class A Wilmington righthanders Yordano Ventura and Sugar Ray Marimon were selected to the Carolina League all-star team.