How Far Away Is Jake Odorizzi From Kansas City

If everything had gone the way Kansas City has hoped, Danny Duffy, John Lamb and Mike Montgomery would be starting in Kansas City these days and the team would be tamping down speculation of when Chris Dwyer would join them.

Duffy and Lamb are both out with injured elbows, Montgomery has stagnated at Triple-A Omaha and Dwyer is stuck a level below that with a 6.26 ERA for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The Royals rotation of the future hasn't yet worked out the way they had planned.

But the Royals do have Jake Odorizzi. And while the rest of the rotation of the future is either injured or struggling, Odorizzi once again on Tuesday night showed that he's close to ready for a big league job.

Odorizzi, one of the key players in the Royals-Brewers Zack Greinke trade, allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings as he walked one and struck out seven. It was the fifth time in eight Triple-A starts that Odorizzi has struck out at least seven. His also solid control has remained impeccable as well–he's walking 2.7 batters per nine innings which is identical to his career walk rate.

Odorizzi generally doesn't throw as hard as Duffy, Montgomery or Dwyer, but his combination of command, stuff and feel for pitching has made him the Royals' pitching prospect most ready to help out if Kansas City looks for a callup in the second half of the season.