Change is coming quicker than expected with the Royals.
Another top prospect is on the way.
In the wake of Kyle Davies' injury and Monday's 19-1 loss to the Indians, the Royals announced that 22-year-old left-hander Danny Duffy will make his major-league debut in Wednesday night start against the Rangers. Duffy is the first of a highly-touted group of young pitchers to arrive in the big leagues, just as first baseman Eric Hosmer was the first of a highly-touted group of position players when the Royals called him up two weeks back.
What's especially exciting for the Royals, who have had just one winning season in the last 16 years (and likely won't break that streak this year), is that more are on the way.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas, in fact, seems to have been inspired by the Hosmer call-up. In eight games since Hosmer left Triple-A Omaha, Moustakas has gone 11-for-29 (.379) with three home runs and 11 RBI.
Duffy was 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts at Omaha. His other numbers are even better, with 10 walks and 43 strikeouts in 36 innings.