The Royals recalled Staumont from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.
The 25-year-old has made 12 starts for Omaha this season, but he'll work out of the bullpen initially for what marks his first callup to the big leagues. The hard-throwing right-hander could offer plenty of strikeout upside if he's ever able to show improved control, which has been an issue at each stop of the minors. Staumont has posted a 6.5 BB/9 over his 51.1 innings at Omaha in 2019.
Staumont will be recalled from Triple-A Omaha prior to Saturday's game against the Indians, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Staumont has pitched well with the Naturals this season despite his usual control issues, posting a 3.16 ERA and 1.33 WHIP with a 74:37 K:BB over 51.1 innings. He figures to work out of the bullpen with the big-league club, though he's made 12 starts at Triple-A in 2019.
Staumont was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Monday, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Staumont recorded a 3.51 ERA for Omaha last season, striking out an impressive 31.3 percent of batters but walking far too many at 15.8 percent. He'll need to improve his control if he's to make an impact at the big-league level.
Staumont was added to the 40-man roster Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
The Royals have selected Staumont's contract in an effort to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. He's yet to make his big-league debut but reached Triple-A Omaha in each of the last two seasons and posted a 3.51 ERA along with a 1.50 WHIP and 103 strikeouts over 74 innings in 2018.
Staumont has moved back to the rotation for Triple-A Omaha, giving up two earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out nine over 8.2 innings across two starts.
Staumont's stuff is so electric that he is fantasy relevant as a starter or reliever, but there's a bit more upside if he is able to make it as a starter long term. It's only been two starts, but the fact he has just one walk over that span is very encouraging. A blow-up outing could be right around the corner, but if he can string together some good outings and continue to limit the free passes, he could join the big-league rotation sometime this summer.
Staumont gave up one run on one hit and one walk while striking out three in an inning of relief in the first game of the season for Triple-A Omaha.
It was a bit of a surprise to see the Royals start Staumont at Triple-A, given his significant struggles last year at Double-A. However, the fact that he worked in relief explains the assignment, as he could make it to the majors quickly as a power reliever. The whole Staumont experience was on full display Thursday against Colorado Springs, as he was wild yet dominant, getting all three outs via strikeout. Those who own Staumont in dynasty leagues are now faced with a tough decision, as his ceiling is a little lower now that he is no longer being developed as a starter, but he could reach the big leagues this summer as a high-strikeout reliever.
Staumont wrapped up a disappointing 2017 minor-league campaign with a 6-12 record, 5.56 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over 26 games (124.2 innings).
The 6-foot-3 right-hander's stock crumbled during a year in which he opened as arguably the Royals' best pitching prospect. Things got so bad for Staumont at Triple-A Omaha that he was demoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas -- and the results weren't that much better at the lower level. His combined 138:97 K:BB is a good indication of what continues to be the 23-year-old's Achilles heel. Staumont was on the board to possibly compete for a rotation spot in 2018, but that opportunity was certainly lost after his atrocious 2017 campaign.
Staumont (3-8, 6.28 ERA) was demoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Thursday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
The highly-touted prospect had hopes of making his MLB debut in 2017, but Staumont struggled mightily in his first run at Triple-A. In 16 starts for the Storm Chasers, the 23-year-old surrendered 14 home runs and issued 63 free passes over 76 innings. Staumont remains a quality player for dynasty league owners to stash, but his expected big-league arrival date suffered a major setback this year.
Staumont was lit up over five innings for Triple-A Omaha, allowing seven runs on a season-high eight hits while walking three and striking out seven Tuesday.
According to Tony Boone of the Omaha World-Herald, Storm Chasers manager Brian Polberg has some concerns regarding Staumont. "To me, after all the walks he had in the previous ones, he's not (got) the same quality stuff," Polberg said. "He's been very tentative for me the last three outings." The Royals' top prospect has been disappointing in his first run at Triple-A, owning a 4.63 ERA with a career-high 1.4 HR/9 through 11 starts.
Staumont is 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA and 1.25 WHIP through his first six starts at Triple-A Omaha this season.
The right-hander has had some issues escaping trouble with runners on base -- Staumont's 67.6 percent strand rate is his worst mark over five stops since 2015. On the flip side, the 23-year-old has quelled the talent at MiLB's highest level to a .188 BAA.
Staumont dealt six shutout innings, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out 12 in Thursday's win for Triple-A Omaha.
Staumont, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at a solid 200 pounds, bounced back from a rough first start of the minor-league season that saw him give up seven runs in 3.1 innings. The organization's No. 2 prospect can reach triple digits on the radar gun, but he proved he can also mix it up in Thursday's stellar performance, including ending his night by striking out former MLB player Will Middlebrooks with three straight curveballs. He boasts huge strikeout potential and could make his MLB debut as soon as this season.
Staumont moved up in levels and will begin the 2017 season at Triple-A Omaha, MLB.com's Jim Callis reports.
The right-hander, whose fastball has been clocked at 102 mph, led the minor leagues last season with a 12.2 K/9 over 26 games split between High-A and Double-A. Staumont continues to quickly ascend through the Royals' system and it wouldn't be a surprise if the club's No. 2 prospect made his MLB debut later in 2017.
Staumont was reassigned Wednesday to minor-league camp, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals were evaluating Staumont as a potential relief option in the big leagues to open 2017, but it was never considered likely that he'd break camp with the club. He'll instead continue his development as a starting pitcher at the minor-league level, with Double-A Northwest Arkansas representing his likely destination to begin the campaign. The 23-year-old boasts excellent fastball and curveball offerings, but may need to improve his secondary stuff in the minors before getting a lengthy look as a starter in the majors.
Staumont, who solved his ongoing struggle with inconsistent command in the second half of 2016, could be in the mix for a roster spot with the Royals in spring training, the Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals may opt to give Staumont more time to develop in the minors to begin the year, but one other path would be for him to work out of the bullpen to open 2017 with the hope of a transition to a starting role later in the season. Staumont can touch 100 mph with his fastball, and his success from late-August on with Double-A Northwest Arkansas included a six-start stretch with only 12 walks in 34.1 innings after he issued 96 walks in 89 frames between High-A and Double-A over the first four-and-a-half months of the season. Additionally, Staumont has posted an 11:4 K:BB in 10.1 innings on the mound in the Arizona Fall League in October.
Staumont was promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Sunday, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports.
Staumont struggled in a starting role this season at High-A Wilmington, producing a 5.05 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 67 walks over 73 innings. However, it looks like the Royals believe the 22-year-old has some potential as a reliever, so look for him to follow that development track as he moves on to Double-A. With a fastball that can hit 100 miles per hour, Staumont profiles as an adept strikeout artist in relief, and already excelled in that capacity at High-A, whiffing 94 batters. The ability to get by on a more limited repertoire coming out of the bullpen figures to suit Staumont well.
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||R-Idaho Falls Chukars||3||1||3.16||14||1||0||0||1||31.1||18||11||11||0||2||24||51|
|2016||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||2||10||5.05||18||15||0||0||0||73.0||62||49||41||3||7||67||94|
|2016||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||2||1||3.04||11||11||0||0||0||50.1||42||18||17||2||4||37||73|
|2017||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||3||8||6.28||16||15||0||0||0||76.0||64||56||53||14||8||63||93|
|2017||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||3||4||4.44||10||10||0||0||0||48.2||42||25||24||2||4||34||45|