Yesterday, we caught a bit of a wave when it comes to young pitcher demotions. I've gathered them all into one post here for the pleasure of your eyes and mind.
- Danny Duffy: The best player on this post, Duffy saw some ups and downs in his first ten starts with the Royals this year. He's not being sent to Triple-A for poor performance, though; rather, the Royals are sending him to Omaha in order to maintain his starting schedule. If the 22-year-old sticked around in Kansas City, he'd go 12 days between starts due to the All-Star Break, and the Royals would clearly prefer to have him stick on his regular schedule by giving him a turn in Triple-A. Expect Duffy to be back after the break, as the Royals view him as a possible top-of-the-rotation starter in the long-term.
Brad Hand: In order to make room for catcher Chris Hatcher, the Marlins demoted young lefty Brad Hand back to the minors. Hand, who's just 21, actually posted a quality ERA in five starts with the Fish, but his underlying numbers were quite ugly. Hand doesn't have power stuff, so it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to miss bats in the majors, but he'll likely get an extended shot with the big league club at some point in the next year or so.