MLB.com’s number 12 midseason prospect for the KC Royals had one heck of an end to his 2013 season. After throwing just two total innings in the postseason for Triple-A Omaha, lefty Chris Dwyer started the Triple-A Championship versus Durham. Dwyer was named the MVP of the game after carrying a perfect game into the seventh (allowed a single with two outs). After that game, he received his first big league promotion.
Dwyer only got into two games as a reliever with the Royals (3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K).
Dwyer does not get talked about too much when discussing the Royals rotation options for 2014, but his 2013 season proves he should get some attention. He struggled in 2011 and 2012 in Double-A, but got off to a good start in 2013 in Triple-A (2.56 ERA in April). He only had two subpar months, May (4.55 ERA) and August (5.14 ERA).
Overall, his 3.55 ERA ranked him sixth in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Dwyer was tied for sixth in the PCL in wins with Storm Chasers teammate Brian Sanches (ten), but was also sixth in the league in losses (11). He was third in the PCL in innings pitched (159.2) and 11th in strikeouts (112), just five behind teammate Justin Marks. He also had a 1.33 WHIP and opponents only hit .234 against him.
On the negative side, Dwyer walks a lot of batters. He was third in the PCL with 72. That total was behind teammate Maikel Cleto and right in front of Marks. Dwyer also struggled with men on base (6.81 ERA) and runners in scoring position (10.23 ERA). Eight of the 15 home runs he allowed came with men on base.
Dwyer got back on track in 2013 and hopefully he can take the little big league experience he received and carry that into 2014. Maybe he will be the surprise for the Royals next season.