Published Tuesday, December 11, 2012 AT 9:03 AM / Updated at 9:03 AM
Royals fan? It’s tough
Mike Patterson Omaha World-Herald

It’s not easy being a Kansas City Royals fan, and the recent trade of top prospect Wil Myers bears that out.

Since Dayton Moore took over as general manager, the franchise finally had someone in charge who seemed to have a plan. There were still some bad decisions along the way (trades, free agent signings) but the most important thing he did was to rebuild the farm system.

Unfortunately, starting pitching has been this team’s Achilles heel for some time. It dragged the Royals down last season, and the trade for Ervin Santana and the re-signing of Jeremy Guthrie apparently weren’t going to be enough heading into the 2013 season.

Moore pulled the trigger on the trade that will bring James Shields and Wade Davis to KC from the Rays, but in the process sent away Myers — a player who could really be something special.

I watched Myers play for the Storm Chasers this past summer and couldn’t wait for the day when he was starting for the Royals. Now the kid who just turned 22 Monday will be playing for another team.

KC did upgrade its starting pitching, but sending Myers and pitching prospects Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery away with him (KC’s Nos. 1, 3 and 5 prospects) seems like a very steep price to pay.

I’ll always cheer for the Royals, and I really hope this trade works out. But like any longtime fan of this team, I’ve got an ominous feeling this is not going to turn out well.

Sure hope I’m wrong.

About Mike Patterson

Mike Patterson is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska high school sports. You can follow Mike on Twitter (@mpattersonOWH) or email him at