In the event that you missed my little tweet storm last night, here’s a quick update for you on Josh Staumont.
Staumont finished is evening after 4.2 IP, throwing 72 pitches (52 strikes), striking out 6 and walking none. NONE. Not a single walk for Staumont all night. This is a fantastic development that should not be overlooked by Royals fans. Josh Staumont is quite easily the top pitching prospect in the organization if he’s successful as a starter. His upper-90’s fastball and hammer of a curveball give him one of the best pitch combos in the Royals system, and if he can control them……look out.
Let’s not forget who Josh Staumont is. A former 2nd round pick, the Royals former top pitching prospect, the fireballer that once finished 2nd in all of minor league baseball in strikeouts, but lead the way in walks as well. The kid is absolutely filthy and possesses no-hit potential on any given night. The glaring issue with Staumont has always been his control, and he appears to be making strides to improve in that category.
In two starts this season, Josh Staumont has walked merely 1 batter in 8.2 IP, and he’s walked just 3 batters in his last 13 IP. This is a very small sample size, as his BB/9 in 2018 sits at 6.93, just a tad above his 6.85 career average. But it’s important to know all of the behind the scenes stuff as well.
In an attempt to learn a little better control, Staumont has abandoned the windup this season and pitched strictly from the stretch. There’s also another mechanical adjustment that Staumont has made that I stumbled upon on Twitter one day:
That was ironic, to say the least. Here’s the link to the article I wrote on Josh Staumont’s delivery after all that, including an interview with Dave Coggin: https://royalsfarmreport.com/2018/05/09/analyzing-josh-staumonts-delivery/
After watching Josh Staumont’s outing on Saturday night, it was apparent to me that there is a clear emphasis on shortening the arm stroke in the back of his delivery. Staumont looked short, smooth, and clean throughout his delivery, and it showed up in the box score. I also wasn’t the only one who noticed the changes:
“And I thank you, random citizen.”
I don’t have access to any video of Staumont’s outing yet, but as soon as it becomes available I’ll go back and break it down to see if I can’t see anything different compared to last season. In the meantime, get excited. If Josh Staumont can keep that walk rate down, he has the chance to be an effective big league starter. Keep in mind, the kid is still just 24 years old.