Acquired: Drafted in the 4th Round of the 2009 Amateur Draft
From: Boston, MA
Entering last season Dwyer represented 25% of the fabulous quartet of left handers. However, a season later he may be coming off the most disappointing season of the bunch. Yes, Dwyer was often considered the fourth best of the group, but I'm not sure there is a prospect that has fallen out of Royals fans collective conscience more than Chris Dwyer.
Yes, Dwyer's ERA ballooned to 5.60, but as Baseball America points out he was much better down the stretch posting a 3.53 ERA in his final 9 starts. Dwyer still has the low 90s heater, devastating curve ball, and average change-up. His potential is that of a #3 starter, but 2012, is obviously a big year for him.
Dwyer has difficulty repeating his delivery and as a result the ball gets up in the zone and becomes less effective. Hopefully, with another year under his belt his mechanics can continue to improve, if not he could still wind up as a set up man. He should open 2012 in the Naturals' bullpen and I hope that he can take the next step, because the Royals already have the arms in the bullpen. What the Royals need is starting pitching.
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