Everett Teaford gets the call

Teaford debuted with Idaho Falls in 2006

The Royals on Monday night announced that Omaha pitcher Everett Teaford has been promoted to the big leagues. The 27-year-old southpaw will take the roster spot of RHP Vin Mazzaro, who was optioned to Triple-A following the Royals' 19-1 loss on Monday. Today RC takes a look back at Teaford's journey to the big leagues.

Everett Teaford's promotion caps a long road to the Major Leagues. Originally selected in the 12th round of the 2006 draft out of Georgia Southern, Teaford slowly worked his way up the organizational ladder with little fanfare. After a somewhat rough full season debut in 2007, he put together a solid campaign for the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2008, earning a spot on the league's mid-season All-Star team.

When Teaford returned to Wilmington in 2009, he was nearly unhittable. In 11 starts for the Blue Rocks that year, Teaford was 7-1 with an outstanding 2.39 ERA, once again earning a nod as a Carolina League All-Star. He finished the 2009 season with the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals, posting a 3-7 record and a 5.11 ERA, suggesting that his earlier success was perhaps the product of pitching in a less advanced league.

Teaford put that notion to rest in 2010. After making a slight change to his mechanics, the 5-foot-11 left-hander added significant velocity to his fastball, which occasionally topped out as high as 96 mph while sitting a few ticks lower. Teaford in 2010 was one of the Texas League's best pitchers, finishing the year 14-3 with a 3.36 ERA while firmly establishing himself as a significant prospect.

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After that amazing 2010 campaign, Royals Corner recognized Teaford as the 18th-best prospect in the organization, and the Royals placed him on the 40-man roster. He entered spring training with a legitimate chance of breaking camp with the big league club, but after a few rough outings, he was reassigned to Triple-A Omaha.

Teaford began the season in the Storm Chasers' rotation, but after three starts, the Royals – who had just one left-handed reliever on the big league roster – began using him out of the bullpen to get him accustomed to pitching in relief. For Omaha this year, Teaford was 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA. He fanned 24 batters in 26.2 innings while issuing just six walks, and the Pacific Coast League hit just .165 against him. Perhaps more importantly, left-handed batters hit him at just a .091 clip.

At his best, Teaford is a left-hander with slightly above average velocity and command, and both his breaking ball and changeup show signs of becoming "plus" offerings. It remains to be seen precisely what role he will fill with the big league club, but he's certainly capable of succeeding as either a starter or a reliever.

Everett Teaford's Career Statistics

YEAR LEVEL
W
L
ERA
G
SV
IP
H
BB
K
2006 Rookie
5
1
3.71
15
0
63.0
54
20
51
2007 Low-A
6
8
4.68
27
0
134.2
147
36
84
2008 High-A
8
6
3.80
28
1
144.1
135
46
116
2009 2 Teams
10
8
3.91
27
0
145.0
137
46
91
--2009 High-A
7
1
2.39
11
0
64.0
51
12
49
--2009 AA
3
7
5.11
16
0
81.0
86
34
42
2010 2 Teams
14
4
3.82
28
0
103.2
99
33
117
--2010 AA
14
3
3.36
27
0
99.0
91
32
113
--2010 AAA
0
1
13.50
1
0
4.2
8
1
4
2011 AAA
2
1
3.04
10
0
26.2
16
6
24
CAREER  
45
28
3.98
135
1
617.1
588
187
483


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