Highland native Jake Odorizzi, the top pitching prospect of the Kansas City Royals, could make his major-league debut Sunday in Kansas City against the Cleveland Indians.
It will be the Royals' final home game this season.
"It's his first major-league start," Royals manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star. "You let him throw it and see what it is. You can't put too much expectation on it."
The 22-year-old right-hander came to the Royals in a 2010 trade with the Milwaukee Brewers in a deal that sent pitching star Zack Greinke to the Brewers.
After a strong start in Class AA, Odorizzi was 11-3 with Class AAA Omaha this summer with a 2.93 ERA. Counting his Class AA numbers, Odorizzi was 15-5 this summer with a 3.03 ERA.
"He reminds me a lot of when I saw Greinke pitch at that level," Omaha manager Mike Jirschele told MLB.com. "Greinke might have been a little bit ahead of him with the command, but seeing both those guys pitch, they were a lot alike."
Odorizzi is considered the Royals' No. 3 prospect overall after Wil Myers and Bubba Starling. MLB.com also ranked Odorizzi the 30th best prospect in all of baseball.