KANSAS CITY -- Now here's a pitcher on the fast track.
Kyle Smith, a right-hander from Lantana, Fla., and the Royals' fourth-round Draft choice in 2011, made his professional debut last week with the Rookie team at Idaho Falls.
Smith, 19, pitched last Tuesday and went five innings for the Chukars, allowing one run on three hits with an eye-popping 11 strikeouts, and earned the 11-4 win over Orem.
Immediately promoted to Class A Kane County, Smith pitched on Sunday night and worked six no-hit innings with one walk and six strikeouts in the Cougars' 4-3 win at Clinton.
For his efforts, Smith was named Pitcher of the Week in both the Pioneer and Midwest leagues. That two-league sweep might be a first in the annals of weekly awards.