Royals pitchers successful on many levels

Royals pitchers successful on many levels

CHICAGO -- Royals left-hander Bruce Chen wasn't the only pitcher in the organization to spin an impressive start on Tuesday night.

Chen, who earned his first win since late June in Tuesday's 5-3 victory over the White Sox, was part of a group of Royals pitchers who combined to go 7-2 with a 1.68 ERA (14 runs in 75 innings) on Tuesday while striking out 86 and walking only 22. All teams in the organization played on Tuesday except Double-A Northwest Arkansas, while Rookie-level Burlington had a seven-inning doubleheader.

Among the best performances were two recent Draft picks.

Right-hander Kyle Smith, the club's fourth-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, tossed seven shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out a career-high 12 for Class A Kane County. Smith, 19, now has 65 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings in nine professional starts.

Left-hander Sam Selman, Kansas City's second-round pick in the 2012 Draft, tossed five innings of one-hit ball and struck out 11 for Rookie-level Idaho Falls. Selman, selected out of Vanderbilt, is 5-0 with a 1.31 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings spanning nine games (eight starts).