Koby Schellenger wrote:I think ST is a little optimistic but he could definitely make an impact by the All Star game if he progresses as expected. One thing with respect to the Royals situation is that they aren't doing anything in 2007 anyway so there is no reason to rush him to the big leagues except to boost attendance.
I doubt enough people will know about him for that to be a reason.
Hochevar has increased attendance during his minor league appearances and I would imagine his appearance at Kaufman would bring in a few more fans than Luke Hudson and Scott Elarton. Being the number one pick and with the negotiations ordeal, I think he's well enough known by the common Royals fan.
Additionally, Hochevar would probably help the team win more games than some of their present pitchers and more wins means more people watching.