Daily Futures: Almost perfect

Perfect, At Least For a While

Mike Montgomery, lhp, Kansas City Royals (High-A Wilmington)

Tuesday's stats: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 13 K

The top prospect in the Royals system, many thought Montgomery might begin the 2010 season as high as Double-A, and now the 20-year-old is doing his best to earn his way there. Six-foot-five and highly athletic, Montgomery's lower-90s fastball gets as high as 94 mph, and his curveball and changeup are both even better this year than last. He's plenty good now, still loaded with projection, and should be moving as fast as many expected soon, with a big league ETA of 2011.