There was (at least) one surprise addition for the Royals on Friday on the first day that teams could expand from the usual 25-man rosters.
The Royals added pitcher Andres Machado, who was at Class AAA Omaha and wasn’t on the team’s 40-man roster. To make room for Machado, the Royals transferred left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn to the 60-day disabled list (left groin strain).
It was part of a bunch of moves by the Royals.
Here are five things to know about the newest Royals pitcher:
1. Machado struck out 14 in seven innings for Class A-Advanced Wilmington in a July 1 game against Salem.
“Anytime you possess an upper-90s fastball, when you can get it tilted to the bottom of the strike zone and you throw a hard slider with some quickness in it, it makes it very difficult on hitters,” Wilmington pitching coach Charlie Corbell told Michael Peng on MiLB.com. “He’s been working hard on staying close in his delivery, keeping a good tempo and working with a little bit of an angle to the fastball.”
2. Machado told Wilmington’s web site that his favorite player is Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. “He has very good stuff and he is a starter,” Machado said on that site. I like him because he throws a lot of strikes, has great stuff and also because his from Venezuela.”
3. The Royals signed Machado when as a non-drafted free agent on Nov. 17, 2010. Machado, who is 6-0, 175 pounds, was signed when he was 17 years old. He was born in Carabobo, Venezuela.
4. Machado spent his first two seasons with the Dominican Royals, then was at rookie-level Burlington in 2013-14. He was injured and missed the entire 2015 season, but he returned to make 13 starts at Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls a year ago. He was the Royals’ pitcher of the year Idaho Falls.
“It was Tommy John surgery and it is one year that you’re out and that you can’t get back,” Machado said on Wilmington’s site. “Last year, I was feeling better and I started, but now I actually feel good again.”
5. This season, Machado started at Wilmington, and he appeared in 21 games with nine starts. He had two shutouts and two saves with a 5.03 ERA. He struck out 72 in 73 1/3 innings. Machado was promoted to Class AA Northwest Arkansas on Aug. 6, and he made one appearance with the Naturals, allowing one run in three innings.
On Aug. 8, Machado was promoted to Omaha. He made seven starts and had a 3.63 ERA in 34 2/3 innings. He struck out 38 and walked 17 with the Storm Chasers. Opponents hit .233 against Machado.
Here is a video that Jen Nevius took of Machado pitching for the Blue Rocks.