Eric Skoglund, a former third-round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals, made his major-league debut on May 30, 2017, against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium.
Here are five things to know:
1. A lanky lefty with quite the resume
Skoglund posted a 0.66 ERA — the lowest in the country in 2010 — in his junior year of high school in Sarasota, Fla. The now 6-foot-7 lefty caught the eye of scouts (the Pirates drafted him in the 16th round in 2011) and college coaches (UCF) alike.
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2. Left his mark with the Knights
Skoglund allowed just one unearned run and five hits with 19 strikeouts in back-to-back complete-game outings on March 14 and March 21 during his junior season at Central Florida. He went 9-1 with a 1.72 ERA in 2014.
3. In one way he was an All-American
After a stellar three-year run at UCF — which included being named the American Athletic Conference’s pitcher of the year — Skoglund was drafted in the third round (92nd overall) by the Royals in 2014.
4. Growing up on the farm for royals
After a rough stint in rookie ball in 2014 with Idaho Falls (5.09 ERA in 23 innings), Skoglund settled into a groove to rise in the Royals’ system. In his first 60 minor-league games, Skoglund went 15-18 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.185 WHIP.
5. A grand debut on the big show
On May 30, 2017, he made his big-league debut against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. The night couldn’t have gone any better for Skoglund, who allowed no runs and two hits with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. The Royals won 1-0.
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