Right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel signed a two-year contract with the Royals before the 2017 with a mutual option for the 2019 season.
Here are five things to know:
1. Forever a part of Royals history
He played a role in one of the iconic moments in Royals history, allowing a game-winning single to Salvador Perez in the 2014 AL Wild Card Game.
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2. Good to start every fifth day
Hammel entered the 2017 season having made at least 20 starts each season, dating back to 2009 with the Rockies. But he had yet to pitch 180 innings in a season.
3. Missed out on the 2016 playoffs with the Cubs
Despite going 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA, Hammel was left off the Cubs’ playoff roster last season. He still managed to have fun on a World Series run though.
4. Slider is his go-to pitch
The slider was his most effective and most used pitch in 2016, with batters hitting just .191 on the 922 sliders he threw, according to FanGraphs.com.
5. He once pitched a one-hitter
Hammel pitched a gem with the Orioles at Atlanta on June 16, 2012. He allowed just one hit — a seventh-inning single by Jason Heyward — in a 5-0 shutout.