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.
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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