Midway through the Triple A Omaha Storm Chasers game last night, Aaron Brooks got some surprising news.
The right-hander, who was charting for his first Class AAA start, would be skipping straight to the Major Leagues. He was called up before Saturday’s game and in a corresponding move infielder Pedro Ciriaco was designated for assignment.
“There’s guys on the 40-man that they could bring up at any point so it is a real honor for them to give me the shot,” Brooks said. “Obviously they feel confident in my abilities, and I feel like I belong here so it is definitely nice for them to give me the opportunity.”
Brooks was the Class AA pitcher of the year in 2013 after going 7-7 with a 4.17 ERA in 16 starts. He also spent part of the season in Class A Wilmington where he went 2-3 with a 4.47 ERA in 10 starts. In 160 innings pitched, Brooks recorded 110 strikeouts and 22 walks.
“He is a guy that throws strikes,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He is not afraid, he is a young guy but he commands the baseball and has a lot of pitchability as we like to say. That means that he has three pitches that we can throw for strikes.”
Yost said he also made a good impression at spring training where he was a non-roster invitee. He made three appearances with one start and allowed three earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.
“The thing I liked about him at spring training was that even though it was his first major league spring training he was never overwhelmed in any situation that he was in,” Yost said. “This may be a short stay, but we’ll just see what happens.”
Brooks will be available until right-hander Louis Coleman, who is battling a bone bruise in his right middle finger, is ready to return. Coleman will be eligible on April 8.