Eric L. Skoglund…resides in Sarasota, Fla., during the offseason ... Graduated from Sarasota High School (Fla.) in 2011… posted a 0.66 ERA during his junior season, the lowest in school history and lowest in the country in 2010…named Rawlings/Perfect Game All-America Honorable Mention in 2010 ... Attended University of Central Florida, where he went 5-3 in 2012 to earn Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors…also posted a 9-3 mark and a 2.54 ERA as a junior, garnering American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and unanimous All-AAC first team honors ... Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 16th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign ... Celebrated his 25th birthday visitng patients in the pediatric unit at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City.
Spent most of the season in the minors, where he went 4-5 with a 4.07 ERA (47 ER in 104.0 IP) in 20 starts between Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA) ... Made his Major League debut on May 30 vs. Detroit, recording 6.1 scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over Justin Verlander…he's the 10th Royal to start and win his Major League debut, and his 6.1 scoreless innings marked the third-longest scoreless start by a Royal in his debut ... According to Elias Sports Bureau, he's the third starting pitcher, in his Major League debut, to win a 1-0 over a former Cy Young Award winner, joining Steve Woodward (July 28, 1997 over Roger Clemens) and Lee Tunnell (Sept. 4, 1982 over Fernando Valenzuela) ... Made two more starts in the Royals' rotation, allowing six runs on 11 hits and four walks over 3.1 innings, and was optioned to Omaha on June 19 ... Had a 3.79 ERA (24 ER in 57.0 IP) in his next 11 starts with the Storm Chasers, including a season-high tying nine strikeouts in his last two starts in the minors on Aug. 10-15 ... Recalled from Aug. 19-28 and made one start on Aug. 27 at Cleveland, in which he allowed seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 1.1 innings ... Optioned on Aug. 28 but was recalled the next day and spent the rest of the season with Kansas City…allowed seven runs (six earned) in 7.0 innings across his last three appearances (one start).
Spent the entire 2016 season at Northwest Arkansas (AA)…named a Texas League postseason All-Star ... Led the league in strikeouts (134) and innings pitched, while tying for the lead in starts in 2016…also ranked third in WHIP (1.11) and seventh in ERA among qualifying hurlers ... Matched a career-high with 10 strikeouts over 6.0 scoreless innings on Aug. 12, 2016 at San Antonio, taking a nodecision in a 1-0 Naturals win…marked his second doubledigit strikeout performance, also doing it May 16, 2015 with Wilmington (A) at Lynchburg.
Made 15 starts with Wilmington in 2015, going 6-3 with a 3.52 ERA (33 ER in 84.1 IP)…named a Carolina League All-Star, tossing a scoreless fifth inning ... Missed the last seven weeks of the season, being placed on the disabled list on July 20 with a right elbow injury…at the time of his injury, ranked 13th among qualifying Class A pitchers in WHIP (1.11) ... Threw an 8.0-inning complete game, a 3-1 loss at Potomac on May 29, 2015…allowed three runs on 10 hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Spent his first professional season at Idaho Falls (Rookie), going 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA.