Full name is Fred Foster Griffin…resides in Orlando, Fla., with wife, Gabrielle ... Graduated from The First Academy in Orlando in 2014… posted a 1.55 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 58.2 innings during his senior season ... Bypassed a baseball scholarship from the University of Mississippi when he signed with the Royals.
Spent the entire year with Omaha (AAA), going 8-6 with a 5.23 ERA (76 ER in 130.2 IP) …his eight victories tied for fourth most in the organization, while he also ranked sixth in starts, and tied for seventh in innings ... Named a Pacific Coast League postseason All-Star…ranked tied for fourth in the PCL in starts and ninth in innings and strikeouts (111) ... Won five-straight decisions over a seven-start span, between April 18-May 24…during that time, he pitched to a 3.05 ERA (14 ER in 41.1 IP)…bookended the winning streak with a pair of nine-strikeout performances: April 18 at Oklahoma City (5.1 IP) and May 24 vs. Iowa (7.0 IP) ... Also matched a season-high with nine K's on July 20 vs. Memphis, taking a no-decision in a 6-5 Omaha triumph ... Held right-handed batters to a .236 average (95-for-403), which included 92 of his 111 strikeouts.
Spent the entire year with Northwest Arkansas (AA), going 10-12 with a 5.13 ERA (87 ER in 152.2 IP) in 28 outings (26 starts)…led the Texas League in innings, while finishing tied for first in starts, tied for third in wins and ranked fourth in strikeouts (117) ... Selected a mid-season All-Star, but did not pitch in the Texas League All-Star Game ... Had both a seven-start win streak (July 19-Aug. 24) and a six-start losing streak (June 16-July 14).
Split the season between Wilmington (A) and Northwest Arkansas (AA), making a combined 28 starts…posted a 15-7 record with a 3.35 ERA (60 ER in 161.1 IP) with 54 walks and 141 strikeouts...Tabbed Paul Splittorff Royals Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Northwest Arkansas Pitcher of the Year as well as a MiLB.com Organization All-Star... Selected to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Miami…tossed 0.2 innings, collecting one strikeout…also named to the Carolina League All-Star team, but did not participate due to his promotion to Double-A... His 15 overall victories were the most by a Royals' minor league hurler since Jake Odorizzi also won 15 games in 2012... Promoted to Northwest Arkansas for the first time in his career on May 29…tied for second in the Texas League in victories (11), while his ERA (3.61) and WHIP (1.36) would have both ranked in the top 10 if he had enough innings to qualify... Selected Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending June 25…in his two starts during the week, went 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA (1 ER in 12.2 IP), with three walks and 12 strikeouts... Won six-straight decisions between June 9-July 12, a stretch which included six victories and one no-decision in seven starts…during that run, he posted a 2.45 ERA (11 ER in 40.1 IP) to go with 39 strikeouts and just 10 walks... Fanned a career-high 10 hitters over 6.0 innings in his July 1 start vs. Corpus Christi, earning a 6-3 triumph.