Full name is Jacob Louis Kalish…resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, with wife, Allison...Graduated from Red Bank Regional High School (N.J.)...Attended George Mason University, where he hit .301 in 39 games as a senior…set career highs in at bats (136), runs (19), hits (41), RBI (25) and walks (19)…also started 13 games on the mound and pitched to a 3.44 ERA...Pitched for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, appearing in two games...Older brother, Ryan, was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft and played in parts of two seasons with the Red Sox (2010, 2012) and in seven games with the Chicago Cubs in 2012...Lists golfing and quoting movies as his hobbies.
Spent the season at the Alternate Training Site in Kansas City, Kansas...Was a non-roster invitee to Major League Spring Training…made four appearances and allowed just one run in 4.1 innings (2.08 ERA).
Opened the year with Northwest Arkansas (AA), but was promoted to Omaha (AAA) on April 18 and made his final 24 appearances of the season with the Storm Chasers…posted an 8-8 mark and a 4.86 ERA (69 ER in 127.2 IP) combined between his two stops...Pitched to a 3.33 ERA (28 ER in 75.2 IP) over his first 17 appearances of the year (4 starts), compared to a 2-4 mark and a 7.10 ERA (41 ER in 52.0 IP) in his final 10 (7 starts)...Also recorded 6.0 shutout innings in relief with Omaha on May 26, earning a 6-0 win over Oklahoma City…entered a scoreless game in the third and retired 18 of the 19 hitters he faced, including seven via strikeout...Worked 7.0 scoreless innings in a 1-0 triumph over Nashville on July 4…allowed four hits and two walks in his longest scoreless outing of the season and matching the longest of his career.
Split the season between Northwest Arkansas and Omaha, combining to go 8-8 with a 3.88 ERA (55 ER in 127.2 IP) with 21 walks and 124 strikeouts…opened the year with the Naturals and had two stints in Triple-A (May 28-June 13; June 26-end of the season)...His strikeout total led all Royals' minor league hurlers, while his ERA ranked fourth among qualifiers...Tossed his first complete game shutout (7.0 IP) on July 2, blanking Nashville, 7-0…scattered seven hits and allowed one walk with four strikeouts for one of eight individual shutouts in the Pacific Coast League in 2018...Named PCL Pitcher of the Week on July 22, after tossing 7.0 scoreless innings in a 2-0 win at Nashville on July 18… fanned nine batters and allowed just two hits and one walk in the start.
Went 2-8 despite a 3.24 ERA (38 ER in 105.2 IP) in 31 appearances (12 starts) between Wilmington (A), Northwest Arkansas and Omaha…his ERA led all Royals' minor league pitchers.
Named an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com, going 3-0 with three saves and a 2.45 ERA (13 ER in 47.2 IP) in 23 relief appearances between Lexington (A) and Wilmington.