Full name is Joshua Tyler Staumont…resides in La Habra Heights, Calif., with wife, Angelina...Graduated from La Habra High School (Calif.) in 2012… went 8-2 with a 2.12 ERA (21 ER in 69.1 IP) and 87 strikeouts as a senior...Attended Biola University (2013) and Azusa Pacific University in California (2014-15)…during his final collegiate season, posted a 6-2 mark and a 3.67 ERA in 13 games (12 starts)…led the Pacwest Conference with 109 strikeouts, which also tied for sixth among all NCAA Division II pitchers...With wife, Angelina, started “Pitch for Pets” initiative during the 2020 season, partnering with Royals Charities to cover the adoption fees for 100 bully breed dogs through KC Pet Project.
Made the Opening Day roster for the first time and in his first full big league season, posted a 2.45 ERA (7 ER in 25.2 IP) and a .215 opponents’ average (20-for-93)… allowed no earned runs in 25 of his 28 appearances...Recorded 37 strikeouts in 25.2 innings for a 12.97 K/9, sixth best in the American League (min. 25.0 IP) and fourth among Major League rookies...Struck out multiple batters in 12 of his 28 outings, tied for third most among rookie relievers behind James Karinchak and Devin Williams (18 each)...His 12.97 K/9 was fifth best in Royals history (min. 25.0 IP) behind Greg Holland (13.84) in 2013, Wade Davis (13.63) in 2014, Jake Diekman (13.61) in 2019 and Holland (12.99) in 2014, best by a Royals pitcher in a rookie season, ahead of the previous rookie mark held by Scott Barlow (11.77) in 2019...In his first 13 appearances (July 26-Aug. 25), struck out 25 of the 54 batters he faced (46.3%) to account for 25 of his 36 outs (69.4%)...Pitched to a 0.54 ERA (1 ER in 16.2 IP) with 30 strikeouts (16.2 K/9) in his first 18 appearances through Sept. 5, but had a 6.00 ERA (6 ER in 9.0 IP) over his last eight outings, including a season-high-tying three runs allowed on Sept. 6 vs. the White Sox (0.1 IP) and Sept. 24 vs. Detroit (0.2 IP)...Worked 14.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run from July 28-Sept. 5, including four straight hitless outings (3.2 IP) from Aug. 15-25...In six appearances on no days’ rest, he had a 7.71 ERA (4 ER in 4.2 IP) and .400 opponents’ average (8-for-20)— including three runs in 0.1 inning on Sept. 6—but had a 1.29 ERA (3 ER in 21.0 IP) and .164 opponents’ average (12-for-73) in his remaining 22 appearances with at least one day of rest...He accounted for five of the top six highest-velocity pitches in the Majors in 2020, including a 102.2 mph pitch on Aug. 19 vs. Cincinnati, which tied for the highest velocity on any pitch thrown in the Majors…he had 36 pitches recorded at 100.0 mph or higher, third most in the Majors, and his 20 pitches at 101.0 mph or higher were most in the Majors, 10 more than Aroldis Chapman, who finished second...In the 13 seasons that pitch velocity data is available (since 2008), Staumont is one of three Royals pitchers to hit at least 102.0 mph in a game, joining Kelvin Herrera, who threw 12 pitches at 102.0 mph or greater from 2012-15, and Yordano Ventura, who hit 102.6 mph once in 2013.
Made his big league debut on July 25, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings (11th and 12th) vs. Cleveland…became the third Royals pitcher to debut in extra innings, joining Scott Bankhead on May 25, 1986 vs. the White Sox (14th inning) and George Throop on Sept. 7, 1975 at the Angels (11th inning) ... Pitched to a 3.72 ERA (8 ER in 19.1 IP), with no record over 16 appearances with Kansas City ... Posted a 1.29 ERA (1 ER in 7.0 IP) and held opponents to a .167 average (4-for-24) in his five road outings, compared to a 5.11 ERA (7 ER in 12.1 IP) and a .321 opponents' average (17-for-53) at home ... Did not allow a leadoff hit (0-for-16), while the first hitter reached just twice in the 18 innings he started (.111 OBP) ... Each of his last four outings (3.0 IP) were scoreless (Sept. 13-25), after he allowed runs in five of seven appearances between Aug. 8-Sept. 5 ... Opened the year with Omaha (AAA), where he went 1-5 with a 3.16 ERA (18 ER in 51.1 IP) in 32 appearances, being used as the 'opener' on 12 occasions ... Held the opposition to a .171 average (31-for-180), which ranked second in the Pacific Coast League (min. 50.0 IP), behind only New Orleans' Zac Gallen (.152)…that includes holding righties to a .120 average (14-for-117).
Made a career-high 41 appearances (5 starts) with Omaha (AAA), where he went 2-5 with a 3.51 ERA (29 ER in 74.1 IP) and 103 strikeouts (12.5 K/9)...Recorded his second career save and first since 2015 on May 2 at Iowa, pitching a scoreless 10th inning in an 8-7 win...Had 14.2 consecutive scoreless innings from April 7 (Game 2)-May 11, a stretch in which he allowed just eight hits and struck out 27 (16.6 K/9)...Had a 1.74 ERA (4 ER in 20.2 IP) through 17 relief appearances, before moving to the rotation for five starts from May 28-June 21...Had a 4.66 ERA (10 ER in 19.1 IP) in five starts, but six of those 10 runs came in his last start on June 21…had a 2.20 ERA (4 ER in 16.1 IP) through his first four starts...Moved back to the bullpen following his June 21, and made his remaining 19 appearances in relief, in which he posted a 3.93 ERA (15 ER in 34.1 IP) with 44 strikeouts (11.5 K/9).
Split season between Omaha (AAA) and Northwest Arkansas (AA), combining to make 25 starts (26 appearances)…posted a 6-12 record with a 5.56 ERA (77 ER in 124.2 IP)... Fanned 138 hitters in 124.2 innings (10.0 K/9)…his strikeout total ranked second among Royals farmhands, behind only Foster Griffin's 141... Recorded 93 strikeouts in just 76.0 innings at Omaha... Posted a 3-4 mark with a 3.88 ERA (23 ER in 53.1 IP) in his first 10 starts at Omaha, before going winless with a 11.95 ERA in five June outings…optioned to Northwest Arkansas on July 5...Matched a career-high with 12 strikeouts twice, both with Omaha…fanned a dozen in 6.0 innings in a 3-0 win over Round Rock on April 13 and did it again in 6.2 innings on May 1 vs. Oklahoma City, taking a no-decision in a 2-1 Chasers win... After struggling in his first three starts with Northwest Arkansas, went 3-2 with a 2.92 ERA (12 ER in 37.0 IP) over his last six outings (July 28-Sept. 2)…held opponents to a .200 average (25-for-125) in that span... Held Springfield hitless over 7.0 innings, allowing one run in a 5-1 win on Aug. 23... Rated as the Royals' No. 1 prospect entering the season, according to Baseball America…also ranked as the No. 9 prospect in the system by MLB.com following the year.