Luke Farrell will make his first big league start on Saturday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. The double header on Saturday allows for teams to add a 26th man to their roster for the day, and the Royals have selected the 26-year old righty Farrell.
Son of Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, Luke is a 6′ 6″ righty from Westlake, Ohio, and has been tearing up the Triple-A ranks recently. In his last four starts, Farrell has thrown 25.2 innings, giving up only 6 ER. What’s more impressive, Farrell has struck out 33 batters over those 25.2 IP while walking only 2.
Farrell’s ERA sits at 3.83 on the season for the Omaha Storm Chasers, but if you remove one start in which he surrendered 11 ER, his ERA is only 2.79.
The righty features a low-90’s fastball with a decent change-up and curveball. With a K:B ratio of 77:27, expect a lot of strikes and hopefully a lot of ground balls on Saturday afternoon.