Right handed pitcher Trevor Oaks is being called up to Kansas City as the 26th man for the Royals and will be starting game one of Saturday’s doubleheader. Oaks was acquired from the Dodgers in the Soria/Alexander trade in January and is listed as the #10 prospect in the Royals organization according to Royals Farm Report. He will join Eric Stout and Scott Barlow as the third Omaha Storm Chasers player, all pitchers, to make the trip down I-29 to Kansas City this year. When Oaks takes the mound for the Royals in game one he will be making his MLB Debut.
Oaks has pitched in four games so far the Omaha Storm Chasers and is coming of his third straight quality start for them. In those four starts Oaks has gone 23.1 innings pitched giving up 19 hits and 8 earned runs while walking 6 and striking out 11. His one rough start came in game two of the opening day double header when he went 4.1 innings giving up three earned runs thanks to a walk and a couple wild pitches in the first inning. That game was also the shortest of the season for him. His 1-2 record are indicative of the rough start that the Storm Chasers have had as a team. Although he has had three quality starts in a row the relief pitching and the offensive have let him down.
He last pitched on Saturday April 21 against the Nashville Sounds and picked up his first win of the season. He went 7.0 innings giving up 2 earned runs on 4 hits with 3 walks and 4 strike outs. Overall opponents are hitting .221 off of him and he has not given up any home runs in 23.1 innings pitched. Maybe Oaks can be the answer to keeping Matt Davidson in the park against the Royals. During Oaks last start he had a Gold Glove All-Star in Salvador Perez behind the plate while he was in Omaha for a rehab stint. This will be a benefit for Oaks as he makes his MLB Debut. It is always a big day for a player to play in his first MLB game but having pitched to Perez for a game should help him some. Perez and Oaks got to work together just one week ago and I am sure they had all their communications in order at that time and things should be very similar now. Perez makes nearly any pitcher better but having that little bit of familiarity there could have a similar impact as it did with Jake Junis having Cam Gallagher behind the plate for many of his starts last year. Unfortunately for Oaks he will probably be back with the Storm Chasers before the weekend is over. However, this will not be the last we see of Trevor Oaks in Kansas City this season.
Photo Credits: Cody Roper—Oklahoma City Dodgers