The Royals announced last night that Ian Kennedy would be heading to the 10-day DL with an oblique strain. In his place, the Royals have recalled RHP prospect Trevor Oaks from AAA Omaha. I wrote about Oaks fairly recently, as he’s been absolutely dealing down on the farm.
Trevor Oaks currently leads the PCL in ERA at 2.00 and is inducing ground balls 53% of the time at AAA. He’s kept his walks down, he’s limited the number of home runs given up, and he’s starting to look a whole lot like the pitcher the Royals were looking for when they traded Scott Alexander this offseason.
Oaks will get the privilege to face the Cleveland Indians and their Royal beating offense on the 4th of July. If he can keep the ball down, mix his pitches well, and induce his fair share of ground balls, then I have a feeling he’s going to be just fine.
Oblique strains can be tricky, and it’s likely that we may not see Ian Kennedy again until after the All-Star Break. This could be an audition of sorts for Oaks to take over a regular role in the big league rotation should he find success over his next couple of starts.