Royals Farm Report favorite Richard Lovelady has made his first appearance in the major leagues with the Royals. Lovelady was a 10th round pick in 2016 out of Kennesaw State. Lovelady really caught our eye of us at RFR. He had great results, great stuff, and hitters just don’t see the ball out of his hand well.
Lovelady entered the top of the 8th inning in the Royals game against Seattle on Tuesday night. The first batter he faced in the majors was Mallex Smith. The first pitch he threw registered 92.6 mph and was in tight on Smith. The count ran to 2-2 before Lovelady recorded his first strikeout.
The next hitter was Domingo Santana who has been on fire to start the season. The count again went to 2-2 before Santana became Lovelady’s second strikeout.
Jay Bruce was next. He had already homered in the game and twice in the series. Bruce was fooled on a slider and flicked a ball out to left that Alex Gordon caught.
Lovelady showed no nerves or emotion in his first inning. He just got the ball and delivered the next pitch. He was total business.
Lovelady has a career 1.99 ERA in the minors. He has only allowed 114 hits, 47 walks, and has 180 strikeouts.