The fifth Royal to make his MLB debut this year, Bubic was called up to start the Royals home opener on July 31. Bubic is a LHP from Stanford who was drafted 40th overall in the 2018 Royals college pitcher draft. Bubic’s teammates rave about how hard he works and how awesome of a teammate he is. They genuinely sound like they are celebrating this moment with him.
The first batter that Bubic faced was White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. The first pitch Bubic threw was a 93.1 mph fastball that came in just below the zone. His next pitch was a 83.7 mph change up that was up in the zone enough for Anderson to be out in front but still hit a line drive into the left field corner for a double.
Yoan Moncada was the second batter that Bubic faced. Home plate umpire Tripp Gibson had a very tight zone in the top of the first and Moncada walked on four pitches, three of which the game’s K Zone said were strikes.
Bubic didn’t flinch and came right back at Jose Abreu inducing a 5-4-3 double play. With Anderson at third and two outs, Yasmani Grandal became Bubic’s first MLB strikeout when he went down looking.
The Royals didn’t help Bubic defensively the next inning making an error and failing to turn a double play that would have cleared the bases. Adam Engel squared up a change up hitting a three-run home run to left.
Bubic showed a fastball that was between 90.7 mph and 94.8. His change up looked good, although it did get up a few times. He threw several curves that had good movement. Bubic threw 76 pitches in his 4.0 innings. Matheny got him out in a 1-run game and it wasn’t a bad start all in all.
The Royals lost 3-2. Bubic was tagged with the loss in this game. He threw 4.0 innings, gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.
Photo from the KC Star and taken by Gregory Bull.