Eric Skoglund

Position: LHP
Born: 10/26/92
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 200
B/T: L/L
Acquired: Drafted in the third round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (KCR).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2-3 with a 4.40 ERA in nine starts between Northwest Arkansas (Double-A) and Omaha (Triple-A), including one complete game, striking out 41 in 47 innings while walking 13 and allowing 49 hits.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Omaha on May 29 when LHP Danny Duffy went on the 10-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 05/30/17

Debut Details
May 30, in a 1-0 win against the Tigers. The starting pitcher, he earned the win, allowing two hits over six-and-one-third shutout innings, walking one and striking out five. Of 90 pitches thrown, 62 were for strikes. After retiring Dixon Machado on a groundout to third and Nicholas Castellano on a fly out to right field to open the first inning, he walked Miguel Cabrera and gave up a single to right to Victor Martinez before striking out J.D. Martinez swinging. That strikeout marked a string of 14 batters retired in a row for Skoglund, including swinging strikeouts by John Hicks, JaCoby Jones (twice) and Cabrera before another player reached base. With one out in the sixth, Machado singled to center to break that streak, but was stranded when Castellano lined out to third and Cabrera grounded out to short. After Victor Martinez flew out to left to open the seventh, right-handed reliever Peter Moylan came on in relief of Skoglund.

Player Notes
Skoglund's arrival in the majors was saluted by no less a light than opposing batter and Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera when he was caught giving Skoglund a thumbs up when he stepped into the box and it went viral on Twitter (good on you, Miggy). Drafted out of the University of Central Florida just three years ago, Skoglund had about as good a big league debut as a young hurler could ask for. The lanky southpaw spent the 2016 season at Northwest Arkansas, going 7-10 with a 3.45 ERA in 27 starts and striking out 134 while walking just 38 in 156 1/3 innings, allowing 135 hits for a .230 batting average against and leading the system in innings pitched and average against for a starter. He also led the Texas League in innings pitched and strikeouts and ranked among the leaders in walks-per-nine and average against. In 2015, he'd gone 6-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 15 starts at Wilmington (High A), striking out 66 and walking 11 in 84 1/3 innings before missing the second half of the summer with elbow soreness. Armed with a fastball in the low 90s, a curveball and a slider, none of them are considered plus pitches but all are servicable, average offerings.