The Kansas City Royals have signed right-handed pitcher Scott Barlow to a one-year contract for the upcoming 2018 season, the team announced on Thursday.
Barlow is yet to make his major league debut, having spent last season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. While he had a ton of success at Tulsa, going 6-3 with a 2.10 ERA across 19 starts while striking out 124 in 107.1 innings, he struggled at Oklahoma City where he went 1-3 with a 7.24 ERA in seven starts.
He will turn 25 years old during this offseason, set to appear with a franchise different from the only one he has ever known as a professional. Los Angeles selected the righty in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft out of Santa Clarita, Calif.
Barlow has remained a starter coming up through the Dodgers’ system, having gotten his first consistent taste of Triple-A last year. Over the course of six minor league seasons, he has posted a 29-30 record with a 4.16 ERA. Despite striking out better than a batter per inning last year, he averages 8.4 K/9 IP during his career.
He joins a Royals franchise that had a rather pedestrian 4.89 ERA from its starting pitchers last season, despite an All-Star year from southpaw Jason Vargas. The only consistent member of the starting rotation to finish the season with an ERA south of 4.00 was Danny Duffy.
Kansas City finished 2017 with an 80-82 mark, set to become a franchise in flux as Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, and Vargas, are all free agents.