Now Pitching, For the Kansas City Royals…

Luke Hochevar!

We just put Hochevar on the Z-meter last week, and he’s already in the show. The powerful righty out of the University of Tennessee was brought up when the Royals designated 39-year-old Hideo Nomo for assignment with no intention of retaining the Japanese veteran in any way, shape, or form. Hochevar had previously gone 1-1 in three starts with a 2.60 ERA with the AAA Omaha Royals in 2008 before being called up.

The 6’5″ Colorado native was the first overall pick in the 2006 draft. He made a rapid ascent to Omaha in 2007, and pitched in four games with the parent club, putting in 12 innings with one loss to show for his efforts. He was optioned to Omaha to begin the season in 2008, but we’re guessing he never put up any pictures in his locker this time around.

In his first start on Saturday, Hochevar allowed six runs to the Oakland As. No shrinking violet, the former Volunteer had this to say:

My ball got up a little bit, and they put it in play and found some holes. That’s the cost of doing business. I give up a hit with two outs, I’m not going to back down. I’m not going to start nibbling. I’m going to keep attacking.

If they’re going to beat me, they’re going to beat me.

[Kansas City Star]

Hochevar’s next scheduled start comes at home, when the Toronto Blue Jays come to town.

Welcome to the bigs, Luke!

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