Posts Tagged ‘Luke Hochevar’

Prospect Probables: Who’s Pitching This Week?

While looking at the 453rd Google Alert item mentioning Collin Balester’s major league debut tomorrow against the Florida Marlins, I noticed that Clayton Kershaw is also scheduled to pitch.  This revelation led me to the MLB Schedules page at ESPN.com, where it quickly became apparent that many top pitching prospects will take the mound for their teams in the coming week.

And just like that, another weekly feature was born.

Call me biased toward the Red Sox and Yankees, but I think the most interesting matchups are slated for next weekend in The Bronx.  On Saturday, Boston youngster Justin Masterson goes against New York veteran Mike Mussina; the following day, the Yankees counter with their own prospect, Joba Chamberlain, against Sox elder statesman Tim Wakefield. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Kansas City @ Baltimore – Luke Hochevar (63) vs. Radhames Liz (69)
Texas @ New York Yankees – Kevin Millwood vs. Joba Chamberlain (3)
Washington @ Florida – Collin Balester (86) vs. Mark Hendrickson
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Houston – Clayton Kershaw (7) vs. Wandy Rodriguez

Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Detroit @ Minnesota – Eddie Bonine vs. Nick Blackburn (56)

Thursday, July 3, 2008
Milwaukee @ Arizona – Manny Parra (72) vs. Brandon Webb
Philadelphia @ Atlanta – Brett Myers vs. Jair Jurrjens (49)
Chicago Cubs @ San Francisco – Sean Gallagher (82) vs. Tim Lincecum
Washington @ Cincinnati – John Lannan vs. Johnny Cueto (34)

Saturday, July 5, 2008
Boston @ New York Yankees – Justin Masterson (64) vs. Mike Mussina
Texas @ Baltimore – Eric Hurley (77) vs. Brian Burres

Sunday, July 6, 2008
Washington @ Cincinnati – Collin Balester (86) vs. Edinson Volquez
Texas @ Baltimore – Scott Feldman vs. Radhames Liz (69)
Kansas City @ Tampa Bay – Luke Hochevar (63) vs. James Shields
Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco – Clayton Kershaw (7) vs. Matt Cain
Boston @ New York – Tim Wakefield vs. Joba Chamberlain (3)

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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!