The Padres called up Kyle Lloyd from Triple-A El Paso last night to make his Major League debut against Seth Lugo and the Mets. Lloyd essentially made the start in place of Trevor Cahill, who was shipped to the Kansas City Royals last evening, after Chacin was pushed back. It was a fairly surprising move considering the fact that Lloyd was not on the forty man roster at the time; however, he performed admirably given the accelerated decision, allowing four runs with two strikeouts over four innings.
During the first inning, Yoenis Cespedes welcomed Lloyd to the majors when he took a slider deep for a home run, but that was the only damage in the first three innings. His first career strikeout came against Lucas Duda in the second as he got him to chase a four-seamer breaking away from the plate. In fact, the average of ten inches of horizontal movement on Lloyds four-seam fastball would rank in the upper echelon of arm-side run for four-seamers, which should do well to jam hitters in the future. Regardless, he pulled in the fifth inning after failing to retire the first two hitters.
It will be intriguing to see if the Padres give him a longer run at the position or if this is only a stop-gap arrangement; though, that may ultimately depend on how the trade deadline plays out.
The twenty-six year old right-handed pitcher was selected in the twenty-ninth round (868th overall) by the Padres in the 2013 MLB draft. Lloyd’s claim to fame is a no-hitter against the Double-A Frisco pitching for the AA-Missions in which he gave up one walk and struck out three over nine innings.
Lloyd started five games for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas with the below stat line:
28.2 IP, 5.65 ERA, 5.04 FIP, 4.52 xFIP, K/9 value of 7.22 and a BB/9 value of 3.14.
For the Missions, Lloyd’s numbers were marginally better:
89.2 IP, 3.71 ERA, 2.50 FIP, 3.22 xFIP, K/9 value of 8.93 and a BB/9 value of 2.41.