Jake Odorizzi has yet to pitch since being called up by the Royals over the weekend, but it sounds like the 22-year-old top prospect will make his big-league debut Sunday.
Initially manager Ned Yost discussed easing Odorizzi into the mix with some relief work, but Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that he’s likely to start against the Indians in what will be the Royals’ final home game of the season. And if things go well that would line him up to potentially make a second start during the final week.
Odorizzi was acquired from the Brewers in the Zack Greinke trade and rated among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects for both last season and this season. He split this year between Double-A and Triple-A, throwing 145 innings with a 3.03 ERA and 135/50 K/BB ratio.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: