Luke Hochevar was once a failed starter, then a lights-out reliever, than an injured pitcher who hit free agency. But now he’s not going anywhere, as the Royals have re-signed him. Jon Heyman reports that the deal is for two-years and $10 million.
Hochevar was the overall number one pick in the 2006 draft, Hochevar was a disappointment as a starter for years. But in 2013 he moved to the pen and tossed 70 innings with a 1.92 ERA and 82/17 K/BB ratio. Sadly, last spring he had to have Tommy John surgery. If his recovery timetable holds, he should be pitching again this spring training.
And if he’s back to his 2013 form in 2015, the Royals bullpen would have, almost impossibly, gotten even better.