Eric Skoglund
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Est. Return 7/26/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Skoglund made 13 starts and one relief appearance for the Royals last season but did little to impress, finishing with a 5.14 ERA and 16.7 K%. It's possible his struggles were injury-related, as he was battling elbow soreness early in the season and was shut down for over three months after being diagnosed with a UCL sprain. He did return for four starts in September, easing concerns about the elbow at least somewhat. Standing tall at 6-foot-7 with a funky delivery, Skoglund has to rely primarily on deception against big-league hitters as both his stuff and command are unremarkable. He'll enter camp in a battle for the Royals' fifth starter spot, but he's unlikely to be a particularly appealing option should he win the job, as his career ERA through 88 innings sits at 6.03 and his 4.13 mark at the Triple-A level doesn't suggest a dramatic improvement is coming. Read Past Outlooks
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Slapped with 80-game suspension
PKansas City Royals
January 16, 2019
Skoglund received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for multiple performance-enhancing substances, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
Skoglund was in the running for the team's final rotation spot before testing positive for both Ostarine and Ligandrol, a pair of selective androgen receptor modulators. The southpaw will now miss the entire first half of the season, and his role once he returns is up in the air. Across 14 appearances with the big club in 2018 (13 starts), Skoglund notched a 5.14 ERA and 6.3 K/9 across 70 innings.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .236 65 11 4 13 2 0 4
Since 2016vs Right .283 321 52 27 83 22 5 10
2018vs Left .196 54 9 3 9 2 0 4
2018vs Right .257 239 40 16 57 12 5 8
2017vs Left .444 11 2 1 4 0 0 0
2017vs Right .366 82 12 11 26 10 0 2
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2016Home 5.08 1.29 51.1 2 5 0 6.8 3.0 1.2
Since 2016Away 7.36 1.66 36.2 0 3 0 5.9 3.4 1.7
2018Home 5.08 1.23 39.0 1 4 0 6.7 2.8 1.6
2018Away 5.23 1.19 31.0 0 2 0 5.8 2.0 1.5
2017Home 5.11 1.46 12.1 1 1 0 7.3 3.6 0.0
2017Away 19.06 4.24 5.2 0 1 0 6.4 11.1 3.2
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Eric Skoglund compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Skoglund received his first taste of the majors in 2017, struggling to a 9.50 ERA in 18 innings of work. He walked far too many batters (12.9 percent), struck out far too few (15.1 percent) and didn’t generate many groundballs (36.4 percent). In 19 starts for Triple-A Omaha, the 25-year-old fared far better, striking out 23.3 percent of batters faced while walking just 6.6 percent en route to a 4.11 ERA. Skoglund features a fastball in the low 90s and three mediocre offspeed pitchers -- very much a back-end starter profile. That might be enough to earn him a handful of starts again this season for a Royals’ team which lacks much starting depth. As a 6-foot-7 lefty, there may be more to dream on than for other players with similar statistical profiles, but it would be a surprise to see Skoglund have a major fantasy impact this season.
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Allows one earned run
PKansas City Royals
September 30, 2018
Skoglund (1-6) allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out three across five innings to take the loss Sunday against the Indians.
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Rain-shortened start
PKansas City Royals
September 25, 2018
Skoglund allowed one hit and no walks with one strikeout over 2.1 scoreless innings during Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Reds.
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Lined up for two-start week
PKansas City Royals
September 24, 2018
Skoglund is listed as the Royals' probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Reds and is expected to take the hill for the team's season finale Sunday against the Indians, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.
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Fires six shutout innings
PKansas City Royals
September 18, 2018
Skoglund allowed three hits and struck out two across six scoreless innings during Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Pirates. He did not issue a walk or factor in the decision.
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Allows two in no-decision
PKansas City Royals
September 12, 2018
Skoglund allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings in Wednesday's loss to the White Sox. He did not factor into the decision.
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