This Day In Royals History – Linking Curt Young To Luke Hochevar
21 years ago today, the Royals signed then 31-year-old pitcher Curt Young to a free agent contract. Young had just come off a season in which he was 4-2 with a 5.00 ERA and 1.58 WHIP out of the bullpen for the Oakland Athletics. With more walks than strikeouts during the 1991 season, it really makes you wonder what the Royals were thinking at the time.
Fast forward to the 1992 season and Young was 1-2 with a 5.18 ERA in 10 games (two starts) before he would be released on June 10th. His ERA+ during that span was 79.
I bring up the putrid stats because ¬†in Luke Hochevar’s career he is 38-59 with a 5.39 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and a career ERA+ average of 78. Going further, Young’s FIP was 4.64 while Hochevar’s is 4.46.
Though they were different pitchers of different style, Young was given 43.1 innings before he was released while Hochevar will be entering his 7th major league season with the Royals.
Just another thing to ponder as we get going with Spring Training.
Also on this date, nine years ago, Kansas City signed relief pitcher Rudy Seanez to a free agent contract. This would actually be Seanez’s second stint with the Royals as he pitched in Omaha during 1997 after coming over via trade from the New York Mets.
In his lone season with the big league roster, Seanez pitched 16 games finishing with an
0-1 record and 3.91 ERA. He’d eventually be traded at the July deadline to the Florida Marlins for outfielder Abarham Nunez. Nunez would go on to hit .226/.304/.335 with five home runs and 29 RBI in 59 games. After being placed on waivers during Spring Training in 2005, Nunez would bounce around the minor leagues for a few more years but never reach the majors again.
Currently Young is the pitching coach for the Oakland Athletics. he has held the job since 2004, except for 2011 when he served as the pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox.
Seanez currently own Seanez Sports Academy in Imperial, CA, which serves as a baseball training center for youth players.
Nunez would play in Taiwan in 2008 before ending his career in Italy the following season.
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