Skoglund earns 2nd look after dazzling debut

Royals' No. 3 prospect to face Indians on Sunday

Skoglund earns 2nd look after dazzling debut

KANSAS CITY -- In perhaps the least surprising move all season, the Royals announced they will give rookie left-hander Eric Skoglund another start, Sunday against the Indians.

That spot in the rotation was TBA until Skoglund's brilliant outing Tuesday night, when he shut out the Tigers on two hits through 6 1/3 innings.

Teammates and coaches were still buzzing about the Major League debut for the Royals' No. 3 prospect.

"And that's a really tough lineup he had to navigate," Royals manager Ned Yost said of the Tigers. "The fact that he went out and banged strikes ... there was no trepidation or nervousness. Pretty impressive for a guy making his first start."

Skoglund on his first career win

Yost was most impressed with Skoglund's composure throughout the day Tuesday.

"It was a whirlwind deal for him," Yost said. "He gets told on Monday afternoon he's going to start. He gets here -- his whole family is here -- and he has to cram in a scouting report, do his routine and go out and perform. He did so admirably."

But Yost, as happy as he was for Skoglund, did issue him a warning about this Sunday.

"I told him last night, 'Hey, you did a great job. But don't expect it to be easy every time you step out there,'" Yost said. "And I said, 'You made it look easy, but make sure you understand it was a magical night.'"

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.